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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Hooligans on a special Leicht Lunch at Noon on 3/17

The Hooligans | photo courtesy of the artist
The Hooligans | photo courtesy of the artist
Every year new traditions begin and that’s why I’ve invited The Hooligans back
in to join me this coming Monday, March 17th for my St. Patrick’s Day Leicht Lunch at Noon.  I’ll be previewing their appearance on the show by playing their song “The Ferryman” as my Philly Local Pick today in the 1pm hour.
I asked the band how long they’ve been together and who’s in the band?
The Hooligans first began performing in 1994.  The Hooligans are Peter McCoubrey on bass, Ed “O’Kay” on drums and percussion, Luke Jardel on vocals and acoustic guitar, Mark Malone on fiddle, whistles, and electronic pipes, and Joe Kirschen on electric guitar and mandolin.
Over the past several years, The Hooligans have taken their live performances from the smokey, beer-stained local pubs of Philadelphia to the festival stage and beyond. The band has played tours in Ireland and appears each year at major Celtic music festivals, establishing themselves as instant crowd favorites.
The group released its fourth full-length CD, The Ferryman, in 2013, to critical acclaim, again showcasing its Irish roots-meets-Americana influences in an eclectic mix of traditional tunes and instrumentals. Previous releases include Sheep Up or Ship Out, Houses of the Hooley and Another Fine Mess.
The true impact of this band is best experienced through their live performances. Backed by a solid group of musicians, frontman Luke Jardel is an explosive personality whose energy is second to none. Add that to the band’s mix of upbeat, rootsy, rocking Celtic sounds, and you’ve got a mix of music that appeals to all ages and backgrounds.
You can catch them in action at the following tour dates:
3/14 at The Sands Casino, Bethlehem
3/15 at Finningan’s Wake, Phila., 3-7
3/17 at Finnigan’s Wake, Phila., 3-9

Get ready to do some dancing!  Check out a video of The Hooligans performing “Skip Jigs” below.  Listen live on 88.5 XPN or stream world wide online.

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Listen to Kingsfoil recorded live on the Leicht Lunch (new record out tomorrow, playing Chameleon Club on Saturday)

York, Pa. rock four-piece Kingsfoil releases its latest album, A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart, tomorrow on Holiday Heart Records, and has a few other big things in the works as well. On Thursday morning, they’re appearing on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live – the band’s first nationally-televised appearance with new drummer Frankie Muniz – and on Saturday they play a hometown release show in celebration of the new album at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club. They’ve also got a date lined up at World Cafe Live upstairs on October 28. Download their acoustic performances of two new songs below, along with an archive of the band’s entire interview with Helen Leicht.

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Listen to Jim McGorman recorded live on the Leicht Lunch

Cherry Hill native Jim McGorman has done big things with his career in music – music-directed Avril Lavigne, played keyboards with New Radicals and released his own solo material. As of last tally, his new music video for “There Is No Over You” has 3.2 million YouTube views. He visited Philly this week to appear on the Leicht Lunch; download an acoustic performance of his new single below, along with a partial rendition of his old band’s big hit. You can also hear an archive of his entire interview with Helen Leicht.

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Listen to Jason Karaban recorded live on the Leicht Lunch

Prodigal Philadelphia son Jason Karaban returns to town this week to celebrate the release of his new album, Shift, at The Tin Angel on Friday, September 7. Today, he appeared live on 88.5 with Helen Leicht for the Leicht Lunch to perform with Philly music vet Jim Boggia on guitar, as well as mandolinist Gerry McWilliams. Download their acoustic rendition of “You’re Already Home” and an unreleased new cut “Low Road” below, and hear an archive of their entire appearance.

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Listen to The Fractals recorded live on the Leicht Lunch

The members of The Fractals are veterans in the Philly rock scene, from the 90s alt-rock act Huffamoose up to their collective role as session players and music teachers today. With a show coming up at new Philly venue Underground Arts this Thursday Aug. 16, The Fractals paid a visit to the Leicht Lunch today to perform and chat with XPN’s Helen Leicht. Below, you can download their acoustic performance of the new song “Twila Darlin’”, get an mp3 of their studio recording “Miss Kensington,” and hear an archive of their entire appearance.

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Listen to Modern Inventors recorded live on the Leicht Lunch

Emerging Philly rock group Modern Inventors paid a visit to the Leicht Lunch today to play a couple of acoustic songs for XPN’s Helen Leicht. The new band is a collaboration between Matt Kass, formerly of The Brakes, and Josh Benus, and they play World Cafe Live on Aug. 1 opening for Cliff Hills, and then World Cafe Live at The Queen on Aug. 4 with Suzie Brown. Below, you can download the two songs they played on the air – the poppy greeting “Hello” and the contemplative “Anna.”

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Listen to Hezekiah Jones and Griz recorded live on the Leicht Lunch


This afternoon, Helen Leicht welcomed Philly folk scene vets Griz (aka Chris Grunwald) and Hezekiah Jones (Rafe Cutrufello) on the air during the Leicht Lunch for an acoustic performance and a chat about their upcoming show at World Cafe Live. Below you can download the two songs they played on the air – Griz’s shuffling “Company Man,” and Hezekiah Jones’ contemplative “Cupcakes for the Army.” Griz and Hezekiah Jones perform with Cheers Elephant at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Friday July 13 at 8 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $15.