Arts & Leisure

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...

By Daniel Neely A little while back I received Elaine Hogan and Sheila Garry’s new CD “The Shores of Lough Breda.” Packaged with a beautifully illustrated technicolor cover, it’s an album of instrumental music that focuses on the compositions of Clare flute player and composer Paddy O’Donoghue. It’s a great album that...

The Mariannes’ EP’s title track was selected as best song at the Clancy Brothers Festival. By Colleen Taylor What do W.B. Yeats and a young indie band have in common? One excellent song. This week, I enjoyed listening to alt-folk track “Wasted Love” by the Mariannes. The music fan in me was intrigued by its elegiac,...

Recipes/ By Margaret M. Johnson I’ve heard it so many times — you probably have as well: the best part of the Thanksgiving meal is the leftovers, especially the great turkey sandwich jam-packed with stuffing, cranberry sauce, and [for some] even mashed potatoes. The no-recipe-required sandwich is a great follow-up to...

Joseph O’Neill. By Irish Echo Staff Award-winning novelist Joseph O’Neill returns to the Irish Arts Center to read from his latest novel “The Dog” on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Afterwards, Kevin Holohan, author of a critically acclaimed first novel “The Brothers’ Lot,” will join O’Neill for a conversation about...

Elaine Feeney.   Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott The actress Fionnula Flanagan has described one of Elaine Feeney’s poems as a “brilliant, sly window into the Irish female Catholic experience” and in the same breath compared her approach to that of Dean Swift, who, of course, was neither female nor Catholic....

Maeve Higgins on stage at the Irish Arts Center. By Sean Devlin I was pretty nervous walking into the Irish Arts Center Tuesday night. I had spent a few minutes walking around the block, pacing in the cold, trying to collect my thoughts on what to say. Maeve Higgins seemed so lovely during our emails back and forth...

By Daniel Neely A couple summers ago I was visiting Kerry and spent some time near Dingle where I was fortunate to catch Seamus Begley with Donogh Hennessy performing at the Siopa Ceoil in town. The shop puts on great little shows several times a week, and Begley and Hennesy, just one of several different acts that...