Arts

Ciaran Vallely will launch “The Raven’s Rock” in Downtown Manhattan on Saturday.     By Daniel Neely Cillian Vallely is one of the great names in contemporary uilleann piping.  He’s a brilliant musician whose playing is synonymous with the tradition and with modern trends in traditional Irish music.  A longtime member...

Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, left, and Maureen Walsh Hossbacher. PHOTO: CAT DWYER       Salon Diary /By Karen Daly Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy and Maureen Walsh Hossbacher used their considerable skills in organizing, writing, performing and connecting to host our mid-May IAW&A Salon at the Cell Theatre.  The result, in the words of...

“Beneath Disheveled Stars,” by Kevin Baggott, right, has been lined up to kick off the 2nd annual Irish-American Movie Hooley in Chicago on Sept. 30. He appears here with Finbar Spillane in a still from the film.     By Mike Houlihan “When I go see a movie, I want to feel like I’m peeking through a keyhole. Just gimme...

Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott   At least two media outlets – the Boston Globe and the Christian Science Monitor – used the word “cinematic” when praising William Doyle’s “PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy.” Maybe it’s not so surprising that Doyle can achieve that...

By Daniel Neely Last Wednesday, the Irish Arts Center hosted uillean piper David Power and fiddle player Willie Kelly, who had been out on tour in support of their new fiddle and piping duet album “Apples in Winter.” It was, from all indications, a brilliant night of music, which shouldn’t surprise as the album –...

Kelly Kerney, author of the novel “Hard Red Spring.”    By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com Beginning back in the fall of 2006, many readers of fiction were won over by a smart and curious 14-year-old named Mel. The novel was “Born Again,” a funny, sophisticated story of a girl grappling with adolescence,...

Peter Quinn, on right, with Dan Barry of the New York Times, left, and the Irish Arts Center’s Aidan Connolly at this year’s St. Patrick Day Parade in Manhattan. PHOTO: VERA HOAR   By Irish Echo Staff Essayist and novelist Peter Quinn will give the annual Frank McCourt Memorial Lecture on next Thursday afternoon, June...

Geraldine O’Sullivan.   By Irish Echo Staff The Irish Repertory Theatre is back at its home 132 West 22nd St., Manhattan, and Salon Éire 100 continues there with an art exhibition of Geraldine O’Sullivan’s lifescape collages entitled “16 Letters,” beginning today and running through June 26. The work is based on 16...

Joseph Gilgun regards getting a role in “Preacher” as a life-changing event.  PHOTO: KAREN BUTLER     By Karen Butler British actor Joseph Gilgun says he jumped at the chance to play Cassidy, the opinionated, trouble-making Irish vampire in “Preacher.” AMC’s Texas-set, supernatural drama is based on the 1990s comic...

By Colleen Taylor How they do it we’ll probably never know, but the High Kings have produced yet another extraordinary album.  “Grace & Glory,” their recently released fourth studio album, is aptly titled.  The four folk singers are bound to feel the glory of this new work because it is wholly, proudly their own. It...