‘Woody Sez’ will break your heart and lift your spirits

Gwen Orel calls it: “Woody Sez” is one of the best shows of the year. Extended through Sept. 10 at Irish Rep.

John Doyle

How it’s New York: In New York’s historic Greenwich Village How it’s Irish: Irish guitarist and singer John Doyle The Folk Music Society of New York is bringing us  a rare treat, on Friday night October 14th at 8pm, with a performance from Irish guitar legend John Doyle.  Click here to get your tickets, they’re going fast!  This is […]

Ann Kirrane’s ‘Behind Yon Mountain’ brings in a rainbow

Ann Kirrane’s lovely new CD ‘Behind Yon Mountain’ fills a room with light.

Andrew Finn Magill’s ‘Roots’ go deep

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

Solas anniversary album: help on Kickstarter! UPDATE: Successfully funded!

Solas are getting ready to record a 20th-anniversary reunion CD. Help fund it on Kickstarter!

My first Irish and Celtic trad

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

The Teetotallers: Not Frankenstein

Tony Horswill reviews Irish trad supergroup The Teetotallers at Highline Ballroom on Monday, April 29: Not Frankenstein!

Karan and Aoife collaborate and strike gold at Irish Arts Center

Karan Casey and Aoife O’Donovan paired up for the latest Masters in Collaboration. Where’s the album?

Music: Q&A with Cathie Ryan

(@Steve Farmer) How It’s New York: Cathie Ryan lives in Connecticut these days, and often plays in NYC. Look for her CD release here on Oct. 14!How It’s Irish: Cathie is Irish-American from Chicago, and lived a few years in Ireland before moving back last year. She was recently on the cover or Irish Music […]

Music: The Teetotallers are a True Trad Supergroup

How It’s New York: The lads are each NYC faves, and are playing in the Tri-State area, including Joe’s Pub, Sunday June 3.  How It’s Irish: Martin Hayes on fiddle, John Doyle on guitar, and Kevin Crawford on flute are all Irish, and are three of the best Trad players in the universe! Duck for […]

Dan Neely’s Music InteReview: Neely on The Teetotallers, and Chicago Reel

How It’s New York: Martin Hayes of The Teetotallers lives part of the time in Connecticut, and Chicago Reel will be a featured band at Catskills Irish Arts Week this summer. Made your reservations yet? The week is July 15 – 21, and coming up soon! How It’s Irish: The Teetotallers are an Irish “Supergroup,” […]

New York Irish Arts Podcast May 30: The Teetotallers


Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHow It’s New York: The Teetotallers are playing Joe’s Pub, NYC, on Sunday June 3rd, finishing their East Coast tour. How It’s Irish: This is a “supergroup” made up of three of the greatest players in trad: Martin Hayes, John Doyle, Kevin Crawford! Chats with awe-inspiring fiddler Martin Hayes […]

Kevin Crawford Brings the Tune, with Lúnasa Mar. 12

@Stephen Power www.adareimages.com How It’s New York:  Lúnasa piper Cilian Vallely is based here, (frequently to be seen at 11th Street); the band often plays here, and Highline Ballroom bounces between folk and urban downtown pop.  Which is so New York.How It’s Irish:  Kevin Crawford, the frontman of Lúnasa, whose new CD Carrying the Tune […]

Tartan Day NYC 2011 pics! I love a Parade

It was a great day for a parade– after randomly cold days suddenly the sun came out and it was so warm I took my coat off! Many many pipe bands, some from the great state of New Jersey. George Grant did the announcing on top of a double decker bus up by 51st street. […]