IAC Commissions: Billy McComiskey's "Perpetual Light" and "Safe Harbor"

​Billy McComiskey—NEA National Heritage fellow, accordion player, composer, and longtime IAC friend and colleague—is one of Irish America’s eminent traditional music figures, with a body of work across a range of ensembles including the Irish Tradition, Green Fields of America, Trian, and Pride of New York. For his Grásta commission, Billy collaborates with Donna Long on two new tunes filmed at Creative Alliance​ in Baltimore, where the slow air "Perpetual Light" meets the hopeful reel "Safe Harbor."

By Memory Inspired: Mick Moloney's Songbook | "Welcoming Paddy Home"

"The Christian Brothers never prepared me for this back in Limerick." Mick takes us to a very special St. Patrick's Day celebration in Bangkok, and shares a song about an Irish emigrant's longing for home.

IAC Commissions: Jan Carson's "In the Pause Between Now and Next"

The Northern Irish writer and arts facilitator Jan Carson is the author of six works of fiction, including the “captivating, intelligent and courageous” (Irish Times) THE FIRE STARTERS, which won the 2019 EU Prize for Literature. For our series Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty, we present, in partnership with Belfast's Lyric Theatre, the premiere of Carson's IAC commission, "In the Pause Between Now and Next."

Live From Irish Arts Center: Encore | Anna Tivel, Jeffrey Martin, and Niall Connolly

A look back at Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin's 2017 SongLives concert, at which the Portland singer-songwriters were awed to play for an audience so intimate and captivated in a city as big and bustling as New York. Here's "I'll Be Home," with Niall Connolly accompanying.

By Memory Inspired: Mick Moloney's Songbook | "The Bantry Girls' Lament"

An ode to the Irishmen who fought in the foreign wars of yesteryear.

IAC Commissions: Oona Doherty's THE DEVIL

Belfast choreographer Oona Doherty made the New York Times' Best Dance of 2020 list for Hope Hunt and the Ascension Into Lazarus, her "astounding, nuanced look at the men of Belfast" co-presented by 92Y and Irish Arts Center in March 2020. Hope Hunt was "the most memorable live dance performance before the shutdown"; now, Doherty returns to IAC with a short film commissioned for Grásta. For mature audiences only. Contains some graphic violence and nudity.

Live From Irish Arts Center: Encore | Susan O'Neill's "Only Animals"

A hopeful message from musician Susan O’Neill, a Hot Press Top 10 Irish Act of 2019, followed by a freewheeling blues/folk performance from her Irish Arts Center solo show same year.

By Memory Inspired: Mick Moloney's Songbook | "The Kellys"

In this week's episode, a personal quest that led to Grace Kelly's doorstep, and a quintessentially Irish American song. Special guests Liz Hanley, Jimmy Keane, and Athena Tergis join Mick.

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