Arts

The innovative blend of American and Irish music in the hands of We Banjo 3 is entirely natural and uncanny to hear. PHOTO: YVONNE VAUGHAN   By Colleen Taylor When you’ve played for the president of the United States, you’ve made it – even if he can’t hold your banjo due to national security reasons.  The success of We...

The crown is ready for this year’s King Puck and is held here by Kerry Lynch, who is supported by her lady in waiting, Blathnaid Ni Chearnaigh.   By Irish Echo Staff Killorglin’s Puck Fair in County Kerry is now into its fifth century. Luckily, the passage of time has not resulted in an absence of goats in the...

Reviewed by J.C. Sullivan A part of Irish-American, or perhaps Irish-North American history, is little known in the U.S. but rather well-known in Mexico. The history of the San Patricio Battalion of the Mexican Army is mythological to many Mexicans and unknown to most American-Irish. In the 1840s, conflict was...

By Larry Tye Bobby Kennedy’s healing magic was on graphic display on a chilly day in May, 1968, when his presidential campaign motorcade rode through the then racially and ethnically diverse Gary, Indiana. Richard Hatcher, the black mayor, stood on one side of the candidate in the backseat of his convertible, waving...

  By Irish Echo Staff Joe Hurley is bringing his All-Star Irish Rock Revue to Rockaway for the first time ever on Friday night. It will take place at Bungalow Bar, Beach 92nd Street, beginning at 8 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased at Irish.Splashthat.com. Hurley (pictured with former Irish Consul General Noel...

Nollaig na mBan founder Maura Mulligan will host a fundraiser on Aug. 1 in New York, marking Lughnasa.   By Maura Mulligan According to an online report from Coalition for the Homeless, 22,680 people will sleep in New York City shelters tonight. Sister Joanne, director of the Dwelling Place of New York, a...

Jo Kinsella dancing in “Dancing at Lughnasa.” PHOTO BY CAROL ROSEGG     By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com Jo Kinsella was once being hailed as the next Maureen O’Hara – by her grandmother in Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry. The woman took particular delight in the child’s irreverent take-off of the older choir...

 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...