New York-based Irish American Writers & Artists bestowed the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award to traditional Irish musician Joanie Madden at a formal ceremony at the Manhattan Club, upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s, New York, on Monday, November 12. The nonprofit group celebrated Madden’s continued contributions to traditional Irish music in America and around theRead more..
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The sudden death five years ago of the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) evoked an unprecedented outpouring of grief around the world. Generally acknowledged as the greatest poet of the age, Seamus (as he was known to everyone) was beloved as much for his down to earth humanity as for the wisdom, honesty and lyricalRead more..
Chicago-based Jam Theatricals will present the U.S. debut tour of the Irish singing trio, the Celtic Tenors, in December. The tour, entitled “An Evening with the Celtic Tenors,” begins in New London, Connecticut, December 1 and ends in Baltimore, Maryland on December 18. Other cities on the tour include Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, New Brunswick,Read more..
A roaring rip tide of traditional music recordings has been flowing out of Ireland and Irish America recently, much of it released by the musicians themselves without recourse to record labels. A listing of the year’s best discs could easily include several dozen equally worthy releases, so limiting this roundup to a mere ten wasRead more..
Tom Russell’s folk-rock album bears witness to American immigrant history. ℘℘℘ Singer and songwriter Tom Russell is a man of many worlds. Born in Southern California, he has led country music bands that played honky-tonks in such far-flung locales as Vancouver, Canada’s skid row and Oslo, Norway, traveled as a carnival entertainer in Puerto Rico,Read more..