Archives for September 2011

Cathie Ryan sings in NJ Sat! Plus Ticket Giveaway!

How It’s New York:  Cathie Ryan is moving to New York State, and we expect to see her turning up at concerts and sessions from now on.  Lots of great New York musicians play with her include Catskills Irish Arts Week favorite, Matt Mancuso (and Cathie told me she’s going to be recording a new […]

Guggenheim Grotto wants your help for the new album!

How It’s New York: The Guggenheim Grotto guys are living in Brooklyn now.  They’re playing the New York Irish Center November 5 (a makeup for the date lost to Hurricane Irene!  Really, they’re locals now. How It’s Irish: The folk-rock duo Kevin May and Mick Lynch are from Co. Mayo and Wexford. I’m a big […]

Don’t Miss: Iarla Ó Lionáird Meets Ivan Goff, Oct. 1-2

How It’s New York:  The series was conceived here, by New Yorker via Limerick and Thailand Mick Moloney, for the Irish Arts Center.How It’s Irish:  Irish music is in its heart eclectic– and this pairing of two musicians from slightly different spheres always includes at least one Irish musician. The Masters in Collaboration Series at […]

Write a play for Ireland! Deadline Nov. 11

How It’s New York:  Buy a coffee, meet a playwright.  Whod oesn’t want to be in show biz in the home of the Great White Way?The home of great writing programs and the Dramatist’s Guild, there are lots and lots of dramatists here, all seeking their breaks, and open to any competition opp.How It’s Ireland:  […]

“Be a Clown, Be a Clown”: Cirque de Legume Clown Workshop

New contributor Rachael puts on the red nose of Funny How It’s New York: It’s a theater workshop in the City with a higher actor to civilian ratio of any in our nation. How It’s Irish: Led by Jaimie Carswell, one half of the hilarious Cirque de Légume, on tour from Ireland as part of […]

Noah and the Tower Flower Review

How It’s New York:  It’s part of the 1st Irish Festival, Irish theatre for New York audiences How It’s Irish:  Fishamble is a Dublin company, who have brought powerful, emotional work to New York before. This review was in Irish Examiner last week– it’s one of my favorite plays in the Festival so far! Tuesday […]

Celtic Thunder Play the Beacon September 24!

How It’s New York:  They’re playing the Beacon Theatre, a grand old place on the West Side.  How It’s Irish:  All of the five boys (guys!) are Irish, and this tour, the Heritage tour, really plays up the Irish music more than any other cd they’ve done so far. Here’s my feature on Celtic Thunder, […]

1935 film GUESTS OF THE NATION has US Premiere at Alice Tully Hall, Sept. 22

How It’s New York:  It is screening at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and it’s buzzy.  So buzzy almost everyone I’ve spoken to in the Irish New York scene will be here.  And “buzzy,” that’s so New York.  And there are two short contemporary silent films before the main event, so it’s a must-see […]

New Feature: Scrolling Calendar!

hey all, just wanted to call your attention to a new feature on the site– the scrolling calendar.  This lists all the events I know about, with times and place, and most of the info from press releases.  It’s not complete but already you can see some days have multiple sessions, festivals, concerts, lectures! If […]

The Irish Festival at the Jersey Shore, September 17!

How It’s New York (New Jersey):  Going “down the shore” is a New York thing too (did you know none of those kids on “Jersey Shore” are from the Jersey Shore? I did!).  Some of the Ceilí circuit players are there, including Patty Furlong.How It’s Irish:  It’s all about Irish-ness:  the Irish Festival at the […]

Bogboy Surfaces: Theatre Review

How It’s New York:  It’s appearing as part of the 1st irish Festival, a New York Festival of Theatre arts which runs through Oct. 2!How It’s Irish:  Deirdre Kinahan’s company Tall Tales Theatre Company is based in Navan, and the play takes on the ache of the Disappeared ruing the Troubles– and Ireland’s struggle to […]

Safe home, Mike Rafferty (1926-2011). Mick Moloney on “The Mighty Raff”.

How It’s New York:  Flute player Mike Rafferty was beloved in this area, played yup at the Catskills during Irish arts Week, Blarney Star Sessions, and has  branch of CCE named for him (with Joe Madden) in Bogota, NJ.  Many, many musicians have played with him and learned from him. How It’s Irish:  Mike Rafferty […]

Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra, lunchtime today! 12:30 pm at 23 Park Row (J&R NYC Music World and Computer downtown)

How It’s New York:  Free lunchtime events with amazing people are one of the nicer things about living here.  In other places you have to drive hundreds of miles for events like this; in NY you can stay put and let others come to you!How It’s Irish:  Moya, who is one of the original members […]

Cirque de Légume’s Silly Tossed Salad: Review

How It’s New York:  It’s part of the 1st irish Festival, which is a New York Festival of Irish Theatre.How It’s Irish: The company are Irish, and the Irish Times has called it “The greatest vegetable circus on earth.” Cirque de Légume, from Sligo, presents  two off-beat clowns.  The one-hour romp gives us a sort […]