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Clay Hill Farm
Cape Neddick, Maine
Fifty years later, Irish Music Guy, Kevin Farley, now thinks it was a blessing. "My friend Bob found a TV in the trash and we took it up to his room to see if it worked. We were excited when it did, but then we found out it was stuck on one channel that showed all these old movies with a bunch of dumb singing and dancing." The eventual happy results of this disappointment form the basis of Farley's new show "From Ireland to Hollywood: Music and Lore in the Movies," which makes its gala premiere with a dinner show at Clay Hill Farm from 5-7 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2013.
"It started with Phil Silvers singing 'Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder' and went from there," Farley recalls. "Gene Kelly going wild to real Irish fiddle music, and a group of U.S. cavalry men singing a spooky rebel song by torchlight, and a grown-up Judy Garland rattling off the tongue-twister list of names in 'It's a Great Day for the Irish.' Later he would hear the amazing music in "The Quiet Man" including a haunting song by Maureen O'Hara, Fred Astaire's poignant last musical role in "Finian's Rainbow," Paul McCartney's grandfather defiantly singing a rebel song in a police station in the first Beatles movie, and, eventually, the rowdy traditional music in "Titanic" and "Gangs of New York."
Farley weaves elements from these and many more in his new show of jigs, jokes, and fun facts, a show about disappointment, blessings in disguise, and how the most seemingly trivial circumstance can open doors to unimagined wonders.
Clay Hill Farm is an award-winning restaurant and experiential dining venue on 11 private acres in Cape Neddick, Maine. Showcasing locally-sourced food and talent, their new Clay Hill Farm Presents... series, offers locals and tourists a night of Maine's culinary & theatrical best. Limited Seating. Tickets $10 with an a la carte menu. Reservations: (207) -361-2272. www.clayhillfarm.com