Introducing Brian Kirk & the Jirks!
Updated: Jun 3, 2019
What’s the story behind Brian Kirk and the Jirks? How did you guys all come together and decide to start a band?
I was a solo guitarist playing for Monmouth Rugby Club when, one day, I went into Donovan’s [Reef] to watch other bands play. I asked Donovan’s for a job. They looked at me and asked if I was Irish. I said yes, and he said that I could start Friday. So, I started playing at Donovan’s and developing a good following. There was a bass player and drummer that came to my show a few times. Eventually, we became a trio. Then, when Middletown used to have the hunt, I picked up a guitar and played on the back of a pickup truck as people played on tupperware drums all around. The Bar A[nticipation] owner was in the audience one time, and they asked if I had a band and would want to play at Beat the Clock on Tuesdays. And, that’s how it all started. The band got popular. Unfortunately, that band called Brian Kirk & the Lovepumps broke up. The Lovepumps started their own band called Lifespeed; and I started my own band that eventually became Brian Kirk & the Jirks. The rest is Jersey Shore musical history.
How did you decide on the name?
On a whim, my bass player mentioned it. It sounded funny & I was thinking we only had a short time in the music industry, so we ran with it.
How long have you been in the Jersey Shore area?
I was born in Red Bank and I lived in the Middletown/Red Bank area my whole life. Now, I currently live in Rumson.
What got you guys into playing instruments?
My dad was a band leader and I believed it was so ingrained in my DNA that I had no other choice.
How long have you guys been playing for?
With the current lineup, we’ve been together for roughly ten years; but Brian Kirk & the Jirks have been around since the 1990s.
Which one of you do you think could eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes? How many could you eat in 10 minutes?
Kristin. I, myself, could eat 13, as long as they are the little ones, not the foot longs.
What’s the biggest venue you’ve played? What venue do you feel draws the biggest crowd?
Metlife Stadium is definitely the biggest venue we’ve played in. The most amount of people was Sandy Hook in 2017.
What’s your favorite Jersey Shore venue to play?
Count Basie Theatre for our annual holiday show coming up Saturday, 12/22, is definitely a favorite. In fact, tickets are currently on sale and you can purchase them through the Count Basie box office.
Have you ever had any weird song requests at a wedding?
A father/son dance from a song called “You Made Me From Your Load”.
Would you consider yourselves...hot dog people or sausage people?
Hot dog people.
What’s your favorite thing on Relish’s menu? Why?
I haven’t been, but it sounds delightful and I’d love to go.
If you could make your own signature hot dog, what would it have on it? And what would you call it?
It would be a hot dog on sourdough bread with Icelandic remoulade sauce. I’d call it ‘Ice Ice Kirky’.
Would you consider a hot dog a sandwich?
If you could pick only one condiment to use for the rest of your life, what would it be?