Archives for November 2012

What are you thankful for?

Beverly Orel makes gravy with the drippings How It’s New York: The Thanksgiving Day Parade is a NYC tradition, and the city loves this holiday, which asks for no church or synagogue or gifts, just food. And football. How It’s Irish: It’s a holiday that symbolizes safety in a new land, and bounty after trials. […]

All Irish Musicians Should Own Henry CD

How It’s New York:  Many NY musicians play Sligo style, thanks to Michael Coleman’s influence. Here’s Dan Neely’s take on Johnny Henry, a Sligo musician who comes from that world, as well as Dan’s take on a new CD by Mike Considine from Co. Clare. How It’s Irish: Reviews of two traditional CDs. Dan Neely […]

New York vigils for Savita Halappanavar

How It’s New York: These vigils took place in NYC on at Barnard on Monday, Nov. 19, and at the Irish Consulate on Tuesday, Nov. 20. And the issue of when life begins was a big one in this last presidential election.  Read our first post about the vigils here.How It’s Irish: The cause for […]

Concert Review: Cathie Ryan soars over Wind and Rain

@Mark Pippenger How It’s New York: Cathie Ryan lives on the East Coast now and we expect to see her often locally. The concert took place in a studio at Lincoln Center. How It’s Irish:Cathie is an Irish-American singer, of Irish parents, and sings Irish music. Cathie Ryan launched her much-awaited CD Through Wind & […]

Enjoy Christmas with The 4 Kings of Kelt!

How It’s New York:  L.E. McCullough is a noted musician and author and a playwright whose work has been staged locally throughout the NY-NJ area.How It’s Irish: Celebrating Irish Yuletide traditions with music and drama is a refreshing new twist to an ancient tradition. ~~~  ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~  ~~~   ~~~  ~~~   ~~~ * A CELTIC CHRISTMAS featuring The 4 Kings of Kelt
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Annual Concert to aid the Mercy Centre and Rockaway Sandy victims

Donie takes his ministry seriously How it’s New York:      The concert, held at Irish Repertory Theatre,  benefitted Hurricane Sandy charity GRAYBEARDS How it’s Irish: Most of the gray beards on stage first sprouted in Cork The Catandfiddle session leader Tony Horswill reports on the concert to benefit The Mercy Centre, held at Irish Rep […]

Music: Stream Susan McKeown’s new CD “Belong” Today

How It’s New York: Irish songstress Susan McKeown lives on the lower East Side. She curates the SongLives series at Irish Arts Center, too. (Hear her discuss that on this podcast).How It’s Irish: Susan is originally from Ireland, and her Irish way with melody infuses this lovely album. Brendan O’Shea sings on it.We’ll have a […]

Never Again: Vigils for 31-year old Savita Halappanavar

Savita Halappanavar How It’s New York: Demonstrations going to be held in New York to protest the senseless death of Savita Halappanavar.  Such demonstrations are a longstanding tradition in this city, too. Abortion was one of the factors in the presidential election that just took place, and it’s much on the minds of many people.How […]

Theatre: Jim Norton’s Success makes Drood Mysteriously Good

Interview with Jim Norton, starring as The Chairman in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”

Sandy hits New York Irish Arts

Downtown Millburn, post-Sandy. Dark. How It’s New York: This is about Hurricane Sandy, which hit us here big time on October 29. The world was watching.How It’s Irish: Many of the people hit are Irish and Irish-Americans living here, particularly in Breezy Point and the Jersey Shore. As everyone who reads this blog surely knows, […]

Concert Review: Anticipating Julie Feeney’s new CD “Clocks” at Highline Ballroom

How it’s New York:  Highline Ballroom is in NYC, and Julie Feeney has played in NYC before, where we love her! Listen to Julie on this podcast, and read reviews that have been put up about her here and here. How it’s Irish:  Julie Feeney hails from Galway, Ireland. While her songs are original, she […]

Music IntReview: ‘The Anvil’ pays tribute to father’s memory

How It’s New York: Marie Reilly is the Protocol Officer of the Irish Consulate in NYC. How It’s Irish: Reilly is from County Longford, and the tunes on the CD are trad but relatively uncommon. Dan Neely attended the launch of Marie Reilly’s CD The Anvil a few months ago, and reported on the launch and […]

Theatre: The Freedom of the City is about this city, too

Cara Seymour as Lily (@Carol Rosegg) How It’s New York: With “Occupy Wall Street” not too distant a memory, there’s an urgency and a relevancy to a play about people oppressed for protesting. How It’s Irish: The Freedom of the City, by Brian Friel, is set in Northern Ireland during theTroubles, and is presented by […]

Music: Cleland Teaches Music With A Chicago Twist

How It’s New York:How It’s Irish: Originally published in the Irish Echo, October 3-9, 2012, p. 19. Last week I had the great good fortune to chat with Sean Cleland, the founder and director of the Irish Music School of Chicago.  One of the great Irish music education centers in the United States, the Irish […]