Rattle the Knee To Recall Old Ireland at Coffee Gallery Backstage

Published : Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 4:54 AM

Rattle the Knee, a Los Angeles-based band that brings traditional Irish music to the West Coast, will be performing at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, at 2029 Lake Avenue in Altadena.

The band’s name is derived from Irish music collector Séamus Ennis’ story “Don Nipiri Septo,” where he describes a fairy-like character and the practicalities of farming duty, colloquialisms, and allergies to smoke.

The character Don,  ”rattles the knee of his knee britches…” reads the story.

Band members include Patrick D’Arcy, who hails from Dublin, Ireland but has spent most of his musical life as a l uilleann piper in Southern California; Kira Ott, a fiddler from Los Angeles who has been very active on the local Irish music scene for many years; and Jimmy Murphy, a guitarist and mandolinist.

Rattle The Knee’s sound is rooted in the interplay of uilleann pipes, fiddle, and guitar rhythms driving old dance tunes. Songs, marches slow airs, and the occasional good yarn are all in the offing.

D’Arcy will be playing his beautifully smooth sounding “flat” B pipes. Ott and Murphy will have their strings tuned down to match. He tours regularly, both nationally and internationally, and has appeared on numerous recordings.

His solo album, “Wallop the Spot,” has received both critical acclaim and radio play in the U.S. and Ireland. He is a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club and teaches locally, remotely (via internet), and around the country at uilleann piping “tionoil” (gatherings).

As a child, Kira Ott studied classical viola, but left that behind to play Irish music as a teenager. After spending many winters traveling to Donegal, Ireland to learn at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School, she took a few summers festival hopping around the Emerald Isle, learning from authentic masters.

D’Arcy and Ott played pickup gigs together for many years while each played in other local bands. They ultimately decided to make their music official, teamed up with Jimmy Murphy, and Rattle The Knee was complete.

Murphy has performed in venues ranging from the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles to temples in Japan. He has performed on KPFK’s “Global Village” with Eric Rigler, on KPFK’s “Folkscene” with Mick Moloney, and as part of the band Ciunas, and live on KCSN’s “Tied to the Tracks.”

Murphy spent two years as a contracted musician in Japan; first as a soloist for Tokyo Disney Sea, then as a member of a band for Universal Studios Japan, and finally as a key member for a four-piece band again at Tokyo Disney Sea. He is the go-to guitarist for most Irish musicians in LA and has performed with both D’Arcy and Ott in many musical configurations.

The show is on Saturday, May 25, 7 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are $20. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve, call (626) 798-6236 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. No payment is necessary when you make telephone reservations. You can pay by cash or check at the door at the time of the show. Visit www.coffeegallery.com/blog/05-25-19-rattle-the-knee.html.

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