Arts

Photo: John McDermott By Michael Quinlin Singer, entertainer, advocate, friend. These words well describe John McDermott, the popular Celtic tenor known for his exquisite renderings of Irish and Scottish ballads and patriotic songs, and for his zealous advocacy for causes near and dear to his heart. McDermott performs...

Mick Moloney. By Daniel Neely In a month where it seems like the world has only half-baked versions of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” to offer, be assured you can find sanctuary in traditional Irish music, which always seems to have a rewarding seasonal alternative to offer that not only...

Cherish The Ladies.   By Michael Quinlin Boston — Christmas music permeates Massachusetts, from the glorious strains of The Messiah to the happy chorus of Sleigh Ride. Celtic music hums across the landscape too, a testament to the state’s heavily-Irish population and the caliber of touring bands that put a Yuletide...

Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in “Brooklyn.” FOX SEARCHLIGHT     Silver Screen / By Karen Butler Bronx-born, Howth-raised actress Saoirse Ronan says she could easily relate to Éilis, the young immigrant caught between two worlds that she plays in the new movie “Brooklyn.” Directed by John Crowley, screenwriter Nick...

Dundalk’s Tara Erraught was greeted by, from left, Matt Haroldsen, Nicky Zann, Hyesang Park and Grant Chaput at a late supper celebration following the show. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT By Orla O’Sullivan If you’re going to make your classical music debut in New York, where better than at Carnegie Hall? So it was last...

Aedin Moloney,left, and Rachel Pickup in Charlotte Jones’s “Airswimming,” a 2013 Fallen Angel / Irish Repertory Theatre production. PHOTO: CAROL ROSEGG     “If we had tried to get into the arts by the traditional route,” Marie Mullen, the co-founder with Garry Hynes in 1975 of Galway’s Druid Theatre, said recently,...

By Daniel Neely In a 1901 interview, the great uilleann piper Patsy Touhey was asked about the present and future status of the pipes. Although he didn’t believe the “art” of pipe playing had deteriorated much, he remarked at how “the pipes have been less and less in evidence and the pipers becoming fewer every day.”...

Cherish the Ladies.   By Colleen Taylor There’s no better combination than Irish music and Christmastime. The season is officially upon us, which means the Irish music scene is about to light up. When it comes to Irish music tours and performances, December is the second March. The best Irish bands trade in green for...

Deirdre Kinahan. PHOTO: BARRY CRONIN     By Orla O’Sullivan A host of original dramas — most of them less than four minutes long — are among the ways the Irish Arts Center will commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Highlights for IAC16 were announced last week and include the first collaboration between the New...

David McLoghlin. CAT DWYER/CATSEYEPIX.COM Salon Diary / By Karen Daly The late November IAW&A Salon brought gifted actors, comic and serious, great storytellers, two new presenters (one named McCourt), along with musicians, novelists and one poet to the stage at The Cell on Nov. 17. Guitarist/singer Peadar Hickey...