Arts & Leisure

By Daniel Neely In the liner notes to his new album “Box Sets,” button accordionist John Redmond relates a story about going home to County Wexford to decompress after breaking his collarbone.  Inspired by his rambles away, he resolved to “write an album that would reflect my love for the area and my family who all...

Aoife Scott, left, and her cousins Danny O’Reilly and Róisín O performed together recently at Kilmainham Gaol.   By Colleen Taylor The Black Family needs no introduction in the world of Irish music.  The family quintet started a career back in the1970s, a legacy that began with their own mother, Patty Black, who led a...

The Ennis-bound New York Céilí Band is inspired by the 1960 original. PHOTO: MARIANNE MANGAN By Daniel Neely In 1960, the New York Céilí Band, a legendary bunch that counted Paddy Reynolds, Andy McGann & Larry Redican (fiddles), Paddy O’Brien (accordion), Mike Dorney & Jack Coen (flutes), Gerry Wallace (piccolo), Felix...

Peter Halpin says of the stage and the screen: “What one doesn’t give you, the other does in abundance.“   By Sean Devlin Peter Halpin is no stranger to the world of acting.  He’s been at it professionally since he was 14 years old, when he played Malachy McCourt in the film adaptation of Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s...

By Daniel Neely It’s not very often that a recording comes along that can be properly and inarguably called “classic,” but such is the case with a pair of recently related three-CD sets documenting Irish music in London, “It Was Mighty! The Early Days of Irish Music in London” and “It Was Great Altogether! The...

Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, left, and Maureen Walsh Hossbacher. PHOTO: CAT DWYER       Salon Diary /By Karen Daly Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy and Maureen Walsh Hossbacher used their considerable skills in organizing, writing, performing and connecting to host our mid-May IAW&A Salon at the Cell Theatre.  The result, in the words of...

The Rev. James Martin S.J. PHOTO: NUTOPIA   Back in 1988, young corporate executive James Martin surprised family and friends with his announcement that he was joining the Society of Jesus. The Wharton School of Business graduate told of his decision and his early days as a Jesuit novice in “In Good Company,” and...

Legendary actor John Cullum brings an understated naturalism to the sentimental text. CAROL ROSEGG By Orla O’Sullivan If you haven’t had your fill of Christmas there’s a big helping of nostalgia to be had at the Irish Repertory Theatre until Jan. 3 in the form of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” It’s a musical take on...

Cherish The Ladies.   By Michael Quinlin Boston — Christmas music permeates Massachusetts, from the glorious strains of The Messiah to the happy chorus of Sleigh Ride. Celtic music hums across the landscape too, a testament to the state’s heavily-Irish population and the caliber of touring bands that put a Yuletide...

Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen in “Brooklyn.” FOX SEARCHLIGHT     Silver Screen / By Karen Butler Bronx-born, Howth-raised actress Saoirse Ronan says she could easily relate to Éilis, the young immigrant caught between two worlds that she plays in the new movie “Brooklyn.” Directed by John Crowley, screenwriter Nick...