How It’s New York: It’s Staten Ireland this weekend as one of the first Irish Festivals of the summer takes place: the Staten Ireland Irish Fair!
How It’s Irish: Piping, Irish bands, Irish dance and vendors of course. NOW it’s summer!

The Festival supports the St. Columcille Irish Center, which promotes the knowledge and awareness of the Irish people’s history, and our contribution to the development of the New York City metropolitan area.”.

The NY Celtic music meetup group and the North Jersey Irish music group remind us:


The 14th annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair is this coming weekend! The fantastic BARLEYJUICE are playing Saturday at 4:15pm, followed by the Canny Brothers. Also on Saturday Linda Hickman, Doug Barr and Iris Nevins will perform with session players invited to sit in, From 12:00-2:00pm.

The 14th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair will be held on Saturday June 9th & Sunday June 10th, 2012 at 777 Seaview Ave and Fr. Capodanno Blvd, South Beach, Staten Island.
We have a little soft spot here at New York Irish Arts for Barleyjuice– Michelle Woods, books editor, and I first heard them at a Tartan Day event in NYC– later she hired them for her wedding to Michael Reisman.
Detailed schedule after the jump!
Iris Nevins of the Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey (IAANJ) reminds us:
Just so all who play realize, “Wild Goose” Will not just perform but other musicians are invited to play session style so bring an instrument.

From the official page:

Once again, we will present some of the hottest Irish Fair talent with a very impressive music lineup. Our Fair Hostess, Fiona Molloy, a guitar troubadour in her own right who has been on the music scene for over 35 years, is presenting performers from all over the globe. Go to the Entertainers Page as well as the Schedule Page to learn about all the artists who will play our three stages at this, the 14th Annual Staten Ireland Irish Fair.

Full Schedule after the Jump!

Saturday Main Stage

12:00-12:30 The Staten Island Pipes and Drums –

National Anthem: Larry Oliveri...Seton Foundation
12:30-2:00   Marie Mc Vicker Band –
2:00-2:15     The Sashing – 2012 Honorees Jerry and Florence Mulvaney
2:15-3:45     Erin Og –
The Canny Brothers

3:45-4:15     Dawn Daniels

4:15-5:45     Barley Juice –
5:45-7-45     The Canny Brothers –
Saturday Pub/Trad Stage
12:15-1:45   Wild Goose
1:45-3:15     Mike Flood

3:30-5:00     Seamus

10:30 am Open-Air Mass
Celebrant: Monsignor Whalen
Larry Oliveri and Marie McVicker to provide music
Please remember that even though it takes place outdoors, the celebration of Mass is a sacred and reverent event.
Sunday Main Stage

11:30-12:15  Staten Island Pipes and

1:45-2:15      Mrs. Rosemary’s
2:15-3:30      Paddy
3:30-4:30      Erin
4:30-6:00      Jameson’s

6:00-7:30      Band Of

Sunday Pub/Trad Stage
12:00-1:30    Maire Mc Vicker
1:30-3:00      Seamus


2012 Staten Ireland Irish Fair Chairman: Marty Crimmins.
2012 Director of Entertainment: Tommy Gray
Location: South Beach Psych Center – 777 Seaview Ave. Staten Island, NY. 10305
By Bus: #S51       By Car: Exit #15 off 278      Admission $10    Parking $3

Gwen Orel
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