Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Sean-nós Dance Weekend In New York! by midatlanticcce
September 23, 2015, 1:35 pm
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Sean-nós Dance Weekend In New York

SaturdaySunday, September 26-27

Sean-nós dance is Ireland’s “old style” Irish dance — with footwork danced close-to-the-floor and a flowing, improvisation approach that is keenly connected to the music. Come visit the Big Apple for a weekend of learning and dancing sean-nós!
Workshops given by Siobhan Butler, Kieran Jordan, and Niall O’Leary
Additional opportunities to dance:
  • Saturday Dance Jams in Jersey City & Manhattan
  • Saturday Evening Céilí in Long Island City, Queens
  • Sunday Music Sessions throughout the city
Workshops with Siobhan Butler
Saturday, September 26th
The Players Theater (Studio 2D), 115 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY
“Building a Body of Steps” – Beginners
Designed for beginners, this class will give students the tools they need to begin building their repertoire of sean-nós steps and movements.
“Musicality in Sean-nós Dance” – Intermediate/Advanced
This class will explore the multiple layers of traditional music and how dancers can hone in on their own natural rhythmic senses to interpret the music.
$20 one/$35 both
Workshops with Kieran Jordan
Sunday, September 27th
The Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, New York, NY
“Timing Is Everything” – Beginners
Let’s teach our feet to make accurate sounds. We’ll move from simple pedestrian rhythms into basic sean-nós steps, with an emphasis on clear clean timing.
“Spice Up Your Steps” – Intermediate/Advanced
For dancers with experience, we’ll explore how to add rhythmic variety, visual variations, and other spicy steps to your sean-nós dance.
$25 one/$45 both
Register: Kieran’s workshops are co-sponsored through the Irish Arts Center NYC. Please visit their website to register in advance.
Workshop with Niall O’Leary
Sunday, September 27th
Upstairs at O’Lunney’s Times Square Pub, 145 W. 45th Street (6th-7th Aves.) New York, NY
“Rhythm in Sean-nós Dance” – all levels
This class will investigate and draw out the different rhythms in sean-nós dance, from basic to more intense!
$25, or $20 if you attended other sean-nós workshops on Saturday or earlier on Sunday!
Jersey City Irish Festival
Saturday, September 26th
Exchange Place in Downtown Jersey City
1.30pm: Niall O’Leary Irish Band with
Sean-nós dance jams with Niall O’Leary & Jake James & performances by the Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe
Craobh Úll Mór CCE Céilí
Saturday, September 26th
New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
Catered dinner, Set Dancing, and Sean-nós Step About
Dinner 6:30pm
Céilí 8pm
Cover charge: $20 (discounted price for workshop participants) for Céilí and Dinner
Niall O’Leary Irish Band at Paddy Reilly’s
Saturday, September 26th, 11pm
Paddy Reilly’s, 519 2nd Ave. (29th Street) New York, NY 10016
Sean-nós dance jams with Niall O’Leary & Jake James
Cover charge: $5 at the door, FREE for dancers with dance shoes!
Session at The Brass Monkey
Sunday, September 27th
3-6 pm
The Brass Monkey Bar, 55 Little W 12th St, (West Side Highway) New York, NY 10014
No cover
Session and Sean-nós Dance Jam w/ Niall O’Leary & Friends
Sunday, September 27th
Wolfe Tone’s Irish Pub, 37 East 29th Street (btwn. Park & Madison Aves.) New York, NY 10016
No cover
Session at 11th Street
Sunday, September 27th
11th Street Bar, 512 East 11th Street (between Aves A & B) New York, NY
No cover

Free Irish Music workshop & concert by midatlanticcce
September 21, 2015, 12:03 am
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Free Irish Music workshop & concert

Sunday Oct. 11th, 2015 at 2.30pm

Berkeley Heights Public Library, 290 Plainfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Tunes of Old East Galway
Brian Killackey, fiddle – Lesl Harker, Irish flute – Bill Harker, fiddle and bodhran

Workshop before concert with instructor Lesl Harker
Learn a melody on your instrument or lilt it with your voice
Bring your instrument – Listeners encouraged

general information at 908.464.9333directions at
Workshop attendees: go to the repertoire class workshop page
-Download flyer here-

featuring tunes of National Heritage Fellow

Mike Rafferty

Mighty Mike Rafferty, 1926-2011

This program is made possible by
The Berkeley Heights Public Library and by
a 2015 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Meet the artists:

PictureLesl Harker teaches Irish flute in Union County, NJ. She is a Master for the NJ State Arts Council’s Folk Arts Apprenticeship program, was twice a State Arts Council apprentice to Mike Rafferty, and has published 2 books of his music. In 2012 Lesl presented the Tribute to Mike Rafferty Workshop at the New Jersey Folk Festival.  Earlier, Lesl featured at Flute Tunes and Tales at the Philadelphia Irish Center, with Michael Tubridy, Msgr. Fr. Charlie Coen and Paddy O’Neil. Lesl teaches East Galway Irish flute music, holds workshops for her students, weekly Irish music sessions in her home, and volunteers monthly at the Molly Maguire’s Pub Irish music session in Clark, Union County. She is a three time Union County HEART  Grant awardee.  Lesl is looking forward to sharing tunes with you!

PictureBill Harker, Irish fiddle and bodhrán (Irish hand drum) (Bill Harker will not be appearing due to illness.)  Bill started out as a drummer at a young age, so took to the Irish bodhrán with ease.   He studied fiddle under both Tony DeMarco and National Heritage Fellow Kevin Burke, both renowned Irish recording artists.  Bill also taught himself much music from attending Irish music sessions, concerts, and listening to recordings. His old-style fiddle playing is reminiscent of an earlier generation, and his choices of tunes from ages past have become popular again in sessions.

Bill has played in Irish sessions from upper New York State to Washington DC, including the Philadelphia Irish Center, the Irish American Assoc. of  Northern NJ., the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Somerville, NJ, and others.  A ‘regular’ at the Molly Maguire session in Clark, he also established the Harker House session over 14 years ago, which still runs weekly, and was immortalized in the dance tune penned by Irish musician Dr. L.E. McCullough entitled “Harker House of Happiness”.  A former professional photographer, he shot the photos for Veronica McNamara’s album Petticoat Loose.

PictureBrian Killackey, Irish fiddler

Brian has been an accomplished Irish fiddler and dancer since an early age. As a student of master Willie Kelly, who has produced numerous internationally acclaimed recordings, Brian developed a strong love for the traditional Irish music style of Clare and Galway. He draws heavily from the rich tradition of the music legends of these areas, playing with a lilting, melodic, and textured style.

He has competed and won awards in numerous national and international venues in New Jersey, New York, and Ireland, including first place in the American Northeast Regional Irish music competition, the international Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (‘music festival of Ireland’, the Irish finals for worldwide competitors), and statewide fair competitions.

Part of a large musical family, he has often performed either solo or with his sister and two brothers.  His music has been featured on Clare FM Irish radio, as well as on numerous recordings, such as “Petticoat Loose” and session recordings at the Irish American Association of North Jersey.  He has also opened for and played in concert with internationally renowned players, such as Mary Bergin and Mike Rafferty, and led sessions in the local area. Besides this, he has been a regular performer at innumerable St. Patrick’s Day, coffee house, and Irish dancing events.

His happiest fiddle memories involve late nights at the bars of NJ, NY, and Ireland, playing music with masters of Irish music while watching the sun rise. He is happy for the opportunity to share some of this tradition with you at the Library.

see you on
Sunday Oct. 11th, 2015 at 2.30pm
Berkeley Heights Public Library, 290 Plainfield Ave, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Music of the 1916 Easter Rising by midatlanticcce
August 21, 2015, 4:21 pm
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Music of the 1916 Easter Rising

Thursday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.

Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center for University Life 60 Washington Sq. South

An all-star cast of New York’s popular traditional Irish musicians come together to mark the centennial of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising with a night of songs painting an aural picture of how America contributed and reacted, featuring singer and guitarist Donie Carroll, fiddler and singer Liz Hanley, piper Ivan Goff, GIH faculty member and singer Mick Moloney, piper Jerry O’Sullivan, and fiddler Caitlin Warbelow.

  • Donie Carroll is a traditional folk singer and entertainer with musical roots in Ireland and America. Based in NYC, Donie is world renowned. He has shared the stage with many legends of traditional folk music, both American and Irish.
  • Liz Hanley, a Boston native and NYU grad, has been a long-time member of the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra, plays violin in orchestral rock band Emanuel & The Fear, as well as the Marty Isenberg Big Band, and plays fiddle and sings in the all-female Brooklyn folk outfit Medicine Woman.
  • Ivan Goff, originally from Dublin and now based in Brooklyn, plays the uilleann pipes, Irish wooden flute, and pennywhistles. He has toured with Dervish, Danú, Lúnasa, Téada, The Green Fields of America, and the Eileen Ivers Band, and recently formed Ghost Trio with Iarla Ó Lionáird and Cleek Schrey. He recently earned his PhD in ethnomusicology from NYU.
  • Mick Moloney combines the careers of folklorist, professional musician, and professor of music and Irish studies at Glucksman Ireland House NYU. He has been awarded by the US National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and Ireland’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award. He sings and plays the banjo, bouzouki. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Jerry O’Sullivan has been widely hailed as one of America’s premier uilleann pipers. He has appeared on more than 90 albums and has recorded with artists such as The Boston Pops, Dolly Parton, and Paul Winter’s GRAMMY winning album, Celtic Solstice, as well as recorded a number of film soundtracks. Jerry is currently earning his Masters in Irish and Irish-American Studies at Glucksman Ireland House NYU.
  • Caitlin Warbelow hails from a family of bust pilots in Fairbanks, Alaska, with a lifetime of playing and performing on fiddle across several genres. She performed for Riverdance’s production, Heartbeat of Home, and Sting’s Broadway musical “The Last Ship.” She is on faculty at the Irish Arts Center and widely known as a gifted teacher.

$20 General Admission
$10 Glucksman Ireland House NYU Members – Become a member
$10 for students with valid ID

Tickets are available on or by calling SmartTix at (212) 868-4444.  Choose will-call.

Doors open at 6:30.  General admission seating.  Please bring photo ID to enter the venue.

2016 Fleadh, Save the Date! by midatlanticcce
August 18, 2015, 9:00 am
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Save the Date for the 2016 Fleadh!

The 2016 Fleadh will take place at the Parsippany Hilton on June 24th, 25th and 26th of next year!  Details to follow!

Congrats the This Year’s Fleadh Winners! by midatlanticcce
August 17, 2015, 8:26 pm
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Congrats the This Year’s Fleadh Winners!

The Region sent an extremely strong group of competitors over to Sligo this year and the following individuals came away with accolades!  Congrats to this group, to all who went over, and to their families!

  • 1st, Fiddle 15-18, Jake James, CCÉ, Mulligan-Quinn
  • 3rd, Fiddle Slow Airs over 18, Finbar Kantor, CCÉ, Martin Mulvihill
  • 3rd, Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs over 18, Patrick Shields, CCÉ, Mulligan-Quinn
  • 3rd, Duets 15-18, John Paul Wick, Seamus Wick, CCÉ, Mike Rafferty-Joe Madden
  • 2nd, Trios 15-18, John Paul Wick, Seamus Wick, Tim Clauss, CCÉ, Mike Rafferty-Joe Madden
  • 2nd, Newly Composed Song any age, Jim O’Dowd, CCÉ, Mike Rafferty-Joe Madden
  • 3rd, Sean Nós dance over 18, Maura Mulligan, CCÉ, Úll Mór

CCE IRISH FOLK FESTIVAL by midatlanticcce
August 12, 2015, 4:22 pm
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CCE IRISH FOLK FESTIVAL, 12 – 7:30 pm, Sept 26, 2015

Family-Friendly Fun!


  • Sherwood Community Center at Van Dyck Park, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • The Auld Shebeen Irish Pub, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Live traditional Irish music and dance, Gaelic Games, Scotch Whiskey tastings, crafts, Irish language workshop, 4 performance stages. Food and drink.

Performers include Dylan Foley, Josh Dukes, Sean McComiskey and a host of other great bands and dancers including Sean-Nos step-dancer Shannon Dunne and more.

Sponsored by the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann(CCE) O’Neill Malcom Branch and the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Free. Free parking. Rain or shine. or 703-919-1031

Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGynn on Tour! by midatlanticcce
July 28, 2015, 8:36 am
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Matt Molloy, John Carty & Arty McGynn on Tour!

  • August 6th – Fairfield, CT
    Venue: Gaelic American Club 74 Beach Road 7:30pm. , or (203) 257-8737
  •  August 7th – East Durham, NY
    Venue: Shamrock House, Michael J Quill Irish Cultural Centre 8pm. (518) 634-2286
  • August 8th – Cumberland, RI
    Venue: Blackstone River theatre, 549 Broad Street 8pmTickets $18.00 advance or $22.00 Tel (401) 725-9272
  •  August 9th midday– Irish Cultural Center’s Summer Concert series, Chicopee, MA
    Venue: Collegian Court, 12 noonTickets $20 for ICC members, and $23 for non-members available online or by calling the Irish Cultural Center at 413-265-2537.
  •  August 9th – Portland, Maine
    Venue: One Longfellow Square 8pm.  Tickets $25 adv. or $30 on day online or call (207) 761-1757
  •  August 10th – Cape Cod
    Venue: Cultural Center Of Cape Cod 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth 8pmTickets $25 508-394-7100
  •  August 11th – Manchester, New Hampshire
    Venue: The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St, 8pmTickets $25 online or contact 603-625-0246
  •  August 12th – Somerville, MA
    Venue: The Burren Backroom Series, 247 Elm Street, Davis Square.  Two shows 7.30pm & 9.30pmTickets $28 online or contact 617 776-6896
  • August 13-16th – Milwaukee Festival
  • August 17th – Chicago
    Venue: Chief O’Neill’s, 3471 N Elston Ave. 8pm. Tickets from 773 583-3066


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