A selection of St. Patrick’s Day traditional Irish music shows for all tastes


Lunasa comprises Kevin Crawford, Sean Smith, Cillian Vallely, Trevor Hutchinson and Paul Meehan.

As a side note, Crawford has a new solo CD out called Carrying the Tune recorded with John Doyle, Mick Conneely and Brian Morrissey which will be available at the Lunasa gigs (www.lunasa.ie).

Dundalk native Nuala Kennedy is resident in New York City for a while, and one of the gigs the talented singer/flautist will be performing is a gig for the Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series for the Folk Project based at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (211 Normandy Heights Road) in Morristown, New Jersey. The date is this coming Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m.

The prolific entertainer is also well versed in the music of Scotland, having studied and lived there. In her band are guitarist Kyle Sanna and fiddler Dana Lyn.

Sharlys Dugan, a local New Jersey teenager doing Irish music, is scheduled to be the opening act. For more info visit www.Folkproject.org or www.nualakennedy.com.

Kyle Sanna, Nuala Kennedy and Dana Lyn

On Tuesday, March 6 at Sacred Heart University’s Schine Auditorium in Connecticut is the second in a series of lectures by the Center for Irish Cultural Studies organized by Dr. Gerald Reid.

Dr. Mick Moloney will be lecturing on the “History of the Banjo in Traditional Irish Music” at 7:30 p.m. Call 203-371-7765 or email reidg@sacredheart.edu.

The next night the harping chanteuse from Donegal, Moya Brennan has a special presentation called “Weaving a Celtic Past” that she performs with Cormac De Barra and her daughter Edel Bhreatnach.

There will be a performance on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the American Irish Historical Society (991 Fifth Avenue; 212-288-2263).

On Friday, March 9 at 9 p.m. is the Blarney Star Concert at Glucksman Ireland House at New York University (1 Washington Mews, one block north of Washington Square Park on Fifth Avenue).

Two stylish musicians well matched for the evening are fiddler Willie Kelly from New Jersey and uilleann piper Michael Cooney from Tipperary by way of Lake Placid, New York.

Both musicians were very much favored by the late Mike Rafferty for their beautiful music and steady tempos that suited his sensibilities. For more information visit www.blarneystar.com.

Bringing us up to the big day is another mega-concert at Symphony Space produced by the Irish Arts Center and Dr. Mick Moloney.

Moloney did a tour earlier this around Appalachia and the collaboration spawned the idea for “Celtic Appalachia: The Wondrous Story of Irish And African Influences on Old Time American, Country and Bluegrass Music,” the theme for a show on Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m.

Once again you will see the Green Fields of America ensemble along with the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra on stage anchoring the show.

Special guests from Virginia’s Crooked Road include Sammy Shelor, Wayne Henderson, Linda Lay, Eddie Bono, Kirk Sutphin and Leigh Beamer with an African storyteller (griot) named Cheick Hamala Diabate. And for good measure, the sons of Micheal O’Suilleabhain, Eoin and Moley O’Suilleabhain are also on the card.

It all takes place at Symphony Space at West 95th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, and tickets go to symphonyspace.org or call 212-864-5400. If you use code earlybird you will receive a discount.