The Teelin Dance Company is scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. March 24 at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.
The Teelin Dance Company is scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. March 24 at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster. (Submitted Photo, Carroll County Times)

It's becoming a Westminster St. Patrick's Day tradition.

Celtic rock band Barleyjuice and their kilt-wearing performers come to Westminster just before St. Patrick's Day. Tickets don't last long.

Both Barleyjuice concerts scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster are sold out.

Tickets still remain for a Barleyjuice concert at 7:30 p.m. March 15 at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Tickets are $28.

The Barleyjuice concerts are among the first Irish-related events coming up in March. As usual, the area will feature plenty of concerts and special events for St. Patrick's Day, particularly since the holiday happens to fall on a Saturday this year.

Typically, tickets for Barleyjuice at the Arts Center are gone within days.

"I was as surprised and pleased as anyone the first year we sold it out," said Kyf Brewer, the high-energy group's lead vocalist. "I can only attribute it to the fact that I grew up in Owings Mills and Reisterstown and graduated from Franklin [High School]."

Being local helps, but the band features dynamite musicians, fun personalities and perform a genre not often seen at the Arts Center, Carroll County Executive Director Sandy Oxx said.

Brewer was part of the Baltimore rock band The Ravyns, which recorded the single "Raised on the Radio," a hit release on the soundtrack of the coming-of-age teen comedy flick "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Brewer credited his association with the Ravyns for helping build the Barleyjuice fan base. Barleyjuice, which also features Keith Swanson, Shelley Weiss, Eric Worthington and Gregor Schroeder, has performed throughout the United States and Europe.

Barleyjuice once played at the 2000 Millennium Pipes in Edinburgh, Scotland, where Prince Charles served as the official spokesman.

The event included 10,000 pipers and drummers from around the world combining for musical medleys sent out by organizers prior to the event. Some of the bands occasionally stuck to their own music.

"When you got a number of the bands playing the same song, though," Brewer said, "it was tremendous. Whether [Prince] Charles ever truly heard us, I doubt if we'll ever know. But we sounded good."

Brewer said March is a hectic time for the band. He said he's never been in Ireland on St. Patrick's Day but he suspects the revelry is simliar to the fun times in the United States.

"I feel it's about the same," he said of St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. "Not as much of the green hats, green beer and fake hair and stuff, though. Just a serious lot of good music, dancing and drinking."

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