Catskills Irish Arts Week Needs You


How It’s New York: Catskills Irish Arts Week attracts all the great trad players in the tri-state. Asking for help, including financial help, is something New Yorkers understand. And several terrific players and teachers have been sending out the appeal to help this week continue.
How It’s Irish: The week includes Irish music and teachers from Ireland, and dance, and drink, and terrific, terrific craic.

This message was on the Mid-Atlantic CCE site, and many others are floating around. Even a small donation will help keep this week alive!  Go to Kickstarter and help! It’s halfway to its $10,000 goal, amazing as it’s only been going on a couple of days; add your support by July 15. There are rewards for different levels of pledge, but the real reward is knowing you helped keep this amazing week going.

It’s just a few weeks away before the craic in the Catskills begins once again at the 18th Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, New York. The largest gathering of traditional musicians to be found anywhere in North America comes together at the internationally known and respected summer school. Along with over 100 classes daily with master musicians from Ireland and North America, there are daily topical lectures, nightly open air concerts and ceilithe in timber floored roadhouses and resorts. Plus music sessions for all levels and abilities and you could be sitting next to world famous musician like Mary Bergin, Joanie Madden, Catherine McEvoy or Jackie Daly.

Artistic Director Paul Keating has assembled another amazing faculty for the 2012 summer school including Billy McComiskey, Cathal McConnell, Fintan Vallely, Felix Dolan, Willie Kelly, Brid Harper, Dermot Byrne, Gabriel McKeon, Michael Black, Cherish the Ladies, Dympna O’Sullivan, Jimmy Crowley, Mairtin de Cogain, Don Meade, Pauline Conneely, Rose Conway Flanagan, Patrick Ourceau, Caitlin and Bernadette nic Gabhann, Matt and Shannon Heaton and many more.

The week concludes with the day long Andy McGann Festival of Traditional Music in honor of the great New York Irish Fiddle Player. Come for a day, a few days or a week for the Best Craic in America.

For more information on the CIAW 2012 visit or call 518-634-2286. Accommodatons are still available in the area.

Click here to learn more about CIAW’s Kickstarter!

Gwen Orel
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The only New York journalist who writes for both the Forward and Irish Music Magazine.