“Forget Me Not” made by formidable duo

Dan Neely reviews “Forget-Me-Not” from Rose Flanagan and Laura Byrne: “brilliant stuff from two of the best.”

An Rón Dall in Sunnyside

Dan Neely reviews An Rón Ball / The Blind Seal at Murphy’s Bar in Sunnyside, a theatrical piece featuring music, Irish and English language, and finds it “pitch perfect.”

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill soar in an IAC residency

Dan Neely takes a look at the two -week residency of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, who are performing with such guests as Dan Trueman, Doveman, and Ivan Goff, through Sept. 29

Flutemaker John Gallagher Intuits What Musicians Want

Dan Neely talks to flutemaker John Gallagher, a West Virginia flutemaker who says an instrument is “a conversation between player and maker.”

Mick Moloney’s Cultural Tour

Dan Neely writes about Mick Moloney’s cultual tour of Scotland. Wish we were there!

Joey Abarta’s Kickstarter

Joey Abarta has launched a Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to complete his debut album Swimming Against the Falls.

Mid-Atlantic Comhaltas Fleadh and Hall of Fame Induction 2013!

Dan Neely previews the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Region Fleadh and Hall of Fame Induction

A Weekend of Irish Music and Dance, May 10-12, 2013

Augusta Irish/Celtic 2013

The line-up for Augusta 2013 is announced and ready!

Crumb, Essays Celebrate Conlon’s Virtuosity

Originally published in the Irish Echo, January 16-22, 2013. The melodeon seems to be having something of a resurgence.  Back in December I wrote about the Tin Sandwich Band’s lovely new album “By Hook Or By Crook” which features Danú’s Benny McCarthy on the instrument, and now I have in hand “The Genius of Peter […]

Murphy Beds’ 1st Album is a Stunner

Originally published in the Irish Echo, 12-12-12. Is there a better name for a US-based trad band than the “Murphy Beds?”  Comprised of Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer (each a singer and multi-instrumentalist; guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, what have you), this duo has just released their eponymous first album of traditional songs and it is a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Food: A Scene From Milwaukee

How It’s New York: You can take the boys (Dan Neely and Paul Keating) out of New York, but…How It’s Irish: See the Guinness? Ok but bacon in a drink is not New York… yet! And there we were, Paul Keating and myself, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin for “The Session,” a lovely little conference being held […]