Concerts in the Courtyard: Kevin McKrell
August 13 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Every summer Friday from June 4 to September 3 (weather permitting), Bennington Museum invites you to join us in the courtyard for a bite to eat and some informal entertainment by regional musicians.
From approximately 5pm to 7pm Bennington Museum will host performers in the courtyard, free of charge. The public is encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and to arrive early as the courtyard capacity will be limited to 30 total. Visitors are expected to maintain social distance and wear masks when not eating or drinking.
The Avocado Pit will set up shop in front of the Museum’s gates, serving delicious tacos, beer and wine. Food may be eaten anywhere on the grounds, and alcohol may be consumed within the gates and other designated areas.
Kids of all ages will find a fun makerspace in the pavilion to create art based on art and objects featured in the Museum. Activities led by Museum ABCs educators will be provided free of charge with a suggested donation in support of art supplies.
The Museum galleries are open until 6pm on Fridays.
In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled by 2pm on Fridays. Check our facebook page for updates.
Somewhere tonight, across the country or across the sea, a singer, sitting on a stool on a pub’s corner stage, is belting out a Kevin McKrell song, and the crowd is singing along. McKrell pioneered Celtic music beginning in 1979 with Donnybrook Fair. The original trio’s 1982 album Tunnel Tigers remains a landmark of the form, with its blend of Clancy Brothers swagger and upstate NY attitude. McKrell honed his powerful performance style further in the 80s with The Fabulous Newports, a rambunctious harmony group known as much for its antics, cut-up comedy and long list of eventual members as for its sweet singing.
In 1998, McKrell—who has three solo albums to his credit—formed a powerhouse band under his own name, merging the Irish sensibility of Donnybrook with a steely, world class bluegrass edge. The McKrells toured harder than Donnybrook, bringing its music, with McKrell’s lusty vocals supported by hot string band picking, to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and festivals and concert venues around the country. He is best known, though, for his indelible songs—classics like “Donegal,” “I Miss the Rain” and the eternal “All of The Hard Days Are Gone”—which, in addition to the raft of pub singers mentioned afore, have been sung and recorded by artists like The Kingston Trio, Bob Shane, North Sea Gas, The Furey Brothers, Seamus Kennedy ,The Druids, The Dublin City Ramblers ,Wood’s Tea Company and others. Few artists of any stripe in the Capital Region have left a mark as bold and lasting as Kevin McKrell.