Arts & Leisure

By Daniel Neely From Ireland, Buille is one of the most creative groups in Irish music today. Consisting of Niall Vallely (concertina), Caoimhín Vallely (piano), Ed Boyd (guitar), Brian Morrissey (percussion), and Kenneth Edge (soprano sax), the group makes extraordinary and sophisticated music and they’re back at it...

Armagh’s Agnews, AKA Cup O’ Joe   By Colleen Taylor I’ve written before of my proclivity for a new sub-genre gaining momentum in Ireland’s music scene. It’s been dubbed “Eirecana,” and the name says it all. It’s a crossover of Irish and American musical influences in a most interesting phenomenon of reverse diaspora....

  Dan Neely, on the banjo, said of this photo: “Jimmy O’Kelly took it a while back. It was a particularly good day when a lot of great musicians happened to show up.” The trad scenes of New York City, Boston, Washington DC and Baltimore were represented, with Neely’s fellow musicians being: Brendan Bell, flute [facing...

For Michael Harrington, social media represents opportunity as the “arts are so visual.”   By Orla O’Sullivan It’s the biggest theatre you’ve never heard of, unless you’re attuned to the trendiest social media, like Periscope. The 860-seater off Washington Square is the biggest theatre below Manhattan’s Theatre District,...

Pat Kinevane in “Underneath.” By Orla O’Sullivan Pat Kinevane, who pioneered the “show in a bag” idea, lives his life from a bag. “Thank God I live near an airport because I’ve spent the last nine years traveling with these shows, either playing in Ireland or abroad.” The shows, “Forgotten;” “Silent” and now...

The cover of New York fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna’s fabulous new album “The Great Arc.”   By Daniel Neely Gailfean is an excellent new group that features John Whelan (button accordion), Brian Conway (fiddle), Máirtín de Cógáin (vox and bodhrán), and Don Penzien (guitar). Around since 2012, when all the...

HamsandwicH.     By Colleen Taylor Ireland’s sounding pretty cool these days. Two of the island’s freshest-sounding groups have released even newer hits, albeit of very different styles. HamsandwicH, a feel-good indie ensemble, is taking their latest album, “Stories from the Surface” stateside this week, along with...

PHOTO: WARNER BROTHERS By Karen Butler British filmmaker Joe Wright has been taking a lot of heat for casting Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in his Peter Pan origin tale “Pan,” but he maintains the Irish-American actress was the best woman for the job. “When I first started considering Neverland as a world, before I started...

Tina Santi Flaherty is the author “What Jackie Taught Us.” By Orla O’Sullivan There was an affinity between Ernest Hemingway and President Kennedy and their widows, which few appreciate, attendees at the first major exhibition dedicated to the master of the modern novel heard last week. The exhibition, now in New York,...

Ellen O’Byrne DeWitt established Columbia Records’ Irish catalog.   By Daniel Neely Women in the early days of recorded Irish music is the focus of “If There Weren’t Any Women In The World,” a fascinating new CD reissue project from OldTime Records. In it, the compilers have presented a number of recordings from the...