Arts & Leisure

George Bernard Shaw.   By Peter McDermott “A grave injury has been done to Ireland’s reputation in the field of folk music.” So began a book review in the Nov. 19, 1927, issue of the Irish Statesman. It was penned by Dónal O’Sullivan, clerk of the Senate and former secretary of the Irish Folk Song Society. Historian...

Marni Rice. PHOTOS BY TOM MAHON, KATHLEEN WALSH D’ARCY Salon Diary / By Karen Daly Musician/writer/ singer Marni Rice graciously hosted the early November IAW&A Salon at Bar Thalia that was a rich brew of story, song, humor and poetry. As that sage Tom Mahon says, “Even when it gets serious, it’s still fun”. Fresh from...

By Daniel Neely In 2004, fiddle champion Oisín Mac Diarmada released his solo debut “Ar an bhFidil,” a lovely album which pictures himon its back cover dressed in a track suit, playing away on a weather-worn bench with a bit of an old scowl on his face. It was an interesting juxtaposition: although the music’s rooted...

Enya’s “Dark Sky Island,” her first CD of new work in seven years, will be released next week.     By Colleen Taylor Enya is arguably the world’s most famous new-age artist. But she wouldn’t like any part of that sentence. The four-time Grammy award winner likes to lie low and makes a clear distinction between “fame”...

Saoirse Ronan at the recent opening of “Brooklyn” in Dublin. ROLLINGNEWS.IE   Reviews by Michael Gray   Eilis faces some big decisions In a prolific career that has seen the still preposterously young Saoirse Ronan cast in 18 features since her 10TH birthday, the Bronx-born actress has played a vampire, an aristocratic...

Richard Conte played Frank Wiecek in “Call Northside 777.” Book Review / By Peter McDermott In the storyline of the post-war movie “Call Northside 777,” an immigrant of about 60 named Tillie Wiecek worked long hours over many years scrubbing floors, with the aim of saving $5,000. She met her target in or around...

Brian Ó hAirt and Len Graham.   By Daniel Neely Three years ago I wrote glowingly of Len Graham and Brian Ó hAirt’s first CD together, “In Two Minds.” I thought it was a remarkable album that showcased the special musical bond these two great singers have and since then, the duo has toured extensively and honed new...

A rear view of York Minster’s West Towers, York, England.   In this extract from his memoir-in-progress about growing up in County Laois, novelist Tom Phelan reflects on the impact that “beautiful and stupendous” church buildings have had through the centuries on people living in rural areas. The war was blamed for many...

David O’Leary’s debut CD includes Elvis’s “Falling in Love” and his personal favorite “Black is the Color.”   By Colleen Taylor Irish America has recently experienced an Irish tenor revival. Since the original Irish Tenors first wowed American audiences back in the 1990s, many Irish and Irish-American classical singers have...

Michael Connelly. PHOTO BY MARK DELONG   Book Review / By Peter McDermott “It’s been called a bunch of suburbs in search of a city and it’s been called the glamour capital of the world,” said the narrator about Los Angeles in the introduction to the 1948 noir thriller “He Walked By Night.” A police procedural, it...