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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Irish Music Tribute to Brendan the Navigator at the Canadian American Club on May 16

St. Brendan the navigator, who may have discovered North America back in the 6th century, is getting his own St. Brendan's Day Bash at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown.

The celebration of one of Ireland's less-known saints is being organized by Tin Can Hooley, an Irish folk band based in Brighton.  Admission is $10, and a cash bar is available.

Tin Can Hooley is being joined by Irish singer John Allen of the Big Bad Bollocks, and the musical fare includes Irish traditional tunes and ballads plus American and British sea chanteys.  Allen will also read a selection from his new memoir, Marmite Cowboy.

Other guest musicians include members of the Old Brigade, the Jolly Rogues, Tree and the Sprained Ankles, representing a range of experience from folk to hardcore to garage rock.

According to author Christopher Klein, St. Brendan was born near Tralee, County Kerry in 488 A.D. He became a monk at age 28 and set about establishing monasteries through Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France.  Legend has it that Brendan took off in an Irish curragh in search of the Garden of Eden, and returned seven years later talking about a paradise he had discovered.  That paradise was North America.  

"Most scholars consider "The Voyage of St. Brendan" to simply be a religious allegory, but some believe that the tale was based on an actual voyage, albeit with some Irish embellishment," Klein writes. 

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