Arts & Leisure

Eleanor McEvoy By Colleen Taylor Eleanor McEvoy is a name that needs no introduction. Since her hit song “Only A Woman’s Heart” exploded on the charts in 1992, McEvoy has been enchanting Ireland and the rest of the world. No one would contest her status as one of Ireland’s most talented contemporary...

Pat Shortt By Orla O’Sullivan Pat Shortt had the audience eating out of his hand – almost literally. Staying in character as a singing undertaker, the comedian went around at intermission on the sold-out opening night of his show, “Selfie,” handing out the “hang sangwidges” (ham sandwiches, to the uninitiated) that are...

Mary Pat Kelly is among the writers lined up for the Hudson Valley Irish Festival. By Irish Echo Staff The Hudson Valley Irish Festival, which will take place in Peekskill, Westchester County on Saturday, September 26, The Festival will be held will not be short on ingredients. And those ingredients will include...

Fiona Walsh will be performing this week at the 2015 1st Irish Festival and during the Irish Arts Center’s fall season. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com Fiona Walsh was entranced by trance. An odyssey was begun at the Roseland Ballroom that led the actor, writer and standup comic...

By Daniel Neely If it seems like Irish music dominates the traditional Celtic scene in New York, it’s because it does: here in New York City there are quality sessions every day of the week to choose from. However, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on the ultra-hip corner of Grand Street and Bedford Avenue, there is a bar...

Sarah McQuaid plays exclusively in dadgad, a type of toning for the Celtic guitar. By Colleen Taylor Sarah McQuaid is not just a transnational musician, she’s a trans-genre one. The American singer-songwriter, who has lived in France, Ireland, and now resides in England, resists a singular musical identity. Having...

Donal O’Kelly and Sorcha Fox in a scene from “Little Thing, Big Thing.”   By Orla O’Sullivan What might a criminal and a nun have in common? That’s one of the questions asked by the first play to open in Origin’s 2015 1st Irish Festival, “Little Thing, Big Thing,” from Dublin’s Fishamble theatre company. A conscience is...

“On her birthday,” by Seamus Scanlon Seamus Scanlon. He left Belfast around 2 am.
Light traffic.
He liked driving at night… no school runs, no rush hour, no old people stopped at junctions bewildered by the lights and traffic, only a black Opel Vectra sailing through the seas of the dark, pulling in the miles, the wind...

Dan Barry extolled the virtues of Ireland’s national game in the New York Times recently. PHOTO: PETER MCDERMOTT By Dave Hannigan During the filming of “The Quiet Man” in Mayo in the summer of 1951, somebody involved in the production had the bright idea of bringing John Wayne down to a hurling match. Historians...

By Daniel Neely Formed in 1983, Buttons and Bows is one of the great groups playing traditional Irish music today. Made up of Séamus McGuire (fiddle, viola), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O’Briain (guitar, mandocello, piano), and Jackie Daly (accordion), the band has an impressive background, having recorded...