From the Bridge: A View of Irish Traditional Music in New York

Presented by Irish Traditional Music Archive in association with Irish Arts Center



Tue, Nov 15, 2022



Over centuries, waves of Irish emigrants have carried their local song, music and dance across the Atlantic. Disembarking at Castle Garden, Ellis Island and JFK airport, they dispersed to establish new lives in the United States, many settling in NYC and its environs. 

Now, the Irish Traditional Music Archive has collected and preserved a remarkable digital exhibition celebrating New York’s resultant rich and enduring Irish traditional music heritage. Curated by musician and historian Don Meade and folklorist Rónán Galvin, this new microsite showcases rare recordings, stories and photographs that span more than 150 years, from the 1800s to the modern day.

Irish Arts Center is proud to support the U.S. launch of From the Bridgejoin us November 15 when legendary Chieftains flute player Matt Molloy kicks off the digital exhibition in our new home including a reception, film presentation, and live musical performances featuring acclaimed artists from both sides of the Atlantic. 

Tuesday, November 15
Pre-reception: 6:15pm
Program: 7pm
Post reception: 8:30pm

Matt Molloy (Chieftains, flute)
Liam O'Connor (musician, chief executive of ITMA)
Edwina Guckian (award-winning dancer, ITMA board member)
Seán Potts (uilleann piper and ITMA administrator)
Martin O’Connell (accordion)
Dawn Doherty (vocals, whistle)
John Walsh (guitar)
Lauren Tuffy (vocal, whistle)
John Nolan (accordion)
Frank McCormick (banjo)
James Keane (accordion)
Vincent Woods (poet, broadcaster)

Reservations are required.

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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