From The Hobby Paul Keating
- Pearl River trad group Girsa to perform holiday concerts in the tristate area
- Clancy Legacy continues with Christmas shows from Aoife and Robbie, new CD from Donal
- Boston’s WGBH to present 11th annual broadcast of “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn”
- At concerts across the tristate area, artists will celebrate an Irish Christmas
- Owners of Boston’s Burren Pub to host CD release party while helping homeless
There is a new festival called Gaelfest 2013 on Saturday, June 1 down the gateway to the Jersey Shore area at the Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey.
It will focus on music, dance, the Irish language, literature, history and Gaelic games. It runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. with a Mass in Irish with Father Dan Cahill inside CBA for the first hour.
Out in Mineola, Long Island last Friday night was the kind of evening you only experience on the rarest of occasions. The annual fundraiser for the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance became a celebration or more like a “love-fest” for the Brooklyn-born dancing master who turned 60 years young this month.
The Irish American Center in Mineola, one of the places where Golden has taught for more than four decades, was bursting with excitement and anticipation for his arrival shortly after 9:30 p.m. because many of his former students had returned to be on hand for the occasion.
The New York area lost another one of its giants whose legacy will be forever entwined with the preservation and promulgation promotion of Irish traditional music beyond the Big Apple.
Daniel Michael Collins, a native of Manhattan, lost his long battle to lung cancer last Wednesday at his Jersey City home at the age of 75. Born to Irish parents (William from Meelin, Co. Cork, Bridget from Mountcollins, Co. Limerick) he and his brothers David and William and younger sister Kathleen were weaned on traditional Irish music and dance.
Parsippany, New Jersey -- In last week’s column we extolled the virtues of the visionary people who were concerned with the disappearance of traditional Irish music and dance after World War II and took action to reverse the tide before it was too late.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann had created a fleadh system in rudimentary fashion as a vehicle to encourage young people to learn music and provide incentives for taking on their native music. As we noted, the concept has mushroomed to the point where there are probably more people playing and enjoying Irish traditional music than at any time in its history on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
DUBLIN -- I’ve only just arrived back from the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Congress held at the Monkstown Culturlann headquarters of the worldwide Irish cultural movement that has 415 branches in 15 countries in time to write this column.
CCE was founded in 1951 in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath to halt a serious decline in preservation of the traditional arts of music, song, dance and the Irish language for myriad reasons in Ireland at that historical timeframe.