Avourneen started out as the house band at Katie Mullen’s, which was the largest Irish pub and restaurant in downtown Denver, for more than two years. During St. Patrick’s Day weekend within three months of their official launch, Avourneen shared the stage with Pinch of Snuff, a quintet straight out of County Leitrim. The band’s version of the Pogues’ classic “Fairytale of New York” even earned a shout-out from the Pogues themselves on Facebook. In 2014, Goldstein and Morden embarked on a trip to Ireland to study the music at its source. In the past six years, the band has played high-profile festivals across the West, including the Colorado Irish Festival, the Cheyenne Celtic Festival, the Elizabeth Celtic Festival and the Celtic Harvest Festival. The band has also appeared on Celtic radio programs across the state, including appearances on KRFC, KRCC and Radio 1340. What’s more, they’ve become one of Colorado’s go-to live bands for contra dances, a traditional dance form that draws participants of all ages.