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Friday, March 08, 2013

Harold Herrington, Irish Rogue, Passed away 03/03/13

                           (Harold on the Right)

I have some sad news to pass along and also to all of you. 

My good friend and fellow Irish Rogue member Harold Herrington passed away on Mar. 3. 

We had a service and a wake for him on Wednesday Mar. 6 and sent him off right. 

Some of you may remember Harold as the banjo player, along with John Hodgins and myself who comprised the Irish Rogues for some years. John was in attendance and did some tunes with us at the wake. 

Please feel free to pass this info to whoever might have known Harold. He'll be missed. 

Thanks all, 

Red McWilliams

Herrington, Harold Howard Age 77, of Rowlett, TX, died on March 03, 2013. Service 2pm, Weds., March 6, 2013 at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rowlett Chapel.

The Irish Rogues are an authentic, traditional Celtic/Irish Pub band that performs a rich collection of rollicking sing-a-longs, ballads, Celtic folk music to include bluegrass and Old-timey styles, along with brilliant, danceable instrumentals that originate from Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and many other parts of the world. The Irish Rogues band was created by Irish emigrant John Hodgins and his good friend Harold Herrington in 1981. The band was immediately hired by Nick Farrelly, Dublin born, and the owner and proprietor of Nick Farrelly's Lounge in Dallas, Texas. Fondly referred to as the "NFL", Nick's pub was true Irish in those early days, before "Irish Pubs" were to become fashionable in Dallas.

The Irish Rogues have played music continuously throughout the years and have appeared regularly at almost every local Irish pub and Celtic celebration and event. Band members have been featured performers at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas since the festival started in 1982. As part of their style of playing, they get folk to join in with their music with the use of sing-along booklets, and they frequently encourage old and new musicians to join in the fun with them.

When John retired in 2012, he left the rich legacy of the Irish pub music traditions with Earnie Taftand David Sparks. They immediately teamed up withSteve Harrison who provides an amazing array of instrumental skills and singing to not only continue the pub music style of music, but to begin building the band to win over a whole new generation of folk into the Celtic music traditions found throughout the world.

The Irish Pub music experience is to have fun with all forms of music that has a full spectrum of emotion. The Irish Rogues make music fun. 

From time to time, theKelticDead (Shaun - Patrick Young) joins us with his diatonic harmonicas in his Celtic-style of play. 

It's all part of the pub music experience and fun.  


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