DENVER—The Stubby Shillelaghs brought the Progressive Celtic Folk and Bluegrass genres to the Hard Rock Cafe, on June 13. They were the opening act, Chemistry Club was the direct support and The Doubleclicks were the headliners.
Andy Mithun is the lead vocalist and percussionist, Shaughnessy McDaniel is the mandolinist, Ryan Knaub is the bassist and backup vocalist and Eric Fischer is the fiddler and pianist of The Stubby Shillelaghs. McDaniel, Knaub and Fischer share guitar and backup vocal duties.
Before The Stubby Shillelaghs began their recital with “Jedi Drinking Song”, they were introduced by Mostly Harmless’ Damian Burford. Burford was the master of ceremonies of the event and mentioned all the proceeds from the concert would go directly to Comic Book Classroom. McDaniel began to play his mandolin first. Fischer joined in second and the rest of their band mates accompanied them.
After “South Australia”, Mithun stated The Stubby Shillelaghs loved to play a game during their performance and called it “Eric Plays It”. Mithun requested Fischer to play a medley of songs from “The Legend of Zelda”. As soon as he played the songs, the crowd cheered. McDaniel asked for him to take the crowd to “Jurassic Park”. He played the theme and was welcomed with more cheers. Mithun suggested for Fischer to play the theme from “Tetris” and ended the game by playing a song from “Super Mario Bros.”
Prior to “Gotham’s Finest”, Mithun encouraged everyone to check out The Stubby Shillelaghs’ website and various social networking profiles. He went onto say they were going to make a music video for the song. Each member of the band had their own verse to sing. When Knaub impersonated Batman’s nemesis, Bane, the crowd praised him and laughed aloud to his pitch-perfect impersonation.
Mithun dedicated “Top O’ The Morning’ Wood” to the men in attendance. He introduced the song by calling the condition an affliction and a disease every man had the displeasure of having. After he provided the introduction, the males in attendance laughed along with him because they could relate to what he said. Then, The Stubby Shillelaghs’ followed with “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”. He wanted everyone to leave with a “smile on their faces” and “a skip in their step”.
“Irish Raven”, “The Stubby Shillelaghs”, “Toast To Phil”, “Unapologetically Me” and “One Step Ahead” were also part of The Stubby Shillelaghs’ set.