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 NJ.com’s best Irish pubs in New Jersey.

Chief O’Neill’s Mixed Flock Is Jersey Trad

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

Music: Tony Horswill on “Brummie Irish” and a new music week in Birmingham

Session at The Spotted Dog. Do you see Tony? How It’s New York: Tony Horswill is a beloved figure in music in the tristate; he leads the Cat and Fiddle Session at St. James’ Gate in Maplewood, NJ, with Tom Dunne, and also plays in the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra. How It’s Irish: […]

First Mothers: The Women Who Raised America’s Presidents, 2/15

How It’s New York:  The actors are all NY veterans, and playwright L.E. McCullough is a regular at St. James Gate Session in Maplewood (my local!).  He’s written books and collections of tunes, and I had the pleasure of boasting “Oh I know Larry” when someone my Alaskan Celtic Music Cruise was taking a tune […]

Tom Dunne’s Birthday Surprise at St. James’ Gate!

How It’s New York:  It’s New Jersey and St. James’ Gate is a comfortable friendly pub.  The tri-state area thing is so New York!  And lots of good players from all over.How It’s Irish:  Tom IS Irish, and it’s a great Irish session. There was a surprise birthday party for Tom Dunne at the Cat […]