James Connolly’s New York

On the centenary of his death, New York Irish musicians, writers, storytellers perform in tribute to James Connolly on the stage where he spoke

Declan O’Rourke at Irish Arts Center. Kleenex required.

Declan O’Rourke played at Irish Arts Center for a week’s residency, and made me cry.

Susan McKeown “Belongs” in your Collection!

Susan McKeown has just released a tantalizing new CD, Belong. It blends folk, acoustic blues, Country kickin’ beats, and slippery jazz to make a perfect blend for your lazy Sunday morning. “Keep your wits about you somehow/it’s gonna be a cold winter/you’ll find your place to belong” warns McKeown as the fiddles and acoustic guitars provide […]

Music: Stream Susan McKeown’s new CD “Belong” Today

How It’s New York: Irish songstress Susan McKeown lives on the lower East Side. She curates the SongLives series at Irish Arts Center, too. (Hear her discuss that on this podcast).How It’s Irish: Susan is originally from Ireland, and her Irish way with melody infuses this lovely album. Brendan O’Shea sings on it.We’ll have a […]

Music: SongLives with Wallis Bird and Niall Connolly at the Irish Arts Center

How It’s New York: SongLives is a series at the Irish Arts Center that brings the richness of the busking tradition of Dublin’s Grafton Street to New York City featuring some of Ireland’s best contemporary songwriters.  It’s curated by singer/songwriter Susan McKeown. We’ve covered some of their concerts: Here’s our coverage of Michael Brunnock and […]

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: Spend time in The Orchard on Friday with Michael Brunnock

How It’s New York: This series was created to showcase Irish singer-songwriters by Irish New Yorker Susan McKeown. Some of them, like Brendan O’Shea and Michael Brunnock, are New Yorkers now. How It’s Irish: The singers are Irish, and the series took place at the Irish Arts Center. I originally wrote this review a few […]

Music: Help Susan McKeown’s new CD

Susan McKeown at SongLives  in March How It’s New York: Susan McKeown lives and works in NY, and has become a real force here. She created and curated the SongLives series at Irish Arts Center (see this overview, and hear Susan on this podcast!). How It’s Irish: Susan is from Ireland and is working with […]

Honor Molloy Is a Smart Smarty Girl

How It’s New York:  Honor Molloy lives and works in New York.  She often appears at the salons of the Irish American Writers & Artists. She reads at Barnes and Noble at 86th and Lexington at 7:00 TONIGHT, presented by the New York Foundation of the Arts.How It’s Irish: Honor spent her early childhood in […]

Book Review: Fambilly Planning: Michelle Woods Reviews Smarty Girl!

How It’s New York: author Honor Molloy is a New York resident and celebrated reader at the Irish American Writers’ and Artists Salon.  She also occasionally blogs for us! How It’s Irish: Molloy was born in Dublin and her new novel, Smarty Girl, takes place in Bohemian 1960s Dublin. Hear a snippet from the audiobook […]

SongLives Brings Songs to Our Lives: Beginning Feb. 17

How It’s New York:  Not only does it take place at our home away from home, Irish Arts Center, which is so New York in its cultural fusions and happenings, the new SongLives program will include Irish singer-songwriters who are based in the city, as well as visiting.  New York has made an impact on […]

New York Irish Arts Podcast February 12


Podcast: Play in new window | Download Joanie Madden on Cherish the Ladies, and new album Country Crossroads; Jill O’Mahony on The Willow’s Whisper, a collection  Irish and Indigenous American poem (readings from  from Ailbhe Ní Ghearbuigh  and Travis Hedge Coke); Susan McKeown on the new singer-songwriter series she’s curating, SongLives, debuting at Irish Arts […]

Klezmatics on Conan tonight!

How It’s New York:  The Klezmatics are a New York based group, and klezmer of course has a long tradition in this city!  In fact I just saw a great klezmer band in the show Shlemiel the First.  And trumpeter Frank London  also did the music for Golem at LaMaMa ETC which I also posted […]

Irish Film New York, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2; Thoughts from Niall McKay

  How It’s New York: Impressario (well he is!) Niall McKay lives in Brooklyn now.  And indie films are a long NY tradition.  If the town is full of would-be actors, it’s also full of earnest filmmakers.  There’s a screenplay in every coffee house.  At least.How It’s Irish:  The films are by and about Irish […]