Today at Shebeen Brewing Company!

On May 7, 2016, in General, by Michael

Shebeen Brewing Company – 3rd Anniversary!


Saint Patty’s Day!

On February 19, 2016, in General, by Michael

Saint Patty's 2016 with The Rude Mechanicals


Maximum R & D

On June 18, 2015, in General, by Michael



There are bunch of really good reasons to join the Rude Mechanicals next Sunday (March 15) for their St. Patrick’s Day show at The Carriage House Theater (the cute, comfortable space run by HartBeat Ensemble):

  1. If you’re looking for a good Celtic concert without all the extra noise and stickiness of a bar, this is your show! From traditional tunes to Celtic punk, the Mechanicals have it all covered (plus an original tune or two).
  2. If you’re warming up for some hard core partying later in the week, this will be a great kick off
  3. Two hours of music and fun for the low low price of $10 (cash at the door)
  4. We start at 7, finish at 9 – you’ll be home in time to get plenty of sleep before work on Monday, and we bet you’ll sleep really well after a great show…heck we’ll even put a mint on your pillow! …wait, that would be creepy, never mind.
  5. This will be the third time the band has played at the Carriage House, it really is a nice venue for music. If you haven’t been, come check it out. If you have, we’d love to see you again!

So here’s what you need to know:

Sunday, March 15

HartBeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater

360 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

Doors open at 6:30  $10 at the door CASH ONLY PLEASE!

There will be beer for sale

Parking: your best bet is to park at the Mark Twain House & Museum. HartBeat Ensemble is just across the street from Twain’s house.

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Rude Mechancials!


Bill Arnold


Michael Daly



Roy Donnelly


Kristen Goci


Kit Webb


Linnea Bloomquist



That was a hell of a thing…

On March 2, 2015, in Shows, by Bill

Even though the format for Ceilidh doesn’t really change from year to year, the “vibe”, if you will, of the show is quite different each time. Sure, there were some big changes: We welcomed Roy Donnelly aboard to play percussion, and our string player, Linnea Bloomquist accepted our offer to become a full-time band member. (We promise to post the video of the tattooing ceremony when we do it. We’ll be surprising Roy and Linnea, so mum’s the word, okay?)

Once again, so many friends helped make this event the huge success that it was. First and foremost, Rebekah Royer-Poppel and Margaret O’Keefe deserve major props for doing so much behind the scenes to coordinate this thing – 5-6 months of planning coming down to one day. Karl Messerschmidt was at the soundboard once more, doing that voodoo that he do so well! (Karl also wowed us all with a performance during the evening show that was both awe-inspiring and totally depressing for me, as a fellow guitarist!) So many people from Hole in the Wall came out to work house and sell concessions – so everyone was well fed! (Though I was disappointed to learn that I had missed the opportunity to get a Lucky Charms’ Treat that my wife, Barb had baked along with a host of other yummy things) The guest singers were all wonderful this year and just a joy to work with throughout the rehearsal process. Terrific audiences were just the icing on the cake (Like the Irish apple cake that everybody else had, but I didn’t get any of…But I’m not bitter….)

Every year, the Ceilidh gets bigger and bigger. We sell-out the show, so we added an afternoon performance a few years back. Each year, more and more people come to enjoy the music and camaraderie. Looking back over the wonderful pictures that Mark Englehart took, it strikes me what a special evening (and afternoon) it was. So many moments that I may have missed, being in the thick of it as I was, that are now posted for all to see. I am so humbled to play my small role in this event. It surpasses anything that any of us ever could have imagined 7 years ago. As our “production value” has increased, so has every aspect of the show. This year’s Ceilidh was a joy to work on and will be quite the thing to top next year….An awfully high bar to set, but we never pass up a bar in this band, if we can help it!

Photos by Mark Englehart

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Ceilidh VIII! Today!

On February 28, 2015, in General, by Michael



An affectionate kiss or pat.

On February 22, 2015, in General, by Michael

7 Days to Ceilidh!



Remember When?

On February 21, 2015, in General, by Michael

Ceilidh VIII is coming!
One week from today! Get your tickets!



Ceilidh 8: OctoCeilidh!

On February 20, 2015, in General, by Michael



Et Viola!

On February 15, 2015, in General, by Kit

We’d like to say “Happy Birthday!” to our violist, violinist, occasional vocalist and friend, Linnea Bloomquist.


(photo by Mark Englehart)

Although she’s played with us at most of the ceilidhs and at many other gigs, she’s always been sort of an auxiliary member of the  band, a special team if you will.

Well, we figured her birthday was as good a time as any to make an honest woman of Linnea, she’s now a full-fledged Rude Mechanical, whatever that means…

Along with playing with band, Linnea also plays viola in the West Hartford Symphony, is a vet tech during the day and has a degree in dramaturgy from NYU (if she recommends a show, go see it; the girl has a great eye for good theater)

Your next chance to see all of us Mechancials doing our thing is at this year’s ceilidh – Ceilidh VIII, The OctoCeilidh!

Two shows in one day! Get your tickets here! (and soon, this show tends to sell fast!)


Also coming up – a St. Patricks Day gig at the HartBeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater (Sunday, March 15) and we’re working on a gig at the Mark Twain House and Museum for Thursday, March 19. Stay tuned!