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Irish Band - The Lucky Charms - Irish Folk Music - Celtic Folk Music - American Folk Music


You'll be charmed!

The Lucky Charms are Gerry Monks (guitar, mandolin & vocals), Alaina Romine (guitar, bass &vocals),Christine Pugh (guitar, flute, tin whistle & vocals) and Dana Catlett (Fiddle & vocals).  With unique vocal harmonies and instrumentation they perform Celtic Folk, Irish Folk, Traditional Celtic and American Folk Music.  In the short time they have been together they have been trying to cultivate their own sound by combining traditional Celtic music with American folk and pop music.  Hoping to capture the audience with their something for everyone style.

Christine "Cricket" Pugh is the original member; she plays guitar, flute and tin whistle. Alaina Romine plays guitar and bass. Dori Walker Como plays the Irish drum. Gerry Monks plays guitar and mandolin.  And they all sing ... very well.  The harmony of the three women is a real treat.

The Lucky Charms are superbly diverse.  They'll mix songs with a wide variety of American folk, Celtic tunes, and covers, ranging from Janis Joplin to Richard Thompson, and you might even catch them going into the Ramones' "What I Like About You".  If Cricket doesn't have the song in her head or her Big Book, she'll do her best to have it ready when you come back for another show ... and you will come back.

The Lucky Charms both entertain and involve their audience, giving little assignments that range from singing a bit to drinking a bit to spewing a bit of mild profanity - all in fun, of course. And even if she doesn't bring along her dancing shoes, make sure to get Dori to lead you through "The Unicorn Song."

The Lucky Charms
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The Lucky Charm's SONG LIST

nancy whiskey

step it out mary

back home in derry

all for me grog

kinky boots

I'll tell me ma

ready for the storm

when the stars go blue

closer to fine


south australia

black velvet band

mary mac

from here to clare

drunken sailor

whiskey in the jar

come out you black & Tans

what i like about you

star of the county down

dirty old town

drink up the cider

charlie on the mta

follow me up to carlow

What's up (4 non blondes)

lord of the dance

house of the rising sun

you were meant for me (jewel)

crooked jack

spanish lady


cat's in the cradle

Not pretty enough (casey chambers)

the foggy dew

molly malone

sonny's dream

don't think twice (dylan)

fields of athenry

these boots were made for walking

bad bad leroy brown

brown eyed girl


fulsome prison (johnny cash)

hotel california


knocking on heaven's door

L&N (michelle shocked)

red is the rose

ride on

the skye boat song

wish you were here (pink floyd)

wild colonial boy

wild rover

sweet home alabama

the unicorn song

leaving on a jet plane

wearing of the green

walking after midnight

white orange and green

that's all right mama

the town I loved so well

someday soon

passionate kisses

polly von

paddy kelly's brew

only a woman's heart

mrs. Robinson

mountain dew

me and bobby mcgee

leaving of liverpool

I know you rider

good riddence


fiddler's green

finnegan's wake


city of new orleans

blowing in the wind

bad moon rising

Celtic Music Defined

Indicates 'Irish' or 'Scottish' music, but is increasingly used in Britain and the US to denote 'Irish', this suggesting discomfort with 'Irishness'. In Europe it may denote Breton or Galician music in addition to Irish, Scottish and Welsh. The music of Brittany is different than Irish music, but is within the playing and listening experience of many Irish traditional musicians. Isle of Man, England and Wales are connected cultures, but Scotland has particularly strong linguistic and music links with Ireland, as has the Scots-Irish Diaspora in Canada (Cape Breton, Newfoundland, etc.)

More superficially the term 'Celtic' has come to apply to an easy-listening, 'mood' music with dreamy, non-specific but Irish/Scots flavor, marketed as 'relaxing', 'evocative', etc.

Celtic Folk Music Defined

Celtic Folk is a blend of British folk and Celtic music. It has the structure of traditional British and Celtic music, but the attitude and aesthetics of modern-day folk and contemporary singer/songwriters.

Traditional Celtic Music Defined

Traditional Celtic applies not to the Celtic music that was popularized in the '90s, rather it is both the earliest recordings of this folk style, plus recordings that keep the music pure, without any of the new age or pop influences that distinguish contemporary Celtic music.

Irish Folk Music Defined

Irish Folk refers to folk songs and folk singers from Ireland, who often incorporate traditional Irish and Celtic music into their own style. The style encompasses both traditional Irish folk and contemporary Irish folk, which blends the traditional with contemporary rock and folk influences.

A Bit O' Press

Community Living

Irish and Celtic sounds

Local musician adds talent to band The Lucky Charms

By: Emily Hoffman

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 4:25 PM CST

Even before you reach the belly of the Weston Brewing Co., the harmonious melodies of The Lucky Charms snake up the stairs. Kearney resident Dori Walker Como coaxes music from the bodhran, an Irish drum, while harmonizing to the voices of Alaina Romine and Christine Pugh, two other members of the band.

Enthusiasm for the Irish ballads comes through in their vocals and the easy tone of their guitars. The group moves from song to song, from genre to genre with ease. The crowd grows excited as they sing “Zombie,” made popular by The Cranberries.

“We’re really diverse,” Como says. “We sing new Irish, old Irish, fighting songs and drinking songs.”

Where they play is also diverse.

“We love to do festivals. We love to do pubs,” Como says. “That’s a natural place for a Celtic band to be.”

Using vocal harmonies, guitar and the bodhran, the group performs Celtic folk, Irish folk, traditional Celtic and American folk music. The band has been together for 8 or 9 months and released its first CD this month. For being together such a short time, Como is thrilled at their success.

“To be where we are, we’re really excited,” Como says. “We love to create a following.”

Como loves music. It plays in her head though out the day. It’s in her hands as she taps the bodhran and sings.

“I help them keep their beat,” she says.

She’s been involved in the Celtic culture for years. It’s in her blood and a part of her heritage. Music filled her house during her early years as her dad played the played the bagpipes.

Como is the oldest of three girls. All have been Scottish and Irish dancers from their youth. She started teaching professional Scottish dancing and as a child took part in competitive Irish dancing.

She and her husband moved to Kearney from Omaha, Neb., in October. They were ready for a change, and both were plugged into the Celtic community in the Kansas City area.

Como had been with a band in Omaha for three years. While playing with that group, she met the editor of Irish Focus, a Midwest Irish newspaper. He said he had a friend looking for a bodhran player.

When Pugh, founder of The Lucky Charms, met, then performed with Como, she knew she’d found the missing link for the band.

“When we got Dori, we knew right away it was going to work out,” Pugh said.

As the night goes on at the Weston Brewing Co., The Lucky Charms begin to include the audience, asking them to sing along with the group. A table of men joins the song with hearty voices.

They have to turn off the microphones at 9 p.m., the time the bar closes on weeknights. But they’ll strap on their guitars — Walker her bodhran — again tomorrow night when they perform at Marfield’s.

The Lucky Charm's Band History

The Lucky Charms began late November of 2005. The First two members were Christine Pugh guitarist, flutist, vocalist and Amanda Caruthers guitarist and vocalist. They started playing at Marfield's Pub in Leavenworth Ks. Focusing on vocal harmonies and a something for everyone style the girls starting getting other offers to perform more places.

Gerry Monks joined the Charms in Feb. of 2006. His first performance as a Charm was at O'Dowd's Zona Rosa for Valentines Day.  With his expert lead guitar playing Gerry added a new dimension to The Lucky Charms style. Sadly Amanda was soon to move to Northern Virginia. 17 year old vocalist, guitarist and bassist Alaina Romine joined the band in March of 2006. The band continued to perform at Marfield's and this gave them the chance to hone their skills. By summer of 2006 the band was performing 3-6 times a month. The band played at McBride's in Overland Park Ks, O'Malley's in Weston Mo, several private parties and benefits as well as their monthly gig at Marfield's.

When O'Malley's decided to open during the week the girls jumped at the chance to perform weekly there and still perform every Thursday 7-9 PM. Dori Walker Como percussionist and vocalist joined the band mid September of 2006. Adding that missing piece to the band.  All of the members sing, therefore you never get tired of hearing one voice. They sing harmony for each other which has become their trademark. Their music is a mix of traditional Celtic, American folk, Celtic tunes with the Charms own flavor and your favorite cover tunes.

They aim to please their audience and if you request a song and they know it, they are happy to play it.  What's more if they don't know it they will learn it for the next time you are at one of their shows.



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