Archives for March 2011

Craobh Rua at the Folk Project, Sunday April 3

In conjunction with Reel Music Unlimited, Folk Project presents the Northern Irish band Craobh Rua (pronounced Crave Roo-Ah) on April 3, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship.  A few years ago I was Special Concerts director at the Folk Project, in Morristown– I presented Liz Caroll and John Doyle, the Tannahill Weavers, Screaming Orphans, Mick Moloney […]

Storm Theatre brings Boucicault’s Arrah-na-Pogue to NY– closes 4/2

 “If there was a diamond as big as yourself, it would be a poor thing beside you, my darlin.’”– Shaun the Post, Arrah-na-Pogue, by Dion Boucicault Paul Nugent and Nicola Murphy (Michael Abrams Photography) When New Yorkers think of Irish playwrights, they might think of Beckett, Synge, McPherson, MacDonagh.  Maybe even Shaw or Wilde.  But […]

Irish Modern Dance Theatre Falls and Recovers the souls of victims of torture (LaMama ETC until 4/9)

“the piece is full of surprise and mystery…” Sebastiao Mpembele Kamalandua and Elizabeth Shu Manka (Chris Nash)  Fall and Recover, choreographed by John Scott, was  to be in New York on March 17.  But it got flagged by Homeland Security and had to be postponed until March 25, and it continues its run through April […]

Lúnasa at Highline Ballroom, March 21, 2011

Lúnasa at Highline last week were wonderful–even without Seán Smyth, who we were told was studying for some kind of medical exam, it was a great night– Colin Farrell (not the actor!) subbed for him and did a great job.  I sat with Kathleen Biggins from WFUV (she hosts the show “A Thousand Welcomes”)and her […]

The New York Irish Arts Podcast for the week of April 1!

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Imelda May talks about burlesque and pub lock-ins; Simone Kirby talks about her role in Molly Sweeney and Paul Keating tells us about the Comhaltas Fleadh in Parsiappny NJ April 1-3 (still time to practice!).

Where’s the podcast? Coming!

Sorry for the delay, but we were hoping to get book reviewer Michelle Woods on the podcast! She was to talk about her apparently controversial review of Joseph O’Connor’s Ghost Light.  Trouble is, it’s spring break (Michelle teaches at SUNY New Paltz) and she’s in the Bahamas… and the cell where I’m supposed to reach […]

Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch at IAANJ, March 26

I am a huge fan of these guys–  I wrote about Matt for Irish Examiner USA last February.  He’s a great and also very funny fiddler who I met up in the Catskills in 2009 during Catskills Irish Arts Week (yep, I’m going to link to it every time it comes up).  Matt and Jackie […]

Come to Parsippany! 2011 Fleadh and Hall of Fame, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann April 1-3

It’s next weekend, so if you’re a musician planning to compete you could still bone up!  The convention itself is in San Antonio this weekend, but if you couldn’t make the sunny weather near the Alamo there’s always the Parsippany Hilton.  April 1-3 is the  60th Anniversary Celebration of Irish Music, Dance, Song and the […]

I Was Blind, and Now I See… maybe. Review of MOLLY SWEENEY at Irish Rep

Simone Kirby as Molly Sweeney describes pleasure… from Irish Repertory Theatre’s haunting production Simone Kirby (Carol Rosegg) “Unfolding before your eyes is a production that brings to life all the terrible pain of hope.  You just don’t see the world the same way afterwards.”  Monologue driven plays are not my favorite format, and Brian Friel’s […]

I Was Blind, and Now I See… maybe. Review of MOLLY SWEENEY at Irish Rep

Simone Kirby as Molly Sweeney describes pleasure… from Irish Repertory Theatre’s haunting production Simone Kirby (Carol Rosegg) “Unfolding before your eyes is a production that brings to life all the terrible pain of hope.  You just don’t see the world the same way afterwards.”  Monologue driven plays are not my favorite format, and Brian Friel’s […]

Irish Chanteuse Imelda May creates MAYHEM with Jeff Beck

New York/NJ dates 3/28 and 3/29! Imelda May (Brian Lowe) The Beacon Theater on NY may even be sold out– so don’t wait.  She’s at the State Theater in New Brunswick on Tuesday. Had a lovely chat with Rockabilly idol Imelda May, who released her second album Mayhem abroad in October (it’s not out here, […]

Michelle Woods reviews Joseph O’Connor’s GHOST LIGHT

Can literature convey passion? Michelle Woods wonders.  Joseph O’Connor’s book takes a famous love affair– Playwright John Millington Synge and young actress Molly Allgood (stage name, Maire O’Neill)– and makes it mundane.  “Expect to read more about their rambles in Wicklow than any grand passion.”  Maire O’Neill  as Pegeen Mike, from NLI Collection John Millington […]

WE HAVE A WINNER! Ticket Giveaway to Lunasa, tonight!

Lúnasa in Long Branch, last year  Our trivia question was:  What is Seán Smyth’s dayjob?Sean Halpin, at the reception for the WSHSO Friday, told me without missing a beat: “G.P. His whole family are G.Ps.” That’s a doctor, to us here in NYC.  Not a whole lot of musicians with that dayjob!  Sean doesn’t want […]

New York Daily News recommends WSHSO too!

This Weekend’s Best Events – March 18-20, 2011.png by nyirisharts on Aviary Wow, we didn’t notice either that the New York Daily News had given the band this lovely shout out- FIRST in their list of things to do!