This year’s tune: Catskills Irish Arts Week 2017

Gwen Orel decides on the Catskills 2017 tune of the summer. Or three.

Don’t miss ‘Dancing at the Crossroads’

“Dancing at the Crossroads” by Kevin Ferguson is on PBS tonight, Sept. 4- don’t miss this wonderful glimpse at the Emerald Isle of New York. (and if you do miss it, buy the DVD!)

Andrew Finn Magill’s ‘Roots’ go deep

Gwen Orel reviews Andrew Finn Magill’s ‘Roots’: an album which shows ‘deft mastery.’

The great Joe Derrane (1930-2016), ‘genius of a musician,’ preferred to play

Gwen Orel’s 2010 interview with the late Joe Derrane, a man who’d rather play than talk.

Do you know this tune? Fairy tale in the Catskills, or McGrath’s Waltz

Gwen Orel recalls receiving a tune from the Good Folk in the Catksills during the summer of 2015.

Andy Lamy wields ‘The New Blackthorn Stick’

Andy Lamy’s ‘The New Blackthorn Stick’ shows that clarinet plays in tune with Irish trad. Why not?

Podcast #27: Malachy McCourt, Micheal O’Domhnaill

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Podcast #27: Malachy McCourt and Micheal O’Domhnaill, director of the film “The Sligo Masters,” a documentary about Michael Coleman, James Morrison, and Paddy Killoran.

Chief O’Neill’s Mixed Flock Is Jersey Trad

Chief O’Neill’s Mixed Flock plays proto-trad-proto-Braoque music.

New York Tradfest’s Saturday Night Concert: A Remarkable Showcase of Music and Dance

John Kearns attended the second New York Trad Fest, and found it ” a remarkable showcase for the traditional musicians of New York and their visiting friends.”

“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.”

New York Irish Arts Podcast #25: Preview of Catskills Irish Arts Week 2014

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A preview of Catskills Irish Arts Week 2014, with Artistic Director Reidin O’Flynn!

The Fleadh Mother Perspective

Jenifer Hopkins reports on the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, and recalls her first time attending one as a parent.

New York Trad Fest Review

New blogger Jenifer Hopkins finds the first New York Trad Fest a “celebration of the rich talent and vibrant dedication represented by musicians and dancers in New York.”

New York Trad Fest this weekend– don’t miss!

The first annual New York Trad Fest takes place Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, organized by fiddler Tony DeMarco. On the bill are Eileen Ivers, Brian Conway, Matt Mancuso, Tony Trischka, Andy Statman and more! An unmissable event!