Many Irish-Americans are raised with the traditional ballads of their ancestors. They memorize the lyrics like Sunday hymns, sing them with family and, eventually, grow to appreciate each line.
Then, some of them buy guitars and a pile of Pogues albums and all hell breaks loose.
This may have been the progression for Rochester’s 1916, an Easter Rising-themed band that started with Bill Herring and Steve LaDue playing the acoustic standards of the Dubliners and Wolfe Tones. Now, with guitarist Herring and drummer LaDue joined by bassist Chris VanCleve and accordionist Rayce Malone, the quartet has blossomed into a full-blown hooley in the vein of noted Celtic-themed contemporaries the Fenians and Dropkick Murphys.
Those interested in this kind of punk-shaded celebration can catch the band at 8 p.m. Saturday, when it joins locals Big Classic and Pete Lund inside Buffalo’s beloved Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). With tracks off 2013’s “Stand Up and Fight” and a psychobilly bend that sets it apart from electrified Clancy Brothers cover bands, 1916 strives to honor its Irish heritage with rebellion true to the year in its name.
Tickets are $5 at the door. Visit buffalosmohawkplace.com.
– Michael Farrell