Angela, Catríona and Mairéad Fee with Kieran Flanagan
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Angela, Catríona and Mairéad Fee with Kieran Flanagan

Triplet sisters Angela, Mairéad and Catríona Fee from Cold Spring in Putnam County, New York make beautiful traditional music together on, respectively, the fiddle, concertina and flute. Now seniors in high school, they have Irish music and dance in their DNA – their father Michael Fee is an outstanding céili drummer and uncle Billy McComiskey is a button accordion legend – and benefited from expert instruction in the Pearl River School of Irish Music. All-Ireland under-18 piano champion Kieran Flanagan, another Pearl River scholar, will accompany the sisters. $15

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Eileen Ivers at The Sheen Center
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

Eileen Ivers at The Sheen Center

Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin.

Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 40 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, 'Fiddlers 3' with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide…this is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. 

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Irish Fiddling in the Sligo Style with Manus McGuire
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Irish Fiddling in the Sligo Style with Manus McGuire

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This workshop from award-winning Irish fiddle player, Manus McGuire, aims to improve the player wishing to play more in an Irish style. Listening to solo playing is paramount in this exercise and common tunes will be dissected and examined closely. For advanced players, the class focuses on the possibilities for variation and improvisation that exist within the tradition as a means to personal expression and interpretation. There is particular emphasis on bowing, rhythm, and ornamentation. The existing style of the individual is explored and encouraged with emphasis and feedback given to adopting fresh approaches.

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7th Annual Celtic Appalachian Celebration
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

7th Annual Celtic Appalachian Celebration

Hosted by renowned musician-folklorist Mick Moloney, the 7th annual Celtic Appalachian Celebration returns to Symphony Space as part of the citywide Migrations series presented by Carnegie Hall. This rousing concert of traditional, old-time, and American folk music explores the shared lineage of Irish, West African, and Appalachian traditions, with performances by the Green Fields of America, New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters featuring 2018 NEA National Heritage fellow Eddie Bond, Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton, and special guests.

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LÚNASA with Special Guest Natalie Merchant
Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

LÚNASA with Special Guest Natalie Merchant

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Formed in 1997, Lúnasa has long been one of contemporary Irish music’s leading voices. The group that Folk Roots magazine once called an “Irish music dream team” was formed from members of some of Ireland’s greatest bands and over the years has proven its mettle time and again, having sold over a quarter of a million records, and collaborated with artists outside the tradition such as Natalie Merchant, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, and Tim O’Brien. They have performed more than 2,000 shows across 36 countries including Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), and many of the leading festivals such as Glastonbury.

Band Members:  Kevin Crawford - flutes/whistles & bodhran, Cillian Vallely - uilleann Pipes & whistles, Sean Smyth - fiddle , Colin Farrell - fiddle , Trevor Hutchinson - bass, Ed Boyd - guitar

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Hawktail - featuring Brittany Haas
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Hawktail - featuring Brittany Haas

Brittany Haas (fiddle), Paul Kowert (bass), and Jordan Tice (guitar) own the sweat equity of a decade spent stoking the fires of their passion project. Haas, whose 2004 self-titled release instantly became the touchstone for a generation of old-time fiddlers, has since lent her sound to Crooked Still, Live From Here, Michael Daves, and David Rawlings, where she plays alongside Kowert, well known as the Punch Brothers’ virtuosic bass player. Tice is a rare guitar player whose music showcases his unique identity and a particular knack for tune-writing. Haas Kowert Tice was a special road they could travel together, one where communication was intuitive, then innovative. Where musical curiosity was boundless and inspiring for each as writers, players, and friends. They are joined by Dominick Leslie, the versatile mandolinist to form this new band: Hawktail.

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Haley Richardson at Ireland House
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Haley Richardson at Ireland House

Haley Richardson is the most acclaimed teenage Irish fiddler in the U.S.A. Earlier this year, she won the senior “Fiddler of Dooney” competition in County Sligo, the first Yank to do so since Kathleen Collins in 1968. Haley started on the violin at age three and later supplemented classical studies with Irish fiddling tutelage from New York great Brian Conway. She already has an impressive resume that includes an under-12 All-Ireland championship, her solo CD Heart on a String and performances with Cherish the Ladies, Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America and the John Whelan Band. For this performance, Haley will be accompanied by Canadian jazz guitarist Quinn Bachand. $15

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Emerald Rae at Rockwood Music Hall
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Emerald Rae at Rockwood Music Hall

Hailing from the historic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with her sophisticated approach to rhythmic and percussive fiddling. Her direct and intimate style of singing infuses her songs with a powerful immediacy while her extraordinary chops transform the fiddle into anything from bagpipes to flamenco or electric guitar, slap bass or ukulele. Her voice, alternately high and honeyed then gutsy and soulful, delivers a vocal range that encompasses both wind and sea, animal and etheric. www.emeraldrae.com

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Irish Arts Center Winter Solstice Celebration with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and Friends
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Irish Arts Center Winter Solstice Celebration with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and Friends

A holiday concert featuring tons of fiddling! 

Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis, bring together The Green Fields of America and members of Radio Jarocho for a joyful collaboration. Celebrate with us as we explore jigs, reels, and mid-winter musical favorites with one of the nation’s best-known Irish American groups alongside the music and dance from the upbeat son jarocho tradition of Veracruz, Mexico–fusing Spanish, baroque, indigenous, and African rhythms. This culturally rich holiday concert will delight the whole family.

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Lúnasa at Sheen Center
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Lúnasa at Sheen Center

The Irish super-group! An evening hosted by Lúnasa’s renowned MC & teller of tall stories, Kevin Crawford. Featuring guest singers, together creating a musical, spoken word and entertainment tapestry that takes the audience back to the band’s Irish homeland in the days leading up to Christmas

Band Members:  Kevin Crawford - flutes/whistles & bodhran, Cillian Vallely - uilleann Pipes & whistles, Sean Smyth - fiddle , Colin Farrell - fiddle , Trevor Hutchinson - bass, Ed Boyd - guitar

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All About Traditional Irish Music Sessions  - with Christina Dolphin
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

All About Traditional Irish Music Sessions - with Christina Dolphin

How do sessions work? What is the etiquette for new players? Where do people play in New York City? Learn all about Irish traditional music sessions—informal, often impromptu, jam sessions that welcome musicians of all levels to join in—with ethnomusicologist and IAC teacher Christina Dolphin in this hands-on master class for all instruments and levels.

Bring your instrument for a practice session at the end of the workshop.

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Becca Wintle Fiddle Workshop
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Becca Wintle Fiddle Workshop

RHYTHM AND PULSE IN OLD TIME FIDDLING

Becca will be exploring the rhythmic elements of bowing patterns and pulse in fiddling and how they contribute to the distinctive OT sound. She will teach a tune and then explore how to make it sound more old-timey so that people want to dance to it. Have you ever wondered how to get more of a driving pulse, or how to play faster without losing the rhythm? $25

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Brian Conway and John Walsh
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

Brian Conway and John Walsh

Bronx-born All-Ireland fiddle champion Brian Conway is the standard bearer of the acclaimed County Sligo style as it was developed in New York by generations of immigrant and Irish-American players. His father Jim, a Tyrone native, and revered teacher Martin Mulvihill gave him his start on the fiddle but he followed up with close study of the bowing, phrasing and ornamentation of the legendary Sligo-born fiddler and composer Martin Wynne, as well as that of Andy McGann, New York’s finest home-grown Irish violinist. Brian has also passed on the style to many students, including several who have won All-Ireland championships themselves. County Kilkenny-born John Walsh is a superb guitarist who has accompanied uilleann piper Paddy Keenan and other stars of the Irish tradition. Photo by by Laura Rose.

Only $15

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6th Annual New York Trad Fest
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

6th Annual New York Trad Fest

Local masters of traditional Irish, bluegrass, and old-time American music come together for a weekend of trad music, kicking off with a concert at Irish Arts Center. Performers include multi-instrumentalist Jenna Nicholls, button accordionist Daithí Gormley with fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, and more.

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Gene Bender and Séagda Coyle
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Gene Bender and Séagda Coyle

Gene and Séagda (pronounced “Shay”) have played fiddle-and-button accordian duets together for half of their still-young lives. Gene began playing Irish fiddle music in the third grade, studying first with Jo-Elllen Bosson and then with Brian Conway, who schooled him in the intricacies of the Co. Sligo style. His solid technique also reflects the classical training that made him the concertmaster of the Manhattan College Orchestra. Bronx native Séagda Coyle possesses sparkling virtuosity on the two-row button box, something amply demonstrated on his 2017 CD Rip the Bellows. His technical wizardry was acquired via study with local great John Nolan but his creativity and genius for composition are all his own.

only $15

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Laura Cortese with Mary Chapin Carpenter
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Laura Cortese with Mary Chapin Carpenter

  • The Appel Room - Jazz at Lincoln Center (map)
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Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has sold over 14 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards and is one of only fifteen female members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Laura Cortese has a vision for her band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. It's appropriate then that the quartet, featuring Cortese, call themselves Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.

Band Members: Laura Cortese, Valerie Thompson, Jenna Moynihan

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The Martin Hayes Quartet
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Martin Hayes Quartet

The Martin Hayes Quartet opens up and explores the Irish tradition with music that resonates as both venerable and strikingly new. The new group expands upon many of the musical ideas Martin has pursued in his renowned and longstanding partnership with guitarist Dennis Cahill.

Martin Hayes - Violin
Dennis Cahill - Guitar
Liz Knowles - Viola - Handanger de Amore
Doug Wieselman - Bass Clarinet

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Yvonne Casey
Oct
10
4:30 PM16:30

Yvonne Casey

Fiddle Workshop and Concert in Freeport, NJ.
4:30-6:00 Fiddle Class $25
7:30          Concert $15

Music is Yvonne Casey’s life.  From Corofin, Co. Clare, Yvonne grew up surrounded by the richness of Clare music, which she plays in a unique soulful style. Sitting in sessions from a very young age, she discovered the joys of seasoning in Doolin as a teenager, where she met and played with Kevin Griffin and Eoin O’ Neill. In the 1990’s she helped form the band The Ceili Bandits, and they recorded two CDs and toured Europe and the U.S. Yvonne recorded a beautiful solo CD in 2004 which included some of her own compositions.

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American Roots: Mark O’Connor Band & Friends
Oct
5
to Oct 6

American Roots: Mark O’Connor Band & Friends

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Fiddle virtuoso Mark O’Connor leads a rousing exploration of early American music and its relationship to jazz, highlighting connections between the blues, bluegrass, Cajun, gospel, folk, spirituals, western swing, contemporary jazz, and more. Winner of three Grammy Awards and seven Country Music Awards, O’Connor is the preeminent entertainer and scholar of this diverse but unified musical heritage.

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Irish Repertory Theatre Block Party
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Irish Repertory Theatre Block Party

A Block Party on 22nd St! Master of Ceremonies: Paul Keating

performances from 11am on by:

  • Lúnasa Lite featuring Cillian Vallely, Kevin Crawford and Patrick Doocey

  • The Green Fields of America starring Dr. Mick Moloney, Billy McComiskey, Liz Hanley, Brendan Dolan, Dana Lyn and Niall O’Leary

This event is free to the public and open to all ages.

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Jake James at Ireland House
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Jake James at Ireland House

Jake James and Fionán de Barra
Two-time All-Ireland fiddle champion Jake James starting playing at age seven in his native Queens, NY under the tutelage of Antrim-born Niall Mulligan. When he turned 13, he took up the bodhrán (Irish frame drum), polished his technique with Eamon Murray of the band  Beoga and went on to finish first on the bodhrán in the Mid-Atlantic fleadh seven years running. Jake's rhythmic prowess should be no surprise considering that he began step dancing with the Niall O’Leary school at age three and has strutted his stuff at Carnegie Hall and other major stages. With this concert, Jake celebrates the summer release of his debut CD, Firewood. He will be accompanied by Dublin-born guitar standout Fionán de Barra, who tours with the group Runa.

Only $15

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Brian Conway and Friends at Irish Hunger Memorial
Jun
14
5:00 PM17:00

Brian Conway and Friends at Irish Hunger Memorial

All-Ireland fiddle champion Brian Conway is an American-born musical descendant of the great Sligo players who immigrated to New in the 1900s. Brian will be joined in a celebration of the New York/Sligo-style fiddle music by his sister, Rose Flanagan, and some of his prize-winning students along with piano master, Brendan Dolan. FREE

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Alison Perkins and Nicholas Brown
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Alison Perkins and Nicholas Brown

This Detroit-based fiddle and uilleann pipes duo have been building a great reputation for their tight duet playing, original repertoire and thorough mastery of Irish traditional style. Alison learned her music from the respected County Clare fiddle player Mick Gavin, a mentor to many Detroit-area Irish traditional musicians, and went on to tour with her family group Finvarra's Wren and with Galway singer/flute player Seán Keane. Nicolas, born in Illinois and raised in Ontario, is one of North America's finest exponents of the world's most sophisticated form of bagpipes. Together they recorded an outstanding 2016 recording, All Covered with Moss. This will be their New York concert debut.    $15

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Open the Door for Three
May
3
to May 4

Open the Door for Three

Fiddler Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O'Hare, and singer/bouzouki player Pat Broaders return to Irish Arts Center to celebrate their newly released album The Joyful Hour

Veterans and mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world, these artists have played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, the New York Pops, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, and at venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Their music is comprised of unearthed tunes from the archives, new arrangements of acclaimed songs, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and an unmatched energy that comes from a trio of good friends playing great music together.

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