Craic Fest brings A Taste of Dublin, the Irish music festival, to the American Irish Historical Society, in New York.

The Craic Fest, the longtime purveyors of new Irish films, music and fun in New York City, are expanding their cultural base once again with another new venture called A Taste of Dublin (Irish Music Festival) on April 6 at the American Irish Historical Society (AIHS).

The stellar lineup of new musicians from Dublin will include Tara Lee, the band Saarloos (led by acclaimed singer songwriters Craig Gallagher and Brian McGovern) and New York based singer and songwriter Mark Geary who will performing songs from his new album Fool.

“It’s great to be working with the American Irish Historical Society and keeping the Irish arts alive after St. Patrick’s Day with such an awesome lineup of Irish musicians,” Festival Director Terence Mulligan tells the IrishCentral.

First up on the night will be Tara Lee, the strikingly talented new singer, songwriter and actress who hails from County Wicklow. Citing influences that range from Blondie to Massive Attack to Nick Cave and Diane Warren, she has making waves for her unique ability to write sweepingly raw ballads alongside edgy pop songs.

Singer and actress Tara Lee

Singer and actress Tara Lee

Following her performance at the International Music Industry Awards in L.A. last year, Tara was immediately signed up to BMG Publishing and was then asked to compose the theme tune If I Burn, You Burn Too for the hit international TV series Jack Taylor.

Tara’s also notable for her major film acting career, having featured in the hugely successful Irish TV series The Fall, the BBC drama where she starred alongside Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan.

But that's not all, Tara also played starring roles in two critically acclaimed Irish movies over the past year, A Date for Mad Mary (which won an IFTA award for Best Picture) and Moon Dogs which has just won a slew of International Awards for a debut feature. Catch this new Irish star on the rise.

Meanwhile Saarloos is a new Irish band consisting of acclaimed songwriters Brian McGovern and Craig Gallagher. Having formed a songwriting partnership they have already racked up a massive four million plays on Spotify and have performed alongside artists such as Gavin James, The Coronas and Bon Jovi. As well as touring across Europe selling out recent show’s in Amsterdam, Rotterdam they have sold out three nights in row at Dublin's temple of emerging Irish superstars, Whelans.

Singer and songwriter Mark Geary was born in Dublin to a large family of ten siblings, one of whom is the actor Karl Geary. In 1992 he emigrated to New York City, later living in New York's East Village where he began playing the local circuit in legendary venues such as the Sin E alongside the late Jeff Buckley and other decade defining artists.

Singer Mark Geary

Singer Mark Geary

Geary also worked in the popular New York bar The Scratcher. This weekend expect to hear tracks from his 2017 album Fool. A collection of well-honed lyrical songs with catchy hooks which are often undercut by the very deep emotions at play, Geary is the most Irish of singer songwriters, able to access every vicissitude of love within a few lines.

Over the last 20 years Mark has toured Europe, the U.S. and Australia and has shared the stage with banner performers like The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, The Frames, Josh Ritter, Bell X1, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and Joe Strummer. With his fifth studio album completed last year Mark will bring stand out tracks to the AIHS stage in an intimate setting that will be ideal format for these remarkable songs.

A Taste Of Dublin will be a free event funded by the Cultural Immigrant Initiative and by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. There will be pre-reception of complimentary Bushmills Irish Whiskey planned from 6:00 P.M. To 7:00 P.M. A suggested donation at the door will go towards future Craic Fest events throughout the calendar year.

So bring along some friends and you will certainly make some new ones as you open your eyes to some of Ireland’s most exciting new emerging musicians. Visit thecraicffest.com to RSVP for the event. For more information contact 917-373-6735. The night's full line-up can be seen at www.thecraicfest.com

The band Saarloos.Facebook / Saarloos