Niall and Cillian Vallely on Tour
Niall and Cillian Vallely are off on tour in the US and Canada from June 13th to June 29th. The tour will take in performances in New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland and Quebec. It will include a special performance with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Ocean City, MD on June 20th. They’ll also be joined by Alan Murray on guitar.
Fri 13 8pm Pearl River, NY House Concert firstname.lastname@example.org 845 641 5882
Sat 14 Fairfield, CT Fairfield Irish festival http://www.irishfestival.org
Sun 15 4pm Tuftenboro, NH Old White Church Greg Heppe email@example.com 603-569-9859
Tues 17 7.30pm Wilmington, DE Blue Ball Barn, Green Willow Folk Club firstname.lastname@example.org 302-456-3242
Wed 18 8pm Washington DC House Concert (SOLD OUT)
Fri 20 Selbyville, DE w/Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra http://www.freemanstage.org/event/mid-atlantic-symphony-orchestra-songs-of-st-patrick
Sat 21 Philadelphia, PA House Concert (SOLD OUT)
Sun 22 2pm Ridgefield, CT lalambton@ridgefieldlibrary 203 438 2282
Wed 25 8pm Rochester, NY East Rochester High School http://www.blackrosetrad.org/vallely.html
Fri 27-29 Montreal, QC Chants De Vielles Festival http://www.chantsdevielles.com/
John Whelan and Haley Richardson in Concert, NYC
Saturday, June 7at 7:30pm
New York Irish Center
1040 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, New York 11101
8 Time All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion JOHN WHELAN and special guest 11 year old HALEY RICHARDSON, winner of 2 All-Ireland titles on fiddle in 2013!
Admission: $20 Under 12: Free
Tickets at: www.nyirish.org or 718.482.0909
Dave Fahy, Ronan O Flaherty and Pio Ryan in concert
Thursday, February 20, 10:00pm-1:00am, Tir Na N-Og on 33rd st and 8th ave, Manhattan
For one night only there is a concert featuring Dave Fahy (Guitar/Vocals), Ronan O Flaherty (Fiddle) and Pio Ryan (banjo) in Tir Na N-Og on 33rd st and 8th ave, Manhattan. Concert starts at 10pm until 1am. Dave Fahy and Pio Ryan are two stalwarts of the Irish music scene in New York and are delighted to welcome back current De Dannan member Ronan O Flaherty to New York.
Dave Fahy has become one of the more sought after Irish guitar players and singers on the New York music scene today. Originally from Galway, Dave is a self-taught guitar player who possesses a broad range of styles, from driving and percussive to sensitive and nuanced. His singing is influenced by the singing and songs of artists such as Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan or Shane Mac Gowan, but here again Dave has his own individual stamp, and the result is an arist with a fresh and exciting new sound.
Ronan is a graduate of the UL World Academy degree in Irish Traditional Music and completed all grades in Classical Violin through the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
He is also a multiple winner of All-Ireland medals on the fiddle. With over 20 years live performance and 8 years teaching experience on the fiddle, Ronan has been immersed in the best of Galway’s world famous Irish music tradition for most of his life and is committed to passing on the tradition to the next generation of players. Ronan has toured Ireland and the world extensively, teaching and playing Irish music in England, France,Germany, Italy, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He is currently the fiddle player in legendary trad group De Danann, where his performance skills, confidence and ability to perform under pressure are constantly improving. When not touring Ronan plays regular sessions in Tigh Choili, Galway.
Tipperary born and bred Irish Tenor Banjoist Pio Ryan has been playing the NYC Irish Traditional circuit for seven years now. His deep rooted traditional style mixed with blues and bluegrass influences creates a unique twist with a sound that is both driven and refreshing. Pio learned his trade from his father John Ryan, a renowned whistle player from North Tipperary. After earning a degree in Professional Irish Music Performance, Pio officially transplanted to the US in 2005 finding a home at the Irish Arts Center. He originated the Irish Tenor Banjo and Mandolin programs, whose strong following continues to grow. Pio’s teaching credits also include faculty membership at two of the most prestigious workshops of Irish Music- The Catskills Irish Arts Week and The Swannanoa Gathering. When he’s not teaching, Pio remains very active on the Irish Traditional scene in the U.S and abroad. Venues include Webster Hall in NYC, Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, Mulligan’s in Amsterdam, and The National Concert Hall in Dublin, as well as festivals like the Kansas City Irish Music Festival and Karlsruhe Festival in Germany. You’d be likely to meet Pio at one of the many weekly sessions around NYC sharing tunes and stories with friends and newcomers.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 8:00 PM
THE TOWN HALL, 123 W. 43rd Street, NYC
Tickets: $45, $55, $65
Available at Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, Ticketmaster.com & Town Hall Box Office
The Chieftains, the world’s best-known Irish band, return to New York on March 8th as part of an extensive 18-state US tour. Six-time Grammy winners, The Chieftains are renowned for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention, uncovering the wealth of Irish music accumulated over the centuries with their own exhilarating style.
Their program includes “The Troublemaker’s Jig,” a tribute to Nelson Mandela composed by Chieftains founder and leader Paddy Moloney; material from their recent acclaimed albums (2010’s San Patricio and 2012’s Voice of Ages); songs from throughout their 52-year history, including favorites not heard live in well over a decade, such as selections from their Grammy-winning 1995 album The Long Black Veil; andBochas or “Song of Hope” which Moloney performed at Ground Zero in New York in the weeks following 9/11.
The lineup features Paddy Moloney (uilleann pipes, tin whistle), Kevin Conneff (bodhran, vocals), Matt Molloy (flute), Jon Pilatzke (fiddle, dance), Triona Marshall (harp, keys), Alyth McCormack (vocals, percussion), Cara Butler (dance), and Nathan Pilatzke (dance), plus two new additions to the touring ensemble: All-Ireland Champion Tara Breen (fiddle, saxophone), and Tim Edey (guitar, mandolin), 2012 BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year.
The Chieftains were formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland. In 1975, The Chieftains began playing together full-time and marked the event with a historic performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. In the mid-late ‘70s, Kevin Conneff and Matt Molloy joined the group. In its long career, The Chieftains have been involved in such historic events as a tour of China (being the first Western group to perform at the Great Wall), and played with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide. They broke many musical boundaries by collaborating with some of the leading names in rock, pop and traditional music, including the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, and Pavarotti, among many others. They have been honored by being officially named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors.
In 2010, The Chieftains collaborated with Ry Cooder and many distinguished Mexican and Mexican-American artists (including Lila Downs, Los Tigres Del Norte, Los Cenzontles, and Carlos Nunez) on the acclaimed San Patricio recording. The album was named after the San Patricio Battalion, a group of Irish immigrant conscripts who deserted the US Army in 1846 to fight on the Mexican side of the Mexican-American War. In 2012, to mark The Chieftains’ 50th anniversary, the band introduced its historic career to a new generation of fans; its album Voice of Ages featured some of contemporary music’s fastest rising artists, including Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Punch Brothers and the Pistol Annies, reinterpreting traditional songs.
Since its 2013 US tour, the band performed a tribute ceremony for Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney, who passed away in August, and recorded with the Von Trapp great grandchildren in Ireland for an upcoming project. Members Paddy Moloney, Matt Molloy, Sean Keane, Kevin Conneff and Triona Marshall were awarded honorary doctorates from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
The trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains’ love of, and loyalty to, their roots – they are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining concerts at the world’s most prestigious venues. After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains’ sound remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.
“extraordinary musicians” – New York Times
“They seem ageless…and so does their Irish music….And if common sense tells you they can’t go on forever, you wouldn’t know it from their electrifying performance.”– Boston Globe
“Matt Malloy…still defines the standard for Irish traditional flutists…. Singer Kevin Conneff was spellbinding” — Irish Echo
“If you are one of the very few who hasn’t seen the Chieftains live, then you owe it to yourself to go see them…” – Irish Voice
Billy Keenan Fundraiser, May 3-4
Billy Keenan is every Irish American.
The quintessential model father, husband, friend, soldier, teacher, scholar, musician, and proud Irishman… Billy is someone we all know, or will know. He is like everyone of us. He has taught our kids, helped so many of our causes, and sang at our churches, parties and weddings.
In September, Billy had the most unfortunate accident down the Jersey Shore while doing what he loves, surfing. Suffering catastrophic injury to his spinal cord, Billy is unable to use his arms or legs, and requires assistance 24 hours a day.
His friends, family, bandmates, associates, and fellow Irish Americans will not let him down… we will support his family with all our connections, skills, generosity energy, and our love. Billy would be doing it for every one of us…
#KeenanStrong is an organization 100% dedicated to helping Billy and his family. Every penny we collect goes to them… Help us help them!
Impressive Music Lineup for #KeenanStrong Concert Weekend
We are overwhelmed that the biggest Irish bands in NYC jumped right on bill for Billy and the #KeenanStrong Concert Series on May 3-4. The list includes:
- Broken Banjo Strings
- Celtic Cross
- Andy Cooney
- Cunningham Brothers
- Jameson’s Revenge
- Joanie Madden
- McLean Avenue
- The Narrowbacks
- NYPD Pipes & Drums
- The Primetime Showband
- John Reynolds & Margie Mulvihill
And many others are in the works and hopefully will be announced shortly. Mark your calendars for May 3-4.
Lúnasa with Karan Casey
Tues Dec 3rd 7.30pm DROM (85 Ave A, New York City)
Karan Casey has been critically acclaimed from Japan to America as one of Ireland’s greatest singers. The Wall Street Journal has described her as one of the true glories of Irish music today. One of the most influential voices in contemporary Irish music, Karan Casey is a natural innovator. More than a decade ago American audiences were introduced to her as vocalist for the Irish “supergroup” Solas. Following their groundbreaking early releases, Casey struck out on her own. She now has 4 solo releases to her credit and multiple collaborations (including the Grammy-winning “Celtic Solstice” with Paul Winter & Friends and Tim O’Brien’s “Two Journeys.”)
Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys, and later he, with guitarist Donogh Hennessy, would form the dynamic rhythm section of The Sharon Shannon Band. Paul Meehan (Karan Casey Band, North Cregg) has recently replaced Hennessy. Fiddler Sean Smyth is an All-Ireland champion who has played with Donal Lunny’s Coolfin; Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland played with the acclaimed traditional group Moving Cloud; and, piper Cillian Vallely of the famous Vallely artistic clan. Folk Roots magazine has rightly termed them an “Irish music dream team.”
Click here to go to DROM’s ticket page: http://www.dromnyc.com/events/2888/lnasa-with-karan-casey#.UptbvWQ0hm2
Sean Nós Workshop & Concert at Glucksman Ireland House NYU
Saturday, November 23rd, 1:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
Máirín Uí Chéide and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, well-known sean-nós singers from the Connamara and Donegal Gaeltachts, will lead an afternoon workshop in the sean-nós style.
Sean-nós, which is Irish for “old style,” is a highly ornamented style of traditional Irish music that is performed unaccompanied. The interaction between the performer and the audience is crucial to understanding the sean-nós musical tradition, as the style was developed to accompany daily work inside and outside the home, to express the emotions of love and sadness of daily existence, to record local and other historical events and to mark the loss of family and friends by death or by emigration.
Mairin Uí Chéide has won many awards including the coveted Corn Ui Riada, the highest honor in sean-nós singing at the Oireachtas na Gaeilge. A Boston resident, Mairin has performed across the United States and in Ireland. She has been inducted into The Hall of Fame of The Northeast Region of the North American Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Éireann.
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde was the winner of Corn Uí Riada, the Oireachtas sean-nós singing competition, in 2009. He has performed in festivals and concerts in Ireland and throughout much of Europe. Inspired by the culture of his native home and with professional musical training under singers such as Caitlín Ní Dhomhnaill and Lillis Ó Laoire, Doimnic has released an album titled “Saol na Suáilce” and founded Cór Thaobh a Leithid, a four part choir of traditional singers.
This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration via phone or email is required. Limit of 50 places available. In order to ensure a place at this workshop, please RSVP to 212-998-3950 or email@example.com. It was made possible through the support of the Department of Gaeltacht Affairs, the government of the Republic of Ireland.
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The workshop will be followed by a 7pm concert in which Máirín Uí Chéide and Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde will lead a public performance. Introduction by Pádraig Ó Cearúill, Senior Language Lecturer of Irish Studies at Glucksman Ireland House, NYU.
Free admission to Members of Glucksman Ireland House and to all students/faculty with a valid NYU I.D. card. For non-members: $10 donation at the door for the general event series. In order to ensure a seat at events, please RSVP by submitting the form below, or by calling 212-998-3950 (option 3) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, except for the Blarney Star Concert Series which does not accept reservations.