Seamus Kelleher of Blackthorn

There are a number of great gigs coming up all around New York in the coming weeks.

Our old friend Seamus Kelleher of Blackthorn will be returning to Ulysses (95 Pearl Street, 212- 482-0400) on Saturday, May 30 for a night of scorching blues.

“I will play half the show acoustic and then I’ll bring on a band for the electric portion,” he says. “I did this several times in Ireland and it worked well.

“I’ll have Andrew Harkin on bass and Jonathan Mover on drums. Andrew did the CD with me and Jonathan did the ‘Rory Gallagher Songs and Stories’ show with me at the Bottom Line that we did a few years back.

“I will also have special guests join me. It should be a fun evening.”

The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10. Kelleher will be taking the show back to Ireland in July, where he will play his native Galway as well as the Aran Islands.

A ship full of great music sets sail from Chelsea Piers as Screaming Orphans and Celtic Cross join the Cunningham Brothers and Shay MacBand for the annual Project Children benefit on Wednesday June 10.

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Black 47 and Shilelagh Law will team up for a Five Points Féile at the Knitting Factory on Friday June 12.

This will be a take-no-prisoners night of New York Irish rock and traditional music, with both bands doing full sets (SL/9 p.m., B47/11 p.m.) and combining for a final jam at the end of the night. Admission is $18 advance, $20 day of show.

The evening will be filmed for DVD and TV distribution. Band and audience members will be interviewed for inclusion on a documentary that will explore the history of New York City and the role of Irish music therein.

Much of this scene began in the Five Points, once known as the “world’s most notorious slum” but where, among other things, tap dancing originated because of the fraternization between Irish immigrants and African Americans.

The Knitting Factory, situated on the border of the Five Points, will soon be closing its doors and will reopen in Williamsburg in the summer.

“Black 47 has had a long relationship with the Knitting Factory,” said Larry Kirwan, leader of Black 47, about the gig. “They asked if we’d like to do a special show commemorating the Irish connection to the club where they would supply a five-camera shoot, edit the footage, and market DVDs of the performance.

“I wanted to put something together that would capture the spirit of the old Five Points area in all its zest and irreverence, and I could think of no better band to share the stage with us than our friends Shilelagh Law. Come prepared for singing, dancing, drinking and cavorting.”

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