Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Panel Discussion and Session for New York Trad Fest! by midatlanticcce
October 9, 2013, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Concert, Event, General Announcement, NYC, Seisiun

Masters of Irish Traditional Music and Dance in New York in the 20th Century
A Session at Lillie’s Union Square

Saturday, October 19th, 1-3pm; 4-7pm.

Dr. Mick Moloney will moderate a fascinating and informative panel discussion about Irish traditional music and dance in New York City, with Tony DeMarco, Brian Holleran, Jerry O’Sullivan and Siobhan Butler.  Panel discussion starts at 1:00pm and runs until 3:00pm.

Glucksman Ireland House, New York University
1 Washington Mews
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 998-3952
Event page:
Admission to this event is free, reservations are recommended but not required.  RSVP by calling 212-998-3950 or by emailing

After the panel, follow the New York Trad Fest up to Lillie’s Union Square for music and camaraderie!  The Lillie’s session runs every week from 4-7pm and on Trad Fest Saturday will feature Matt Mancuso, Cillian Vallely and Daniel Neely.  Lillie’s is an easy ten minute walk from Glucksman Ireland House, features an excellent menu, and has a extensive selection of beer, wine and spirits.  The craic will be mighty!

Lillie’s Union Square
13 E. 17th St. between Union Square Park and 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10003
For directions and menu:

These events are being presented as part of New York Trad Fest, a new festival showcasing the finest in traditional music, dance, and song in New York.   New York Trad Fest will take place on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013, will feature local masters of traditional Irish, bluegrass and “old-timey” American music and will culminate in a showcase concert on Saturday the 19th at Connolly’s Klub 45 (121 West 45th Street).  For more information about events and times, visit


New York Trad Fest! by midatlanticcce
October 7, 2013, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Concert, NYC

New York Trad Fest!

Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013, featuring local masters of traditional Irish, bluegrass and “old-timey” American music.

With the Saturday concert at Connolly’s Klub 45, and events at other Manhattan venues, the New York Tradfest will include concerts, informal music sessions and singers circles, and a special “Masters of Trad” presentation on traditional music heroes in New York City.
Your Festival MC will be Don “Tunemeister” Meade

Performers will include the following and more:

Brian Conway (fiddle) and Brendan Dolan (piano) – Irish Trad • Eileen Ivers (fiddle) and Greg Anderson (guitar) – Irish Trad/Contemporary • Kenny Kosek (fiddle), Tony Trischka (banjo) and Andy Statman (mandolin) – blugegrass • Dr. Mick Moloney – (banjo, folklorist/presenter) • Allan Kaufman (fiddle, yodeling) and Mark Horowitz (banjo) – old timey • James Keane, John Nolan (button accordion) • Jerry O’Sullivan, Ivan Goff, Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes) • Joanie Madden (flute) • Anna Colliton (bodhran) • Matty Mancuso, Tony DeMarco (fiddles) • Siobhan Butler, Kieran Jordan (Irish sean-nos dancing) • Megan Downes (American flatfooting) • Donie Golden (dance) • Allan Murray (guitar) • Donie Carroll (vocals and guitar) • Dan Gurney (accordion) • Dylan Foley (fiddle) • and a new generation of NY Trad players; Jayne and Bram Pomplas, Maeve Flanagan

Connolly’s, 121 West 45th Street, NYC, 7pm ’till midnight

Trad Fest is a very welcome addition to New York’s cultural calendar. There are too many talented musicians playing Irish music for it not to have a wider audience. People like Tony Demarco, Eileen Ivers, Donny Golden and Joanie Madden, just to name a few. Bringing the audience in and letting them hear the music in its traditional setting is the ideal exposure to Irish culture. Keeping it real, local, raw and natural – brilliant. – Michael Flatley

For further info email us at

If anyone would like to be a sponsor/donate to the fest, we have joined with CityLore that offers tax-deductable donations – 501[c]3
Checks can be made to CityLore and sent to: Tony DeMarco, p.o. box 368, Tafton, PA 18464

Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. We work in four cultural domains: urban folklore and history, preservation, education, and grassroots poetry traditions. In each of these realms, we see ourselves as furthering cultural equity and modeling a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself. In a financial climate not always hospitable to grassroots and immigrant cultures, New York City’s distinctiveness is in danger of eroding, and our mission and our programs become more urgent each year. Proposal for sponsors/donations can be sent upon request to

An Afternoon of Irish Culture in Rockaway Beach by midatlanticcce
October 3, 2013, 11:55 am
Filed under: Event, Killoran-Clancy-Whelan, NYC

An Afternoon of Irish Culture in Rockaway Beach

Hosted by The Killoran-Clancy-Whelan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

Irish dance, music, language, and fun for the entire family!

Free Admission

Refreshments will be served. No experience necessary. All are welcome to come along to enjoy!

Sunday October 13, 2013 12:00-4:00PM

The Knights of Columbus
333 Beach 90 Street, Rockaway Beach, NY

For information: Call Annmarie Acosta 718-945-9364

Edel Fox and Neill Byrne ‘Live’ in Queens! by midatlanticcce
August 21, 2013, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Concert, NYC

Edel Fox and Neill Byrne ‘Live’ in Queens!

Two great trad musicians over from Ireland doing intimate concerts to discerning audiences! On Friday 23rd August at 8pm, Edel and Neill will be at Connolly’s Corner, 71-15 Grand Ave, Maspeth, Queens (formerly Matchmakers)!

Subway Directions from Manhattan: E or F express, then switch to local train at 74th St Roosevelt Ave., M or R to Grand Ave. / Newtown (2 stops) then take Q58 or Q59 up Grand Ave, bar is on the right just past ‘School of Heroes’, which is on the left, Connolly’s Corner also have great Irish food and drink!
Nominal cover charge, prob. $15, hope to see you there!

Launch of Cathy Maguire’s Ireland in Song by midatlanticcce
August 1, 2013, 6:55 pm
Filed under: Concert, Event, NYC

Cathy Maguire’s Ireland in Song

Cathy Maguire’s official launch of Ireland in Song with Musical Director Gabriel Donohue and Master of Ceremonies Donnie Carroll
August 9, 2013~8:30 p.m. at the New York Irish Center

Ireland in Song is a live show that takes the most famous Irish ballads that are loved worldwide and explores the roots and the stories behind the song. What is the story behind haunting songs like Danny Boy? Are the stories fact or fiction? What is the connection with the beautiful ballad Carrickfergus and the seventh president of the United States?

Join singer Cathy Maguire with Musical Director Gabriel Donohue on a magical musical journey to the Emerald Isle to unearth the amazing history of the most well-known Irish songs. The show cleverly intertwines music, history and the fine arts of Irish dance and storytelling to create a wonderful evening of lively entertainment. Sing along on this musical treasure hunt that unveils the sadness, the longing, the joy and all of the emotions that infuse these beautiful, timeless songs and their place in the history of Ireland. Ireland in Song, the TV show debuted July 2013 on PBS and is currently thrilling passengers aboard transatlantic flights on Aer Lingus, the national airline of Ireland.

Please join Cathy Maguire on August 9 at 7:30 p.m., when she will launch her new album Ireland in Song. Doors will open at the New York Irish Center at 7:30 p.m. with a hospitality hour, the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $22 with a discount to seniors, students, and the unemployed $11. Tickets are available by contacting the New York Irish Center 718-482-0909 or by visiting

Cathy Maguire is an accomplished singer, songwriter, TV presenter and performer. She has just returned from Ireland where she recorded with world-renowned producer Phil Coulter. Earlier this year, Cathy collaborated on and recorded a country album with long term mentor and veteran Hall of Fame producer, Cowboy Jack Clement (U2, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong). In 2009, she released her critically acclaimed self-penned album Portrait on the Celtic Collections label (Celtic Woman, The High Kings). Cathy has toured extensively and has opened for internationally known artists such as Martina McBride, Randy Travis and the High Kings. July 2013 sees the release of Cathy Maguire’s TV program Ireland in Song on PBS. The program travels to Ireland to trace the history of the most famous Irish songs.

Musical Director Gabriel Donohue was born in Galway, Ireland and is now based in Philadelphia. He is a master musician on guitar and piano, but also plays many more instruments from bouzouki/mandolin to Irish whistle and exotic percussion. Gabriel performs throughout the USA and toured for three years with the Grammy Award winning Chieftains. He has recorded and performed with everyone from the Boston Pops, Eileen Ivers, Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies to Liam Clancy and Michael Flatley. An esteemed arranger, producer and musical director, audiences will be truly enriched by his charm, musical expertise, and showmanship.rtist Cathy Maguire


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Michael Coleman-Martin O’Grady Branch Ceili by midatlanticcce
June 6, 2013, 1:26 pm
Filed under: Ceili, Coleman Branch, NYC

Michael Coleman-Martin O’Grady Branch Comhaltas Céoltoirí Éireann

You are invited to a céilí honoring

Martin O’Grady for his commitment to Traditional Irish Music

Friday, June 14, 2013

Kerry Hall
302 McLean Avenue, Yonkers

Concert by the Erin Loughran Award-Winning Céili Band, 8:00 – 8:30

Céilí 8:30 – 11:30, Music by The Pride of Moyvane Céilí Band

The event will mark the official renaming of the branch and the unveiling of the new branch banner.

The $20 admission will include sandwiches, dessert, tea and coffee.

All are welcome! If you would like more information please contact Kathleen Gallagher – or call 718-822-2791

Our Fall céilithe begin on Friday, October 4. Starting with this céilí all Coleman-O’Grady céilithe will be held on the first Friday of each month.

Flute Workshop with Peter Maguire by midatlanticcce
May 7, 2013, 3:37 pm
Filed under: NYC, Workshop

Flute Workshop with Peter Maguire

Sunday, June 2nd, 1:30 to 3:30 at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City  (1040 Jackson Ave, click here for directions).  Workshop to be followed by an open seisiún.

Workshop Cost: All CCÉ Members $35, non-members $40.  RSVP, please for workshop: