Traditional Irish Music
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Hello! I play tenor banjo and mandolin, and am the leader of the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, a New York City group that plays traditional Irish music and recalls the Irish-American dance bands of the early twentieth century. I learned banjo primarily from Mick Moloney, I run a reasonably popular session at Lillie’s Bar and Restaurant in NYC and have worked extensively on several of NYC’s Irish Arts Center’s music projects. I am currently the artistic director of the Augusta Irish/Celtic Week, the traditional music columnist for the Irish Echo newspaper and the Public Relations Officer of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann’s Mid-Atlantic Region. I also have a PhD in ethnomusicology – I wrote my dissertation on mento (a traditional Jamaican music) and, among other things, was the music director and banjoist on the Jolly Boys’s album, Great Expectation.
Andy Irvine's nine-day tour of the United States began last Friday and will be taking him through Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York (see www.andyirvine.com for details). Regular readers of the column will know that I’m not generally in the habit of announcing tours, but it’s a post Irvine made to…Continue
“Stone Walls & Street Lights” is the new album by New Road, a group that features Leonard Barry (uilleann pipes & whistles), Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, 5-string banjo, jaws harp & vocals), Andy Morrow (fiddle) and Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle & vocals). A mix of songs and instrumental music, it’s an incredibly strong album…Continue
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 still live there.” “Box Sets” is the fruit of that time. On it,…Continue
The Ennis-bound New York Céilí Band is inspired by the 1960 original. Photo by Marianne Mangan.
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 Dolan (piano) and Chris…Continue