Siobhán and Willie Kelly
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Siobhán and Willie Kelly

Flute player Siobhán grew up in a musical family in O’Callaghan’s Mills, County Clare. Her fiddling husband Willie, though born in New Jersey, is very much on the same musical wavelength. A former student of County Limerick fiddler Martin Mulvihill,he absorbed much of his repertoire and style from the late, great east Galway flute player Mike Rafferty, with whom he made an acclaimed recording called The New Broom. $15

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7th Annual New York Trad Fest
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

7th Annual New York Trad Fest

Tony DeMarco brings together masters of Irish, Americana, bluegrass, and Cajun traditions at the annual Trad Fest. Kick off this citywide music festival at Irish Arts Center with Mickey Kelly, Cajun greats Kelli Jones and Joel Savoy, and Irish fiddle legend Eileen Ivers with her musical partner Matt Mancuso.

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Lúnasa at Sheen Center
Dec
7
8:00 PM20:00

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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Irish Arts Center Winter Solstice Celebration with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and Friends
Dec
11
to Dec 15

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

A holiday concert featuring tons of fiddling! 

The 13th annual holiday gathering returns to its heart and hearth. Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and The Green Fields of America gather a host of special guests in our intimate 51st Street home for six spirited performances of reels, jigs, songs and stories in a musical celebration of Christmas and midwinter traditions from Ireland and around the world.  

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Shannon Heaton, George Keith and Yann Falquet
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Shannon Heaton, George Keith and Yann Falquet

Flute/tin whistle player and singer Shannon and fiddler George are both American-born musicians based in Boston, that most Irish of American cities. Both play with polished facility and gorgeous tone, and both share a passion for genuinely traditional style. Guitar backing from acclaimed Québec guitarist Yann, a member of the trio Genticorum. $15

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 Seán Quinn and Brendan Dolan
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Seán Quinn and Brendan Dolan

When Sean became the first American-born musician to win an All-Ireland fiddle championship in 1965, he was still in his teens. But by that time, he had already been playing for years with the great fiddlers of Irish New York in the 1950s and ‘60s, including Paddy Killoran, “Lad” O’Beirne and his own bandleader father Louis Quinn. In addition to sharing his fiddle playing and original compositions, Sean will relate some tales of his half century in New York Irish music. Piano backing by Brendan Dolan. $15

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Laura Cortese
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Laura Cortese

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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Dylan Foley and Matt Stapleton playing at Artspace88
Sep
14
7:30 PM19:30

Dylan Foley and Matt Stapleton playing at Artspace88

Dylan Foley and Matt Stapleton
$20 Cover.
Fiddle Masterclass at 4:00-5:30. $30. RSVP to Phil Wier (phil_weir@hotmail.com)
Session to follow concert for musicians.

Dylan Foley is “… one of the finest fiddlers in America and certainly the most genial among them…his feel and tone is breathtaking…He pulls brilliant music from the fiddle…” Daniel Neely/The Irish Echo

Matt Stapleton, a predominantly self-taught guitarist from upstate New York, is a sought after accompanist for the Irish traditional music session scene in New York City

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Emerald Rae at Rockwood Music Hall
Aug
15
9:30 PM21:30

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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Emerald Rae
Jul
31
8:00 PM20:00

Emerald Rae

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. $10 www.emeraldrae.com

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From Violin to Fiddle: Putting Down Roots in Irish Traditional Music
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

From Violin to Fiddle: Putting Down Roots in Irish Traditional Music

Join us for a fiddle workshop with local Irish music session leader Tony Horswill. This introductory class is designed with Adults and Young Adults in mind, current violin students looking to develop another aspect of their musical life. Participation is $25 and attendance (observer) is $10.

The class will cover learning a tune by ear, appreciation of tune (dance) forms, traditional tune structures, ornamentation basics, and playing in groups. There will be a short performance at the beginning and end of the class.

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Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Ann Hooper
Jun
16
2:30 PM14:30

Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Ann Hooper

Anne Hooper, a two-time winner of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, has performed with the dance band Tullochgorum for many years, in both the U.S. and Scotland. In her other guise as a classical violinist, Anne is an active member of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic. She teaches violin and Scottish Fiddle at the Rivers School Conservatory in Weston and at the New School of Music in Cambridge. Take her workshop! $40. Contact Isabel Smith for more information: iasmith1@verizon.net

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Beoga
May
21
8:00 PM20:00

Beoga

Trad on steroids

Liam Bradley (slapping a piano), Damian McKee (footering an accordion), Sean Og Graham (scraping a guitar and footering another accordion), Niamh Dunne (roaring songs and sawing a fiddle) and Eamon Murray (battering a goat).

Hometown: 4 Nordy lads and a Limerick lass

Since the birth of Beoga in 2002, it has expanded the vocabulary of Irish Music with a unique accent of its own...

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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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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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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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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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