By day it's a quiet round stone building, hidden over the side of a steep hill. A hobbit house, almost.
But by night...
The little joint rocks! During Augusta's Irish week Thursday night is reserved for the "Country Roads" jam. Everyone piles in after the ceildh to play, listen, dance, sing and laugh. The Icehouse is three floors tall, with an open center so you can see all the way to the top ...
and all the way down to the bar on the lowest level.
Here is just some of the action last Thursday night:
Irish fiddler Liz Carroll and Bronwyn (don't know her last name) heated up the strings in one corner.
while Robbie O'Connell, Joanie Madden, Jim Flanagan, and others joined in on funny song, Then dancers hit the floor. Now we're talking about a very small space, but somehow they made room for two to dance. We were directly across the "well" from where the musicians and dancers were, so we had a front row seat for the evening's music.
What a night. What a night. One to remember.
If you'd like to enjoy some of the music of these fine musicians, check out these links: