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/
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.
Edel Fox & Neill Byrne
Traditional Irish Music on Concertina and Fiddle
Traditional Irish music from two masters from Counties Clare and Waterford are touring the USA in support of a new CD launched this summer called “The Sunny Banks”. Clare native Edel Fox is one of Ireland’s leading concertina players and teachers who taught and performed at the prestigious Catskills Irish Arts Week for six years and annually at the Willie Clancy Summer School in her native Miltown Malbay. In 2004 at age of 18 she won the coveted TG/4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award and went on to receive a BA in Irish Traditional Music Performance and an MA in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. Neill Byrne is from Ferrybank, County Waterford playing the violin from age 5 in a musical household and later being influenced by the venerable County Wexford composer and fiddler John Dwyer and then touring throughout Europe. The tandem have been playing together for three years and are among the most exciting young musicians in Ireland and they look forward to sharing their stylish brand of traditional Irish music with American audiences in intimate settings throughout the Northeast this August.
There are four appearances in the Tri-State Area:
Sunday, Aug. 11th at 8 PM An Beal Bocht, Riverdale, Bronx NY
445 W. 238th St, Riverdale in the Bronx (Contact http://www.anbealbochtcafe.com or 718-884-7127)
Monday, Aug. 12 8PM Irish Repertory Theater 132 West 22 St, Manhattan (www.irishrep.org).
$15 payable at the door and for info and reservations contact 201-965-6598 (Paul Keating)
Friday, Aug. 16th at 8 PM Fairfield Connecticut House Concert
http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org for reservations and info
Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8 PM Spring Lake Heights NJ Concert St. Stephen’s Green Publick House (www.ssgpub.com)
Info and Reservations Contact Rich Brautigam (phone 908-654-0200)
Catskills Set Dancing!
This just in from Margie Mulvihill
Hello Set-dancing friends
The East Durham set-dancers will be kicking off a great week of Set-dancing and music at the Shamrock House at 8 pm on Sunday July 14th-Music by Pride of Moyvane, John, Margie, Patty, BRENDAN DOLAN, Erin Loughran and surprise guests.
Great ceili’s all week at CatskillsIrishArtsWeek.com (Wed. Leeds see below) at the Shamrock House (great food) with fantastic music with CIAW instructors & friends Wednesday’s ceili is in Leeds where you can get a great meal & dancing to Pride of Moyvane, John, Patty, Margie, Brendan Dolan & guests & Please don’t forget the very talented Bridie Dal Pizzol, Padriag McEneany, and Julie McElroy will be teaching sets, ceili all week
Lets all help make sure no one misses this fantastic week! See you in the beautiful Catskill Mountains Pls. God-Lots of Love
Dan Collins RIP
Daniel Michael Collins (1937-2013)
Born in Harlem to immigrant parents – William Collins from Meelin, County Cork and Bridget (nee Donohue) from Mountcollins, County Limerick – Dan Collins inherited a love of Irish music and dance that remained with him all his life. Along with his sister Kathleen and brothers David and William, Dan studied music with Mayo-born fiddler/button accordionist John McGrath and dancing with Kerryman James T. “The Professor” McKenna, becoming highly accomplished both as a fiddler and a step dancer.
Later in life, Dan did as much as anyone in modern times to preserve and popularize the traditional music of Ireland. His first venture in music publishing came in 1961, when he performed a huge service to Irish traditional musicians worldwide by re-issuing Francis O’Neill’s famous 1903 tune collection Music of Ireland: Eighteen Hundred and Fifty Melodies in an affordable, paperback edition.
In 1973, with partner Richard Nevins, Dan founded Shanachie Records (now Shanachie Entertainment) and launched a historic series of traditional music recordings. These included LP resissues of classic New York-made 78 rpm discs by County Sligo fiddle greats Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran as well as new recordings from many leading contemporary Irish musicians, notably including Dan’s fiddling sister Kathleen, east Galway flute player Paddy Carty, New York fiddlers Paddy Reynolds and Andy McGann, and the Irish supergroup De Danann. Building on this foundation, Shanachie would go on to release a wide-ranging catalog of world music audio and video recordings.
For younger Irish traditional musicians in New York, Dan was an accessible living link to the Golden Age of immigrant music making in New York. He was a sought-after source of rare tunes and tune settings, as well a free-flowing font of knowledge about the musicians and dancers of the old days. He didn’t just talk the talk – he was an excellent fiddler in his own right who played with many of the greats of Irish music, most notably his sister Kathleen, who included several duets with Dan on her 2009 Shanachie disc My Book of Songs.
Dan is survived by his wife Mary Foley Collins, children Margaret, Bridget, Noreen and William , as well as grandchildren Michael Collins Litke, Patrick Collins Litke and Daniel Michael Collins.