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Concerts at Glucksman Ireland House

1 Washington Mews – entrance on Fifth Avenue just north of Washington Square.
For more information, call Ireland House at at (212) 998-3950 or visit www.nyu.edu/pages/irelandhouse.
All concerts are on Friday nights, starting at 8:00 p.m.
Admission $15 - NYU students and Glucksman Ireland House members free.

Jake James and Fionán de Barra


September 14: Jake James and Fionán de Barra

Two-time All-Ireland fiddle champion Jake James starting playing at age seven in his native Queens, NY under the tutelage of Antrim-born Niall Mulligan. When he turned 13, he took up the bodhrán (Irish frame drum), polished his technique with Eamon Murray of the band  Beoga and went on to finish first on the bodhrán in the Mid-Atlantic fleadh seven years running. Jake's rhythmic prowess should be no surprise considering that he began step dancing with the Niall O’Leary school at age three and has strutted his stuff at Carnegie Hall and other major stages. With this concert, Jake celebrates the summer release of his debut CD, Firewood. He will be accompanied by Dublin-born guitar standout Fionán de Barra, who tours with the group Runa. Photo by by Iain Toft.

Brenda Castles
October 19: Brenda Castles

A globe-trotting concertina player and singer from County Meath, Brenda has performed Irish songs and played tunes on her little squeezebox in venues from Reykjavik to Bangkok. She has won numerous All-Ireland championships for solo and group play and her debut solo recording Indeed in You Needn’t Bother was a critics’ favorite in 2016. For the past couple of years, Brenda has also performed with Mick Moloney’s renowned Green Fields of America ensemble. Photo by by Tom Micks.
Gene Bender and Séagda Coyle
November 9: Gene Bender and Séagda Coyle

Gene and Séagda (pronounced “Shay”) have played fiddle-and-button accordion duets together for half of their still-young lives. Gene began playing Irish fiddle music in the third grade, studying first with Jo-Elllen Bosson and then with Brian Conway, who schooled him in the intricacies of the Co. Sligo style. His solid technique also reflects the classical training that made him the concertmaster of the Manhattan College Orchestra. Bronx native Séagda Coyle possesses sparkling virtuosity on the two-row button box, something amply demonstrated on his 2017 CD Rip the Bellows. His technical wizardry was acquired via study with local great John Nolan but his creativity and genius for composition are all his own. Photo by by Maura Nolan.

Brian Conway and John Walsh
December 7: Brian Conway and John Walsh

Bronx-born All-Ireland fiddle champion Brian Conway is the standard bearer of the acclaimed County Sligo style as it was developed in New York by generations of immigrant and Irish-American players. His father Jim, a Tyrone native, and revered teacher Martin Mulvihill gave him his start on the fiddle but he followed up with close study of the bowing, phrasing and ornamentation of the legendary Sligo-born fiddler and composer Martin Wynne, as well as that of Andy McGann, New York’s finest home-grown Irish violinist. Brian has also passed on the style to many students, including several who have won All-Ireland championships themselves. County Kilkenny-born John Walsh is a superb guitarist who has accompanied uilleann piper Paddy Keenan and other stars of the Irish tradition. Photo by by Laura Rose.


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