REVIEW: Tip a pint with Barleycorn & Rye

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 03:04 PM

Irish music isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day, but if you’re reading this you know that already. There’s a wide variety of music that has Irish roots. Triangle Irish band Barleycorn & Rye plays March shows, of course, but has a busy schedule the rest of the year, too. Their take on acoustic Irish music features elements of American roots music and old-time music, too.

A few of their upcoming local shows start around happy hour, and that’s apropos. Tonight they’ll perform at Doolin’s in Durham at 6:30 p.m. The music is both lively and warmly comforting. Their debut CD, “The Rowdy Sessions,” takes off with the first track, “South Australia/John Ryan’s Polka.” It’s Irishness without being overwhelming. You can dance, tap your feet, or just tilt back a pint to it. Like the three bears’ porridge, it’s not too hot or too cold – it’s just right. “Fall on My Knees/Bile Them Cabbage Down” is another track off “The Rowdy Sessions” that brings a smile to your face. The band’s enjoyment of what they do comes through.
Barleycorn & Rye are Michael Granatosky (violin/vocals), Dan Ouimet (mandolin/percussion/vocals), Jon Albert Segars (banjo) and Dave DeHarde (guitar/vocals). On “The Rowdy Sessions,” they are joined by Patrick Bush (accordion) and Andy Bentley (bass/vocals).
Their day jobs may not be what you’d expect. Segars is a chaired professor at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, specifically the faculty director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and RBC Bank Distinguished Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Granatosky is an evolutionary anthropology graduate student at Duke University and DeHarde is a program director at Montessori Community School in Durham. Segars said the band is their alter egos.
Barleycorn & Rye are good for happy hour and any hour you want to feel a driving force of Irish and old time music – community. Irish pub or front porch, Barleycorn & Rye is crowd-pleasing. “The Rowdy Sessions” is available at shows, iTunes or Amazon. You can listen to their tracks and see a full list of upcoming Triangle shows at


WHO: Barleycorn & Rye
WHEN: 6:30-9:30 p.m. tonight
WHERE: Doolin’s Irish Pub & Cafe
3211 Shannon Road, Durham
WHEN: July 19
WHERE: The Broad Street Café
1116 Broad St., Durham