Like/dislike: Brad Dunnells, the Donegal X-Press

St. Patrick's Day is obviously a big thing for Irish bands. That's why Annapolis-based folk-punkers Donegal X-Press have played every Baltimore St. Patrick's Parade Day since 1998.

"I love seeing old friends come out to Mick O'Shea's after the parade and hearing Mike O'Shea introduce the parade performers from the bar," said vocalist/guitarist Brad Dunnells. Dunnells, 37, formed DXP in 1997 as a Towson University student, and shows no sign of stopping the ride. The band just released their sixth studio album, Paid Off the Boom. b caught up with Dunnells about the glory of saddle shoes, the trend that needs to die, and music, so much music.

Worst pet peeve? Nescient Facebook rants

What's on your iPod? Digital music downloads, along with one episode of"The Wire"

What song are you hating/loving right now? Loving "Hold On," by the Alabama Shakes

Your worst habit? Drinking cheap red wine

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Reality TV

Last movie you liked? "Moon"

Last video that made you snort with laughter? The Chrysler Super Bowl advertisement

Favorite book you recently read? "Ameritopia," by Mark Levin

Favorite item off the menu at Mick O'Shea's? Two fingers of Redbreast whiskey

Last great meal you had? Kaddo bourani at the Helmand

Food you hate? Garnish

Favorite place to get a drink? Swallow at the Hollow

Favorite and most loathed fashion statements? Favorite: saddle shoes. Loathed: jean shorts

Funny DXP story? Martin O'Malley lent the Donegal X-Press his band's sound system for our first gig when we didn't have gear of our own.

Favorite quote/saying? "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same," — Ronald Reagan

Favorite thing about Baltimore? The charm, hon.


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