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.”

My first Irish and Celtic trad

Gwen Orel recalls the first Irish music she ever heard … and how it changed her life.

Donie Carroll Makes A Wonderful “Divil Of A Noise”

“Divil of a Noise,” Donie Carroll’s second CD, will make you want to sing.

Music: Vote for Caitlin Warbelow and Manhattan Sessions!

How It’s New York: Caitlin Warbelow teaches at New York’s Irish Arts Center, and this album was recorded at sessions around town. How It’s Irish: Manhattan Island Sessions, from Caitlin Warbelow & Friends, is Irish traditional music, played fresh and fierce! This review was originally published in Irish Music Magazine.  In the blog post we […]

Catch the Chieftains on Letterman Tonight, NPR Friday, CBS Sunday!

The Chieftains (@Barry McCall) How It’s New York:  The Late Show with David Letterman  is filmed in New York, and the Chieftains will appear at Carnegie Hall on St. Patrick’s Day, to close out their tour.How It’s Irish:  The Chieftains are Irish, and play Irish music– albeit sometimes with rock and rollers, or Japanese singers, […]

Michael Londra, The Real Deal, Beyond Celtic: This Weekend!

How It’s New York:  Michael Londra plays with Caitlin Warbelow, who lives in NY and teaches advanced fiddle at the Irish Arts Center!How It’s Irish:  Michael Londra is from Wexford, Ireland’s opera capital.  He sometimes teaches Irish words to the crowd.Michael Londra is in New Jersey this weekend!  His PBS specials make you hungry to […]

Session on Central Park West; What a View

How It’s New York:  We are so cramped in this city that any time we get a chance to see how the Other Half Lives, it’s a thrill!How It’s Irish:  Lots of people have pot-luck parties.  This was a pot-luck party with instruments and many an Irish player. Caitlin Warbelow, who teaches Advanced and Advanced […]

New Slow and Intermediate Sessions!

Learning to play an instrument and don’t feel confident about leaping into Sessions?  Well the only way to learn is by doing (observing helps, but only up to a point).  A pair of Sessions have just started up at the New York Irish Center in Queens– just one stop away from Grand Central on the […]

Learn Music and More at Irish Arts Center: Term begins April 4!

The Irish Arts Center’s spring term starts this week– some spots remain for classes if you haven’t signed up yet. There are over 25 classes in music, dance and Irish language– at all levels.  There are adult classes and children’s classes, and apart from what you’ll learn it’s a great way to connect with other […]