Arts & Leisure

John Duddy will be one of the performers in “New York: A Shining Mosaic” at Pier A on Sept. 27.   By Charles Hale Immigration to America peaked in the late 19th and early 20th century with millions arriving in New York City. Many of the newcomers worked at the lousiest, rottenest jobs in order to put food on their...

Lau will play Rockwood Music Hall on Sept. 19.   By Colleen Taylor The new album from Lau celebrates two cities that are not, technically, their home turf.  Although they hail from Edinburgh, Lau’s fourth studio album pledges itself to a sister city.  The album was commissioned for a festival celebrating Glasgow, and...

Marcia Loughran. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER BOOTH   By Karen Daly The city may be quiet before the Labor Day weekend, but the IAW&A Salon at Bar Thalia was lively on Thursday, Sept. 1. The audience included visitors from Florence, Italy and IAW&A’s friend from Israel, Yona Gonik, who visits every summer, proving that you don’t...

New Road is an outgrowth of a collaboration on “New Road,” a solo recording by one group member in 2013. Now the quartet has issued a debut CD.   By Daniel Neely “Stone Walls & Street Lights” is the new album by New Road, a group that features Leonard Barry (uilleann pipes & whistles), Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina,...

Sonya Kelly returns to the 1st Irish Festival with “How to Keep an Alien.”   By Orla O’Sullivan Sonya Kelly’s last autobiographical show in Origin’s 1st Irish was my favorite of the 2013 festival, so I’m looking forward to her next, which opens on Thursday, Sept 15, at the Irish Arts Center. “How to Keep an Alien”...

Concerts happen at Siopa Ceoil an Daingin every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m.   By Daniel Neely I was in Dingle last week, aboard a boat with my mother and son Ronan in search of Fungi, the darlin’ of the deep, where I struck up a conversation with Gearóid Ó Connor, the boat’s first mate.  After the...

PHOTO FROM “FERMANAGH BLACK BACON COOKBOOK”   By Margaret M. Johnson Fall is oyster season in Ireland, and the salty, briny, it’s-an-acquired-taste delicacy is a real gem of Irish food heritage. Oyster eating was originally confined to months that have an “r” in their name, leaving out the months of May through August...

Sonya Kelly stars in “How to Keep an Alien.”   By Irish Echo Staff Dublin will feature prominently in the 9th Annual 1st Irish Festival, which was officially launched in New York last evening by George Heslin’s Origin Theatre Company. The Fair City in 1966 and 1999 are the settings, for instance, in Honor Molloy’s...

Maura Mulligan, right, gave a reading of her memoir “Call of the Lark” with accompaniment by Marie Reilly on fiddle. The two stayed on late for a discussion with members of the audience.   By Maura Mulligan Fiddles, harps, accordions, flutes, bodhráns and whistles all over the place. Small children and teens perched...

Gina Costigan, who stars in “Crackskull Row,” on the left, with playwright Honor Molloy. CAT DWYER/CATSEYEPIX.COM   By Peter McDermott pmcdermott@irishecho.com   “Death was at my back,” Honor Molloy recalled of the weeks she was writing “Crackskull Row” in 1999. Her father, the pioneering Irish actor John Molloy, had...