Arts

 By Daniel Neely Nathan Gourley and Joey Abarta are two of America’s great young trad musicians, and together (with the help of bouzouki player Owen Marshall, who appears on several tracks), they’ve released “Copley Street,” a wonderful album of duet playing that traditional music fans will welcome with open arms...

Dallahan is in some ways the most intriguing band scheduled to appear at the Great American Irish Festival in Frankfort. By Colleen Taylor If you’re going to call yourself the Great American Irish Festival, you better be able to live up to the name—and this year, it certainly does.  Frankfort, New York’s Great...

General Eisenhower speaking on June 5, 1944, with men of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Division, ahead of the Normandy landings the next day.  LIBRARY OF CONGRESS   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com Everybody who served in the Oval Office as commander-in-chief of the armed...

General Michael Collins inspecting the troops in 1922.   By Aidan Beatty   At the height of World War II, Palestine became one of the most important holdings in the British Empire: it secured the eastern approaches to the Suez Canal as well as providing strategically important access to the Eastern Mediterranean and to...

Andrew Finn Magill’s “Roots” is an album of “pure drop” Irish music.     By Daniel Neely The hot, muggy days are finally upon us, which means that the summer festival season is finally well underway.  As you read this, the Catskills Irish Arts Week (catskillsirishartsweek.com) is going full tilt in East Durham (it runs...

Róisín Murphy’s latest CD is getting rave reviews in Ireland.   By Colleen Taylor Ireland is abuzz this week with music news.  A few days ago, Beyoncé announced an extra 500 additional seats for her concert at Croke Park on Saturday.  So the show heralded by the “Lemonade” posters peppering the city will be enjoyed by...

Frank and Ellen McCourt in 1997, at Charles Fort, with Kinsale, Co. Cork in the background.  ROLLINGNEWS.IE By Orla O’Sullivan “When I first met Frank McCourt, I thought, ‘This is the man who wrote ‘Angela’s Ashes,” dancer Jean Butler said at a tribute event a week from last Sunday. “Then I thought, ‘this is the man...

Alphie McCourt pictured with Doris Meyer, chair of the United Federation of Teachers Irish Studies Committee, at the UFT’s Annual McCourt Lecture in 2015. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT   By Peter McDermott  pmcdermott@irishecho.com “A gentle, funny, courteous and witty man.” So said Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor upon hearing...

Ciaran Lavary has had a very productive couple of years as a solo artist.     By Colleen Taylor Bob Dylan meets 21st-century Ireland might be the best way to describe Antrim’s singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery.  I’ve chosen Dylan for the analogy not only because Lavery’s easy and untouched vocals recall something of...

Tom Phelan visiting the World War I memorial in Mountmellick, Co. Laois.    By Tom Phelan Somme. The whole history of the world cannot contain a more ghastly word. —Friedrich Steinbrecher 1914   On their way to making a quick capture of Paris, the German army invaded Belgium on August 4, 1914. Britain immediately...