Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Irish Tin Whistle Workshop in Florida by midatlanticcce
January 4, 2017, 4:21 pm
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Irish Tin Whistle Workshop

 Tír na mBláth Branch
Sundays January 8 – February 5, 2017
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
355 N.E. Fifth Avenue, Suite 8, Delray Beach, FL

About the Workshop

Our Irish whistle workshop teaches how to play traditional tunes on a D tin whistle to students of all ages (including adults).  These workshop classes are held on 5 Sunday afternoons for five weeks starting January 8, 2017 and ending February 5, 2017.  In keeping with the Irish tradition, students are taught tunes by ear. Students learn the basic fingering and how to get a good sound from the instrument.  The instructor takes time to ensure that students follow proper technique and that each phrase of a tune is well learned before moving on to the next.

Workshop Goals

Students who participate will build confidence, increase their musical sensibility, and build skills on the instrument as well as increase their knowledge of Irish music.  Over the five week period, students will learn at least three Irish tunes by heart.  Students will also be able to count out the measures of a tune, and recognize at least four types of Irish tunes such as the reel, jig, slide, and slip jig.  All students will have the opportunity to play in a group with accompaniment for the final class.

Workshop Fees

$75 Workshop
$15 Optional D tin whistle purchase
DISCOUNT: If you are a member of Tír na mBláth (individual or family member), you are eligible to pay a REDUCED WORKSHOP FEE of $60.

Students are strongly encouraged to arrive on time as the instructor will begin without delay.  For students under the age of 18 years, PARENTS MUST REMAIN INSIDE THE BUILDING WITH THE STUDENT DURING THE WORKSHOP LESSON.

Our Instructors

Rosemarie Vincent holds a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Miami and has also studied Irish wooden flute with Ivan Goff. She has participated in various music ensembles including the Hunter Wind Quintet, the New Orleans Community Orchestra, Flutopia, and The Picket Sisters. She currently performs with the Tropical Flute Choir and The Roaring Kelly Band. She provides a focus on performance and ensemble playing.
Mary Gallacher, a master of Irish music genre on violin, holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. She has been a music educator for over 30 years in string, woodwind, brass winds and choral music. She will provide a focus on timing, feel, and sound technique.

To register, use the brochure.

Irish Tin Whistle Workshop

Lily McEvoy RIP by midatlanticcce
October 22, 2016, 9:41 am
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Lily McEvoy RIP

From the McEvoy family:

Our family is deeply saddened to inform you all our dearest Mom Lily McEvoy passed away this Friday morning, October 21, 2016. As many of you know at nearly 93, Lily lived a wonderful and full life always surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by her husband Bill (67 years married), her 8 children, 25 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. We are relieved that her passing was peaceful and painless.

The services will be held on
Monday, October 24, 2016 2pm-4pm & 7pm-9pm
St. James Funeral Home
829 Middle Country Rd,
Smithtown NY, 11780

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10am
At St. James Funeral Home
Burial to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery
Liberty Ave,
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

We look forward to seeing you all and celebrating Lily’s life.

Warmest Regards,

The McEvoy Family

Mass Cards and notes of condolences may be sent to Bill McEvoy and his family via his home address which is
Bill McEvoy
928 Hawkins Ave.
Lake Grove, NY 11755
Or by phone to 631-588-3709

2017 Fleadh by midatlanticcce
October 11, 2016, 12:48 pm
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The 2017 Fleadh will take place at the Parsippany Hilton on May 5-7

September 21, 2016, 1:08 pm
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This is the last New York Centennial Celebration to honor the heros of 1916, and what finer way to honor them than through music.

Fiddle-player, pianist and composer Dr. Charlie Lennon has recently released a new suite of 1916-inspired compositions. Áille na hÁille – A Terrible Beauty is a Suite in Honour of the Heroes of 1916. It was launched on 29 February at the Unitarian Church in Dublin by Mary Kennedy of RTE and since then has played to packed out venues throughout the island of Ireland. It will make its North American debut appearance when it is performed in St. Sebastian Church Woodside, New York on October 28, 2016.

The work contains several pieces that reference the 1916 proclamation signatories, including ‘Planxty James Connolly’, ‘Ceannt the Piper’, ‘McDonagh’s March’ and ‘MacDiarmada’s Dream’. Commissioned by Gael Linn, which recently received a TG4 Gradam Ceoil award for its contribution to Irish culture over 60 years, Áille na hÁille features a range of traditional and classical musicians.

This is a story in music of events leading up to the 1916 Rising and its aftermath. It is dedicated to all who died in the revolution, with specific reference to those who signed the Proclamation of the Republic and were executed shortly afterwards. It features song settings of ‘Fornocht a Chonac Thú’ and ‘I See His Blood Upon the Rose’, sung by Cathie Ryan, and ‘An Glaoch: Sonata for Violin and Piano’. ‘Out of the heartlands of the Connamara Gaeltacht, rises one of Ireland’s greatest traditional musicians and music-makers.

“In Áille na hÁille/A Terrible Beauty, Charlie Lennon builds sonic bridges unifying many of the sound communities that make up the Irish mind.” An tOllamh Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Performed by: NYC Con Tempo String Quartet, Charlie Lennon, Kieran O’Hare, Éilís Lennon, Seán Lennon, Cathie Ryan.

Dr. Charlie Lennon is a well-known composer of traditional tunes and of larger works which bring together orchestral and traditional musicians in a new and exciting manner. His previous suites include Island Wedding and Flight from the Hungry Land while his traditional tunes have been published in two volumes of Musical Memories.

Charlie Lennon was born in Kiltyclogher, County Leitrim approximately 4 miles from the birth place of Sean MacDiarmada. Charlie started piano at age seven. He also started on fiddle, taught by his brother Ben, who brought him through the music of the Sligo masters Coleman, Killoran, Morrison and Gillespie.
He went on to study classical violin in his late teens as well as studying classical and jazz harmonies. From age seventeen Charlie was a professional musician playing with several céilí bands, variously on piano, fiddle, drums and double bass. At twenty-two Charlie enroled at Liverpool University, eventually securing a Doctorate in Nuclear Physics. While in Liverpool he played with the ‘Liverpool Céilí Band’ from 1960 to 1968.

The ‘Liverpool’ won two All-Ireland titles, recorded two albums with Decca and toured in the United States. In 1969 he moved back to Ireland with his wife, sean-nós singer, Sile Ni Fhlaithearta from Spiddal.

In the late 1970s Charlie began composing tunes in a serious way, most of which ended up in two books of his compositions, Musical Memories (Waltons). His recordings include Lucky in Love (with Mick O’Connor), The Emigrant Suite, Flight from the Hungry Land (from which the show and video Waves was taken), Island Wedding, Time for a Tune and Turning the Tune.

Many famous Irish musicians and bands have recorded his tunes, including: De Dannan, Liam O’Flynn, Kevin Burke, Sharon Shannon, Altan and The London Lasses and Pete Quinn.

Along with his brother Ben, and Ben’s sons Brian and Maurice, he recorded the album Dance of the Honey Bees. He also appears on Ben’s solo album The Natural Bridge. Charlie has been piano accompanist on over twenty-five albums, among them Omos do Joe Cooley with Paul Brock and Frankie Gavin and The Bucks of Oranmore with Joe Burke.

On Friday October 28th in St. Sebastian Church, Woodside, Queens you will have the opportunity to see Aille na hAille – A Terrible Beauty, a beautiful and unique musical tribute to our Heros of 1916. Doors open 7pm, show starts 7:30pm. Adm $20. For further details & tickets pls contact Fiona Smyth 631 796 7217.

You can also see Aille na hAille – A Terrible Beauty on Saturday October 29, when it will be performed at the Edgerton Center at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  Show starts at 8:00pm, $25 general admission, $20 senior citizen & faculty/staff/alumni, $10 students

Coleman-O’Grady Céilí by midatlanticcce
September 18, 2016, 4:54 pm
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Coleman-O’Grady Céilí

Ceol na gCroí will play for the Coleman-O’Grady céilí on Friday, Oct. 14 in the Kerry Hall, 305 McLean Avenue, Yonkers. The evening will start with a session by the young musicians from the Erin Loughran School at 7 pm followed by the céilí at 8 pm.

New York Céilí Band céilí! by midatlanticcce
July 22, 2016, 3:58 pm
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Ceili Send Off The New York Céilí Band!


Rambling Ceili

The New York Céilí Band took first in the Senior Céilí Band competition at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s 2016 Mid-Atlantic Fleadh and will be traveling to Ennis to compete in the All-Ireland!

The band will hold a send off céilí on Friday, July 29 at the Rambling House in Woodlawn (4292 Katonah Ave). $15 at the door, 8:30-11:30.

Fleadh Fundraiser at Rory Dolan’s! by midatlanticcce
July 22, 2016, 3:58 pm
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Fleadh Fundraiser at Rory Dolan’s!


On Sunday, July 24, from 1:oopm-late, Rory Dolan’s (890 McLean Avenue, Yonkers) will hold it’s annual fundraiser to support the young musicians who qualified for the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which is happening in Ennis, Co. Clare in August.  Complimentary BBQ and Pig Roast, Irish Bands ALL DAY LONG!  Proceeds will go to the kids traveling to Ireland to represent the US in the All-Ireland!