Archives for October 2011

Other Voices Videos!

Martha Wainwright, Glen Hansard (Jacob Blickenstaff)  Unfortunately, the videos previously posted in this blog have had to be removed as they were done without permission.  HOWEVER, I AM ASSURED THERE WILL BE OFFICIAL CLIPS, and as soon as they are out I will share them with you!  Meanwhile do check out the review just posted […]

Happy Halloween– BZH (Breton) extravaganza!

How It’s New York:  New York just loves this holiday, it’s spooky, it’s autumnal, it’s flamboyant.How It’s Irish:  Samhain is a Celtic holiday, and this Celtic Fest includes Breton and Scottish music on the bill! Got your plans yet for Halloween?  It’s become a sort of secular Christmas (think I’m paraphrasing Jim Malcolm here!), with […]

Michelle Woods Can’t Wait for the Return of Peter Quinn’s Fintan Dunne: The Man Who Never Returned

How Its New York: Peter Quinn’s The Man Who Never Returned oozes New York. It’s a central character.  And Peter is President of the Irish American Writers & Artists, whom we love and adore.How Its Irish: Irish-American Quinn produces an Irish-American shamus, Fintan Dunne. In which reviewer Michelle Woods discovers the joys of reading an […]

Irish Superhero Origins

How It’s New York:  This piece was inspired in part by a series of interviews run by NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House for their Oral History Collection.  Plus which, we all know “Gotham” is really New York. How It’s Irish:  We said oral history, as in spoken, right?  Mike also reflects on his recent trip to […]

Check out Mike Farragher/NY Irish Arts Blogger/on WRSU this Sunday 4-5PM on “Voice of Ireland”

Tune in as I gab with DJ Tom Burns about Irish music and read chapters from my new book, “This is your Brain on Shamrocks!” It all goes down this Sunday on the “Voice of Ireland” program, 4-5PM! Tune in! http://wrsu.rutgers.edu/index.php

Say Amen, Somebody: Irish Chamber Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, Halloween night

How It’s New York:  Irish Chamber Orchestra is playing at one of New York’s treasures, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  One of the pieces, Termon, by Mícheál Ó Súilleabhaín, commemorates 9/11 on its tenth anniversary.How It’s Irish:  The orchestra is in residence at Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of […]

New York Irish Other Voices: Thursday 27 and Friday 28!

How It’s New York:  Other Voices NYC blends music and literature, and takes place in one of New York’s hip village spots, Le Poisson Rouge.  And it’s sold out, which is so New York.  And some of the artists are New York based:  Colum McCann will read, and Glen Hansard lives in Brooklyn…How It’s Irish:  […]

Bill Whelan and Athena Tergis Make Beautiful Music Together This Weekend

Athena Tergis and Bill Whelan How It’s New York:  Bill Whelan lives here much of the time, though often in Connemara, and Athena Tergis, though brought up in California and resident in Tuscany (on a winery!  talk about your sweet life), was born in New York City.  They’re playing at Irish Arts Center this weekend, […]

Origins of Heroes!

DC Comics rebooted your favorite superheroes last month with “the new 52” series, giving fresh coats of paint and new story lines to the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman. It reminded me how much I loved reading about the origins of those characters as a kid and how fascinated I was with the pain […]

Artist Talk and Reception Tonight – From the Crucible: An Exhibition of Bronze Sculpture

How It’s New York: From the Crucible is on display at Irish Arts Center, a home away from home for visual artists looking to receive New York exposure in the Center’s gallery. How It’s Irish: Sculpture artists Colm Brennan and Leo Higgins have worked together for over 20 years in their Foundry in Dublin, Ireland. Sculpture artists […]

Phil Coulter Salutes Celtic Thunder with Heartland

How It’s New York:  Loads of New York celebs know and love Phil Coulter (see his note about writing a song for Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson’s wedding, below), and lots of musicians have worked with him over the years.  Phil was one of the first to produce Planxty, and is a big fan of […]

New York Irish Poetry: IAC’s PoetryFest, Nov. 4-6

How It’s New York:  It’s at the Irish Arts Center, one of New York’s most important hubs of Irish arts and culture.  And literature is a New York thing (see post on Stinging Fly and its events!)How It’s Irish:  The poets are Irish, and it’s curated by Imagine Ireland’s Literary Curator Belinda McKeon (check out […]

Buzzing Fly of Literature: New York Irish Words

How It’s New York:  It’s the home of publishing, and a vast literary center.  There are readings every night of the week– especially this week!How It’s Irish:  The journal The Stinging Fly is an Irish one, with great Irish writers in it.  This issue blends Irish and American writers, thinking about New York!  And you […]

Lillies session goes Halloween

How it’s New York: we go to town for this holiday! How it’s Irish: one if the sweetest sessions in town, runby Dan Neely, on Saturday afternoons! – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone