How it’s New York: Mick Moloney teaches at NYU and lives in New York City half of the year.mick
How it’s Irish: The concert explores Irish traditional music and its influence on and from Appalachian music.

Tis the season– March!

That means more concerts and shows than usual. One of the best is sure to be Mick Moloney at Symphony Space, on Saturday, March 14.

If you’ve never seen one of Mick’s Symphony Space extravaganzas, you’re in for a treat. It’s not just music: the ethnomusicologist in Mick can’t resist a little teaching, which is only natural for someone who is, in fact, a professor at NYU and an NEA Heritage Award-Winner.

The influence on Irish music on Appalachian and vice versa has been fashionable lately with such bands as We Draw Slow, and now Altan’s latest CD “The Widening Gyre” (check out our interview with  them in this podcast!).

He’s done this show for a few years now– I heard him give a lecture on it at Fairfield University a few years back (an excerpt is in this podcast) and it’s pretty compelling stuff!

He’s expanded the story to include West Africa,and there are more than 15 top-notch musicians on the bill.

The event is presented by the Irish Arts Center. Along with the usual suspects from The Green Fields of America, Athena Tergis (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (button accordion), Jerry O’Sullivan (uillean pipes and whistle), Brendan Dolan (piano), Niall O’Leary (dance), and Liz Hanley (fiddle, vocals) there is also the West Virginia band The Bing Brothers Band featuring Jack Krack, and special guests.

Full line-up after the jump.

BingBrothersThe Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack
Mike Bing (mandolin), Tim Bing (banjo), Jake Krack (fiddle), Tim Corbett (bass), Bob Lieving (guitar)

With Special Guests
Cheick Hamala Diabaté (nguni and plantation gourd banjo, both West African precursors to the banjo)
Kyle Alden (Guitar, Vocals), award-winning folk musician known for setting the poetry of W.B. Yeats

Kyle Alden

Kyle Alden

Irish Arts Center says:


Infusing the best Irish traditional music influences on old time American, country and bluegrass music, the evening is the perfect setting to celebrate a musical tradition that knows no boundaries.

Gwen Orel
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