Those of us in New Orleans who are up on our Irish mythology might recognize ‘Áine’ as the name of the Irish goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty, but those of us up on the Irish musicians playing in New Orleans might recognize Áine O’ Doherty as the name of one of the newest, and best additions to our city’s Celtic music tapestry.
In 2001 a brand new band called Téada burst onto the traditional Irish music scene making headlines on the innovative Irish TV show Flosc. Since then Téada has grown into one of Ireland’s most ground-breaking, inventive and zesty bands, headlining at major music festivals throughout the world, from Ireland to America, Australia to Israel, and throughout Europe.
The feature-length music documentary "Duct Tape Messiah" comes to Chickie Wah Wah on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The film captures the life of legendary Texan crooner Blaze Foley, who died homeless and with no official albums released. Since his murder in 1989, Foley's music has been covered by Wilie Nelson, Merle Haggard, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Nancy Griffith, and more.
This Christmas season the Irish House on St Charles Avenue will be continuing its plans to provide a venue for live Celtic music in New Orleans, with a little help from the Mississippi-based Traditional Irish band Legacy - fiddler and singer Valerie Plested and guitarist Don Penzien - and Cork native and twice-crowned All-Ireland Storytelling Champion, singer, dancer, and bodhran player Máirtín
My approach to planning JazzFest: pick a bunch of shows that I absolutely can't miss, then when the night of the show comes around be open to going anywhere and doing anything. That being said, here's the shows I can't wait to see:
Get ready New Orleans; the Poor Clares will soon all be back in town to celebrate their 20th year anniversary playing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as one of the premium Irish bands to come out of the Crescent City.
Multi-instrumentalist Carlos Malta is in town. The sax and flute virtuoso is performing at UNO on Wednesday and will also perform two sets at Snug Harbor Thursday. WWOZ will broadcast the second set LIVE in case you are unable to attend.
One of Brazil's most respected musicians, Malta is a composer, performer, arranger, band leader and music educator who has performed all over the world.