Spring 2012

Andy McGann

Traditional Music and Dance Festival
in association with Irish Arts Center
July 21 | 12 pm – 7 pm

The Traditional Music Festival gave rise to the Catskills Irish Arts Week (July 15 - 21), and was renamed in 2007 in honor of the greatest of the New York born Irish fiddlers in the Sligo Tradition, Andy McGann, who passed away during the Catskills Irish Arts Week on July 13, 2004.   

The Annual Festival held on the M.J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre Pavilion Fields overlooks East Durham and remains the largest gathering of traditional iIrish musicians and dancers performing anywhere in North America with over 100 anticipated artists.  There will be food and craft vendors and refreshments available all day long 

Admission: $20 at the gate ($15 in advance for Catskills Irish Arts Week students) available through the MJQICSC office.




Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown

Friday, February 17 | 8 pm
Friday, March 23 | 8 pm
Friday, May 11 | 8 pm

A new series showcasing Ireland's contemporary songwriters, bringing the richness of the busking tradition of Dublin's Grafton Street to New York City.

In February, March and May, Irish Arts Center invites you to spend an evening with some of Ireland's best contemporary songwriters as they tell their stories up close and acoustically in the intimate Donaghy Theatre.


Friday, February 17 | 8 pm
Susan McKeown and Declan O’Rourke

Susan McKeown has won a Grammy award and a BBC Folk Award nomination for her strong, expressive voice. She has recorded many albums spanning the realms of world music and rock and has performed with Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Linda Thompson, Billy Bragg, The Klezmatics, Mariachi Real de Mexico, Ensemble Tartit, Flook, Lúnasa, Andy Irvine and Johnny Cunningham.

Susan McKeown performs "No Jericho" from her album Belong:

Declan O'Rourke has been praised for his richly resonant voice and beautifully crafted songs. Fan Josh Groban covered O'Rourke's "Galileo" on his 2010 album Illuminations


Declan O’Rourke performs “Time Machine” from his album, Mag Pai Zai on the BBC Transatlantic Sessions


Friday, February 17 – Susan McKeown and Declan O’Rourke
Admission: $18 non-member / $15 member


Friday, March 23 | 8 pm
Michael Brunnock and Brendan O’Shea

Album Release show! Brunnock’s album, The Orchard, will be released the evening of the concert. Listen for him on David Byrne’s soundtrack for the film This Must Be the Place (2012), starring Sean Penn.

Brendan O'Shea and Michael Brunnock sit with Susan McKeown for the second podcast from IAC's SongLives series. Both musicians discuss their influences and early days, plus a live sneak peak at Brunnock's "Down by the Araglin" and O'Shea's "Old Clock."


Brendan O'Shea and Michael Brunnock sit with Susan McKeown for the second podcast from IAC's SongLives series.

“The Orchard” by Michael Brunnock


Brendan O’Shea is a veteran of New York City’s songwriter scene. Brendan and friend Karl Geary (Sin-é) began hosting a successful Sunday night concert series in NYC’s East Village called the Scratcher Sessions, which features musicians from around the world.

 “No Mystery” by Brendan O’Shea

Friday, March 23 – Michael Brunnock and Brendan O’Shea
Admission: $18 non-member / $15 member


Friday, May 11 | 8 pm
Mark Geary and Ann Scott

 U.S. album release show for songs about love, songs about leaving. Geary’s songs have been featured on various television shows including One Tree Hill and Bones.

“Stardust” by Mark Geary


Twice nominated in the Best Female category for the Irish Meteor Awards, Ann Scott has developed a reputation as an intense performer and a firebrand songwriter.

 “Imelda” by Ann Scott

Friday, May 11 | Mark Geary and Ann Scott
Admission: $18 non-member / $15 member


If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.


 This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Arts Center at Symphony Space!

Celtic Appalachia

The Wondrous Story of Irish and African Influences on Old Time American, Country andBluegrass Music

in association with American Irish Historical Society and Glucksman Ireland House – New York University

Thursday, March 15 | 8 pm

2537 Broadway at 95th Street

“And suddenly the room is bursting with knee slapping music…”
--The New York Times on the music of Virginia’s Crooked Road



with special guest CHEICK HAMALA DIABATE, a griot (storyteller) and master of the West African precursor to the banjo

and Eoin and Moley O’Suilleabhain and The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra

This St. Patrick’s Day season, join us for a real toe-tapping, knee-slapping, singing and dancing fête celebrating the Irish traditional music influences on old time American, country and bluegrass music.

For one-night-only, the beloved Green Fields of America meet some of the best musicians to come from the Crooked Road region in Virginia, including Sammy Shelor (SPBGMA Banjo Performer of the Year; Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass 2011) and Wayne Henderson, to celebrate the cultural links between Ireland and Celtic Appalachia.

Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Tier 1: $45 non-member / $36 member
Tier 2: $35 non-member / $28 member / $18 student with ID or 212-864-5400

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, waves of Northern Irish immigrants, known today as the Scotch-Irish or the Ulster Scots, ended up in theSouthern Appalachian Mountains. They brought with them the music, songs and stories of Ireland and Scotland and settled in VirginiaWest Virginia, the Carolinas, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and northern Georgia. They met and lived beside Cherokee, German, Scottish and English settlers who moved to the mountains from the Southern East Coast Tidewater, and African Americans who moved there from the Southern plantations before and after the Civil War.

This program is made possible, in part, by Northern Ireland Bureau; Tourism Ireland; Elaine Pang and Michael George; Mary Lou and Joe Quinlan; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Friday, April 13 | 8 pm


2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Martin Hayes, artistic director, fiddle
Iarla Ó Lionáird, vocals
Dennis Cahill, guitar

Máirtín O’Connor, accordion
Cathal Hayden, fiddle

Seamie O’Dowd, guitar
David Power, uilleann pipes

"This star-studded concert brings together some of the brightest luminaries in traditional Celtic music."

"not to be missed"

an exploration of old-fashioned style and raw musical virtuosity deftly curated by fiddle icon, and the show’s artistic director, Martin Hayes. Each of these musicians is worth seeing individually, but having them together in one show is something very special, indeed.” – IRISH ECHO 

"terrifically enjoyable show…accomplished line-upthrilling climax of galloping jigs and reels."

Purity, power and intimacy—traditional Irish music at its finest!

Seven of the most compelling artists in Irish music today come together at Symphony Space to explore the heart of Irish traditional music, based on a famous festival curated by Martin Hayes in the West County Cork town of Bantry. Having mesmerized audiences in Ireland and Australia, including the Sydney Opera House, Masters of Tradition is now touring the U.S. In solos, duets, trios, and full group collaboration, these acclaimed musicians bring an unparalleled level of mastery to the spellbinding music they play.

Tune into Martin Hayes on the radio on WFUV 90.7 FM, Saturday, March 31, 9:00am-noon EDT, on Kathleen Biggins's Celtic show "A Thousand Welcomes." The radio show will be available online at

Admission: Orchestra: $45 non-member / $36 member
Tier 2: $38 general / $28 member / $18 student or 212-864-5400

Sneak Peek of Masters of Tradition


This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.

To learn more about festivals in West Cork town of Bantry visit /

Like Masters of Tradition on Tour Facebook page to follow all the shows on the nationwide tour! 


Admission: $20 non-member / $18 member

Julie Feeney
10 Nights in New York City

April 25 – May 6
Wednesday – Sunday | 8 pm

“Blending the pop ambitions of Gaga with Elvis Costellvian wordplay” – VILLAGE VOICE

“an innovator, an original; incomparable with any of her contemporaries" – THE IRISH TIMES

Stylish and dramatic, chamber-pop singer, composer and orchestrator Julie Feeney is a powerhouse of creative energy. Hailed as “The Emerald Isle’s Original” (THE WASHINGTON POST), Julie has captivated audiences around the world with her mesmerizing voice and unique stage presence. Over a residency of 10 performances, this Irish sensation will amaze with new material and songs from her masterpieces pages and 13 songs in an innovative pop and theatrical live show. Co-directed by Vallejo Gantner of Performance Space 122 with Julie Feeney, the shows will fuse beautiful melodies, unique fashion and avant-garde arrangements with Julie’s ensemble of singers, strings, accordion, recorders, pianos, and trumpets.

 “13 songs…a charming…dreamy record” – THE NEW YORK TIMES


Listen to Impossibly Beautiful by Julie Feeney


Listen to Impossibly Beautiful by Julie Feeney


Co-directed by

Julie Feeney and

  • Julie Feeney is a critically acclaimed and award winning singer, composer, songwriter, orchestrator and producer Julie Feeney is winner of the Choice Music Prize for ‘Irish Album of the Year’ (Ireland’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize)—an album on which she played most of the instruments herself. She combines her “mesmerizing stage presence and eccentric pop genius” (Hot Press) taking an avant-garde approach to her innovative, one-of-a-kind sound, which, while rooted in classical music, straddles both the pop and theatrical worlds.

    Her music, videos and performances are widely broadcast on TV and radio and her sold-out performance at the main auditorium at Ireland’s National Concert Hall received a 10-minute standing ovation. She has performed many sold out shows in America, Ireland, England, France, Italy, Germany and Holland solo; with her own ensemble or with numerous orchestras for which she orchestrated and composed for including the Ulster Orchestra for BBC Northern Ireland and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for RTÉ. Her compositions have also been performed by contemporary ensembles Icebreaker and Crash Ensemble.

    She has just completed her third album having crowd-funded to make it, where fans pledged 24 K Euros in 31 days. She has also just received her first opera commission which will be completed in 2012 and she embarks on a large tour in November where she will perform with a different choir for 10 nights featuring her own composed music. She co-presents a popular radio series in Ireland, High Fidelity on RTÉ Radio One which traces the history of recorded song.

    Previously, after graduating from university with three Masters’ degrees, Julie performed as a professional choral singer world-wide; as a model and as an educator in Ireland and abroad. She worked as a movement actor and as an electronic music composer for contemporary dance films and live performances.

Vallejo Gantner

  • Vallejo Gantner (Co-director) has been Artistic Director of Performance Space 122 since 2005 and became effective CEO in mid 2010, responsible primarily for all programming, strategic direction and external affairs. P.S. 122 is one of United States’ leading multi-disciplinary presenters of innovative contemporary performing arts.

    Prior to this, he was Director of the Dublin Fringe Festival from 2002 – 2004, (CEO and artistic director of this semi-curated three week annual event), and Artistic Associate of the Melbourne Festival 2000/01 (responsible for programming the free and outdoor programs). Originally from Melbourne, Gantner has worked in a range of capacities throughout the arts in the US, Asia and Australia - as a director, writer, performer, agent, producer and programmer. He was the co-producer of Spiegelworld from 2006-2008, a commercial producer / presenter of contemporary circus, cabaret, music and entertainment across the US.

    Recently, Gantner has appeared as a performer in “The Curator’s Piece” by Tea Tupajic and Petra Zanki across Europe, Executive Produced the hit indie feature, “Your Sister’s Sister”, by Lynn Shelton (and her upcoming feature, “Touchy Feely”) and directed a new concert performance by Irish composer / singer Julie Feeney.

    He is a partner in a micro-brewery - Mountain Goat Beer and in Melbourne bars Double Happiness, Lily Black’s, and New Gold Mountain. In 2006, he was a Deakin Lecturer in Melbourne’s Deakin series.

    Gantner sits on the board of the National Performance Network (USA), Jianguo Pty Ltd (Aus), and Four Winds Foundation (Aus) and the advisory board of Fortnight Journal (USA).

    Formerly he was a board director of the Myer Foundation (Aus), Kage (Aus), Mountain Goat Beer (Aus), National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) (Aus), and has sat on more award, funding and other panels than he can remember.

Julie Feeney’s Ensemble

David Baranowski: keyboard, vocals

  • David Baranowski (keyboard, vocals) is a highly versatile keyboardist, performing a variety of styles on piano, keyboards, organ and harpsichord. For the past nine years, he has been touring internationally with rock icon Ritchie Blackmore, as a member of Blackmore’s Night. He is also the accompanist for the Westchester Choral Society, harpsichordist for the American Baroque Orchestra, and Director of Music at Saint Joseph Church in Danbury, CT. In 2010, he made his debut as an opera conductor with the Delaware Valley Opera in Mozart’s Così fan tutte from the harpsichord. That same year, David met and performed with Ms. Feeney for the first time. He has never been the same…

Joseph Brent: guitar, mandolin

  • Joseph Brent (Guitar, mandolin) displays a unique musical versatility that has captivated audiences around the world, Joseph Brent has made his mark on several instruments and in several genres. As a classical musician, he has distinguished himself in solo performances with The International Contemporary Ensemble, The Boston Symphony, New World Symphony, and The San Francisco Symphony, among many others, and has given solo recitals and clinics on six continents. In the pop and improvisational musical worlds, he has performed with artists such as Regina Spektor, Jewel, Erin McKeown, Woody Allen, and Stephane Grappelli. He has released several CDs under his own name and appears on countless others. He has also written two books of mandolin pedagogy, and is a faculty member at Mannes, the first mandolin instructor to hold a faculty position with a major American conservatory.

Elizabeth Cary: violin, viola


Mike Kuennen: double bass, electric bass

  • Michael Kuennen (Double bass, electric bass) is an active Broadway musician. Kuennen has been the bassist for The Droswy Chaperone, Promise, Promises, and Elf. Currently playing such shows as Porgy & Bess, Anything Goes and How to Succeed in Business, some of his other credits include The Producers, West Side Story, and The Little Mermaid. Rooted in classical music, he has also performed in such NYC venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, Birdland, Joe's Pub, Symphony Space, Feinstein's and Don't Tell Mama's. His Off-broadway credits include Jolson & Company, Roadside, The Road to Qatar and I Sing. Michael is also a regular performer with the New York Pops, the Riverside Symphony and many other groups throughout the New York Metro area.

Jennifer Marshall: vocals, recorder, glockenspiel

  • Jennifer Marshall is a multi-faceted classically trained soprano with a varied musical career. She recently made her debuts with the Delaware Valley Opera as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and the Connecticut Lyric Opera as the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. At the New York Classical Singer Convention, she was a Professional Division Winner and as a Jenny Lind Competition First Prize winner, she performed in a concert tour of Sweden. Jennifer has been touring with Julie Feeney in the U.S. since the spring of 2011 and is proud to be a member of her ensemble once again for this special IAC engagement.

Laura Metcalf: cello, vocals

  • Laura Metcalf (Cellist), lauded for her “sensitive, melodic touch” (BlogCritics Magazine), is active as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. Laura has been a soloist with the One World Symphony, Ensemble 212 and the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa, and has recently given recitals on the Hewlett-Woodmere Gold Series, Shandelee Music Festival, Livingston Music Club, Church of Beethoven, and Strad for Lunch series. She is cellist of Sybarite 5, a string quintet who won the prestigious Concert Artists Guild competition in 2011, and with whom she has given over 200 concerts at such venues as the Library of Congress and Lincoln Center. Sybarite5 will make their Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 at Zankel Hall, and their CD reached the Top 10 of the Billboard charts this year. As a member of the Ansonia Trio she won the 2009 Rutenberg Chamber Music Competition, and is a member of the Salome Chamber Orchestra. She has attended the Aspen, Taos and Sarasota Music Festivals, the London Masterclasses, the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau (France) and the IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses and Open Chamber Music. Laura is a member of the cello and percussion ensemble Break of Reality, and has appeared on the Today Show, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, and the View. Laura received her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Timothy Eddy and won the James E. Hughes award. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University's College of Fine Arts, where, as recipient of the prestigious Trustee Scholarship, she won the 2003 Bach Competition.

Terry Szor: trumpet

  • Terry Szor (Trumpet), is a freelance musician and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Bronx Arts Ensemble among many others. He has performed for numerous Broadway shows, Radio City Music Hall, several television, radio commercials and soundtracks for video games. As a member of the award winning (Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award) Saturday Brass Quintet, Mr. Szor performed recitals and led educational programs at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He performs as the principal trumpet with Opera Saratoga, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.


Admission: $20 non-member / $18 member

If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.


Watch Julie Feeney perform 'Impossibly Beautiful' on The Late Late Show


This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.



FALL 2011



Irish Arts Center

A Tribute To Harrigan and Hart
The Original Men Who Owned Broadway

A Concert Featuring Mick Moloney 
and an All-Star Line Up 

Thursday, October 13  | 8 pm

2537 Broadway at 95th Street


Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
The Green Fields of America: Joey Abarta, Brendan Dolan, Billy McComiskey, Niall O'Leary, Jerry O'Sullivan, Athena Tergis
Dana Lyn | Susan McKeown | Poor Baby Bree
John Roberts | Murray Callahan | Chris Simmons | Maureen Murphy | Dave Ruch
The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra
& more

in association with

American Irish Historical Society
Bowery Alliance of Neighbors
City Lore
Glucksman Ireland House—New York University
Lower East Side Tenement Museum

IACIACIn the 1870s, decades before George M. Cohan burst onto the Broadway stage, the songs of his hero Edward “Ned” Harrigan, Irish American tunesmith and playwright, were the toast of New York. Harrigan’s ballads of the working class immigrants—filled with lovable and good humored characters like Dan Mulligan and his wife Cordelia, John McSorley, the owner of McSorley’s Irish Ale House, Tammany Alderman Old Boss Barry, and Mary Ann, the schoolteacher—mirrored his own mercurial life, and provided the foundation for an entirely novel genre of musical comedy on the American stage. 

On the hundred year anniversary of the death of the beloved Ned Harrigan, Mick Moloney and an all-star cast return to Symphony Space with a multi-media tribute to the Broadway legend, his partner Tony Hart, and musical collaborator David Braham. Through story, song and dance, the performance captures the excitement and humor of the times and salutes its importance in the formation and growth of American musical and theatrical culture. 

Admission: Orchestra: $45 general / $35 members
Tier 2: $38 general / $30 members / $25 students
or 212-864-5400

NYSCA NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs

This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

HorseshoeMeet the Original Men Who Owned Broadway:
Edward "Ned" Harrigan & Tony Hart

The Mulligan Guards' Surprise

"Harrigan & Hart, together with their entire company [...] and a host of celebrities, will produce the great hit of the season, the "Mulligan Guard Surprise Party," with all the fun that that implies." - Brooklyn Daily Eagle, May 21 1880

Cordelia Mulligan has badgered her husband Dan into moving from their old homestead on "Mulligan Alley" to a deluxe apartment in the upper east side. Forced to put on airs by Cordelia and her newly moved in family (!), poor beleaguered Dan is left yearning for the good old days of his old neighborhood. Something has to change - but what will Dan do to find happiness and to restore wedded bliss?

Premiering in 1880, The Mulligan Guards' Surprise was the fifth in Harrigan's popular "Mulligan Guard" series. Featuring familiar characters like "Planxty McFudd" and memorable songs such as "Never Take the Horseshoe from the Door," it delighted audiences both uptown and down during its long run at the Theatre Comique.

PLAYListen to “Never Take the Horseshoe From The Door” from
The Mulligan Guards' Surprise

danny"Danny By My Side"

The Last of the Hogans

"[Harrigan] has again exerted his faculty of quizzical satire of the absurdities of the lower orders of his Irish race-a theme that appears vastly to amuse his fancy and one that he is not afraid to treat with good-humored fidelity and frank merriment." —New York Tribune, December 22, 1891.

In a world of cathedral realty, runaway barges and shoeshine sabotage, it's up to Judge Dominick McKeever to determine who is indeed the last of the Hogans and therefore rightful heir to the dearly departed Hughey Hogan's considerable estate.  This proves a less than straightforward task, however, because no fewer than ten purportedly "last" Hogans (including Hughey's wife Anne) come to collect!  Imagine everyone's surprise when it's finally revealed that the news of Hughey's demise is greatly exaggerated...

With characters and humor ripped from the sidewalks of 19th century New York, The Last of the Hogans included the kind of "capitally devised scenes of comic consternation" typical of Harrigan's shows and is best remembered through Harrigan and Braham's hit song "Danny By My Side."

paddy“Paddy Duffy’s Cart”

Squatter Sovereignty

“Another of Mr. Edward Harrigan's wonderful plays was presented last night at that bright and beautiful little house, the Theatre Comique [...] Squatter Sovereignty was found to be a particularly lively and humorous treatment of Irish character, with the usual basis of broad farce and unpretentious fun. [...] It is not hard to understand why the public should enjoy the free fun of a play like this which shows undoubtedly a sharp dramatic eye and–as the French would say–du tempérament.“ – New York Times, January 10, 1882.

In Squatter Sovereignty, a peculiarly Irish-American take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the Widow Rosie Nolan, a resident of a shantytown in Central Park, wants to marry off her daughter Nellie.  However, she has her sights on vagabond astronomer Felix McIntyre's son Terence.  As the Rosie and Felix negotiate the dowery–a prize package featuring the Widow's favorite goat–we not only learn that Nellie has her sights on the monied German Fred Kline, but that Fred’s father, “The Captain,” has imprisoned the Widow’s goat for having eaten his lace curtains.  As the drama builds towards the third act, we’re left to wonder: will Nellie ever find happiness?  Who are the Maguires and why are they constantly fighting with the McIntyres?  And finally, what on earth will become of the goat?

Widely considered one of Ed Harrigan’s finest comedic efforts, credit for Squatter Sovereignty’s success is also due in equal measure to Tony Hart and David Braham.  Hart stunned critics in his role as the Widow Rosie Nolan, while Braham’s songs – including “Paddy Duffy’s Cart” – were immediate hits and remained popular for years after the show's close.


“The blending of Whelan and Tergis in this collaboration...presaged greater things to come, not only for this duo individually and, perhaps, collectively, but also for the Irish Arts Center.”    —Paul Keating, Irish Voice 

“Largely because of the success of Riverdance, Irish music is impacting the pop music market as never before."
—Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times

“In a rare public performance…Bill Whelan played, sang and conducted, sometimes simultaneously…The audience was brought to its feet by music that suggested joy, celebration, sorrow and transcendence.” 
—Cahir O’Doherty, Irish Voice

“the sense of exhilaration and enjoyment both from the artists on stage and the audience bore out…that we were indeed lucky to be in the house that night.”
—Paul Keating, Irish Voice

An Evening with
Bill Whelan
and Orchestra
Featuring Athena Tergis
and Special Guests

Live Concert Performances

October 29 – November 1 | 7:30 pm

Grammy award-winning Riverdance composer Bill Whelan and world-renowned fiddler Athena Tergis return to the Irish Arts Center for four unforgettable performances with a live orchestra and special guests including Riverdance star Mick Donegan and singer Morgan Crowley.  

This exclusive concert engagement reprises Bill Whelan’s thrilling New York performance debut in last season’s Masters in Collaboration Series – with the composer at the piano performing selections from his vast body of work across a range of pop, world, jazz, classical and traditional styles, including the U.S. premiere of two new compositions – “After The Titanic” (lyrics by Derek Mahon) and “Jazzical Cyclebike” – along with excerpts from “Carna,” “Inishlacken,” and the mega-hit Riverdance.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of the world’s top composers in an intimate setting for an unforgettable evening of live music and dance.

Admission: $60 premium seating (IAC members $50) / $40 general seating (IAC members $32)

If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.

Watch the video below to preview the joyful music and dancing from Riverdance star Mick Donegan (around minute 3).

From Masters in Collaboration IV: Bill Whelan Meets Athena Tergis

A preview of Bill Whelan and Athena Tergis from their time as artists-in-residence at Masters in Collaboration IV.

Press from Masters in Collaboration IV: Bill Whelan Meets Athena Tergis

The Legacy Of Riverdance by Gwen Orel

A meeting of minds and muses, By Earle Hitchner

From the Hob, By Paul Keating

IACThis program is supported, in part, by Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America in 2011.


IACCeltic Harp Master Class and Performance
with Cormac de Barra and Mia Theodoratus

Sunday, October 23

Master Class: 2 pm - 5:30 pm
Performance: 7 pm - 8 pm

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind master class in Celtic harp taught by Cormac de Barra and Mia Theodoratus. Students will spend time with each instructor. With Cormac, students will learn by ear and have the opportunity to tailor the workshop to suit their interests by exploring dance tunes, harpers’ airs, slow airs and song airs. With Mia, students will learn how to look inside a tune and pull out what you feel the song is saying, and more importantly, practice tips to give a clean performance. Instruction will also go over some “tricks” like extended modern harp methods and chord spacing. All skill levels welcome.

Even if you do not take the class, you can enjoy the beautiful sounds of the harp at the evening performance.

Master class*: $50 general / $45 members, students, seniors
*includes performance admission


Concert only: $18 general / $15 members, students, seniors




An Evening of Irish Piping

December 1 | 8pm

An Evening of Irish Piping brings together 3 of the world’s top uilleann pipers  for a unique end of year concert. The night will feature Lunasa piper Cillian Vallely, former Riverdance piper Ivan Goff and New York’s own piping master Jerry O’Sullivan. In addition, there will be a guest appearance from legendary New York fiddler Tony deMarco and Dublin guitarist Eamon O’Leary.

This concert is a benefit for the musicians’ friend, Belfast piper Eamon Dillon, and all proceeds will go towards Eamon’s hospital bills.

Admission: $20


If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.











…a memorable night of well-woven musical traditions, music, stories, and dancing …An Irish Christmas is now a tradition itself…making the holidays
brighter for all lucky
enough to attend.”
—Earle Hitchner, 

Mick Moloney will be on the Adrian Flannelly Show, through Irish Radio™ Network USA Saturday, December 10th. Click here to tune in to the live online broadcast from 9am to 12pm.

Mick will also be on WFUV Ceol na nGael Sunday, December 11th between 12pm and 1pm on 90.7 FM in New York City and at 94.5 FM in Beacon, NY or online here.


An Irish Christmas
A Musical Solstice Celebration

With Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis and Special Guests

December 7 - 18
Wednesday - Sunday | 8 pm
Saturday | 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday | 3 pm and 8 pm

Your entire family will enjoy our annual holiday tradition, featuring an eclectic mix of tunes and stories to warm the heart, hosted by the legendary Mick Moloney. Famed Filipino singer Grace Nono and jazz singer Tamar Korn join the Irish Christmas lineup, featuring fiddler Athena Tergis, button accordionist BillyMcComiskey, pianist Brendan Dolan, fiddler and singer Liz Hanley, and dancer Niall O’Leary

And you never know who will drop by to share their favorite party piece—past special guests have included Gabriel Byrne, Colum McCann, Ellen McCourt, Isaiah Sheffer, Peter Quinn, Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra and more. 

Whatever your holiday tradition, don’t miss this delightful celebration of the season!

Admission: $50 general / $40 members
Group Rates Available

If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.

Take home the Live Irish Christmas experience! Purchase Live CD here.

To buy in bulk 25 or more, call the Irish Arts Center at 212.757.3318 ext 209


Join the Irish Arts Center in reaching out to those in need of a helping hand among us in Hell’s Kitchen throughout An Irish Christmas.

Your donations of canned and non-perishable food items will benefit Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, located right down the street on West 51st Street.

Your donations of regular or travel sized toiletries and home goods will benefit hundreds of clients at drop-in shelters and supportive housing throughout New York City – an initiative of Urban Pathways. 

Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season.


NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs

This program is sponsored, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.






“One of the more ambitious and welcome initiatives to come out of the Irish Arts Center.”  
—Paul Keating, IRISH VOICE    

“A can’t-miss series…”
—Earle Hitchner, IRISH ECHO

“The Irish Arts Center is at the center of cross-fertilization of Irish and American talent.” 
– Paul Brady, Irish singer-songwriter 

Iarla Ó Lionáird Meets Ivan Goff
With Special Guest Dan Trueman

Live Concert Performances
Saturday, October 1 | 8 pm
Sunday, October 2 | 8 pm

Our acclaimed Masters in Collaboration series continues to foster exciting musical partnerships with its sixth installment, pairing sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird with uilleann piper and flutist Ivan Goff, two extraordinary artists living on different sides of the Atlantic. Ó Lionáird is widely respected for his solo work in bringing a unique blend of ancient Irish music and cutting edge world sounds to a global audience. Goff has lived in New York since arriving on Broadway over ten years ago with Riverdance and has made his mark as one of the greatest Irish musicians in America. Ó Lionáird and Goff’s collaboration will be a fascinating exploration and very much in the spirit of a series which encourages distinguished artists to break new ground. 

A video preview of the Masters in Collaboration VI artists.

Ivan Goff

NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs IAC

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America in 2011.


“One of the more ambitious and welcome initiatives to come out of the Irish Arts Center.”
—Paul Keating, IRISH VOICE    

“A can’t-miss series…”
—Earle Hitchner,

Masters in Collaboration V
Joanie Madden
Meets Séamus Begley

Live Concert Performances
April 15-17 | 8 pm

Our fifth installment of the acclaimed Masters in Collaboration series pairs Grammy-winning whistle and flute player and leader of Cherish the Ladies Joanie Madden with renowned accordionist and singer Séamus Begley. Joined by special guest Gabriel Donohue on guitar, Madden and Begley will spend a week as IAC artists-in-residence exploring each other’s styles, culminating in three unforgettable performances in the Donaghy Theatre.

Launched by Irish Arts Center senior artistic associate Mick Moloney in 2008, the Masters in Collaboration series creates partnerships among artists outside the pressures of the marketplace in an effort to stimulate creativity, reward risk, and awaken a dynamic musical conversation between Ireland and the United States.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of musical history with these living legends of Irish traditional music.

Admission: $35 or (212) 868-4444

Irish Arts Center Presents


Photo credit: All photos: McNulty Family Collection
(AIA051), Archives of Irish America, NYU.

In association with
American Irish Historical Society, Archives of Irish American/Tamiment Library-New York University,
Glucksman Ireland House-New York University,
The Irish Repertory Theatre


A Tribute to the Famous McNultys
The First Family of Irish Music 
A Concert Featuring Mick Moloney and an All Star Cast

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Julie Feeney
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
The Green Fields of America: Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan and Jerry O'Sullivan
Courtney Grogan
Dermot Henry
Dana Lyn and her String Quartet
The Niall O’Leary Dance Troupe
Mary O’Dowd
Jerry Timlin

The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra

Friday, March 11 | 8 pm

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street   

The McNulty family—Ma, her daughter Eileen and her son Peter—were the most extraordinarily successful and acclaimed Irish entertainers in America between 1930 and 1960. Now, close to the 50th anniversary of their last performance in their beloved New York City, folklorist and musician Mick Moloney returns to Symphony Space to lead a tribute to this peerless trio—the last of the great ­vaudevillians in America. 

Their combination of exuberant traditional Irish and Irish American song with tap, clog and Irish step dance set them apart from all entertainers of their era. The Famous McNultys filled the Brooklyn Academy of Music with their Irish Showboat Revue twice a year for close to twenty years, and were familiar and beloved figures in Rockaway, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, the Catskills and Boston, recording over 150 records for Decca, Copley and Standard Colonial. The concert will be a celebration of their magnificent, joyful artistry and will feature a program of music, song and dance against a stunning backdrop of projected visual images from the life and times of this remarkable family.

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This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Admission: Orchestra: $40 general / $30 members
Tier 2: $30 general / $27 members
$20 students & seniors or 212-864-5400

The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, featuring Donie Carroll on vocals performing "Arrah, Come in out of the Rain Barney McShane".

Written by Andrew B. Sterling and J. Fred Helf in 1909, this song was among numerous popular recordings of the vaudeville era that made it into The McNulty Family's extensive repertoire.

"Arrah, Come in out of the Rain Barney McShane" will appear on The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra's new CD "Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley?"

Mick Moloney performing "Daisy Bell"

Recorded by the McNulty Family in the 1930s this song parodies the wildly popular Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two), written by Harry Dacre in 1892.

The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra performing "Dublin Bay"

Introducing The McNulty Family

IAC“Ma” McNulty

Hailing from Kilteevan, County Roscommon, Annie “Ma” McNulty, became a performer at a very early age, singing and playing the accordion at local dances and social occasions. She immigrated to America and married John McNulty in 1914 and had two children, Eileen and Peter.

Ma taught the children songs, dances and skits, and the trio began to perform together as "The McNulty Family". On stage Ma was seen in her self-made frilly gowns with a single row button accordion. She could only play in one key at a time so she owned five accordions, each tuned differently so she could switch instruments depending on the song. However, this one key limitation didn’t prevent her from leading The McNulty Family along their path of becoming the most popular Irish entertainment act on the East Coast and perhaps in all of North America from the 1930s through the 1960s.

IACEileen McNulty

Eileen was the oldest child of the McNulty family and performed as a singer and dancer. Eileen and her brother Peter attended the Holy Name School where the nuns became the first to pay the family to perform and suggest they take the show on the road. Eileen was a terrific dancer and her feet can be heard on many of the recordings of The McNulty Family. In 1937, she married Johnny Grogan, who would eventually become the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. Their son, Jimmy, performed in some of The McNulty Family performances for a short while after Peter’s death. Once The McNulty Family had finished their run, Eileen went to Ireland with her children and earned her TCRG in Irish step dancing and taught for the rest of her life, performing occasionally. Her daughter Patricia is currently working with New York University to preserve The McNulty Family Collection.

IACMeet Peter McNulty

Peter was born in New York in 1917. He began performing with the McNulty Family when he was still a teenager. Peter played the violin and piano, and was also singer and dancer. He wrote a weekly column in The Advocate titled “The News Nest by Peter McNulty” and signed “The Corncrake,” a nickname given to him by “Ma” in Danny Boy, the Greenhorn. He was very popular and had a fan club, “Corncrake’s Association,” which had 160 members. In 1942, Peter was drafted in the army and continued his performances as a member of a quartet known as “Foxhole Hilharmaniacs.” After the war, Peter continued to record and perform with the McNulty Family until his untimely death at 43.
Even after his death, Peter’s fans continued to appreciate his talents, and “The Peter McNulty Music Club of the Traditional Irish Musicians Association” was formed.


IACSt. Pat’s For All Benefit Concert

March 4 | Pre-event reception 6 pm | Concert 7 pm

On March 4, Irish Arts Center hosts the St. Pat's For All Concert - the annual fundraiser in support of the inclusive St. Pat’s For All Parade taking place Sunday, March 6. St. Pat’s For All celebrates the diversity of the Irish and Irish American communities of New York. For more information click here

Performers include Brian Fleming, Niall O'Leary School of Dance, Malachy McCourt, Caroline Duggan's Keltic Dream Dancers and many more. Food and desserts will be served. This year's Grand Marshals will be Patricia Lewsley, Commissioner for Children and Young People for Northern Ireland, and Brigadier General (Ret.) James P. Cullen, Founding President of the Brehon Law Society.

For tickets and more information, contact Brendan or Kathleen at


IACIrish Arts Center
in association with
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

SILVER ROOTS: Ancient Dances

Saturday, January 22 | 8 pm

Juilliard-trained violinist Maria Millar, flutist Shawn Wyckoff and cellist Michael Haas headline a mind-bending, sonic adventure spanning multiple European cultures and traditions. Silver Roots: Ancient Dances features performances inspired by the up-tempo music and dances of Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany and England. World premieres of works by Norwegian Otto Martin Christensen and Maria Millar–inspired by the folk traditions and languages of Scandinavia–will round out the evening.

 “virtuoso playing is full of heart, vivacity and energy.”

Admission: $20 general / $18 member or 212-868-4444


A sneak peek ...


Colum McCann reading during his appearance at An Irish Christmas 2009.

 “…a memorable night of well-woven musical traditions, music, stories,
and dancing...An Irish Christmas is now a tradition itself...
making the holidays brighter for all lucky enough to attend.”
—Earle Hitchner, IRISH ECHO

A Musical Solstice Celebration
with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis and Special Guests

December 9 - 19 | Thursday-Friday 8 pm, Saturday 2 pm and 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm

Bring your entire family to share in Irish Arts Center’s joyous annual musical holiday tradition, hosted by the legendary musician and folklorist Mick Moloney. Old-time fiddler Rhys Jones joins another incredible lineup of musicians this year, featuring Moloney on banjo, mandolin and vocals, star Irish fiddler Athena Tergis, button accordionist Billy McComiskey, pianist Brendan Dolan, and dancer Niall O’Leary.

An Irish Christmas will get you into the spirit of the season with songs like “The January Man”, “Christmas in the Trenches”, “The Bushes of Jerusalem”, “The Holly and the Ivy” and the perennial sing along favorite “Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake”. And you never know who will drop by to share their favorite party piece – past special guest appearances have included Ellen McCourt, Gabriel Byrne, Christine Quinn, Colum McCann, Isaiah Sheffer and Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra.

Whatever your holiday tradition, don’t miss this delightful solstice celebration!

Admission: $45 general sale / $35 members or 212-868-4444

On December 14, An Irish Christmas travels for one night only to the Millennium Stage at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Performance at 6pm. Free. More information at


IACMasters in Collaboration IV
Bill Whelan Meets Athena Tergis

with special guests
Robbie Harris and Mick Donegan
and a 9-piece orchestra 

Two Performances Only
Saturday, November 20 | 8 pm
Sunday, November 21 | 8 pm 
Reception to follow each performance

Donaghy Theatre | Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York City

VIP Preferred Seating - $100*
General Sale - $50

*Preferred Seating includes a personally autographed copy of the unreleased DVD Riverdance – Live from Beijing

Our fourth installment of the acclaimed Masters in Collaboration Series pairs Grammy-winning Riverdance composer/pianist Bill Whelan with renowned Suzuki-trained violinist Athena Tergis for two exclusive performances in the 99-seat Donaghy Theatre, accompanied by percussionist Robbie Harris, a nine-piece orchestra, and a live dance performance by Riverdance star Mick Donegan.

Join the artists for a free midweek conversation, moderated by Mick Moloney, on Wednesday, November 17th at 8 pm in the Donaghy Theatre. Limited seating — call (212) 757-3318 ext 209 to reserve.

Reservations or (212) 868-4444
Irish Arts Center | 212-757-3318 ext 209


Susan McKeown discussing the making of the album Singing in the Dark.

Listen to Susan McKeown performing “A Woman Like That”, the first single from Singing in the Dark

Susan McKeown

Paul Holdengräber,
Kay Redfield Jamison

Irish Arts Center
in association with
New York Public Library: Live from the NYPL
Glucksman Ireland House – New York University
Fountain House
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mood Disorder Support Group


Singing in the Dark

A Concert and Conversation Featuring Susan McKeown

Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, Live from the NYPL

Saturday, October 30 | 8 pm 

Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street   

"McKeown grabbed both song and audience by the throat, dragged them through heaven and hell and back again, and left the stage to the loudest applause heard all evening."

“She walks on the wild side of Gaelic melody.” —BOSTON GLOBE

 “A singer of passion, grace and striking presence...”

“In a dark time, the eye begins to see” –Theodore Roethke

Experience Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter
Susan McKeown
’s moving musical explorations of the link between creativity and mental health, as she performs live with her band for the launch of her seventh solo album, Singing in the Dark.

The celebrated warmth of McKeown’s vocals shine through Singing in the Dark, which sets the lyrics of some of the world’s best known poets writing through the lens of depression, mania and addiction – Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, James Clarence Mangan, Lord Byron, Violetta Parra, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill – to her signature mix of original and world music.

The evening will include a live conversation moderated by Live from the NYPL’s
Paul Holdengräber
, featuring Susan McKeown and author Kay Redfield Jamison (Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament).

Concert Admission: All seats $24 / $15 students or 212-864-5400

A portion of the proceeds from Singing in the Dark will be donated to the following mental health organizations:
Fountain House
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mood Disorder Support Group

Singing in the Dark: Irishness, Immigration, Creativity, Madness
Saturday, October 30, 2010 | 9 am to 4 pm
Kimmel Center at NYU, 60 Washington Square South

A symposium considering the history of mental health among the Irish at home and abroad, the relationships between trauma, immigration, addiction and mental illness and the connections between creativity and depression, inspired by the new album by Grammy award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown. See for full program and ticket details.

This program is sponsored, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


OchsPipes and Piping in Ireland with Bill Ochs

Sunday, June 6 | 3 PM

Join us for a fabulous multi-media presentation that traces the 
development of piping in Ireland from the Middle Ages to the present. 

Master piper Bill Ochs has assembled a fascinating collection of 
woodcuts, lithographs, photos, and rare archival recordings that tell 
the story of the emergence of the uilleann pipes, the world's most 
sophisticated bagpipe. To be followed by a solo piping concert in 
which Ochs demonstrates the full range and scope of this uniquely 
Irish instrument.

"A most stimulating, informative, and entertaining presentation."
Professor Mick Moloney, NYU

Admission:  $15 general sale/ $12 members and students
To buy click here or call 212 868-4444


MICIIIMICIIIMasters in Collaboration III
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
Meet Gregory Harrington

April 12 - 17

Performances April 16 - 17 | 8 pm

April 16 & 17 performances sold out.
Additional performance added - April 18

Live interview with the artists, moderated by Mick Moloney
Wednesday, April 14 | 8 pm

 “One very
   magical week” 

—Paul Keating, Irish Voice

Masters in Collaboration made its debut in February of 2008 with the first-time pairing legendary Irish singer-songwriter Paul Brady and Nashville-based pop-folk artist Sarah Siskind.  The Brady-Siskind IAC collaboration has blossomed into a multi-city tour of Ireland and England in Spring 2010.  Visit for more details.

World-music pioneer and icon of traditional Irish music Andy Irvine and shooting star of contemporary American folk and roots music, John Doyle teamed up in September 2009 for the second installment of Masters in Collaboration.

“One of the more ambitious and welcome initiatives to come out of the Irish Arts Center.”
— Irish Voice 

We celebrate the third incarnation of our Masters in Collaboration series by presenting three extraordinary artists: legendary Irish traditional fiddle player Martin Hayes, master guitarist Dennis Cahill and critically acclaimed classical violinist Gregory Harrington. During a weeklong residency at IAC, they will together explore their distinct musical styles and genres, culminating in two thrilling performances that include the American premiere of a magnificent new work for fiddle, violin and guitar: “Music for the Departed” by Dublin composer David Flynn.

Conceived in 2007 by Mick Moloney, one of the country’s foremost musicians and folklorists, and Irish Arts Center Director Aidan Connolly, Masters in Collaboration brings together new genres and generations of musicians toward a deeper musical conversation between Ireland and the United States.  As in previous series, audiences can join the collaboration during a live mid-week interview with the artists, moderated by Mick Moloney.

Martin Hayes is one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the history of Irish traditional music.  A native of County Clare, where he learned music from his late father, the legendary musician P. Joe Hayes, Martin Hayes’s influences go far beyond Ireland to include Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, the Spanish viola da gamba master, Jordi Savall, and jazz genius John Coltrane.  The recipient of the prestigious Gradam Ceoil, Musician of the Year 2008 from Irish TV station TG 4; Folk Instrumentalist of the Year from BBC Radio; a National Entertainment Award (the Irish ‘Grammy’); and six All-Ireland fiddle championships before the age of nineteen, Hayes was cited by the Irish Sunday Tribune as one of the most important musicians to come out of Ireland in the last fifty years.  His discography includes two acclaimed solo albums, Martin Hayes  and Under the Moon, and, with longtime collaborator Dennis Cahill, The Lonesome Touch, Live in Seattle, and most recently, Welcome Here Again

Master guitarist Dennis Cahill’s spare, essential accompaniment to Martin Hayes’ fiddle is acknowledged as a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. In addition to his work with Hayes, Dennis has performed with such renowned fiddlers as Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers and Kevin Burke, and countless Irish musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. Hayes and Cahill met in Cahill’s native Chicago in the 1980s.  Their decades-long musical collaboration has taken them to Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Warsaw, and Mexico City, as well as all over Europe, U.K. and Ireland, Canada, and the United States.

Violinist Gregory Harrington tours and performs as a soloist in venues throughout the US and Europe. He made his London debut at Royal Festival Hall in July 2000, was a prizewinner of the Artists International Competition in New York in February 2003, and became the first Irish born classical violinist to perform solo at Carnegie Hall in a critically acclaimed debut at Weill Recital Hall. He is currently a faculty member of the Spence and Nightingale-Bamford Schools in Manhattan.

Concert Tickets $50 general sale/$45 members | Interview Tickets $10 general sale/free for IAC sponsor members
April 16 & 17 performances sold out.
Additional performance added - April 18

Seating extremely limited. 
To buy click here or call 212 868-4444


Nos NovoThis is Irish Music:
James Shipp’s Nós Novo
Strange Sweethearts in America

March 11 | 8 pm            

Vibraphonist and percussionist James Shipp brings the unique sounds of Nós Novo to the Irish Arts Center for one special performance in March. Nós Novo blends traditional Irish melodies and forms with Brazilian rhythms and collective jazz improvisation, with influences ranging from Andy Irvine to Milton Nascimento to Björk .Featuring vibraphonist/percussionist James Shipp, the astounding singer Jo Lawry (fresh off her tour with Sting) on vocals, fiddle, and melodica,Gilad Hekselman on guitar, and Rogerio Boccato on drums and percussion. The evening features a special guest appearance by acclaimed singer-songwriter (and lead singer of Bjorkestra) Becca Stevens.

 “Nós Novo offers a worldly mix of sea shanties, Celtic reels and airs, Brazilian soul and jazz spirit, played via a mix of strings and percussion instruments and the soaring voice of singer Jo Lawry. More amazing than the boldness of the mix is the seamlessness with which it all comes together…”
—Time Out New York

“…a striking new album, ‘Strange Sweethearts in America,’ which advances a jazz-based take on traditional Celtic music,”
—Nate Chinen, the New York Times

Admission: $15 general sale / $12 members
To buy click here or call 212 868-4444


SKLAMBERGmckeownSaints & Tzadiks
With Grammy award-winning artists Susan McKeown & Lorin Sklamberg

Wednesday, March 3 | 7:00 pm

Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place

"A thrilling ride, often full of joy and laughter..." --All Music Guide

Presented by Museum of Jewish Heritage in association with Irish Arts Center

Irish chanteuse Susan McKeown and Klezmatics vocalist and accordionist Lorin Sklamberg will weave musical tales as they perform songs from the Yiddish and Gaelic traditions — highlighting both traditions’ similarities and differences in weaving a musical tale.

The pair have previously worked together on the Klezmatics’s Grammy-winning Wonder Wheel (2006), which led to their more recent joint exploration of the connections between the Yiddish and Irish vocal traditions. 

Admission: $20 general sale / $15 students & seniors / $10 MJH members
For tickets please contact box office at 646-437-4202 or


APAPIrish Arts Center
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,
University of Limerick

in association with

American Ireland Fund | Glucksman Ireland House NYU American Irish Historical Society | Irish Business Organization Irish Network New York City | Consulate General of Ireland

invite you to a free concert to celebrate the American debut of

Directed by Irish Chamber Orchestra Leader Katherine Hunka
CANTORAL Irish World Academy Female Chant Ensemble

February 4 | 8 PM

Mendelssohn: String Symphony No 10
Ó Súilleabháin: Kyrie from Missa Gadelica
Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra

New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall
2 West 64th Street (at Central Park West)

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, was founded in 1994 by its director, and special guest for the evening, Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin.

Culture IrelandMade possible with support from Culture Ireland in association with the Irish Chamber Orchestra

Admission: Free
Reservations Required
From U.S.: 212-757-3318
Outside U.S.: +1-212-757-3318


APAPIrish Arts Center and Culture Ireland

Contemporary Music Showcase

Culture IrelandJanuary 9-10 | 8 pm

We kick off 2010 with Best of Irish, Culture Ireland's showcase of five contemporary musical groups over two electrifying evenings, January 9-10.  Presented during the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, this weekend will feature solo sean-nos performer Iarla O Lionárd, singer-songwriter John Spillane, duo Caoimhín O Raghallaigh and Brendan Begley, the newly formed 5-piece band Caladh Nua, and Sligo-based trio The Unwanted.

Only a few seats remain.

For more information or to reserve, please contact Rachael at 212-757-3318 ext. 209.


A Musical Solstice Celebration with Mick Moloney
With Athena Tergis and Special Guests

December 10- 13 | Thursday 8 pm | Friday 8 pmSaturday 2 pm and 8 pm | Sunday 3 pm

December 17-20 | Thursday 8pm | Friday 8 pmSaturday 2 pm and 8 pm | Sunday 3 pm

General Sale : $45 | $35 members
Click here to buy now or call Smarttix at 212-868-4444

IAC members at all levels may book directly through Irish Arts Center and avoid ticket processing fees. Call 212-757-3318 ext. 204 from 10 - 6 Monday through Friday.   

Gather your family and friends for our annual seasonal celebration, an evening of songs and stories to shorten the long winter ahead…

Hosted by the legendary Mick Moloney, An Irish Christmas features an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the solstice gems “The Holly She Bears a Berry,” “The Wren Song,” and “The Bushes of Jerusalem” to familiar sing-along favorites like “The Holly and the Ivy” and “Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake.”

Joining Moloney for this year’s An Irish Christmas are star fiddler Athena Tergis (Riverdance), pianist Brendan Dolan, Irish dance champion Niall O’Leary, vocalist and fiddler Liz Hanley, accordionist Billy McComiskey (Dec 10-13 only), the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, and special guests!

Don’t miss special guest Colum McCann on Thursday, December 10th, and a different guest each night of the run, including Malachy and Alphie McCourt, Susan McKeown, Isaiah Sheffer, Consul General Niall Burgess, Vince Giordano, Michael Patrick McDonald, and more! This time of year, you never know who will drop by to share their favorite holiday party piece!

Whatever your tradition, we hope you will join us for this nourishing and entertaining winter solstice celebration!

Share in the holiday spirit of giving: bring a canned good or nonperishable item with you to any performance and help us donate to the food kitchens in our neighborhood.

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If It Wasn't for the Irish and the JewsIrish Arts Center · Center for Jewish History, NYU Glucksman Ireland House · American Irish Historical Society
Consul General of Ireland · Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust


If It Wasn't For the Irish and the Jews
A Tribute to Irish and Jewish Influences on Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley

October 24 | 8 pm | Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (95thStreet)

General sale $45/$35 | Irish Arts Center and Symphony Space members $35/$30.
Tickets now on sale at:
www. or call 212. 864.5400

Special discount for a limited time: Use code IJSS30 before September 16 and pay only $30!

Directed and Hosted by Mick Moloney

featuring an all-star cast of musicians including: Mick Moloney, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, Liz Hanley, String Quartet featuring Dana Lyn, Kerith Spencer-Shapiro, John Roberts, Billy McComiskey, Susan McKeown, Niall O'Leary, Donna Long, Jerry O'Sullivan, The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra and Special Guests.

Join renowned musician-folklorist Mick Moloney for If It Wasn't For the Irish and the Jews, an all-star concert event celebrating the historic links between the Irish and Jewish people and their contributions to an important chapter in American musical history at the 760-seat Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space. 

New York City’s Tin Pan Alley is known for the music of Berlin, Joplin, Waller, Cohan and others.  What is not as commonly known is that Irish favorites such as "Sweet Rosie O'Grady," "My Wild Irish Rose," and “’Twas Only an Irishman’s Dream” also emerged from this vibrant musical tradition. 

In 1912, the famous songwriting duo William Jerome and Jean Schwartz composed ”If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews,” a catchy song that celebrated Irish-Jewish collaboration in many aspects of American social, political and cultural life.  What is virtually unknown, however, is that the creation of the song itself involved an Irish-Jewish collaboration. William Jerome was actually the son of Patrick Flannery, a famine immigrant from County Mayo, who changed his name when he saw trends in the song-writing business shifting from Irish to Jewish! 

In this era, such ethnic fluidity was common—the famous Norah Bayes, who was known for her performance of “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?,” was born Norah Goldberg while the noted “Jewish” star of the New York stage, Eddie Foy, was actually Edwin Fitzgerald!  Irish-Jewish collaboration represents a charming and unexplored story of good-natured ethnic flux, competition and cooperation that left a lasting imprint on American popular music that remains today.

This all-star concert event coincides with the launch of Moloney’s new album If It Wasn’t For the Irish and the Jews.

Culture Ireland
This performance is made possible in part through generous support from the Henry Rosenberg Foundation, Georganne Aldrich Heller and Culture Ireland, a government agency dedicated to promoting Irish Arts worldwide.


Cathie RyanThe Cathie Ryan Band

October 30 & 31 | Donaghy Theatre at IAC
Performance: 8pm

General Sale $75 | Please call 914-641-4322 to reserve.

Special Benefit Concert
All proceeds from this event to support programming at the Irish Arts Center.

“Anyone wondering what constitutes excellence in Irish American singing today,
need only attend a Cathie Ryan concert.”
The Wall Street Journal

The former lead singer of Cherish the Ladies brings her Celtic Soprano to the Irish Arts Center for two evenings, along with her band guitarist Patsy O’Brien, fiddler Matt Mancuso and percussionist Brian Melick.

 “A thrilling traditional vocalist.” The Boston Globe

“Enchanting.” Billboard Magazine

Since her acclaimed seven-year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, Cathie has released four critically acclaimed CDs on Shanachie Records: Cathie Ryan, The Music of What Happens, Somewhere Along the Road, and her latest, The Farthest Wave.  She is featured on more than forty compilations of Celtic music, including the renowned A Woman’s Heart – A Decade On.  Cathie tours internationally, headlining at performing arts centers, folk festivals and guest starring with symphony orchestras.  A captivating performer, Cathie’s shows are renowned for their blend of song, story and the virtuoso playing of her award-winning band.



Irvine and DoyleMasters in Collaboration II
Andy Irvine Meets John Doyle

Premium: $75 (includes premium seating for concert, photo and free ticket to lecture.
Reserved: $50 General sale; $45 members

September 9 | 8 pm: Live Interview with the Artists, Moderated by Mick Moloney

General Sale: $10 | Members: FREE

“One of the more ambitious and welcome initiatives to come out of the Irish Arts Center.”
—Paul Keating, Irish Voice

Andy Irvine Meets John Doyle is the second incarnation of our Masters in Collaboration series conceived by renowned musician-folklorist Mick Moloney to bring together new genres and generations of musicians and build a deeper musical conversation between Ireland and the United States. During a weeklong residency at IAC, legendary traditional singer-songwriter Andy Irvine and Grammy-nominee John Doyle, one of the shooting stars of contemporary American folk and roots music, will invite each other into their repertoire, allowing for exploration of their distinct musical styles and approaches to songwriting.  What emerges from this dialogue will be presented in three extraordinary performances.

“One Very Magical Week…” —Irish Voice

A world music pioneer and icon of traditional music, Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish performers of all time.  From Sweeney's Men to Planxty to Patrick Street, to Mozaik, to his classic collaboration with Paul Brady, Andy Irvine's career spans more than four decades and has influenced a generation of musicians.
Grammy-nominee John Doyle is one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in American folk and traditional Irish music. A founding member of Solas, John currently serves as musical director and guitarist for Joan Baez.


KilterclashMaria Millar with Kilterclash

April 18 & 19| 7:30 pm

$20 general sale/ $15 Irish Arts Center members, seniors and children under 16 Click here to buy now

With Kilterclash, I want to harness the expressive power of world music, amplify it via contemporary forms (such as rock, pop, funk, R&B) and grant it verbalization through the medium of vocals – Maria Millar

Kilterclash unifies the diverging sounds of world and classical music with the force of rock. A triple threat of multilinguals, pyrotechnic instrumentals and irreverent improvisation, Kilterclash is Maria Millar (Riverdance) on vocals and acoustic/electric violin, Matt Aronoff on acoustic/electric bass, and Shawn Baltazor on drums. Seamlessly combining Irish Traditional music and original works, Kilterclash’s repertoire ranges from unplugged to looped, sampled & processed electric and their shows are characterized by unobstructed energy.  

Click below to watch a Maria Millar and Kilterclash in performance:


Of mixed Japanese/Irish descent herself, Millar draws on influences from both sides, composing songs that dance smoothly from one style to the other . . . "- Sean Lyddon,The Aquarian (NY-NJ-CT)

Click here for information about Maria Millar's Master Classes at IAC!


Open DayAnnual St. Patrick’s Open Day 2009

Sunday, March 15 12 noon – 5:00pm

Free Event!

For information call 212.757.3318 extension 209.

Come celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at the Irish Arts Center!

Please join us for this fun filled, free afternoon of authentic Irish music, dance, song and language. Participants are welcome to join in a workshop or simply sit back and enjoy the variety of performances and activities taking place throughout the day. Fun for the whole family!

Time Out New York

Open Day 2009 is one of Time Out New York’s Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day events! Click here to read more! 

Open Day 2009 Schedule*

Irish Music & Dance Performances by IAC Adult Classes
The Story of St. Patrick for Kids with Arts & Crafts and & Face Painting for Kids
second floor

Tin Whistle Workshop w/ Bill Ochs
Reservations strongly recommended 212.247.3231
Bring your own whistle or purchase in workshop

third floor
Gaelic Kids: Irish Language for Kids           
second floor
Children’s Irish Dance Performance with the Niall O'Leary School of Irish Dance at the IAC
Celtic Harpist Mia Theodoratus
The How Not To Get Rich Orchestra            
Open Music Seisiún – All Welcome
third floor
Irish Language Class for All Skill Levels
second floor
Tae agus Comhrá: Irish Conversation Circle for All Skill Levels
second floor
The Legend of St. Patrick Film Screening
Absolutely Irish! Music Documentary Screening
*subject to change


Best of IrishBEST OF IRISH

Culture Ireland's Showcase of the New Wave of Traditional Irish Music

Sunday, January 11 and Monday, January 12 7:30 pm

We will kick off the new year with New Year/New Music, an unprecedented showcase of five of Ireland’s most exciting new musical groups for two electrifying evenings, presented with Culture Ireland during the conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

Featured performers include Slide, hailed by RTE as the ”future of Irish music”; Marian McPartlan, whose latest album Petticoat Loose was voted one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of 2008 by Mojo Magazine; Fidil, a traditional violin trio who won the 2008 Music Network Young Musicwide Award;  Guidewires, a five-piece band whose high-energy, infectious melodies have drawn sellout crowds all over Europe; and The Frost is All Over, a live music theatre performance featuring traditional music intertwined with the poetry of award-winning contemporary Irish poet/playwright Dermot Bolger.

Each group will perform a 20-25 minute set each night. A limited number of seats are available to the general public, please call 212.757.3318 for more information.




"Slide … the future of Irish Music" RTE, Radio 1

Formed in 2000, Slide is an award-winning five-piece band featuring Aogan Lynch (concertina), Diare Bracken (fiddler-guitarist), Mick Broderick (bouzouki and mandolin player), Eamonn de Barra (pianist-flautist) and Andrew Murray (vocalist).  The band have recorded three CDs, the latest release (Overneath) attracted the attention of renowned Irish talents from the Grammy-winning composer Bill Whelan to singers and songwriters Liam Clancy, Damien Dempsey, John Spillane and Stocktons Wing - all of whom recruited Slide for their own music

Mary McPartlan

"McPartlan’s voice is gloriously earthy, as she breaks in her material for all their life-giving powers" The Irish Times

Born in Drumkeeran, Co. Leitrim and now living in Galway, Mary started singing in the early 70s but it wasn't until 2003 that she decided to make music her full time career. In January 2004, she released the critically acclaimed album The Holland Handkerchief, followed by her second album Petticoat Loose in 2008. Unquestionably rooted in the traditional, McPartlan's distinctively evocative voice, combined with a strong sense of her own musical personality, allows her to move easily between styles, ranging from traditional to new and original works.  Petticoat Loose was voted one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of 2008 by Mojo Magazine.


Hailing from Donegal in the North/West of Ireland, Fidil, are that rarest of musical animal: the traditional violin trio. Comprising of three of country’s most promising young musicians, (Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan) these three talented players embody the tradition in which they were raised as they combine virtuosic technique with a deep respect for the distinctive style and rich history associated with Donegal fiddle music. Recipients of the prestigious Music Network Young Musicwide Award in 2008, O’ Maonaigh, O’ Donnell and McGeehan have drawn critical acclaim at home and abroad, both in their capacity as soloists and as an ensemble, each acquiring accolades such as the “TG4 Young Musician of the Year” award, the “Oireachtas na Gaeilge” fiddle title and “Teastas i dTeagasc Ceoil Tire” award.

The Frost is All Over

"A tightly structured homage to the music and the musicians." JMI (Journal of Music in Ireland) Sept 08

Featuring the extraordinary talents of renowned accordian player Tony MacMahon, David Power (uilleann pipes, fiddle and whistle) and poetry by award-winning Irish poet and playwright Dermot Bolger (performed by Eamonn Hunt), The Frost is All Over is a live music theatre performance.  The specially selected tunes, performed against a backdrop of still and moving archive imagery, are woven with Bolger’s poetry into a rich tapestry of Irish traditional cultural life. Under the direction of John Comiskey, both the poetry and imagery connect effortlessly with the music and traditions, which moulded them, giving us a captivating contemporarily framed performance, steeped in resonances of the past.


With their high-energy performances, breathtaking arrangements and infectious melodies, its no wonder that this band are being described as “the freshest sound in Irish music”. With four members coming from Ireland and one from Brittany it is inevitable their mix of music is not just Irish but also Breton, Middle Eastern, Galician and newly composed.  Guidewires have an all-star line up with a record five times all Ireland champion Pádraig Rynne on concertina, Breton music’s hottest name Sylvain Barou on Flute, one of Ireland’s most recognisable names Tóla Custy on fiddle, top producer and performer Paul McSherry on guitar and one of the fastest growing stars in Irish music, Karol Lynch on Bouzouki. Following on a string of sell-out performances in Europe, the band is scheduled to release a new album in early 2009.


Irish Christmas

A Musical Celebration with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and Special Guests

December 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13,14 | Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 3pm

Admission: $45 General Sale/$35 Members | Click here to buy now!





Bring your entire family for this musical celebration of the season!  Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis lead a concert of live traditional music – with many of your holiday favorites!  Special guests include John Doyle*, Billy McComiskey**, Dan Milner**, the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra**, and Niall O’Leary**

*appearing December 5-7 | **appearing December 12-14


ashley davisNew Voices: An Evening with Ashley Davis

April 10th and 11th 8:00pm

$25 General Sale/$20 Irish Arts Center Members


In the tradition of Celtic mavens such as Loreena McKennitt and Moya Brennan, contemporary singer/songwriter Ashley Davis takes the best of the old traditions and molds them into something uniquely beautiful and refreshingly new – guiding her audience back to a time when luminous songs and colorful stories were the centerpiece of a spring evening.

“A spellbinding voice and enchanting, original songs. Pure magic!" Country Music Today

“A young woman with a beautiful voice and as much musicality as anyone could wish for.” Phillip Glass


Ashley Davis' new CD,"Closer to You," is a lush mix of original Celtic-mythic love songs sung with an ethereal, dreamlike quality, indeed Ms Davis credits Loreena McKennitt as a primary influence, and that Celtic-Eastern quality is all-pervasive throughout the album, to great effect. A Kansas native, Ashley was raised on bluegrass before heading to Limerick to earn a Masters degree in Traditional Irish Singing at the Irish World Music Centre and at the same time become totally immersed in all things Celtic. Philip Glass is a fan; indeed, when I caught Ashley at Joe's Pub in NYC this past January the man himself was seated at the next table, enjoying every moment. Her sold-out show that night was a warm, witty masterpiece, with a good friend of mine Dan Lowery playing some sizzling flute solos and the 5 piece band as a whole adding many layers of intricate sound to her songs, some of which are apparently entering the "traditional" canon back in Ireland, according to one of her many hilarious introductions, for Ms Davis has indeed become something of a master story-teller also. You can get her CD at:

Click here to buy tickets or call Smarttix at 212.868.4444


Daniel Cassidy

Songs, Storytelling and Shenanigans
Mick Moloney, Daniel Cassidy & Peter Quinn

March 24 at 6:30 PM | Lolita Bar (226 Broome Street)


Join the Tenement Museum, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, and The Irish Arts Center for an evening of songs and storytelling with Irish-American musician Mick Moloney and writer/historian/musician Daniel Cassidy. Moloney and his band will perform the music of vaudevillians Harrigan and Hart, while Cassidy discusses his book How the Irish Invented Slang, which is now in its fourth printing. Leading them in lively conversation will be award-winning author Peter Quinn.

Mick Moloney is the foremost expert in 19th-century Irish-American music and teaches at NYU. He has recorded many Irish songs about the immigrant experience that will be used as an interactive feature in the Tenement Museum’s newest tour, the Moore Family Apartment, opening in June 2008.

Daniel Cassidy is the founder of the Irish Studies Program at New College in San Francisco. He is also a professional musician (at one time, he was the opening act for George Carlin) who has extensively researched Edward Harrigan, one half of the 19th century musical comedy duo Harrigan and Hart. How the Irish Invented Slang proves that US slang has its strongest wellsprings in nineteenth-century Irish America. "Jazz" and "poker," "sucker" and "scam" all derive from Irish. While demonstrating this, Cassidy traces the hidden history of how Ireland fashioned America not just linguistically but also through the Irish gambling underworld, urban street gangs, and the powerful political machines that grew out of them.

Peter Quinn, a third-generation New Yorker, is the author of Banished Children of Eve, which won the American Book Award. Looking for Jimmy: A Search for Irish America, now out in paperback , examines Irish New Yorkers from Archbishop "Dagger John" Hughes to James Cagney.

**The Tenement Museum will also welcome Joseph O’Connor and Kevin Baker on Monday, March 31. Stay tuned for more details on the museum's monthlong Irish celebration in March. **


open day boyAnnual St. Patrick’s Open Day 2008

Sunday, March16 12 noon – 5:00pm

Free Event!



Come celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at the Irish Arts Center!

Please join us for this fun filled, free afternoon of authentic Irish music, dance, song and language. Participants are welcome to join in a workshop or simply sit back and enjoy the variety of performances and activities taking place throughout the day.

Fun for the whole family! For information call 212.757.3318.

Click here for more information and the complete schedule!



Masters in Collaboration:
Ireland’s Musical Greats in Partnership with a
New Generation of Artists

Paul Brady Sarah Siskind

Meets Sarah Siskind
An Evening with Ireland’s Pre-eminent Singer/Songwriter and one of Nashville’s Brightest New Voices

One Night Only!
Saturday, February 23, 2008 8:00 pm
Tickets: $100

Click here to read the rave review in the Irish Voice!

Extremely Limited Availability – 99 seats only!
To purchase tickets, please contact Sydney Snyder at (212) 757-3318 x204 

Proceeds will further the educational work of the Irish Arts Center

Paul Brady is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of rare gifts, an artist who has made an indelible impression in both traditional and pop-rock genres.”       - The Wall Street Journal

"Sarah (Siskind) has beautiful songs that resonate, and a lovely voice to match."  - Ron Sexsmith

About the Project
Paul Brady is one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular artists, and widely regarded as the pre-eminent Irish singer-songwriter of his generation. He has chosen Sarah Siskind, a gifted, up-and-coming Nashville-based singer, instrumentalist and songwriter whose influences run from Irish and British folk music to Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin via Mahalia Jackson, Gerry Douglas and The Mahavishnu Orchestra, to be his partner in a unique collaboration.  During a weeklong workshop, Brady and Siskind will invite each other into their repertoire, exploring their distinct musical styles and approach to songwriting.   Whatever emerges from this musical dialogue will be presented for the one-night-only engagement at the Irish Arts Center on Saturday, February 23rd, and may form the basis for future collaborations.

Sarah Siskind grew up in a family of musicians. She recalls hearing endless genres of music piping through her parents’ record player in her North Carolina home: Bluegrass, Celtic, Appalachian, Gospel, Classical. It had a strong influence on her and at age 4, Sarah was singing and playing piano, and was writing songs at 11. By the time she was 14, she released her first full-length album called Horizon Cries and went on to win numerous state-wide songwriting contests and appear alongside other North Carolina acts such as Doc Watson and Maya Angelou. The next project followed at 17, and after a brief move to Seattle, WA, Sarah settled in Nashville, TN and released her third CD at age 21.

The Irish Arts Center Masters in Collaboration Series was inspired by renowned Irish musician-folklorist Mick Moloney to bring together Ireland great musical artists with new genres of music and new generations of musicians, in an effort to broaden and deepen the musical conversation between Ireland the United States.

culture ireland Sponsored in part by Culture Ireland


Bill Ochs photoTIN WHISTLE DAY Free Event!
with Bill Ochs
Sunday, January 13, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Our resident tin whistle expert Bill Ochs, a world renowned instructor and founding member of the Center, will show you everything you need to begin playing the tin whistle at a free workshop for adults.
Please bring a key-of-D tin whistle or purchase one for $10 at the workshop.

For information or call 212.247.3231


irish christmasAN IRISH CHRISTMAS
A Musical Celebration with Marie and Martin Reilly and Special Guests

December 14 SOLD OUT!

December 15 SOLD OUT!

December 16 SOLD OUT!


Bring your entire family to this highly entertaining, utterly heartwarming celebration of the season. Marie and Martin Reilly (pictured here) with special guests Séamus MacConaonaigh and Gabriel Donohue will lead a concert of live traditional Irish music – including all your holiday favorites. Irish fiddler Marie Reilly has performed extensively throughout the U.S. with Cherish the Ladies, Riverdance and The Chieftains. Her brother, button accordionist Martin Reilly, has toured with Eileen Ivers, Cherish the Ladies, Riverdance, Mick Moloney, Robbie O’Connell and The Green Fields of America.They have appeared everywhere from Carnegie Hall to Good Morning America. Join Marie, Martin, Séamus and Gabriel, as well as special guests, for an entertaining evening of songs and stories of Christmas.

Admission: $30


Sunday, September 30 2:00pm– 3:00pm

Featuring Lúnasa members Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely (pictured here)

Join these two outstanding musicians from the internationally acclaimed supergroup Lúnasa, known for their “dazzling reworkings of traditional Irish folktunes” (Washington Post). Follows a Master Class in Irish Flute with both artists.

Concert admission: $15 members/$20 non-members


with Bill Ochs
Saturday, September 15 2:00pm–4:30pm
Two part workshop: Absolute beginners 2:00pm– 3:30pm
Advanced beginners and intermediate players 3:30pm– 4:30pm

Our resident tin whistle expert Bill Ochs, a world renowned instructor and founding member of the Center, will show you everything you need to begin playing the tin whistle at a free workshop for adults.
Please bring a key-of-D tin whistle or purchase one for $10 at the workshop.

For reservations or information, e-mail Bill Ochs at or call 212.247.3231.


Absolutely Irish photoAbsolutely Irish!

On Wednesday, April 18th, we hosted Absolutely Irish!, an unprecedented gathering of some of the brightest stars of traditional Irish music, led by legendary musician and folklorist Mick Moloney.
The program was filmed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Paul Wagner before a packed, live audience in our intimate Donaghy Theatre, and is planned for broadcast on PBS stations next spring.
Among the many performers at this once-in-a-lifetime event were Joanie Madden, Eileen Ivers, Liz Carroll, Robbie O’Connell, Séamus Egan, John Doyle, Mike Rafferty, Charlie Coen, Karan Casey, Susan McKeown, and dancers Niall O’Leary, Darrah Carr, and Jo McNamara. Absolutely Irish! was produced with the support of the New York State Rockefeller Music Fund. (photo by Nuala Purcell)

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