Arts & Leisure

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...

Silver Screen / By Karen Butler Double Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis has admitted that playing America’s 16th president in “Lincoln” was initially a daunting prospect, but he insisted he found the courage to do so after he discovered through the man’s own words how accessible he was. Directed by Steven Spielberg and...

Between the LInes / By Peter McDermott In a 1998 Newsday article about a Queens neighborhood, a local said: “We’re not Utopia, but we’re the closest thing to it.” He and several others talked up its finer points: “95 percent graduate high school and go on to college, and some of them the best schools in the country,”...

Traditional Music / By Daniel Neely   Jesse Smith has been a part of a lot of great albums.  There’s “Think Before You Think” with Danú (2000), his solo album “Jigs and Reels” (2002), the one with the Tap Room Trio (2003), and “Ewe With the Crooked Horn” with Colm Gannon (2010).  Each one of these is a cracker and...

Traditional Music / By Daniel Neely   I came across an album in my apartment last week that I really should have gotten to months ago, Gráinne Holland’s “Teanga na nGael” (which translates to the “Language of the Gael”).  I was going through a few things on a bookshelf and BOOM, there it was, so, I had a listen and...

Page Turner / Edited by Peter McDermott In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed David Gray, a member both of the WASP elite and his own family circle, to be ambassador to Ireland. Officially the U.S. envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary, Gray’s relationship with the host country and Taoiseach Eamon...

By Charles Hale One of the outgrowths and benefits of the Irish American Writers & Artists’ salons has been the increasing number of collaborations among its members.  There were many wonderful presentations before a standing-room-only crowd at the Thalia Cafe, but two fine performances highlighted the collaborative...

  At the opening night of the Irish Film New York last month, Lelia Doolan was a hard woman to catch. But, eventually she had some time to sit with the Irish Echo in the basement of Glucksman Ireland House where the celebration was taking place, and we talked for 15 minutes before she had to get a taxi uptown to...

This past summer Irish rocker Joe Hurley, curated OurLand, a dynamic outdoor celebration of Irish heritage at Lincoln center. Now it’s Liam Ó Maonlaí’s turn to dazzle the big apple with a modern interpretation of his Celtic Roots. Ó Maonlaí, the Dublin born front man for the rock group Hothouse Flowers, has teamed up...

Last week, I spoke with Tony Lawless, a fiddle and guitar player from Dublin who runs Tradconnect.com, a very impressive (and free!) website whose mission is to connect musicians and promote trad music “across the world.”  It’s an extremely compelling and well-executed idea that deserves the attention of anyone who...