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Absolutely Irish


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Absolutely Irish
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ABSOLUTELY IRISH! brings together some of the brightest stars on the traditional Irish music scene today for a once-in-a-lifetime concert.

Filmed at the intimate Irish Arts Center in New York City's famed Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Irish music impresario Mick Moloney presents three generations of musical virtuosos performing beloved jigs, reels and airs, and contemporary takes on favorite old tunes.

Among other highlights, ABSOLUTELY IRISH includes special guest appearances by two living legends — 80-year-old flute player Mike Rafferty and 85-year-old Irish dancer Jo McNamara — and a heart-tugging rendition of "Leaving Liverpool" performed by the entire ensemble. Performers include: whistle player Joanie Madden; fiddlers Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers, and Athena Tergis; flute and banjo player Seamus Egan; guitarist John Doyle; singers Karan Casey, Robbie O'Connell and Susan McKeown; piper Jerry O'Sullivan; concertina player Tim Collins; accordionist Billy McComiskey and dancers Niall O'Leary and Darrah Carr.

Songs: Act I Opening set of reels by the all-star band, with dancing by Niall O’Leary and Darrah Carr Fiddle jam session with Eileen Ivers, Liz Carroll and Athena Tergis Old-time tune and reminiscences from veteran flute player Mike Rafferty "McNally’s Row of Flats," a Harrigan & Hart song of old New York by Mick Moloney Fiddle, flute and guitar jam with young stars Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers and John Doyle

Act II Centuries-old tune written by O’Carolan from the all-star band "The Flower of Kilkenny," a romantic old song from Robbie O’Connell "Sand Dance" by Niall O’Leary with fiddler Athena Tergis "King’s Shilling," a powerful protest song from Karan Casey Fiddle and tin whistle jam with legendary women Liz Carroll and Joannie Madden

Act III Jam session with the all-star band led by Seamus Egan on tenor banjo Old-time dancing and comic stories from veteran Jo McNamara "Fair London Town," a ballad from singer Susan McKeown Set of reels with more dancing from O’Leary and Carr "Leaving Liverpool," the closing song with all the performers on stage

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Chicago: “Absolutely Irish,” 01/14/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_898C3430966A4BC4A141D59471DEAEA0.
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