Pub Crawler: Half Way to Saint Patrick's Day at Nolan's Irish Pub in Cocoa Beach

Celtic culture can be broadly defined as comprising Music, Myth, Dance and Language.  And keeping the culture alive through music is what John Nolan is doing every day of the week at Nolan's Irsh Pub in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Nolan, a native of County Wexford, maintains a Public House that is a center of Celtic culture in this Atlantic resort adjacent to Cape Canaveral.  Nolan's recently hosted a "Half Way to St. Patrick's Day" event with a local Irish band the "Wyndbreakers" featuring the Fiddle and Irish Bodhran drum.  The legendary "Dublin City Ramblers", who since the 1960s have boasted multiple gold albums and various musical awards, will be perfroming at Nolan's Pub on September 18, 2013.

John Nolan, proprietor of Nolan's Pub along with his wife Mary, are also the owners of "Tours Galore", a Tour Guide company which host personalised tours of Ireland.   True to their Publican roots, the website states:

If you like beer as much as we do you will join us for our Breweries, Pubs and Castles tour of Ireland in Septemebr 2014.  We will sip our way across ireland.

On a recent visit to Nolans we enjoyed a performance by Fiona Molloy, a native of Ulster hailing from the city of Derry. Malloy is from a musical family and began her career under the guidance of James MacCafferty, founder of the MacCafferty Scool of Music in Derry and best known as the creator of the "The Little Gaelic Singers". The Little Gaelic Singers were famous in the 1950s and 1960s touring the States and Britain and who helped to forge the "Celtic Revival" in popular music  which has led to the hugely succsesful resurgence of Celtic music and culure.  Molloy tours extensively thoughout the US, Canada, Britain and Ireland. A review of a recent performance by Molloy in Key West best describes her on-stage presence; "Fiona Molloy is one of those singers who can make you laugh, then turn you around and bring tears to your eyes."  Fiona has also sung the National Anthem to open baseball games at Yankee and Shea stadiums in her adopted home of New York City.

Molloy was joined on stage by Black Jack Davey for an impromptu performance during our visit to Nolan's Irish Pub. Davey, a native of Dublin and accomplished musician who plays several instuments including the Fiddle and Pipes,  happened to "stop by" that night at this outpost of Celtic culure in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Davey has played with and opened up for some of the top names in Celtic music such as the Chieftan's, Mary Black,  The Wolf Tones and Eddie Reader to name but a few. 

Black Jack Davey

Black Jack Davey

 

Black Jack Davey

 

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