Arts

Old Hannah bring the excitement of youth to old folk music.     By Colleen Taylor Two bands are on the bill today: Buffalo Sunn and Old Hannah.  Although these two groups share a hometown Dublin base, their influences and trajectories point in two opposite directions.  Buffalo Sunn define themselves as a “cosmic rock”...

Novelist Tom Phelan.   By Irish Echo Staff The U.S. paperback edition of World War I-set “The Canal Bridge” will be published by Arcade next month, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. Tom Phelan’s acclaimed novel will then get an official launch at the Turn of the Corkscrew...

 Santigold’s interest in Irish mythology is expressed in “Banshee,” a song on her 2016 album, “99 cents.”     By Colleen Taylor Today marks the 11th anniversary of the beginning of Ireland’s Body & Soul festival, which takes place at County Westmeath’s Ballinlough Castle (bodyandsoul.ie).  After attending the festival a...

Frank O’Connor in a picture taken in 1958 by his wife Harriet, who died on April 17, 2016. USED WITH PERMISSION OF FRANK O’CONNOR ESTATE   By J.R. McCarthy          Even if there were only two men left in the world and both of them saints, they wouldn’t be happy. One of them would be bound to try and improve the...

Between the Lines / By Peter McDermott   Most of us know from watching the detectives in the movies and on TV that the blackmailer doesn’t quit. He or she should be sensible, you’d think, and cut and run after the initial payoff. But the type will always go back for more and, invariably, it ends badly. It never seems...

Pauline Turley of the Irish Arts Center with Saoirse Ronan. PHOTOS BY ERIN BAIANO   By Michael Gray Fine spring weather, a palatial venue, and the chance to rub shoulders with the cream of Irish actors currently gracing the New York stage drew a crowd of almost 200 to the New York Athletic Club in Midtown Manhattan...

By Daniel Neely It’s not very often that a recording comes along that can be properly and inarguably called “classic,” but such is the case with a pair of recently related three-CD sets documenting Irish music in London, “It Was Mighty! The Early Days of Irish Music in London” and “It Was Great Altogether! The...

James Joyce.     By Irish Echo Staff Bloomsday is almost upon us and first up is tonight’s “Alternative Bloomsday,” an evening without “Ulysses” at Dixon Place, 161A Christie St., on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, beginning at 7 p.m. Among the readers of “Dubliners,” “Finnegans Wake,” “Portrait of the Artist as a Young...

Joseph O’Connor.   By Irish Echo Staff Best-selling Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor will host an all-star cast in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes” on Sunday evening, June 26. Those performing at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St, New York City, (beginning at 7...

Christopher Ellis is an international star in the making, the experts say   By Colleen Taylor You might have heard of the “Big House” novel in Irish literature.  Pioneered in the early 20th century by Elizabeth Bowen, the nostalgic, semi-gothic genre explores the decline of Anglo-Irish identity and the fall of the...