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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Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Emerald Rae
Apr
28
2:30 PM14:30

Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Emerald Rae

Hailing from the historic fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished folk traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with inventive fiddle effects. So much more at www.emeraldrae.com. Take her workshop! $40. Contact Isabel Smith for more information: iasmith1@verizon.net

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas’s Scottish String Fling
May
3
to May 5

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas’s Scottish String Fling

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Alasdair and Natalie will return to host their fifth workshop at the Ashokan Center. World-class Scottish traditional musicians and teachers, their workshops are a fantastic learning experience and tremendous fun for all.

Join us for the weekend…from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Tuition includes Alasdair and Natalie’s special concert on Sunday, May 5 at 3pm. If you can’t make the weekend, be sure not to miss the concert.

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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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Old-Time and Bluegrass fiddle workshop with Nate Leath
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

Old-Time and Bluegrass fiddle workshop with Nate Leath

Learn techniques on the fiddle that will make your music dance. Nate is steeped in music lore and tradition, and will share a little history about old-time music and the bluegrass players he grew up listening to. His knowledge of regional variations and his understanding of the music will bring out the best in your playing so you can give your music more soul. $35

Prodigy Nate Leath won the fiddle contest at Galax Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia when he was just 11 years old. He grew up going to bluegrass festivals and fiddle conventions with his grandmother all over North Carolina. Nate lives in Lexington, VA where he teaches at Washington and Lee University, with a degree from Berklee College of Music in performance. Most of Nate’s time is spent as a touring musician, music educator and record producer.

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We Banjo 3
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

We Banjo 3

“The Irish version of Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers.” – NPR
“An Irish Quartet transcending even the best superlatives.” – The Huffington Post

Fergal Scahill – fiddle, viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Enda Scahill – tenor banjo, vocals
Martin Howley – tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals
David Howley – lead vocals, guitar

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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