New York Tradfest going on now!

New York Tradfest this weekend!

Somerset Folk Harp Festival: Michael Rooney

Fresh from the Catskills, Sligo’s Michael Rooney will be at the Somerset Folk Harp Festival in New Jersey. He’ll be teaching during the day and performing Friday night. Also at the festival: Maeve Gilchrist, William Jackson & Grainne Hambly. The festival writes: The Somerset Folk Harp Festival is an amazing 4-day conference celebrating the diversity […]

This year’s tune: Catskills Irish Arts Week 2017

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

Podcast #40: Catskills Irish Arts Week


Gwen Orel talks to Catskills Irish Arts Week musicians, director, founder and student.

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!)

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?

My first Irish and Celtic trad

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

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


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

Catskills Irish Arts Week is coming! The Green Hills of Home

A preview of this week’s Catskills Irish Arts Week, and interview with Artistic Director Reidin O’Flynn: save the dates, July 15-20, 2013.

Meet the Yanks!

Meet The Yanks: four great young trad players from America, stars in their own right, and grand together.

Review: Caitlín Nic Gabhann Impresses With The Concertina

How It’s New York: Caitlín Nic Gabhann has become a Catskills Irish Arts Week regular, and that is a place that attracts great NY players. Right after CIAW, she showed up at 11th Street Bar for a session, a particularly great one. How It’s Irish: Caitlín is from Meath, and the concertina has that great […]

Dan Neely looks at crowdfunding, as grants dry up

Susan McKeown How It’s New York: Many musicians in the city are using crowdfunding to support their projects. How It’s Irish: This is all the more necessary for Irish trad which hasn’t the biggest appeal to grantors (compared, say, to health and education).  Kickstarter, Gofundme and pledgemusic, oh my! Dan Neely on how crowdfunding can support […]

Music: One of the best weeks there is, Catskills Irish Arts Week!

How It’s New York: It’s a New York Festival, although it attracts players and performers from all over the world. Most of the people you love to play with in NYC and the tri-state manage to come up for at least a day, if it’s at all possible. How It’s Irish: Catskills Irish Arts Week […]