A group known for their upbeat performances of Irish tunes will kick off the 2018 Wednesdays in the Park summer concert series in Pendleton.
The core group of The Irish Singers includes John Doherty, Scott Sager and Paul Green. It’s a bit of Irish lore (or blarney) as to how the group got started.
“They were singing to the sheep 35 years ago when they were lambing,” said Alan Feves, who has performed with the group for the past decade. “It started on the Doherty Ranch.”
These days, the group typically plays a handful of performances each year, Feves said. In years gone by, Green said they were known to tip back a few and play favorites long into the night.
“We don’t drink much anymore, but we used to partake and get together and play a little music,” Green said. “It’s a lot of fun. We’re all good friends and we enjoy each other’s company.”
Several West Coast musical acts are featured during the free weekly summer concert series. In its fourth year, Wednesdays in the Park gets underway July 25 from 6-8 p.m. at Roy Raley Park, 1205 S.W. Court Ave., Pendleton. Presented by Pendleton Parks & Recreation and Sounds Like Entertainment, there is no admission charge for the five-week concert series.
People are invited to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the tunes. Also, bring an appetite and some cash, as Delicious Dogs, Mobile Food Adventures and Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co. will be offering food, beer and wine.
The Irish Singers have a repertoire of tunes, including lots of old standards that they play at various venues — typically around St. Patrick’s Day. The group considers performances a sort of practice — getting together to play all the old familiar tunes, Green said. In fact, Green said he just found out a few days ago that there was a gig coming up.
The group can include anywhere from 5-15 or more musicians. Feves said the core group has performed together for so many years that they don’t typically have a set list.
“They just call the song out and I play my part,” Feves said. “Sometimes I don’t even remember the names, I just know the song.”
“We just play standard Irish songs,” Green added. “Also, John Doherty does ‘Danny Boy’ very well.”
For more information about the concert series, visit www.pendletonparksandrec.com or search Facebook for “Wednesdays in the Park.”
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