Posts Tagged ‘Music and Dance’

Love of Country

When music legend Bruce Springsteen recorded his excellent 2007 “Live in Dublin” concert, it’s no accident that the famed rock-n-roller opted for a decidedly more country flavor, using fiddles and slide guitars, on tunes such as “Jesse James” and “My Oklahoma Home.” Springsteen – who in his recent biography said he grew up on aRead more..

Woodstock 1969:
The Irish Contribution

Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Ten Years After, Joan Baez, Santana, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and – Henry McCullough. They all played at Woodstock in 1969. McCullough has the distinction of being, reputedly, the only Irishman to play in the Festival. For guitarist McCullough, itRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Grammy Award-Winning Musician Arturo O’Farrill

At first the names Arturo and O’Farrill don’t seem to belong together. But, in the long, romantic history of the Hibernia-Hispania connection, they do: Bernardo O’Higgins liberated Chile; the San Patricios Brigade fought for Mexico in its War of Independence; the Milesians, settlers of ancient Ireland, sailed from Spain to “the Promised Isle.” Then thereRead more..

Cherish the Lady:
Joanie Madden Receives
Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award

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..

Weekly Comment:
Upcoming Events in Ireland, America, and Canada

From trad music summer school to contemporary arts festivals, check out Irish America’s event listings for June and July. ℘℘℘ UNITED STATES Rockaway Beach / Breezy Point Irish Festival St. Camillus Church, Rockaway Beach, New York June 2 – 3 New York City’s most Irish American neighborhood celebrates its 6th annual Irish festival this summer.Read more..

American Winners at the World Irish Dance Championships

The World Irish Dancing Championships were held in April in Glasgow, Scotland, and several Americans came away with medals in competition among the best youth dancers in the world. The Academy of Irish Dance, based in Ohio, won several team world championships, including U16 mixed céili and senior ladies, while the school’s Loghlan Howard won boysRead more..

An Irish Music Playlist Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day

From Turlough O’Carolan to The Chieftains, The Cranberries to The Corrs, Ireland has always had a world-wide reputation for musical prowess. This St. Patrick’s Day weekend, enjoy this special playlist of Irish music that ranges from traditional Irish songs to more contemporary fare like The Pogues and The Saw Doctors. The 200-song playlist curates theRead more..

Hall of Fame:
Kelli O’Hara

The glorious The King and I overture reaches a crescendo, filling Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont theater with some of the greatest music ever written for the theater played by world-class musicians. Then, a giant sailing ship moves across the stage into the audience. Gasps. And yet it’s when, in the words of New York Times critic BenRead more..

Gillian Murphy

Gillian Murphy joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in August 1996, was promoted to Soloist in 1999 and Principal Dancer in 2002. She created Clara, the Princess in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, leading roles in Glow-Stop, Kaleidoscope, Rabbit and Rogue and Thirteen Diversions and featured roles in After You, One of Three and Within You Without You: A Tribute toRead more..

Gillian Murphy: On Her Toes

After 20 years with American Ballet Theatre, principal dancer Gillian Murphy still loves the challenge of making the difficult look effortless. ℘℘℘ Gillian Murphy celebrated her 20th anniversary performance with American Ballet Theatre on May 28, dancing the lead role as Lise in La Fille mal gardée (translating literally to “The Poorly Guarded Girl,” andRead more..