On Monday, October 8, Muldoon’s Picnic - the critically acclaimed omnium-gatherum of music, storytelling, poetry, and more - was streamed live on IrishCentral’s Facebook page.

Muldoon’s Picnic has returned for its eighth season at the Irish Arts Center, New York, and was streamed live on IrishCentral’s Facebook page.

You can look back on the performances here:

We are now LIVE at Muldoon’s Picnic at Irish Arts Center in NYC

Paul Muldoon, Rogue Oliphant, and special guests join for the critically acclaimed omnium-gatherum of music, storytelling, poetry, and more.

Posted by IrishCentral.com on Monday, October 8, 2018

Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Muldoon’s Picnic is a words-and-music jamboree featuring an evolving lineup of world-class special guests from across the spectrum of arts and letters.

In 2018, the Picnic is running for three nights on September 10, October 8, and November 12.

Last month, IrishCentral was live from the Irish Arts Center on the first evening of the Picnic, introducing the poet Kimiko Hahn; uilleann pipe player David Power; singer-songwriter Damsen; and writer Harold Schechter.  

On Monday, October 8, we went back for the Picnic’s second installment, this time with singer-songwriter and artist Chris Collingwood and Look Park, poet Mark Doty, writer, essayist, and critic Aleksandar Hemon, and playwright Sarah Ruhl, as well as house band Rogue Oliphant featuring Sim Cain (drums), Chris Harford (guitar), David Mansfield (guitar), Cáit O'Riordan (bass), and Warren Zanes (guitar)

You can watch live on IrishCentral’s Facebook page here.

Muldoon’s Picnic has, over the years, featured appearances from artists and wordsmiths like Laurie Anderson, Rosanne Cash, Gary Shteyngart, Min Jin Lee, Jean Butler, Peter Carey, Michael Cerveris, Lisa Hannigan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Colum McCann, Eileen Myles, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, and Colson Whitehead.

Tickets for the Muldoon’s Picnic are $45 for non-members and $36 for members; they are available at www.IrishArtsCenter.org or the box office at 866-811-4111.

About Irish Art Center

Irish Arts Center, founded in 1972 and based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, is a national and international home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America. We present, develop, promote, tour, and distribute work from established and emerging artists and cultural practitioners, providing audiences with emotionally and intellectually transporting experiences—the results of innovation, collaboration, and the authentic celebration of our common humanity.

Steeped in grassroots traditions, with a commitment to inclusion that dates back to our founding, we provide education programs and access to the arts for people of all ages and ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, and an international home for the Irish community to come together and engage with a dynamic global diaspora.

Later this year, we will break ground on a landmark new permanent home, including a state of the art contemporary, flexible performance and arts space for the presentation and development of work across a range of disciplines; a second, intimate performance space—the renovated historic Irish Arts Center theatre—optimized for the most intimate live music and conversation, recordings, master classes and special events; classrooms and studio spaces for community education programs in Irish music, dance, language, history, and the humanities; technology to stream and distribute the Irish Arts Center experience on the digital platform; a spacious and vibrant avenue-facing café lobby that will be a hospitable hub for conversation and interaction between artists and audiences; and a beautiful new courtyard entrance on 51st Street where the historic Irish Arts Center building and the new facility meet.

Poet and nominee Paul Muldoon poses for a photograph during the T.S Elliot prize giving at the Wallace Collection on January 15, 2006, in London, England.Chris Jackson/Getty Images