Review: Bruce Springsteen-inspired children’s book “Born to Run: The Story of Johnny 99”

Matthew Orel finds “Born to Run: The Story of Johnny 99” a colorful story of a runaway car, but wishes it were more.

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?

Where in N.J. to have a pint and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

On St. Patrick’s Day, you want a GOOD pint. Here is a list of’s best Irish pubs in New Jersey.

30 N.J. St. Patrick’s Day parades mark the holiday in 2015

St. Patrick’s Day events all month in New Jersey!

Chief O’Neill’s Mixed Flock Is Jersey Trad

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

InteReview: Debra Rothenberg’s 30 years of Bruce (we’re hoping for 30 more)

Bruce Springsteen scholar and sometime “Backstreets” photographer Matt Orel reviews Debra Rothenberg’s “Bruce Springsteen in Focus: 1980-2012:” “We get to see the joy that Springsteen brought to his performances…” and it’s accurate!

NJ Irish American Writer/Artist Salon in Morristown–JOIN US!

How It’s New York: This is a regional branch of the Irish American Writers and Artists, a NYC organization, in parternship with the Irish American Cultural Institute.How It’s Irish: it is for Irish and Irish-Americans, the writing and topics often take on Irish themes, too, and this one is being run by Irish-American Mike Farragher, […]

Set Dancing, Irish Literature at Seton Hall tonight, Tomorrow!

How It’s New York: I wrote this one up for, which is a site serving my area in Northern New Jersey.  Seton Hall is in South Orange, just two towns away fro Millburn, and on a direct NJ Transit line to the city.How It’s Irish:  These events are sponsored by P.I.P.E., Pirates of Irish […]

The Irish Festival at the Jersey Shore, September 17!

How It’s New York (New Jersey):  Going “down the shore” is a New York thing too (did you know none of those kids on “Jersey Shore” are from the Jersey Shore? I did!).  Some of the Ceilí circuit players are there, including Patty Furlong.How It’s Irish:  It’s all about Irish-ness:  the Irish Festival at the […]

Irene Fall out!

My brother Stephen, lawyering by candlelight, with aircard How It’s New York:  We were the landfall of Hurricane Irene, although it got downgraded to Tropical Storm before it hit.How It’s Irish:  apart from the fact that it affected the Irish here as much as everybody else, it isn’t– BUT it did bring back memories of […]