Irish American Writers & Artists

April 14, 2013

Ashley Davis Returns to Joe’s Pub

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Please join IAW&A board member Ashley Davis on April 24th for a special evening at Joe’s Pub in NYC.

Irish harper, Cormac De Barra will be with her on this show, as well as a new young talented player from Texas to be introduced on the night of. She plans on doing her “greatest hits” from the her three albums, along with a few sneak peaks from the new album currently being recorded.

Use IAW&A discount code JPTIXA213 when ordering tickets at http://www.joespub.com/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/id,6639

January 7, 2013

Larry Kirwan on the IAW&A Salons

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The IAW&A salons will resume in 2013 on Tuesday January 8 at The Thalia, 2537 Broadway (96th St), NYC and on Tuesday January 22 at The Cell, 338 W. 23rd Street (between 8/9 avenues), NYC. Both will begin at 7pm sharp.

I was in attendance at the most recent Cell salon on Dec. 18th and was astounded by the sheer breadth of talent. What had begun as a simple reading series has now grown into a dizzying artistic experience that encompasses prose, poetry, theatre, performance art, music, song and dance. The ingenuity and innovation of our member/presenters never faltered and I was not alone in feeling that our salons provide some of the most entertaining evenings in town – and with no admission charge. It was standing room only on Dec. 18th and I have no doubt that soon enough we’ll be taking reservations for attendance.

I might also add that the atmosphere is so warm and nurturing and quite unlike any other I’ve witnessed in NYC or anywhere else for that matter. Much thanks to Nancy Manocherian and Kira Simring of The Cell for providing us with this wonderful theatrical space.

For those who wish to present on either Jan. 8th or 22nd, please drop a line to IASalon@hotmail.com I’ll personally be back at the Cell on Jan. 22nd. I’m sure other members of the board will be enjoying the salon at the Thalia on January 8th.
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Meanwhile, out in New Jersey, IAW&A member, Mike Farragher, has initiated a salon at the Irish American Cultural Institute, One Lackawanna Place, Morristown, NJ 07960 that has been attracting a stellar collection of writers, musicians, poets and dancers. The next gathering will be Thursday, Jan. 31st at 7pm when among the highlights Mike and John Liam Shea will read from their soon-to-be-published books.

For more info on the NJ salons contact Mike Farragher at: irishwriter@optonline.net

Best,

Larry Kirwan

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February 23, 2012

“What at Night!” at Salon at The Cell

As Terry “The Toad” Fields says in the final scene of the film American Grafitti, “Jesus what a night!”  That’s what folks were saying about the Irish American Writers and Artists’ Salon at the Cell on Tuesday night. And speaking of American Grafitti, just as George Lucas included Del Shannon’s “Runaway” in a scene in which Toad is tooling  around in his friend’s ’58 Chevy, Pat Fenton deftly incorporates Shannon’s song into his play Stoopdreamer and Other Windsor Terrace Stories


And what a treat is was to have actor Jack O’Connell, who has appeared in a recurring part as the character Stanich in the TV series Blue Bloods, read from Fenton’sStoopdreamer.

Stoopdreamer revisits a lost part of Irish working-class Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, and some of the characters who lived in it before Robert Moses drove the Prospect Expressway through the very heart of it in 1953, and divided it forever.  A terrific reading by O’Connell of Fenton’s slice of Brooklyn life. 

Pat Hanrahan began the evening reading from his novel in progress.  The story is set in a small Irish town early this century. The main characters are an elderly man living in a nursing home who came home after years in England,  a local man, whose wife threw him out around the time his mother died and a young woman who runs a family business and was affected directly by 9/11. Listening to Pat you had the feeling this was going to be a special evening.  

Singer/songwriter Ashley Davis, a cofounder of the IAW&A, accompanied by two musicians, harpist Cormac De Barra and violinist Megan Hurt, beautifully performed two songs, “Wild Mountainside” and “These Winter Days” from her latest album Songs of the Celtic Winter. The warm sound of Hurt’s fiddle beautifully rounded out Ashley’s tunes.  

Kathleen Frazier read from Silkie Girl, historical fiction inspired by her grandmother and the countless Irish girls who ventured to America to work as domestic servants.  Through their efforts they sponsored countless others to join them on these shores.

Kathleen announced that her personal essay on sleepwalking will appear in the memoir section of the March/April issue of Psychology Today.  Her coverage of the 2011 Norman Mailer Gala, “A Gala Raises the Question: Are You an Activist?” will appear in the spring issue (March) of the quarterly magazine, Avalon.

Maura Mulligan, a salon regular, whose memoir Call of the Lark will be published on May 10th, read a humorous passage of her early dancing days in Mayo.  In a solo competition at her first feis, held in the middle of a field, her shoe went flying into the air and landed on the judge’s desk. He disqualified her. A beady -eyed man, the locals called him “the ferret.” Because it was customary to bow to the judge, her mother reminded her with a wag of her finger: “Now, don’t you forget to bow to the ferret.”  An exquisite reading from a very talented writer. 

Mark Donnelly followed with a stirring reading of the opening scene of his new play, Mother Jones, the Irish immigrant who played an important role as a union organizer in the American Labor Movement during the early decades of the 20th Century.  John Kearns announced that his play, In the Wilderness, a story of a South Bronx high school will be part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in June (six dates TBA). John also read a poem called, “Valentine Avenue.   And Kevin Holohan, author of the highly acclaimed novel, The Brothers’ Lot, read a short story which captures a mother’s unconditional love for a grown-up, messed-up child that the rest of the world and even she may not entirely like. 

Mary Lou Quinlan performed a scene from her play The God Box, currently in workshop in NYC. The play is part of a multi-media project linked to her upcoming book, also called The God Box. Mary Lu lovingly shared her mother’s gift of faith, love and letting go. The God Box will be released on April 17, 2012.

Novelist Gavin Corbett followed Kevin with a selection of poems that touched on a variety of topics including the recent deaths of Steve Jobs and Whitney Houston, late-evening cricket, and the divine qualities of French bulldogs. Using techniques such as non-rhymes and non-sequiturs, Gavin had us all staring at our feet in bewilderment, when we weren’t rolling on the floor with laughter. One of the funniest readings I’ve heard in years.

Billy Barrett kept it cranking with an edgy reading from his memoir in progress, ‘Highway Star.  “They honeymooned in New York, took in Lenny Bruce and affected a blue-note cool that flew through the roofs of their B-52’s into nights full of gazing the stars. Jack Jones and Bobby Darin poured out of the hi-fi like Perfect Manhattans being dumped on the slats of Toots Shor’s. What a gas! The whole world was looking in…. “ Riveting writing, great presentation.

Michelle Woods announced that her book Censoring Translation: Censorship, Theatre and the Politics of Censorship Translation will be out in April.  She ended the evening with an excellent reading from a novel in progress, called Right. 

Great, great night!
The next salon will be at the Thalia Café, located at Symphony Space,  on 95th and Broadway. The salons begin at 7PM. For more information about the salons and joining the Irish American Writers and Artists, contact Charles Hale @ chashale1@yahoo.com

February 15, 2012

NYC Debut for Ashley Davis’ “Songs of the Celtic Winter”

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…with a discount for IAW&A members!

NYC Debut : Songs of the Celtic Winter at Joe’s Pub, Feb 23

Ashley Davis began writing and collecting for Songs of the Celtic Winter two years ago when she wrapped up her sophomore effort, Down by the Sea in Ireland. She had the idea that she wanted to write and collect music from the Celtic regions for the four seasons of the year starting with winter. The result is Songs of the Celtic Winter, a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs that range from medieval 9th century old Irish poetry set to music, to Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne.”

Davis recorded this album in New York, Lawrence, KS, and San Francisco and now will perform numbers from the CD atJoe’s Pub (New York, NY) on February 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm .

The album is laden with harp, mandola and a range of acoustic instruments and vocal layers that creates and sound that is becoming Davis’ signature.

“I took the aspects that I liked from my first album which was more middle eastern leaning at times, and then aspects from my 2nd album which was entirely recorded in Ireland and thus Irish leaning and melded those aspects together to create a sound that I believe will be forever more my signature sound. I truly found myself as an artist and settled down into this album and feel at home within this music,” Davis said.

Davis has been profiled on The Today Show, named one of the Irish Echo newspaper’s “Top 40 Irish Under 40,” performed original music on film soundtracks and has lectured at U.S. colleges and universities. Expanding the definition of traditional Irish music, Ashley has attracted fans and admirers among the larger musical community. Influential American composer Philip Glass said, “Ashley Davis is a young woman with a beautiful voice and as much musicality as anyone could wish for…she writes and sings with a confidence way beyond her years.”

Davis has toured in “Lord of the Dance” as the vocal soloist, has worked with Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and has toured with Moya Brennan of Clannad, while developing her own solo and recording career, selling out shows internationally and in her adopted hometown of New York City and now Lawrence, KS.

Ashley has created a special discount code for IAWA members to use for a discount on ticket purchase. Follow this link to the ticket purchase page Joe’s Pub and enter  jptixa2  at check out!

December 14, 2011

Songs of the Celtic Winter–from Celtic Music Artist Ashley Davis

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A HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL ALBUM FOR THE WINTER SEASON
IAW&A Board member Ashley Davis began writing and collecting for Songs of the Celtic Winter two years ago when she wrapped up her sophomore effort, Down by the Sea in Ireland. She had the idea that she wanted to write and collect music from the Celtic regions for the four seasons of the year starting with winter. The result is Songs of the Celtic Winter, a hauntingly beautiful collection of songs that range from medieval 9th century old Irish poetry set to music, to Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne”. Davis recorded this album in New York, Lawrence, KS, and San Francisco to draw from their various musical communities. The album is laden with harp, mandola and a range of acoustic instruments and vocal layers that creates and sound that is becoming Davis’ signature.
“I took the aspects that I liked from my first album which was more middle eastern leaning at times, and then aspects from my 2nd album which was entirely recorded in Ireland and thus Irish leaning and melded those aspects together to create a sound that I believe will be forever more my signature sound. I truly found myself as an artist and settled down into this album and feel at home within this music,” Davis said
Davis has been profiled on The Today Show, performed original music on film soundtracks and has lectured at U.S. colleges and universities.  Expanding the definition of traditional Irish music, Ashley has attracted fans and admirers among the larger musical community.  Influential American composer Philip Glass said, “Ashley Davis is a young woman with a beautiful voice and as much musicality as anyone could wish for…she writes and sings with a confidence way beyond her years.”
Davis has toured in “Lord of the Dance” as the vocal soloist, has worked with Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and has toured with Moya Brennan of Clannad, while developing her own solo and recording career, selling out shows internationally and in her adopted hometown of New York City and now Lawrence, KS.
Davis is doing official release concerts in both of her hometowns of New York and Lawrence, KS. There will be dates in between those dates to be announced on her website.
Upcoming Release Shows:The Lied Center of Kansas University (Lawrence, KS), December 21, 2011 7:30 pm Joe’s Pub (New York, NY) February 23, 20127:30 pm  *Check in with Ashley’s website as dates are being added.
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