2024 Indy St. Patrick’s Weekend at the Golden Ace

McGinleys' Golden Ace St. Patrick's Weekend

When Irish eyes are smiling…it’s because they’re thinking of a three-day Golden Ace St. Patrick’s Celebration!!!

That’s right, Indy’s oldest Irish pub is having an Irish extravaganza—March 15, 16 & 17! The Ace will have live Irish music featuring an internationally known Irish band (Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones), a nationally known act (Brigid’s Cross), three mighty local groups (Laughing Jack, Déardaoin and J.P. & The Donegal Boys) plus a Catholic Mass with Fr. Joe Moriarty to kick off Sunday!

We’ll have a huge, heated tent, numerous beers on tap from Zink Distributing, those famous Ace cheeseburgers….and one heck of an Irish party!

CASH ONLY. MUST BE 21 TO ATTEND (except for Mass).

 

MUSICAL LINE-UP 

 

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones—Direct from Ireland and on US tour, Derek Warfield & TYWT is an amazing five piece Irish band that entertains crowds throughout America & Europe.  Derek is a legend in the Irish music industry and former leader of the Wolfe Tones.  Damaris Woods, 3 time All Ireland banjo champion, heads up an unbelievably talented group of Young Wolfe Tones that will surely have you singing and clapping along!  They’ve previously performed at the White House for St. Patrick’s Day…but this year on March 16th & 17th…they’ll be performing at the Golden Ace! 
 
Brigid’s Cross—Formed 27 years ago in Cleveland, Ohio,  Brigid’s Cross first appeared at the Ace a couple years later and immediately became crowd favorites with Paulie B’s blazin’ fiddle, Peggy’s kickin’ keyboard & bohdran, numerous jokes and even an amazing beer fountain!  Brigid’s Cross has performed at many major Irish festivals and pubs throughout the U.S. and we are thrilled to have them back at the Golden Ace!
 
 
Deardaoin—This 5 piece band began at the Ace during Thursday jam sessions (Deardaoin is Gaelic for Thursday).   During the pandemic they focused their musical talent to the Irish folk genre and have performed for us on St. Patrick’s Day ever since!   They put on a great show!  We loved them, the crowd loved them and we’re happy to Deardaoin back!
 
J.P. & The Donegal Boys—this 5 piece band is going to be bringing high energy Irish music to the stage.  Comprised of J.P. McGinley, Joseph Hegarty, Eamon Hegarty & Katie Versteegh it will be hard to find a band that’s more Eastside Indianapolis Irish than these lads!  Get your voice ready because with J.P. & The Donegal Boys on stage you’ll be singing (and clapping) along to all your Irish favorites!

Laughing Jack—this quartet is making its Golden Ace St. Patrick’s debut this year but have been performing throughout Indiana for years.  Laughing Jack is a talented group of musicians who play Irish singalongs, traditional favorites and even some sea shanties.  So get ready to chant and “shant” along!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the passing of two musical legends at the Golden Ace, Patrick Grant & Patrick McNulty.  Patrick Grant performed throughout Indianapolis for over 50 years, delighting the crowd with his amazing voice.  Whether it be at Irish weddings, wakes, parties or on St. Patrick’s Day, Pat was always there for us!  

Our cousin, Patrick McNulty, was one of the main musicians in our Thursday night jam sessions.  During covid  he formed Deardoain to make sure Indianapolis (and the Golden Ace) had Irish music on St. Patrick’s Day and helped bring in Co. Donegal’s own, Eunan McIntyre.  Both will be sorely missed!