|Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny and Joe Hu|
So what is OurLand?
It will be a day-long celebration of music, poetry, literature, theatre, dance and more. The cast of Once, some of whom were also at the Glen Hansard concert I just reviewed, will be performing as well. Once just wone eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
|Paddy McCarthy and Gwen Orel, at the Residence|
It is an event hosted by Artistic Director Joe Hurley, presented in association with The Consulate General of Ireland. There was a party for this event this past Thursday, at the Residence, where Noel Kilkenny and his lovely wife Hanora live. If you ever get a chance to go to one of these parties GO: the penthouse overlooks the East River on one side, the Chrysler building and the Empire State on the other. At the party which I attended with Books Editor Michelle Woods, I spotted Irish Arts Center’s Aidan Connolly and Pauline Turley, actor Patrick Fitzgerald, Irish Examiner’s Paddy McCarthy and Grahame Curtis, Alphie McCourt, the New York Rose of Tralee Anne-Marie Lynch and many more. It’s a good bet we’ll all show up on the 29th because it promises to be an unforgettable event!
|The New York Rose, Anne-Marie Lynch|
Here’s are Anita’s press materials:
|Michelle Woods and Gwen Orel|
More info on the event below!
Commencing with introductions by Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny, and Artistic Director Joe Hurley, OurLand will move through the fair and into the night with song, dance, poets, authors, artists, street performers, exhibits, book and CD signings.
Day – starting at 2 pm – on the Plazas of Lincoln Center
Gathering The Bards: From Galway to Rockaway – 2pm, Hearst Plaza aka “The Bards Stage”
Weaving the art of storytelling with original works and classics, Irish-American culture in verse and song.
The performers include Oscar winning Director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), Actors Cara Seymour (Gangs of New York), Angelica Page (Sixth Sense), Geraldine Hughes (Belfast Blues), Barbara Feldon and Aedin Moloney, Malachy McCourt, Alfie McCourt, Best-Selling Novelists Peter Quinn, Tom Kelly, John Swenson, Thomas Bahler, and Mike Farragher, Musicians Cherish the Ladies, Kirk Kelly, Niamh Hyland, New Orleans Fiddler Gina Forsyth, Celtic Tenor David O’Leary; Poetry and A cappella singing from the WB Yeats Society of NY, Gerard McNamee, The NY Rose Of Tralee Anne-Marie Lynch, Salina Mailer, Faith Hahn, and more in a wildly eclectic and interactive parade of The Jewels of Ireland’s Bards.
The Auld Triangle – “Nothing but my Genius” – at 5 p.m., Josie Robertson Plaza
Josie Robertson Plaza is re-christened “The Auld Triangle” for the audience to take a wild, magical stroll on Raglan Road with buskers, poets, painters, and dancers that will stir your soul.
Evening – Damrosch Park – from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. “The Sailing Stage”
Thousands Are Sailing – But we dance to the music…And we dance…
Special Performance! At 6 p.m .cast members from Once, the 2012 Tony Award winning Best Musical will perform the plays hit song “Falling Slowly.”
| (@Jeannine Hannum and Jonathan Moorehead)
Immediately following – A Parting Glass: Celebrating the legendary Alan Lomax’s work preserving Ireland’s Musical Heritage. Alan Lomax’s extensive recordings in Ireland are a shared musical treasure. They will be honored with Round Robin-style Irish-Americana performances led by Lomax archive director Don Fleming, Cherish the Ladies, Lianne Smith, Marni Rice, and very special friends. Complete with the original two-track recorder onstage that Lomax used to capture these historical Irish recordings!
At 7:00pm we roll on as Joe Hurley and The Gents take the stage!
Their set will include a performance of Hurley’s CD Let the Great World Spin, created with and inspired by Colum McCann’s National Book Award Winning novel. The Gents feature Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan Bandleader), Ken Margolis, Megan Gould, James Mastro, and special guest Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley.
The grand finale at 8pm will rock with a performance by Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Revue!
A Beloved NYC institution, The All Star Irish Rock Revue celebrates Ireland’s musical gifts to the world as guests dive into “The Great Irish Songbook,” performing the timeless classics of Thin Lizzy, U2, Van Morrison, The Undertones, Pogues, Elvis Costello, Stiff Little Fingers, John Lydon and more.
Co-hosted by critically lauded performer Edward Rogers, early confirmations include fiery rocker Willie Nile, Tony-Winner Michael Cerveris (Evita), Ellen Foley, soul-legend Tami Lynn (Dr. John, The Rolling Stones) Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper Band), Film Star Antonique Smith (Notorious), The New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain, UK’s Stephen Frost, Tish and Snooky, Mary Lee Kortes, Sam Bisbee and members of Flogging Molly, Rogue’s March, Lez Zeppelin, The Mekons, Cracker, The Ian Hunter Band and Blue Oyster Cult. Musical Director is Chris Flynn.
|Chris Flynn (@Jeannine Hannum and Jonathan Moorehead)|
Artistic Director for the OurLand celebration, Joe Hurley has sung and recorded with artists ranging from The Chieftains to Judy Collins and Shane Macgowan, Sam Shepard to Flogging Molly, Jimmy Webb to Maude Maggart.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE and take place on the Lincoln Center campus. Visit LCOutofDoors.org for a complete schedule of events or call 212-875-5766 to request a brochure.