Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Fleadh Registration Deadline!
April 14, 2015, 2:19 pm
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Fleadh Registration Deadline!

TODAY, April 14, 2015, is your final day to register and avoid being assessed the $20 late fee!

Click here to download the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil Entry Form!

This document also contains the registration information, a summary of competition rules, and a general program of competitions and events.

Click here for the official fleadh rules.  In matters of competition requirements, judging, etc., these official rules will apply. In matters of administration, deadlines, late fees, etc. the local rules on the syllabus document will prevail at the Mid Atlantic Fleadh.

The Under 10 Event, Tir Na Nog has its own registration form.  Click here to visit its webpage, where you can download the registration form.

For Questions about the competitions or to register, contact the Fleadh Secretary, Terry Rafferty, 201-288-4267, or email her at

(Please note: The syllabus/registration form needs legal size paper to print out properly.)

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Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming
February 27, 2015, 2:54 pm
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Cherish the Ladies: An Irish Homecoming!

“passionate, tender and rambunctious” — The New York Times

Saturday, March 7, 8PM @ Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.

The all-women’s Irish-American music sensation celebrates its 30th anniversary! What began as a concert series organized by folklorist/musician Mick Moloney in 1985 has come to be one of the most successful touring ensembles in Celtic music, renowned for its virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step-dancing. Over the past three decades, the band has toured the world, performed at the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 15 outstanding albums, the last of which was made into a Public TV special, An Irish Homecoming. Special guests include former members and longtime collaborators Maura O’Connell, Cathie Ryan, Liz Carroll and Liz Knowles.

Click here to learn more about this concert and to buy tickets!


2015 Convention & Fleadh!
February 26, 2015, 9:43 am
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2015 Convention & Fleadh!

In 2015, the North American Convention will once again take place at the Hilton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany and it will run between Thursday May 7th and Sunday May 10th – Mother’s Day Weekend!  The Mid-Atlantic Fleadh will happen the same weekend, spanning May 8th–10th!

The Saturday night banquet and ceili will include the installation of musicians Frankie McCormick and Brendan Fahey along with the posthumous induction of the Sligo Masters Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and James “Lad” O’Beirne into the Mid Atlantic Region’s Hall of Fame. Expect great music from the Hall of Famers past and present who will be in attendance!  In addition, we will be honored and excited to have the Moylurg Ceili Band, the 2013 Senior Ceili Band Champions from the historic Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Derry, joining us for the weekend!  They will bring their outstanding music to our Saturday Gala Banquet, and will be featured at many other events throughout the weekend.

Click here to download the full 2015 Convention Flyer!

Click here to download the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil Entry Form!

Click here to book your room at the Parsippany Hilton at the Comhaltas weekend rate.

Click here to download the Weekend Package Registration form!

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Celtic Appalachian Celebration
February 25, 2015, 7:26 pm
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4th Annual
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Concerts Featuring 
Old Time American, Country and Bluegrass Music with Irish Influences
Saturday, March 14 | 2:30 pm and 8 pm
“Mick Moloney and the Irish Arts Center triumphed once again…a stunning crowd-pleaser.”  – Paul Keating,  Irish Central
Tickets from $25 
Save 20% with code EARLYBIRD! See below for details.
Back by popular demand, for the fourth year running, our annual St. Patrick’s Concert A Celtic Appalachian Celebration, returns to Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street | New York, NY) on Saturday, March 14th at 2:30 pm and 8 pm.
Mick Moloney and The Green Fields of America 
Athena Tergis (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (button accordion),
Jerry O’Sullivan (uilleann pipes and whistle), Brendan Dolan (piano),
Niall O’Leary (dancer), Liz Hanley (fiddle, vocals)
The 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)
Book your tickets early for this once in a lifetime Irish Arts Center event at Symphony Space.
The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, roll up your sleeves for an evening of hootin’, hollerin’, pickin’, strummin’, and foot-stompin’ revelry with over 15 world musicians, singers, and dancers genre-jumping through the jigs, reels, and harmonies of Ireland, America, and West Africa, led by legendary musician, folklorist and National Heritage Award-winner Mick Moloney.
Featuring some of the most formidable and respected old-time musicians in West Virginia, the Bing Brothers Band will showcase their hard-driving brand of string music. With over 30 years’ experience, their sound has been recognized and rewarded with many honors over the years, and represents Appalachia’s thriving musical heritage.
Collaborating with the beloved Green Fields of America–one of the best-known and longest running Irish American groups–the Bing Brothers Band will share the stage with San Francisco based singer/songwriter/guitarist Kyle Alden, best known for his award-winning folk music settings of W.B. Yeats’ poetry, and Cheick Hamala Diabaté, a griot (storyteller) and master of the West African precursor to the banjo. Fans can expect solo performances, fiddlin’ and bowin’, and rousing stompers, and haunting ballads.
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.
Saturday, March 14 | 2:30 pm & 8 pm
Save 20% with code EARLYBIRD!
Premium Orchestra Seats: $60 
Rear Orchestra: $50 non-member / $40 member 
Balcony: $40 non-member / $32 member / $25 student
Buy tickets online or by calling 212-864-5400
EARLYBIRD code is valid in Rear Orchesra for $40 and Balcony Seats for $32. While supplies last. Discount expires Sunday, March 1st and is not valid on previously purchased tickets, or on member-priced tickets.
For more information, visit Irish Arts Center’s website.

GaelFest Cultural Alliance
February 18, 2015, 11:33 pm
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GaelFest Cultural Alliance is Running an Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign!

GaelFest 2015 is a family oriented festival which aims to be the preeminent annual North American festival celebrating all aspects of traditional Irish culture through music, dance, language, food, and Irish sports.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at the German Masonic Park in Tappan, NY. Thousands of Irish and Irish-Americans will be there to celebrate a culture rich in heritage and tradition.

Come join us for what will surely be an outstanding annual event with the finest Irish and Irish-American musicians, singers, dancers and sporting events. We will be presenting the best in regional, national and international musical talent, ceili and step dancing, hurling and Gaelic football exhibitions, children’s activities and entertainment, crafts and artworks, vendors, food and beverage and so much more!

The purpose of this campaign is to underwrite the advance costs and cover the fixed financial commitment components of our budget as listed below to help ensure that the event is successful and we have the best possible foundation upon which to build this event into the premiere Irish focused festival in North America.

Click here to learn more and to support the campaign!

Arrangements for Mary (Mae) Whelan
February 7, 2015, 10:03 am
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Arrangements for Mary (Mae) Whelan née Clancy

Here are the wake details for the longtime Comhaltas stalwart Mae Whelan.  Mae Whelan was married to Jack Whelan, the long-time secretary of the Killoran-Clancy Branch CCE (now Whelan-Killoran-Clancy Branch).  Together, they help build the Killoran-Clancy into a successful and thriving branch.

Cassidy’s Funeral Home
156 Willis Avenue, Mineola, 11501

Sunday 6-9 pm, Monday 2-5 pm & 7-9 pm

Funeral mass at Corpus Christi Church
155 Garfield Avenue (corner of Willis Ave),
Tues 9:45 am

In lieu of flowers donations to:
The Irish American Society of Nassau-Suffolk -Queens in memory of Mae Whelan.
297 Willis Avenue
Mineola, NY 11501

Sligo Masters!
January 28, 2015, 10:03 am
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The Sligo Masters

The Sligo Masters

Read Paul Keating’s Article in “From The Hob” by clicking here!

The Sligo Masters, a new documentary film which looks at the lives of some of Ireland’s most famous traditional musicians, who spent most of their lives in New York, will be screened in several locations in New York in February 2015. Launched at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2014 and screened on Irish broadcaster TG4, this one hour documentary film focusses on the three great Irish fiddle players – Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran. It was filmed on location in Sligo, New York and Dublin, and casts an eye on the early 20th century when these musicians were in the vanguard of traditional Irish music on the world stage. This film depicts their fame as recording artists, the influence their recordings had on their peers and on the generations who came after; and their fall, how the Crash of 1929 decimated the recording industry and brought the Masters to their knees. From the rambling houses of south County Sligo to the world stage in New York, we recall their rise within the recording industry, the indelible mark they left on Irish music at home and abroad, and the personal tragedies which evoke both musical genius and human frailty.

This is a major event and all music lovers are urged to attend one of the screenings!

The Sligo Masters will be screened at the following locations in New York in 2015:

  • Wednesday, February 4th at 7pm – Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019  (Tickets $12/$10; session afterward at the Landmark, so musicians bring your instruments!)
  • Thursday, February 5th at 5:30pm – Consulate General of Ireland, 345 Park Avenue, 17th floor (between 51st & 52nd Streets) New York, NY  10016. (By invitation only)
  • Friday, February 6 at 7pm – Rory Dolan’s Pub,  890 McLean Avenue, Yonkers

These screenings will also act as the New York launch of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Ireland’s biggest cultural and music festival, which takes place in Sligo, Ireland, next August!


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