Posts by: This is your Brain on Shamrocks

How It’s New York:  The Saw Doctors have a big following in New York, and have played here several times.How It’s Irish: The band are from the West of...

The stately walls of the Garden City Hotel are swinging to the sounds of Tara O’Grady, who brings her sultry jazz stylings to the venerable hotel every...

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...

Phil Coulter is giving his New York fans a special treat for the holidays with a run of concerts he has called The Songs I Love So Well at the Irish...

That’s not the moonshine talking. You really do know this new band called Band of Rogues.  Fans of the Moonshiners will recognize some of their old friends...

 I’ve been covering Larry Kirwan’s various projects, be it newly minted Black 47 albums, plays or books, over the last few decades and even the most...

How It’s New York: New Jersey baby!  How It’s Irish:  What’s more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day? It’s one of the musicians’ big money-makers, and since that’s...

How It’s New York: This is a regional branch of the Irish American Writers and Artists, a NYC organization, in parternship with the Irish American Cultural...

How It’s New York: Mike Farragher lives in New Jersey. How It’s Irish: Mike is Irish-American, and officially Jirish too (note his use of “zaftig!”) Mike...

How It’s New York: Julie is performing at Irish Arts Center, and her brand of fusion and performance has a definite New York vibe to it.  We love to see her...

How It’s New York:  Celtic Thunder play New York, and lots of New Yorkers unabashedly love them. How It’s Irish:  They are all Irish. Mike Farragher on...

How It’s New York:  Mike Farragher lives in NJ, and writes about NY Irish music and folks! How It’s Irish:  Who’s more literary than the Irish? Mike...

How It’s New York:  New York is still the literary capital of the country, if not the world.  The publishing houses are here and coffee houses are full of...

How It’s New York:  This piece was inspired in part by a series of interviews run by NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House for their Oral History Collection. ...