Archives for May 2012

New York Irish Arts Podcast May 30: The Teetotallers

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow It’s New York: The Teetotallers are playing Joe’s Pub, NYC, on Sunday June 3rd, finishing their East Coast tour. How It’s Irish: This is a “supergroup” made up of three of the greatest players in trad: Martin Hayes, John Doyle, Kevin Crawford! Chats with awe-inspiring fiddler Martin Hayes […]

Dance: Dancing All Day at The New York City Irish Dance Festival

Darrah Carr Dance company members perform Cuimhne Fado. (@Brian Rossi) How It’s New York: This fun day of dance took place outside at Riverside Park, with, as Darrah Carr tells us, “the sparkling Hudson River in front of us.”  It was presented by New York’s own Irish Arts Center. How It’s Irish: It is an […]

InteReview: Dan Gurney loves the accordion

(@Danny Diamond) How It’s New York: Dan Gurney lives and plays regularly in New York these days, often with Mid Atlantic Fleadh winner (as of Saturday!) fiddler Dylan Foley. Look for him at Lillie’s and at 11th Street, and in the Catskills this summer. How It’s Irish: Dan plays Irish accordion and credits his time […]

Charles Hale brings us up to date at the IAWA reading at the Cell

How It’s New York: These bi-monthly readings at IAWA have turned into a real New York scene: newcomers and regulars, sharing their art, sharing connections. How It’s Irish: The writers are Irish or Irish-American, and much of their content is as well. Charles R. Hale of the Irish-American Writers & Artists tells us about another […]

Music: Regional fleadhs discussed in St. Louis

How It’s New York: Many, many players in the New York-tristate area are at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh right now.  Stay tuned! How It’s Irish: Fleadh is the Irish word for Festival, and these competitions, founded by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éirean, have really brought trad back in a BIG way, since they began producing the fleadhs in […]

Theatre Review: Lift off with Man and Superman at Irish Rep

Max Gordon Moore, Janie Brookshire(James Higgins) How It’s New York: This was a co-production Gingold Theatrical Group, which runs the highly successful Project Shaw monthly staged readings, and the Irish Repeertory Theatre, widely considered to be one of the best companies in New York City. David Staller, who leads Project Shaw/Gingold Theatrical Group, directs. This […]

Bidding open online for Origin Theatre Festival’s auction!

How It’s New York: In New York, all of the major arts companies have benefits that are great blow-out parties to raise money.   How It’s Irish: Origin Theatre Company was founded by Limerick-man George C. Heslin, and presents the 1st Irish Festival every year since 2008 (I wrote the New York Times article about its […]

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Breton Extravaganza Saturday, May 19! Fest Noz!

How It’s New York: This Breton blow-out is put on by BZH- NY,  a group run by Charles Kergaravat to promote Breton culture.How It’s Irish: It’s Celtic, and if you spend time in the West of Ireland you’re almost certain to meet some  French-speaking players. Brittany is one of the seven Celtic nations, and you […]

Irish Language Day at Irish Arts Center Saturday!

How It’s New York: This is one of the programs at the Irish Arts Center, one of NYC’s hubs for all things Irish.How It’s Irish: Any country’s language is part of its intrinsic culture, but it’s been a particular point of contention for the Irish: suppressed by the English, a marker of national pride and […]

iBAM! Chicago Irish at Its Finest

How It’s New York: L.E. McCullough is not only a noted musician and author; he’s also a regular at the Cat and Fiddle Session at St. James’ Gate in Maplewood, NJ, and a playwright whose work has been staged locally (see our notice of his historical play First Mothers: the Women Who Raised America’s Presidents […]

Mid-Atlantic Fleadh this Weekend (May 18-20)!

How It’s New York: This is the Mid Atlantic Region Fleadh, and people come from all over the tri-state to compete, play and enjoy! How It’s Irish: The fleadh is a program of Comhalta Celtóirí Éireann, and winners are eligible to compete in All-Ireland. There are some new programs this year, including an Irish Language […]

Music Review: Dan Milner, Civil War Naval Songs

How It’s New York: Singer Dan Milner is a fixture on the New York scene, who often performs at the Blarney Star series at Glucksman Ireland House, and in Mick Moloney’s concerts.  He was a member of the Flying Cloud, the house band at the late, great Eagle Tavern (the concert series there moved to […]

Irish eyes on China, a Chinese man eyes Ireland

How It’s New York: It’s a counterpoint to the typical story of the beleaguered Irish immigrant making his way to New York, trying to cope with the new world. And how do you say “fugetaboutit” in Irish? Ed Shevlin might be the guy to ask. How It’s Irish: It’s a dream about Ireland, and dreams […]