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St. Patty's Hangover With 'Blarney Stoned'

Courtesy of Blarney Stoned

Six years ago, cook and guitarist Mark Vick got tired of spending St. Patrick’s Day working behind the bar instead of jamming onstage. So he and a few of his musician friends started the band, Blarney Stoned.

This raucous, modern Irish rock band throws together drums, a fiddle, a mandolin, a banjo, whiskey and some stage acrobatics--inviting audience members to do what their name suggests and “get Blarney Stoned.”

“It’s like, I’m feeling good. I’m drunk and I’ve got my 'stoned' on, and then the next day, it feels like a rock fell on you,” said Vick.

The group has become a staple for St. Patty’s Day blowouts around the Kansas City area, performing six gigs this past weekend. And now, they’ve released a self-titled CD.

This story was produced for KC Currents, which airs Sundays at 5pm with a repeat Mondays at 8pm. To listen on your own schedule, subscribe to the KCCurrents podcast.

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