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Irish Arts Center announces fall 2018 music programming
(Published: October 16, 2018)


Music Programming Includes:

· The Opening Event of the 6th Annual New York Trad Fest, Featuring Local Masters of Various forms of Traditional Music, November 10

· A New Series, Bill Whelan Presents, Featuring the Acclaimed Riverdance Composer Performing with the Next Generation of Irish Talent, November 16-17

· The Continuation of Christine Tobin and Phil Robson's Beloved Jazz Series, Tobin's Run on 51, with Ingrid Jensen, Tim Armacost, David O'Rourke, Peter Brendler, and Jimmy Macbride, November 29

· Modern Alt-Folk Musician Rebecca Hart, Performing Her Most Recent Album, The Magician's Daughter, December 7

Irish Arts Center (IAC), the multidisciplinary center dedicated to bringing people of all backgrounds together through the excellence and dynamism of Irish arts and culture, welcomes Fall 2018 with a collection of spirited musical performances. An eclectic celebration of traditional and contemporary sounds of Ireland and America, the lineup for Fall 2018 also exemplifies IAC's crucial presence as a nurturing cultural home for artists: IAC's artist-driven series offer creative control, an opportunity for visionaries to showcase the vital output of other artists they admire in an intimate, dynamic, and open environment.

Irish Arts Center kicks off the sixth year of what Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) has praised as the "real, local, raw, and natural"-the New York Trad Fest-with a special concert curated by fiddler Tony DeMarco (one of the leading living exponents of the New York/Sligo fiddle style). On November 10, DeMarco brings together performances from jazz and bluegrass-tinged singer/songwriter Jenna Nicholls, as well button accordionist Daithí Gormley and fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada (who together wrote published the Fiddlers of Sligo Tunebook).

This Fall, IAC proudly begins a new series-Bill Whelan Presents (November 16-17), giving the renowned Grammy-winning composer, producer and arranger (most known for Riverdance) space to highlight the talents of the next generation of Irish musicians. The series' inaugural evening of music will feature Whelan on piano, joined by two emerging artists-singer-songwriter and step-dancer Emily Flack and sean-nós singer, dancer, and harpist Séamus Flaherty.

Tobin's Run on 51-the artist-curated jazz series that brings together some of New York's best Irish and international jazz musicians to play sets and share stories about jazz music's greatest artists and treasures-began in Fall 2017, and already feels like a beloved tradition. The series from vocalist, songwriter, and composer Christine Tobin and acclaimed jazz guitarist Phil Robson returns for a fourth season November 29, with an evening celebrating the pioneering spirit of jazz musicians in Greenwich Village the 1950s and 60s, as well as the era's vocal greats, Abbey Lincoln and Sarah Vaughan.

Finally, on December 7, IAC welcomes back modern alt-folk musician Rebecca Hart, who, with her band, will perform songs from her newest album, The Magician's Daughter-a hauntingly atmospheric work that charts Hart and her late father's (playwright/director Joseph Hart) relationship to each other and to Ireland.

For more music, performance, literary, and educational programing for the Fall 2018 Season, visit irishartscenter.org.

Programming Schedule and Descriptions

6th Annual New York Trad Fest
Curated by Tony DeMarco
Presented in association with Irish Arts Center
Saturday, November 10, at 8pm
Tickets: $40

Local masters of traditional Irish, bluegrass, and old-time American music come together for a weekend of trad music, kicking off with a concert at Irish Arts Center. Performers include multi-instrumentalist Jenna Nicholls, button accordionist Daithí Gormley with fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, and more. For more information on the full schedule, please visit NewYorkTradFest.org.

Bill Whelan Presents: Featuring Emily Flack and Séamus Flaherty
Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17
Tickets: $24 general, $20 members

Bill Whelan's eminence as the Grammy-winning composer of Riverdance is well known. Perhaps less popularly understood-but deeply appreciated among artists-is his role as a champion of the next generation of Irish talent.

This season we are proud to welcome Whelan back to Irish Arts Center for a new series, Bill Whelan Presents, featuring the composer at the piano alongside some of the most dynamic young singers, dancers, and musicians emerging out of Ireland and North America.

Whelan is joined in the intimate Irish Arts Center theatre by Canadian singer-songwriter and step-dancer Emily Flack and the multi-talented sean-nós singer, dancer, and harpist Séamus Flaherty from Connemara, along with special guests.

Tobin's Run on 51
A jazz series curated by Christine Tobin and Phil Robson
Thursday, November 29, at 7:30pm
Tickets: $24 general, $20 members

"New York is the center of the jazz world, and the Village, with its abundance of clubs and piano bars, is the center of the center, indisputably."-The New York Times

In the 50s and 60s, a counterculture grew throughout the States, and the iconic Greenwich Village of New York City became the center of a revolution that was happening in jazz music with artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and many others. This Tobin's Run celebrates their pioneering spirit, alongside songs from great vocal artists of the day, Abbey Lincoln and Sarah Vaughan. The evening will also feature film clips of musicians and Village clubs from the era. Joining hosts Christine Tobin and Phil Robson are special guests Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Tim Armacost on saxophone, David O'Rourke on guitar, Peter Brendler on double bass, and Jimmy Macbride on drums.

Rebecca Hart: The Magician's Daughter
Friday, December 7, at 8pm
Tickets: $18 general, $14 members

Singer-songwriter Rebecca Hart returns to Irish Arts Center with her unique style of Irish-influenced, rock 'n' roll-comprising modern alt-folk music. Hart and her band will perform songs from her newest album, The Magician's Daughter, inspired by and dedicated to the memory of her late father, playwright/director Joseph Hart-another artist whose work found a home on Irish Arts Center's stage. Performed in concert, audiences will see her storytelling brought to life in the kind of spellbinding live show that's earned her the long-time success she's enjoyed in New York-where she regularly sells out venues like Joe's Pub and Rockwood Music Hall.

About Irish Arts 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.

On October 11, 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.

More Information: http://https://irishartscenter.org/whats-on

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