Friday, February 11, 2011

R.I.P. Patrick Halloran of Ceann

I was saddened to learn about the recent death of Patrick Halloran, lead singer of the Pittsburgh-based Irish rock band Ceann. He died in a car accident in Vermont on Feb. 1.

Ceann, with Patrick Halloran (center)

Ceann (pronounced Key-Ann) described their style as "Yankee Irish drinking music", and their songs combined humor and musicianship to create a unique entertaining experience. Although the band was originally based in Pittsburgh, Patrick used to write to MurphGuide whenever the band would play in NYC (including New Year's Eve 2008 at Hurley's Saloon and the Irish Rock Fest in July, '08 at Connolly's). It seems Patrick knew how to find fun people wherever he went. In addition to Pittsburgh and NYC, Ceann frequently performed at Murphy's Irish Pubs in Virginia Beach and in Alexandria, VA. The band had just performed gigs Jan. 28 & 29 at McGrath's Irish Pub at The Inn at Long Trail in Killington, VT the weekend before his death.

Our condolences go out to his family and to his fellow band mates. There are a few memorial events lined up in the coming weeks:

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Celebrating the life of Patrick Halloran
Featuring music by:
The Havers, Glasgow Kiss, The Fighting Jamesons and James West.
Raffles and a silent auction: proceeds to be donated to the family of Patrick Halloran.
Murphy's Irish Pub will be donating all proceeds from this event to the family as well.
Murphy's Irish Pub
2914 Pacfic Ave
Virginia Beach, Va,23451
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Fundraiser for Patrick Halloran's Family

Live music by:
Ronan Kavanagh, Pat Carroll and Rocky Guttman
Door prizes, raffle prizes, auctions
All proceeds raised will go towards Pat's family to help with the cost of his sudden and tragic death.
RSVP via facebook
Several of Patrick's family members will be in attendance
starting 2pm
Alexandria Murphy's
713 King Street
Alexandria, VA

Julia Reisse, Pat's sister has an account set up to handle all Pat's expenses.
If you can not make the fundraisers and want to contribute, send a check to:
Julia Reisse
25 E. 2nd St.
Landsdale, Pa 19446
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Memorial for Patrick

help commemorate & celebrate the life and music of Patrick Halloran
RSVP via .facebook
The Main Gate
448 N 17th St.
Allentown, PA
(610) 776-7711

Ceann (Reverb Nation)
Ceann (facebook)
Ceann (wikipedia)
Ceann (myspace)

Below is a tribute video, "Ode to Patrick" posted on Youtube by Katie (wiskey2000):

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