Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region


John Whelan and Haley Richardson in Concert! by midatlanticcce
May 29, 2014, 4:29 pm
Filed under: Concert, NYC

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 by midatlanticcce
February 20, 2014, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Concert, New York, NYC

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.



Billy Keenan Fundraiser, May 3-4 by midatlanticcce
January 27, 2014, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Concert, Fundraiser, New Jersey, New York, NYC

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
  • Girsa
  • 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.

Click here to visit KeenanStrong.org to learn how you can help!



Lúnasa with Karan Casey at DROM, Tuesday December 3rd by midatlanticcce
December 1, 2013, 10:57 am
Filed under: Concert, NYC

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 NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House by midatlanticcce
November 19, 2013, 9:30 am
Filed under: Concert, NYC, Workshop

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 ireland.house@nyu.edu.  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 ireland.house@nyu.edu, except for the Blarney Star Concert Series which does not accept reservations.



Sean Nós Workshop and Concert at NYU by midatlanticcce
November 15, 2013, 2:09 am
Filed under: Concert, NYC, Workshop

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 ireland.house@nyu.edu.  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 ireland.house@nyu.edu, except for the Blarney Star Concert Series which does not accept reservations.



BEYOND JIGS AND REELS workshop by midatlanticcce
October 28, 2013, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Classes / Lessons / Education, NYC

BEYOND JIGS AND REELS workshop

BEYOND JIGS AND REELS workshop for ALL instruments with Bill Ochs, Sunday, November 10, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at The Irish Arts Center

Everyone loves jigs and reels! But the Irish music repertoire extends far beyond these popular genres. Uilleann piper and music collector Bill Ochs will lead Beyond Jigs and Reels, a workshop devoted to Irish music that you are not likely to hear in your local pub. The class will take place on Sunday, November 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at The Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues in Manhattan.

Drawing on his private collection that spans three hundred years of written music and over a century of recordings, Ochs will teach examples of planxties and music of the harpers, clan marches, pieces, highlands, mazurkas, barn dances, long dances, slides, slow airs, and more. So come find out what you’ve been missing and add this great music to your repertoire!

The workshop is for intermediate level (and above) players of ALL instruments. Transcriptions of tunes will be provided. Students are also encouraged to bring a recording device.

The fee for the workshop is $50. Irish Arts Center members, students and seniors receive a $5 discount.

To register visit https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9808166 or call Ovationtix at 866-811-4111. For questions about the workshop, please contact Bill Ochs at bill@pennywhistle.com or 212-247-3231.

Workshop presenter Bill Ochs has one of the largest private collections of Irish music books and recordings in New York. He has been playing, teaching, and collecting Irish music for over four decades. Ochs is author of The Clarke Tin Whistle — the definitive tin whistle instruction book — now in its twenty-third printing with over 250,000 copies in print. He teaches the Irish flute, tin whistle and uilleann pipes in Manhattan. Ochs been called a “central figure in the renaissance of the tin whistle” by National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and the “leading tin whistle teacher in North America” by The Irish Voice.