A night in Peadar Kearney’s…
Walking into local pub, Peadar Kearney’s, has the effect of transporting you to a better world. It’s not just that the smoothly flowing drinks or the traditionally decorated space evoke a kinder, gentler era—it’s the atmosphere created by the excellent musicians and staff that takes you to a time and place outside and above the normal muckabout Dublin night.
During a recent show at Peadar Kearney’s regular Musician Brian Brody revealed his ability to bring a crowd together. As a consummate storyteller, he works his guitar and his voice to tap into the primal themes of the human condition. He moves easily from traditional ballads to rousing rock—engaging the crowd in a friendly banter.“Be loud because I’m about to be!” he urges the room before he launches into a rousing rendition of The Irish Rover and the crowd roars back.
As he works the crowd, he creates a community of strangers united by his music and the warm atmosphere of the pub. During a roll-call of sorts he moves around the room calling out the countries represented in the audience:Ireland, Ireland, Ireland, America, Cezch Republic, Ireland, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Ireland, Ireland, England, Ireland. In a neighborhood where pubs can often be dominated by hordes of tourists, this time and place feels authentically Irish because it is.