Archives for February 2012

Suze Sylvester is the Oscar Grouch

How it’s New York: we here in the Empire State like to take a glance at the annual LA-LA Land fête. Natalie Wood and Tab Hunter at the 28th Academy Awards, 1956 How it’s Irish: Oorlagh George, the Irish producer of The Shore, sporting traditional Celtic braids, showed more class than most of the others onstage that […]

Oscar Winner Terry George: The Irish Are Great Talkers!

How It’s New York:  All over the city and tristate, people are holding Oscar parties and watching together– Hollywood may be 3000 miles away, but the acting community hops back and forth.  And of course, we all love the movies!How It’s Irish:  Writer/Director Terry George is from Northern Ireland, and his short “The Shore” was filmed there– […]

Music Review: Ashley Davis – Fireside Songs for the Celtic Winter

How It’s New York:  Ashley Davis brought her musical talents to the stage of Joe’s Pub, joined onstage @Therese Cox by New York-based musicians Mike Cassedy (piano) and John Hadfield (percussion). How It’s Irish:  The show featured songs from Ashley’s latest album, Songs of the Celtic Winter featuring songs in Irish, storytelling, and the musicianship […]

Altan’s Poison Glen is Heavenly

How It’s New York: Altan have been known to perform at the tiny NY pub Puck Fair, in addition to large venues like Symphony Space, where they performed in 2010. Their NY shows are always warm, and to see them at City Winery— one of my favorite venues– on March 8 to support their album […]

New York Irish Arts Podcast February 26


Podcast: Play in new window | Download Terence Mulligan on The Craic Festival, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh from Altan on the new album, The Poison Glen, the Irish language, and Courtly Love (the band is at City Winery March 8!); Brendan Fay on the St. Pats for All Parade, March 4 (fundraiser concert at Irish Arts […]

Watch Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill in California, Live! Feb. 24 & 25

@Derek Spiers How It’s New York:  Martin Hayes lives much of the year in Connecticut, so definitely tri-state.  He often performs in the area, and even did a master class and Masters in Collaboration at Irish Arts Center.How It’s Irish:  Their music is Irish, and it’s so wonderful.  Really.  I dare you not to feel […]

Irish Artist Sebastian McLaughlin Has First Show March 5

“Desolate”  Painted from Life in Bilis, Co. Cavan How It’s New York:  Sebastian McLaughlin is an emerging artist from Ireland who has been living in NYC for the past two years.  And NYC is one of the art capitals of the world.How It’s Irish:  Of course, Sebastian is Irish himself.  He’s also one of our […]

Keeping Hope Alive at the Craic

Colm Meaney – star of ‘Parked’ – will appear at this year’s Craic How It’s New York:  The Craic Festival is a film and music festival that was born in New York, and is a New York partyHow It’s Irish:  All of the films are Irish or Irish-American, ditto the music.  The Festival was conceived […]

Kevin Holohan Remembers Reading Russell Hoban, 1925-2011

@Graham Jepson How It’s New York:  This memorial was written by Kevin Holohan, an Irish writer based in New York.  Books Editor Michelle Woods reviewed his The Brothers’ Lot and loved it.  Also, Hoban was Jewish– so this is Jirish, which is so New York (even though Hoban lived in London).How It’s Irish:  This remembrance […]

Play the Piano Accordion? Invitation to Record! Deadline May 31, launch at All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan

How It’s New York:  We have  terrific accordion players in the area, some living here, some visiting:  Mirella Murray from Cherish the Ladies among them!How It’s Irish:  Martin Donohoe, who brought this to my attention, lives in Cavan, and the recording will be launched at the All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan.  Martin also has a […]

Ashley Davis Brings “Celtic Winter” to Joe’s Pub this Week

How It’s New York:  Ashley Davis can often be seen at events around New York, including “Pen, Paper and Palate” and the Irish American Writers and Artists’ Salon.  She’s performing at Joe’s Pub this week.How It’s Irish:  Ashley’s new CD Songs of the Celtic Winter, and it includes Irish poetry, with Irish instrumentation.Catch Songs of the […]

Music Review: Cherish the Ladies – Like a Fine Wine

How It’s New York:  Three out of five of the performers live in the New York area.  Joanie Madden said it is her home, she could never leave it!  (listen to her on the 2/12  podcast, and read our interview here!).How It’s Irish:  Named for a trad tune, Cherish the Ladies was put together by […]

SongLives Brings Songs to Our Lives: Beginning Feb. 17

How It’s New York:  Not only does it take place at our home away from home, Irish Arts Center, which is so New York in its cultural fusions and happenings, the new SongLives program will include Irish singer-songwriters who are based in the city, as well as visiting.  New York has made an impact on […]

Listen to the Willow’s Whisper: Irish and Native American Poets

How It’s New York:  New York is a place of fusions!  Every nationality is represented here.  And, the event takes place at Glucksman Ireland House, in Washington Square.How It’s Irish: The Willow’s Whisper:  A Transatlantic Compilation of Poetry from Ireland and Native America is the brainchild of Jill O’Mahony, lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology, and […]