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
When we talk about the living tradition of Irish music, nowhere is it more robust in the U.S. than the town of Pearl River in Rockland County.
Thanks to the Pearl River School of Music’s year-round activity and music lessons, hundreds of children have embraced traditional music and the friendship it engenders among its fanatical following.
If you spend any amount of time around fiddler Tony DeMarco, you know he is a true-blue New Yawker fiercely proud of his Brooklyn roots and also his Italian and Irish heritage.
In becoming one of the pre-eminent fiddlers in the New York-Sligo style of music, he learned from the very best and has kept that music alive through his prodigious session work around town.
This Saturday, October 19, is being celebrated as International Piping Day around the world and is sponsored in part by Na Piobairi Uilleann. (www.pipers.ie) NPU, based on Henrietta Street in Dublin, was established in 1968 in Bettystown, Co. Meath as a formal organization devoted to the promotion of Ireland’s native instrument.
) at 8 p.m., and on Sunday in Baltimore at a time and place not available at deadline, but check local listings and Facebook as they say for Dan Issacson’s music sessions, perhaps at Liam Flynn’s Ale House.
Bantry House is one of the finest manor houses still operating in Ireland perched high upon a hill overlooking Bantry Bay and the Beara Peninsula.
With the cooperation of the current occupants who are descended from Lord Bantry, the imposing house and gardens are open to the public much of the year and, in particular, have become a special home for music organized by a committed outfit called West Cork Music (WCM) that organizes three great festivals around it cultivating a serious audience who know and respect classical music.
One of the other missions undertaken by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann over the years is to organize concert tours around Ireland, Britain, North America and other countries at the invitation of the Irish government as part of a cultural visit.
The tours were a great opportunity to showcase some of the All-Ireland champions after winning fleadh competitions, and also a mentoring experience for younger musicians to travel and perform with more senior musicians.
Back in 1951 in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, a group of traditional Irish musicians gathered together to bring a halt to the decline of their native music and the heritage enveloped in it. It was the start of the cultural movement called Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann or the Irish Musicians Organization.
Emigration and low self-esteem were problems for the fledgling Irish nation, taking its toll on the number of musicians playing its own folk music. This visionary group sought to encourage musical education throughout Ireland and initiated an annual festival or “fleadh” featuring competitions to aid the oral tradition associated with the music.