The Black Donnellys, an Irish duo based in Las Vegas, made a stop in Butte Tuesday afternoon as part of their attempt at setting a Guinness World Record by playing 60 gigs in 50 states in 40 days.
The band is made up of singer and guitarist Dave Rooney and Dave Browne, guitarist and mandolin player. Both musicians are originally from Ireland but now call the United States home.
Rooney said the goal of the tour is to get the record but they are also interested in sharing their story of immigrating to the U.S. They are also traveling with a film crew and Rooney says they are excited to encourage immigrants of all backgrounds to celebrate their heritage.
"You should be proud of yourselves and your Irish heritage," said Browne as he looked over the historical signage from the Butte-Silver Bow Archives. "This is not something that we do in Ireland," he said.
The Black Donnellys stop in Butte during their Guinness World Record tour
The Black Donnellys set off to break records and embrace America's diversity
Next stop Idaho Falls
You should be proud of yourselves and your Irish heritage
60 gigs, 50 states, 40 days
World record attempt includes a performance in Butte