Arts

Brendan Costello organized a Salon dedicated to teachers and students. CAT DWYER/CATSEYEPIX.COM By Karen Daly The end of June brings the end of school and, for AIWA, a time to honor the legacy of Frank McCourt by giving an award for literary excellence to a graduate of NYC’s Frank McCourt High School. In fact, the...

Elizabeth Teeter, Saoirse Ronan and Tavi Gevinson in a scene from “The Crucible.” PHOTOS BY JAN VERSWEYVELD   By Orla O’Sullivan Now might not be the time to admit that I cannot remember the music from the “The Crucible.” The original score for this Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s 1953 play is by none other than...

St. Cecilia’s Céilí Band. By Daniel Neely Hundreds of people from all over the Northeast attended Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Fleadh, which concluded yesterday in Parsippany, N.J. It was a delightful weekend where music was played, friendships were made or renewed, and a great time was...

The Celtic Woman lineup is, from left to right:  Mairéad Carlin, Susan McFadden, Éabha McMahon and Máiréad Nesbitt.  PHOTO:  KIP CARROLL   By Irish Echo Staff “I always looked up to Celtic Woman in particular, because they were doing something inherently Irish, but on a world stage.” So Éabha McMahon told the Echo’s...

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...