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|Steeped in hundreds of years of tradition and their own family histories going back generations, Daniel Elias and Scott Wilson, of the internationally renowned Elias Ladino Ensemble, are the guest performers on Sunday, February 9 at the Upper West Side Song Swap. Ladino is the language dating back hundreds of years of Sephardic Jews originally from Spain, but now spoken in Jewish communities in Europe and the Middle-East. Ladino music is a unique blend of Spanish, north-African and Middle-Eastern melodies and rhythms. The Elias Ladino Ensemble is dedicated to the preservation of Ladino language, music and culture. Daniel Elias is on clarinet and vocals, while Scott plays the traditional Middle-Eastern oud. In addition to Ladino music, they perform traditional Middle-Eastern music and song. As is the case with all of our song swaps, if you come early and stay until the end, you will have a chance to perform, whether you are a singer, poet, or storyteller. Admission is free, but as is our custom, when we have a guest performer, we will pass the hat. Join us and our guests Daniel Elias and Scott Wilson on Sunday, February 9, 2020, between 5 and 8 PM at Hosteling International located on Amsterdam Avenue between 103rd and 104th Streets in the New York Room.|
Sean-Nós is Irish for Old-Style. Sean-Nós songs are by
definition pieces of ancient Irish music passed on
through the ages from parent to child, and Clare
Horgan is an acknowledged master of the genre. The
melodies, stories, and words often preceded literacy,
musical or otherwise. And yet they have survived, and
their value lies in their beauty of tone, timbre,
rhythm, melody and implied harmony as well as
inimitable ornamentation and the stories which serve
as a time-capsule into a life that is disappearing
quickly. The nostalgic themes of love of place,
romantic love, political upheaval, and celebrations of
sporting events from hunting and rowing to fishing and
football games, to poaching, dancing, making music,
and making potato cakes, form the fabric of Irish
rural life then and to a lesser extent, now. This
two-hour workshop will begin with Clare Horgan
introducing songs from each of the five Irish speaking
areas of Ireland in both Irish and English. Two of
these songs will be then be chosen as the focus for
the workshop, which will be learned and sung together,
with copies of words and some background information
supplied. All levels and ages welcome. No prior
knowledge of Irish is required.
At Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street (lower level), New York NY 10016. Cosponsored by Folk Music Society of New York. $35 fee payable on-site. Reservations required. For reservations and information please e-mail Clare Horgan at clarniargain (at) icloud.com or call her at 1-347-968-3059.
|Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a family-friendly open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening. At the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West (basement), Brooklyn (near 2nd St.). Directions (pdf format). Take F train to 7th Ave.; Q train to 7th Ave.; 2/3 train to Grand Army Plaza. Hosted by Ethical Culture and FMSNY, Alison Kelley, and Tom Weir. Info: 212-695-5924.|
|Fronted by partners Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy, and joined by Desirée Haney on cello, Ottawa-based Moonfruits are makers of art-folk bilingue. In a forest of banjo, guitar, kalimba and glockenspiel, their voices burrow and soar.
Some of our board members encountered this group at the Folk Alliance conference in Montreal, 2019, and were very impressed. You will be too!
At OSA, 220 East 23rd St, 7th floor, between 2nd & 3rd Aves. Contribution: Members $20; general public $25. Book online via Eventbrite (small charge applies) or pay at the door - cash, checks, credit cards.
|Two-hour round robin songfest featuring the songs that Woody Guthrie sang.
Performers include Joel Landy, Mike Lee, Nancy Moccaldi, Pinetree, Anne Price, and Steve Suffet. Each is an established artist in his or her own right, and all are longtime Woody Guthrie admirers.
Co-sponsored with and at the Good Coffee House at Old Stone House J.J. Byrne / Washington Park at 336 3rd Street, between 4th & 5th Avenues Brooklyn, NY 11215. Contribution $10.
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This celebrated partnership of “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) with “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland on Sunday) and sole harper recipient to date of Irish music’s most prestigious award, Traditional Musician of the Year (Gradam Cheoil TG4), has presented its unique musical vision in twenty-two countries on five continents to venues ranging from the tiniest of village halls to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne - a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, spiced with striking new compositions - and what The West Australian recognizes “Chris’s delightfully subversive wit”!
“An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling” The Times (UK) “Dazzling virtuosity” The Daily Telegraph (UK) “Chris is amazing... one of our greatest musicians” BBC RADIO 2 “In a class of their own” The Guaardian (UK) “Music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” The Irish Times (Eire). “Blazing guitar and dancing harp” Dirty Linen (USA) "Sublime" Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) ”Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility.” Songlines“Remarquables de virtuosité et de grâce” TRAD Magazine (France) “Their stagecraft was masterly and their introductions informative and funny” The Christchurch Press (New Zealand) “Their blinding technique, sizzling Irish reels and hot jazz improvisation brought an extended standing ovation... Newman has the great gift of being informative and hilarious simultaneously” The West Australian.
At OSA, 220 East 23rd St, 7th floor, betweenn 2nd & 3rd Aves. Contribution: Members $20; general public $25. Book online via Eventbrite (small charge applies) or pay at the door - cash, checks, credit cards.
Music drawing on the Irish experience, mainly as emigrants from Ireland and new
settlers in America: selections include songs of departure, of immigrant experience in
the US, discrimination and adjustment. Familiar songs of the jukebox Irish canon are
used to highlight the assimilation of Irish immigrants and their nostalgia for the old
country. Mixed in are Irish melodies of all eras, from O'Carolan harp tunes, dance
jigs and reels, too Irish rebel songs and many singalongs. Accompaniment on guitar,
banjo, mandolin, harmonica and concertina. Very suited for St. Patrick's Day season.|
Contribution: $15 ($12 members, youth & student); Upper West Side location. To register call Evy at 718-549-1344 (after 11 AM) or email: ukelady123(at)gmail.com
Gina is known for her wizardry on fiddle and guitar and her great voice. She is considered one of the best Cajun fiddlers in Louisiana. Born in Florida and raised in Alabama, Gina grew up on hymns, country songs, and old time fiddle tunes. She now lives in New Orleans. As well as performing traditional Cajun songs, Gina writes original songs that sound centuries old.
At OSA, 220 East 23rd St, 7th floor, between 2nd & 3rd Aves. Contribution: Members $20; general public $25. Get tickets at the door (cash, checks, credit cards( or in advance from Eventbrite (small charge applies).
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