This year’s tune: Catskills Irish Arts Week 2017

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

Lúnasa and Karan Casey at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall – Friday March 3, 2017

On a windy New York Friday night there was nothing better than being enveloped in the fiery tunes pouring forth from Lúnasa on their 20th Anniversary tour at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Clearly chuffed to be playing this historic venue, they launched straight into a set of tunes driven by the pied piper Kevin Crawford on whistle.

Lúnasa and Karan Casey at the Highline Ballroom

Alice Farrell says Christmas came early at the Lúnasa concert with Karan Casey!

Ennis Roots Music Festival coming up!

Ennis Roots Music Festival, Clare Connections, is this weekend!

Meet the Yanks!

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

The Teetotallers: Not Frankenstein

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

Free Lincoln Center Lunasa Concert: Lively, Expert Playing, and Laughs

John Kearns reviews the Irish supergroup Lunasa at Lincoln Center.

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 […]

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 […]

Frankie Gavin on the Real De Dannan (in NJ 1/14)!

How It’s New York:  Frankie Gavin and De Dannan were here showcasing at APAP NYC.  I found out about this gig when I saw Frankie at Ambassador Noel Kilkenny’s reception for the Irish delegation Sunday (pics of that to come!)How It’s Irish:  De Dannan are one of those Irish trad bands that non trad players […]

The Bad Arm of a Sure Foot: comic Irish Dance Theatre!

How It’s New York:  The Bad Arm:  Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer appears as part of the New York Fringe; an unjuried festival each August with some gems in the sand; this is one of them.  This is the New York debut of Maire Clerkin’s play, which was a critic’s pick by Back Stage […]

Lúnasa at Highline Ballroom, March 21, 2011

Lúnasa at Highline last week were wonderful–even without Seán Smyth, who we were told was studying for some kind of medical exam, it was a great night– Colin Farrell (not the actor!) subbed for him and did a great job.  I sat with Kathleen Biggins from WFUV (she hosts the show “A Thousand Welcomes”)and her […]

WE HAVE A WINNER! Ticket Giveaway to Lunasa, tonight!

Lúnasa in Long Branch, last year  Our trivia question was:  What is Seán Smyth’s dayjob?Sean Halpin, at the reception for the WSHSO Friday, told me without missing a beat: “G.P. His whole family are G.Ps.” That’s a doctor, to us here in NYC.  Not a whole lot of musicians with that dayjob!  Sean doesn’t want […]