Irish American Writers & Artists

February 11, 2014

IAW&A Night at John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar”

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Join us on Thursday, February 27th at 8 pm for IAW&A Night at the Broadway play, Outside Mullingar, by John Patrick Shanley!

John Patrick Shanley is the most recent recipient of the IAW&A’s Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Here is the discount information.  You can use the discount code for IAW&A Night or any other performance of Outside Mullingar.  If you can’t make it on February 27th, enjoy the show at a discount another time.

Save up to $45:
$59*
Mezz E–G
All Perfs
$74*
Mezz C–D
All Perfs
$89*
Orch/PC/Mezz A–B
Tue–Fri
$99*
Orch/PC/Mezz A–B
Sat at 2pm & 8pm,
Sun at 2pm
CLICK HERE or call 212-947-8844 and use code OMFND48
Or, bring a printout of this offer to the Friedman Theatre box office,
261 W. 47th St. (btwn Broadway & 8th Ave.).
For box office hours and performance schedule, CLICK HERE
Strictly Limited Engagement thru March 16 Only!

After the show on February 27th, join us for a pint at Langan’s Pub.

150 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036‎
(212) 869-5482
langans.com

February 10, 2014

Great Writing, Original Songs, and Tributes to Pete Seeger at February 4th IAW&A Salon

Filed under: Literature,Music,Theater,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 10:24 pm

by Mary Lannon
Photos by Cat Dwyer

As usual great writers abounded at Bar Thalia this past Tuesday evening but two singers with tributes to the late Pete Seeger stole the show at the IAW&A salon.

In the middle of the second half, Maureen Hossbacher blew away the crowd with a gorgeous rendition of “The Water is Wide,” as a tribute to Seeger and his work cleaning up the Hudson River. Seeger popularized the tune in the 60s. Many regular salon-goers knew Maureen could write but had no idea what an amazing singer she is!!

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Maureen Hossbacher

Ending the first half, John Munnelly led a rousing sing-along rendition of Seeger’s “If I had a Hammer.” Prior to that Munnelly sang two original songs that had the crowd both singing along and laughing.  First the sing-along was ““Non Illegitemi carborundum est ( Don’t let the bastards grind you down),” and second was “Brooklyn” a send-up of a struggling Brooklyn artist that provoked much laughter.  Munnelly has a  reservations-recommended show on Saturday Feb. 8 at 8 p.m.  See details at http://www.brooklynmusicshop.com/# and on his web site at http://johnmunnellymusic.com/

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John Munnelly

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Marni Rice

Another beautiful original song came from Marni Rice who also hosted the evening.  She sang “Looks like Rain” and also read a poem from her collection of poems, It’s Not the End of the World.

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John Skocik

Last (but not least) of the singer/musicians John Skocik ended the evening with a couple of his original songs.  John is the lead singer of the band Girl to Gorilla, which is finishing up its new album.  John is also an accomplished actor who is in the running to be the host of the Philadelphia Flower Show.

As always, the salon also featured an abundance of talented writers and storytellers.

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Kevin Holohan

The versatile Kevin Holohan read a comic outtake from his novel The Brothers’ Lot featuring the shadowy and sinister guild-like Brannigan Brothers Amalgamated Services that seem to control all of the trades and skilled labor in the Dublin of the story.  It was recently published on writing.ie to inaugurate their On the Cutting Room Floor feature: http://www.writing.ie/news/on-the-cutting-room-floor-kevin-holohans-out-take-whats-yours/

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Mary Lannon

Mary Lannon read from her novel, and as she seeks to publish it, she asked all to friend her main character on Facebook.  Please take a moment to friend Miranda J. McCleod:   https://www.facebook.com/mirandaj.mccleod

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Tom Mahon

As always Tom Mahon did a stand-up job reading from his novel in progress, American Mastery.  In this chapter, Charlie Fenton confronts his inordinate fear of flying. He boards the plane and it takes off, but throughout, he’s convinced he’ll die or be killed. When they’re aloft and he sees clouds out his window, he assumes they’ve crashed and he’s dead, and he was right all along.’’

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Ed Farrell

The talented Ed Farrell recited two of his poems, “Coole Sonnet” and “Re-Union on a Winter Afternoon.” Farrell said the IAW&A Salon audience is the best he’s ever experienced.

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John Kearns

The prolific and talented John Kearns read an excerpt from his novel-in-progress, Worlds, in which Janey Logan takes her children, Paul and Kitty, from Ardmore, PA into Center City, Philadelphia to visit their father’s office and to see the Wanamaker’s Light Show or “The Holiday Pageant of Lights.”  In the excerpt John read, Janey and the children travel into the city and meet an unmarried former coworker of Janey’s who delays them with small talk and with remarks about how happy she is to be going home rather than out into the cold and then to a crowded light show.  The story of the Logan family’s visit to the Light Show, the Enchanted Colonial Village, and Santa will he heard at upcoming Salons.

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John Farrell

The multi-dimensional John Farrell enchanted the crowd with a story about his youth and making a difference. It was his first time storytelling; he also builds sets for movies and has a band called Fishcakes and the Fried Daddies (next gig at The Old ’776 House in Tappan, NY).

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Kathleen D’Arcy Walsh promoting the St. Pat’s For All Parade, March 2nd

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Enjoying the presentations…

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Honor Molloy

Honor Molloy gave a spirited reading from Moss Hart’s Act One.

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Mike Swift

Mike Swift read from his one-man play, First Born, about 5 generations of men in an Irish-American family, the Donahoes, from 1910 to the present day. The monologues he read were Seamus’ story of landing in Manhattan in the early 20th century, his great-great grandson Declan finding the family home again in the present day and video logging the fact that he has been kicked out of school, Declan’s Grandfather James talking about getting drunk at age 11 on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, and his son, Todd, talking about his experience in the Iraq war.

Don’t forget the St. Pat’s for All Parade on March 2nd!

The next IAW&A Salon is on February 18th at the Cell Theatre. See you there!

January 24, 2014

Maura Mulligan Invites Members to Celebrate Celtic Festival of Imbolc & the Feast of St. Brigid

Filed under: dance,Events,Literature,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 3:55 pm

by Maura Mulligan

You are invited to celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc & the feast of St. Brigid. February 1st marks the beginning of spring in Ireland. The goddess, Brigid, and the saint are both known as patroness of poets, bards, musicians, midwives, farmers and healers.

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Qualified teachers will offer mini lessons in Irish language, dance, weaving & yoga.
The classes are free. Participants are asked to donate for studio rental & invited to share homemade food offerings.

Guests may share artistic gifts of poetry, song, story, music and dance.

The following teachers are lined up for the event:

  • Mary McIntyre, native of Co. Mayo has taught Irish language both in Ireland and here in New York. She works for the NYC DOE
  • Philomena Connors is a certified Hatha 1 Yoga teacher. She studied at Integral Yoga Institute here in New York and teaches there regularly.
  • Bernadette Cullen is a poet and teacher in New York.
  • Maura Mulligan, Mayo native has taught Irish language & dance in NY for over twenty years. She is a certifiedCéilí dance teacher.

Two rooms are booked at Ripley Grier Studios, 131 West 72nd St (between Broadway & Columbus). 6:30-9:30 pm.

Classes are free. Participants will share the studio rental. At about $15 per person, it’s the best deal in NYC!

In the interest of time, some classes will run concurrently.

1. Yoga (active participation)
2. Weaving St. Brigid’s cross (active participation)
3. Irish language (active participation – two levels offered)
4.Ceílí Dancing (active participation)
5. Poetry (lecture/discussion)

It’s not too late to sign up.

We will have guest presentations at the social hour following the classes. So far, we have the promise of a song from the lovely voice of Vera Wrenn. The vivacious Kathleen Higgins will remind us about good nutrition. Witty comedian, Sarah Fearon has “penciled this in.” I hope that means she’ll share her talent.

We’ll be tempted to taste bones when we sample St. Brigid’s cakes from Deirdre Batson’s amazing kitchen. What else? Oh yes, Nancy Oda says she loves to cook. Yum!

Participants are welcome to bring wine, cheese, fruit and or a favorite dish to share.

The celebration is Friday, Jan 31st from 6:30-9:30 pm.

Location: Ripley Grier Studios, 131 West 72nd St. (between Broadway & Columbus) you’ll warm up climbing the stairs to the 2nd floor. No elevator.

RSVP requested by 1/26.

Email Maura Mulligan at mauramulligan@aol.com.

Phone: 201 869 6717

Member Tim Dwyer Calls for Action on Imprisonment of Activitist/Writer/Actress Margaretta D’Arcy

Filed under: American Politics,Irish Politics,Social Activism,Theater,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 2:50 pm
by Tim Dwyer
IAW&A Members: Please, as concerned individuals, support the release of Margaretta D’Arcy from Limerick Prison. She is one of the original members of Aosdana. Whether you agree with her political beliefs and her non-violent actions that preceded her incarceration- walking onto a runway at Shannon Airport with one other person to protest U.S. military use of the airport-it is unethical to place a 79 year old woman with cancer and Parkinson’s Disease in Limerick prison for 3 months.
A 2012 official Irish report concluded that Limerick prison has a number of serious deficiencies, including its medical care. With Margaretta’s medical issues, incarceration could be a death sentence.  There were more humane, healthy and safe ways to incarcerate Margaretta, such as house arrest.
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I am calling on concerned members, particularly those strongly networked, involved with the media, with leadership and organizing abilities, to help us identify and execute means of expression, that may include letters, meetings or vigils  promoting these concerns to such entities as the Irish Consulate and the Irish Minister of Justice.  As I have none of these strengths and live 100 miles north of NYC, I am calling on our esteemed and accomplished members to lead the way in this important issue.  Believe me, I am not experienced in activism, so I am asking others for help.
Please respond so we can begin identifying and executing our expressions of concern.  This will be the expression of concerned individuals, and not an official statement of IAW&A.   I thank you for Margaretta!

January 15, 2014

Maura Mulligan Profiled in “The Western People’ newspaper

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IAW&A member and active Salon participant, Maura Mulligan was recently featured in the West of Ireland newspaper, The Western People. In the Decembert 23, 2013 article, The Western People discussed Maura’s career and her being honored at the Irish Echo Labor banquet. The event, held at the Sheraton New York, Times Square Hotel was organized to pay tribute to the Irish American labor legacy.

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Congratulations, Maura! Comhghairdeas leat!

December 30, 2013

IAW&A Night at Larry Kirwan’s “Hard Times” at the Cell, January 23rd, 8 pm

Filed under: American Politics,Events,Irish Politics,Music,Theater,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 9:11 pm

Larry Kirwan’s Hard Times, last year’s smash-hit musical about Stephen Foster and NYC’s Five Points neighborhood during the Civil War, returns to the Cell Theatre on January 9th and runs Thursdays through Sundays until February  2nd.

Join us for Irish American Writers and Artists night on January 23rd at 8 pm, with a talkback with the cast and playwright after the show!

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The Cell Theatre is at:

338 West 23rd Street, between 8th & 9th

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/535745

See you there!

MUST SEE TV with MALACHY McCOURT

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The year ends with our own MALACHY McCOURT, appearing on CBS This Morning on Tues. Dec. 31 between 8 & 9 AM to talk about (& sing about?) the centennial year of “Danny Boy.”

Malachy wrote extensively on the “Danny Boy” in his recent book of the same name.

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Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes, are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying
”Tis you, ’tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow
“Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny Boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

Everyone can hum this haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. For all its popularity, the most requested “Irish” song and its origins still remain an enigma. Is it even Irish? Did the song initially grace the Irish countryside as the winsome ballad of an itinerant piper, or did it first take form as a blind musician’s bow danced across the strings of a fiddle? Travel with Malachy on his journey for the truth as he interviews musicologists, historians, academics, celebrities, and Irish icons. Join the expedition and trace the complex evolution and enduring mystique of “Danny Boy” in an unforgettable tribute that brilliantly weaves history with folklore.

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December 23, 2013

IAW&A Salon Celebrates Christmas with Poetry, Music, Fiction, and Singing!

Filed under: Events,Literature,Music,Uncategorized — by scripts2013 @ 11:20 pm

by Mary Lanon
Photos by Cat Dwyer

Christmas made an appearance in several presentations Dec. 19th as Irish American Writers and Artists celebrated the holiday with a salon at the cell and much merriment at the after party.

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Bernadette Cullen

Early on in the evening Christmas featured in Bernadette Cullen’s reading of her own three poems and one of the Nativity poems by Joseph Brodsky, the  Russian poet.  Arriving in the U..S. as an involuntary exile  in 1972 Brodsky began writing a nativity poem every Christmas.

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Maura Mulligan with Marni Rice on accordion

Also in the first half, memoirist and Céilí dance teacher Maura Mulligan presented “Oíche Nollag” (“Christmas Eve”) by Eoghan Ó Tuairisc. As well as poetry, Ó Tuairisc wrote a number of novels in Irish including L’Attaque about the French military adventure in Mulligan’s native County Mayo in 1798. He also wrote verse in performance-friendly style such as “Oíche Nollag,” which Mulligan recited in both English and Irish. Accordionist Marni Rice, who composed music depicting, lines such as . . . “the sharp nails of the rain on the roof, fingering a tune,” accompanied her. During the recitation of the original Irish- language version, Rice played the traditional Irish carol, “Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil.”

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Marni Rice

Noting the connection of the season and peace, the versatile Marni Rice also read two poems about peace from a collection entitled, It’s Not the End of the World, which she began writing on December 21st, 2012.  She also sang an original song called “Pub Tune” from her EP,  Songs for a Small Chamber.

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Enjoying the break

After the break , Guenevere Donohue got the crowd into the holiday spirit with her very own Christmas song, “Green and Red Stuff.” She also sang Jackson Browne’s “Rebel Jesus,” accompanied by our extraordinary MC John Kearns on guitar. This was John’s Salon debut on guitar.

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Guenevere Donohue with John Kearns on guitar

Continuing the holiday theme, the estimable Honor Molloy brought to life the sounds and the smells of Christmas Eve 1966 on Moore Street—Dublin’s open-air market where market women hawk their wares. Her character, Noleen O’Feeney, goes wandering among the stalls. Honor brought the house down with her reading of the shawlie’s tale of the Baby Jesus and the little oranges!

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Honor Molloy

Other presenters offered gifts of their work on other themes.

The talented Tom Mahon read Chapter 10 of his novel in progress American Mastery.The Fenton brothers are given round-trip tickets to Tokyo, but Vietnam War veteran Charlie is petrified of flying and can’t sleep.  He remembers back to 1970 when at mass his brother Raymond denounced the congregation and the priest for letting Nixon bomb Cambodia without a word of protest. He can’t reconcile what he did in the war and what he knows is still happening and getting worse. Kudos to Tom for coming to present at the IAW&A Salon after having partial knee replacement surgery!

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Tom Mahon

Presenting a brand-new excerpt from his novel in progress,WorldsJohn Kearns read about Father Sarsfield Logan’s return home for his father’s funeral.   Sarsfield’s youngest sister, Kitty, complains to her Jesuit brother that their siblings had begun taking items belonging to their father before he passed away.  Though Kitty couches her outrage over this in terms of its immorality and shamefulness, it soon becomes clear that she is worried that she has not gotten her fair share of her father’s belongings.

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Mary Lannon

Mary Lannon read the beginning of a short story, “The Key to Catastrophe Management,” about art weather, and young love(they really are all related!).

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Kathy Callahan

Kathy Callahan read from her recent IAW&A blogpost about Sinead O’Connor’s recent concerts in the3 New York are and told a story about a pedophile priest from the parish she grew up in.

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Kevin R. McPartland

Member Kevin R.McPartland read an excerpt from a short story entitled,” Lost Loves.” In the story, we are taken to a small town just south of Atlantic City and introduced to a cast of fascinating characters whose lives intersect in a local bar called the Anchorage Tavern. All in attendance loved the story and Kevin promised more to come in future salons.

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Don Meade

The versatile Don Meade, leader of the Blarney Star concert series and the Landmark Tavern sessions, ended the night playing a slow air on harmonica followed by a set of reels. He then concluded the evening with an a capella version of, “Muldoon, the Solid Man.”

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Don Meade and the appreciative Salon audience

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  See you at the Thalia on January 7th!

December 10, 2013

Discount Tickets to Play from our friends from the Cell Theatre: “COCKTALES-Confessions of a Nymphomaniac,” 12/14

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Our friends, Tjasa Ferme and Kira Simring, from the Cell Theatre have a play performance coming up this Saturday night. Please come out and show your support and enjoy a $4 discount with the code LOVE911.

COCKTALES-Confessions of a Nymphomaniac

A two woman farce with a three man parade, Cocktales follows Eve’s escape from the Garden of Eden to Dr. Truth’s TV show where she begs Dr. Truth to treat her predilection for erection. The reluctant analyst forces Eve to look her twisted sexuality in the eye.

WATCH THE TRAILER:  http://youtu.be/tni0oy30P_Q

THE TRIAD,
158 W. 72nd Street

Saturday, December 14th at 7pm

CLICK HERE for TICKETS @ The Triad 

$12 and two drinks minimum

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: LOVE911 = $8

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Tjasa Ferme

“Inspired direction with absurd innovation by Kira Simring…  Raw, funny, and totally entertaining…”
- Richmond Shepard
www.lively-arts.com

“Tjasa’s concentration and energy are enviable, her highly polished craft is remarkable, her delivery is exceptional. All around impressive!”
- Peter Klein, touring agent
www.livingartsnyc.com

More Information:
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December 9, 2013

Sinead O’Connor’s American Kindness Tour…

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…Takes NY from City Winery NYC to Tarrytown Music Theatre.

Insights and Highlights from Four Knock Out Performances, November 9-13, 2013
By Kathy Callahan
Sinead O’Connor walked onto the stage and stood her ground at a landmark full service dining and concert hall, City Winery NYC citywinery.com. There’s no mistaking Sinead O’Connor for anything less than a charismatic and triumphant -barefoot Irish Warrior.  Radiating the conscience of Ireland in all her humanity through words that soar into incandescent songs. She took us along for a rollicking roller coaster of a ride that is much like life itself.
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Before the artist hit the first pitch perfect note, and the band joined her on stage, ‘Hallowed Ground’ a track from her recent CD collection, 2013, ‘How About I Be Me (and you be you??)  filled the air in my head. “Take Off Your Shoes You’re On Hallowed Ground. Even You Can’t Lie When I’m Around Take Off Your Shoes. You’re on Hallowed Ground.”  From a ringside seat, I followed O’Connor’s eyes, down on the ground right before her feet and read a big and bold visual cue: Breathe.  During the course of a 90 minute set packed to the brim with songs that span the entire course of her career through today; and delivered with a full range of transparent emotions.  ‘How About I Be Me (and You Be You)??’ CD Collection, 2013
Pausing long enough to Breathe in a deeply felt song filled experience is good for BOTH the artist and her audience.
“The Wolf is Getting Married”  is no grim fairy tale of a song. Each, and every show, Sinead O’Connor transforms the iconic big bad wolf into a larger than life buoyant presence to behold and learn a lot from.  The artist spoke movingly about her four children, the youngest being nine years old.  As she sings, “The Wolf is Getting Married”, you can hear the artist (and yourself) at home singing to and along with the kids that she (and you) love the most.
Lyric, “Even When Something Terrible is Happening -You Laugh and That’s the Thing I Love About You Most.  Even When Something Terrible is Happening -You Laugh and That’s the Thing I Love About You Most.  Your smile makes me smile. Your joy brings me joy.  Your hope gives me hope. The sun is Beaming Out of the Sky Where There Use To Be Only Gray/ The Wolf is Getting Married and He’ll Never Cry Again. Never Cry Again…’
I can fall asleep to that tune.
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The Rasta jamming intro to the masterpiece, “VIP” final track on,  ‘How About I Be Me (and You Be You)??  Says it all and so much more about -ever mysterious Irish resilience,
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“Someone say, “Boldness”(Congregation)
“Boldness”

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“The Bible says in Proverbs 28 Verse 1 “The righteous shall be bold like a lion.” Bold like a lion. Bold like a lion. The righteous shall be bold like a lion.
Sinead O’Connor, kicks off the song with a question, “What is a real VIP?” and closes on a never ending note about the mystery of faith and intention, in a world without end. Amen.
On the fourth night in Tarrytown, I could see the songs in and through Sinead O’Connor’s eyes.  She took off her sunglasses for the entire show. Previously, at show 1, 2 and 3, O’Connor, spoke disarmingly about feeling shy and overwhelmed by the entire experience. Alas, the sun glasses.
I carried a press pass into City Winery NYC and a photo pass into Tarrytown Theatre, happily. With the help of Robert L Fischer and Paul ‘Pablo’ C  we captured telling photos of the show.
Sinead O’Connor is touring in full support of “How About i Be Me (and you be you)??” And that’s a very good thing. Don’t you think?
Available at Sinead O’Connor.Com and Amazon.Com. Rumor has it she’ll be back in the U.S. in 2014 for more shows.
It was here, in NYC that Sinead O’Connor collected her first Grammy Awards. I was in the room at Pete Townsend’s public 50th Birthday Party concert at Carnegie Hall, 1994, when Sinead O’Connor joined the Chieftains on stage along with Roger Daltry, Irish National Orchestra, step dancers, Simon Townsend on drums for the ecstatic and extended version of  ‘Baba O’Riley’. Roger Daltry, roared, ‘All Pete Townsend wants us to do tonight is sing “Baba O’Riley” to him on his 50th birthday, and so we will.”  The song was written for and on behalf of his Irish family.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KX05v4dpss
It was also here, two years before, in 1992 when Sinead O’Connor ripped up a picture of the pope on Saturday Night Live. Some critics, said, and still say, Sinead O’Connor, committed career suicide that night. But I never believed that for a minute. It was a self sacrificing artistic act of sublime courage and resolve that immediately called attention to crimes against humanity on worldwide TV and it’s still playing on the internet.
A massive, far and wide, underground crime syndicate and Vatican cover up, on behalf of felonious pedophile priests, on the run, in and around the country and coming soon to a parish near you! Ongoing for decades, and never investigated or prosecuted by state and or federal law enforcement agencies, while enabling pedophile priests to serve mass, teach and counsel youth in the privacy of their office. What? Huh.
In that prescient, moment, Sinead O’Connor was transformed into a whistleblower in a state of justifiable rage, while feeling so much and being utterly fearless. But like all effective whistleblowers, she was vilified, scapegoated and demonized by the Vatican establishment, enforcers, far and wide, while children, teenagers and adults were experiencing and reliving in isolation, horrendous crimes against humanity. From Ireland to Boston to Jersey City to Minnesota to Los Angeles, in Ridgefield, NJ and back, on the alter, again.
Full disclosure: There was a thick file of decades long pedophile complaints about former Father Peter Cheplic of Ridgefield, NJ, tucked away in the Archdiocese of Newark NJ.  The investigation of Father Cheplic a former Ridgefeld NJ priest, heated up and became increasingly public in the early 2, 000′s a.d. via North Jersey Newspapers, such as the Record.  As late as, 2012, one of my all time favorite Record newspaper columnists, Mike Kelly, told another, ‘Cheplic fall out story’, That’s what I call them sometimes, ‘fall out redemption stories’  http://www.northjersey.com/news/opinions/171462021_Looking_for_laughs_in_a_tale_of_tragedy.html
Now onto 
Back Stories: On the eve, of the church trial, prosecuting Monsignor Peter Cheplic, he resigned, took off his collar, gave up his pension and went into hiding, living on the run; and he hasn’t been seen or heard from, since.  But I know where he is going.  I never liked Father Peter Cheplic or the other ‘revolving door priests’ who came and went so quickly…and in such a flurry from the church and school formally called Saint Matthews. I wondered a lot about that as I stared out the window of my Catholic School classroom through the -third grade. I was outta there, too.  As I grew older my convictions remained unshakable. “I don’t think this is what Jesus, Mary and all the Saints had in mind. And I said so, telling my artistic mother Helen, over and over, again, ‘Father Cheplic and or the other ‘Fathers’  are really giving me the creeps, again. Please come and take me home! Always patient, and loving nurse Lucille Walsh, a former, Sister of Charity, who believed in me, made seemingly never ending calls home to my mother from the sanctuary otherwise known as the nurses office.  And so she did take me home and out in the third grade.  To this day, I take immediate solace in Peter Gabriel’s (Roman Catholic by birth) song, ‘Solsbury Hill’, song and lyrics,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fF8wU4Nl9Y
Elevated, Monsignor Peter Cheplic served on the alter, at my mother Helen’s funeral mass, one month before my twelfth birthday and Confirmation, May 1970.
“Wasn’t it in History -The Artists Always Spoke Their Peoples Needs.”  from the song, VIP, “How About I Be Me (and you be you)??”  Somehow, O’Connor always manages to call to mind a triumphant Molly Bloom in the last Chapter and line in Ulysses by James Joyce.
The crowd at City Winery NYC and Tarrytown Music Theatre have not forgotten and will never forget why Sinead O’Connor, stood up, said and did what what so many could not or would never dare say or do. I interviewed many concert goers, in the decidedly chatty and friendly, ‘free associating crowd’ in between songs…As we paused, on all four nights, they said so. ‘Thank you, for being Sinead O’Connor.’
Please Link to My FB page and to ‘protective saint of the whistleblowers’.  I need that.
Copyright, Kathy A Leddy Callahan, 2013
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