The LA-based Irish band Rattle the Knee pays a visit to Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena Saturday night.

The act has proven so popular that they boast shows at top venues around the country, including the Grand Ol’ Opry, and locally at the Los Angeles Music Center and the Ford Amphitheater, as well as shows as far away as Japan.

Expect to hear traditional instrumentation, including uilleann pipe, courtesy of Dublin native Patrick D’Arcy, who’s spent most of his career as a top piper in Southern California. Besides his work with Rattle the Knee, D’Arcy tours nationally and internationally with other acts. His solo album, “Wallop the Spot,” has received critical acclaim.

Fiddler Kira Ott, a native of Los Angeles, is also a top artist on the LA Irish music scene. She initially studied classical music, but as a teen left it behind to perform Irish music. Ott and D’Arcy have long performed together outside of Rattle the Knee.

Rounding out the ensemble, guitarist and mandolin player Jimmy Murphy boasts a solid history as a member of the local Irish scene. He’s performed on KPFK’s “Folkscene” and other radio programs, and is a top guitarist with various other area acts.


Music starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $20. Call (626) 798-6236 or visit