Arts & Leisure

Page Turner /By Peter McDermott In the 1963-set novel “Ratlines,” Irish Minister of Justice Charles J. Haughey has a mission for Lieut. Albert Ryan of the Directorate of Intelligence. Three former Nazis who were given asylum in Ireland have turned up dead. On the last of the bodies there’s a note addressed to Col....

Theatre / By Orla O’Sullivan “Airswimming” * Written by Charlotte Jones * Directed by John Keating * Starring Aedín Moloney and Rachel Pickup * The Fallen Angel Company at the Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd St., NYC * Playing Wednesdays through Sundays, extended through Feb. 17 * Contact: 212-727-2737 or...

Shilelagh Law: “Live at Connollys” A 19-track disc that captures the excitement of a live Shilelagh Law show! Recorded at Connollys Klub 45, a venue with a long history of welcoming passionate Shilelagh Law fans, the album features all of the band’s greatest hits complete with special ingredients provided by the...

By Liz Noonan Michael Brunnock: “The Orchard” “The Orchard” is the third solo album from the immensely talented New York City-based singer-songwriter from County Meath. It’s a collection of 13 powerful songs, and includes a guest performance by the Dublin-born Academy Award-winner Glen Hansard.  There you have it, 10...

In my very first article for the Irish Echo, published in the Jan. 4-10, 2012, issue, I shared with you my New Year’s resolution – to step it out, follow my ears to find the best music the city has to offer, and to spread the word to Irish Echo readers about all the music there is to be heard. A look back at 2012...

President Michael D. Higgins has led the tributes to the poet Dennis O’Driscoll who died suddenly on Christmas Eve at the age 58. The career civil servant was rushed to hospital after being taken ill at his home in Naas, Co. Kildare. Higgins said O’Driscoll, a native of Thurles, Co. Tipperary, combined the delivery of...

Traditional Music / By Daniel Neely In my very first column for the Irish Echo, I made allusion to John Whelan’s cameo (alongside Joanie Madden and Anna Colliton) on the TV show “Gossip Girl.”  I was impressed, because it’s not often you see good trad music on bubblegum teenage dramas. But network TV is not such a...

Salon Diary / By Charles Hale “Artists Without Walls,” a new initiative created by Charles R. Hale, co-founder of the Irish American Writers & Artists salon, was held at Lehman College in the Bronx last week. Hale came up with the idea when thinking of his own Irish roots, “It’s important we honor our own culture and...

Each time I discover a talented Irish artist who is bringing their music to America it’s like unwrapping a Christmas present. I admire the packaging, hope that there’s something good inside, tear open the CD track by track and revel in the wonderful feeling of hearing something for the first time. This week, the...

Traditional Music / By Daniel Neely For the past several years, New York City’s Irish Arts Center has presented “An Irish Christmas,” Mick Moloney’s wildly satisfying multi-cultural musical celebration of the winter solstice. Now a New York holiday season institution, Moloney will once again bring his musical cohort to...