Friday Nights + Live Music =  Delightful Bliss. On September 5th, Mickey Coleman will pay a visit to the New York Irish Center. A former all-Ireland Gaelic football medalist from County Tyrone, Coleman is the latest folk singer/songwriter to make a splash on the Irish music scene. He has an innate talent for penning ditties which speak of his love for his native country matched with a fine, soulful voice. He will share the stage with special guest Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde, a traditional Irish music singer with a light, airy voice and an easygoing, conversational stage presence. (He sings in English and Gaelic.)

Meanwhile at the other end of the 7 train, Flushing Town Hall will host the Five Boroughs Music Festival, a recital series hosted by the Casement Fund, which encourages creative writing, poetry, and the written word as it relates to music. On this night, four highly acclaimed young vocalists — Caitlin Lynch, soprano; Leah Wool, mezzo-soprano; Michael Slattery, tenor; and Sidney Outlaw, baritone — will join pianist Spencer Myer to celebrate the 200th birthday of The Star Spangled Banner. They will also track the progression of popular American song over the last two centuries.

Details after the jump.


Past traditions meet a new style. Folk singer/songwriter Mickey Coleman is the latest sensation to hit the Irish folk music scene. A former champion Gaelic football player from County Tyrone, Coleman has a special talent for transforming poetic verses into heart-wrenching lyrics and delivering them with a captivating voice. The singer of such moving ballads as ‘The Holylands Belfast,” “The Brantry Boy” and “My Coalisland Girl” has already shared the stage with The Chieftains, Cara Dillon and other top Irish music performers. And like any good native of the Emerald Isle, he’s going to bring his talent to the New York Irish Center in Long Island City on November 9th.

Details: Mickey Coleman, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, LIC, November 9th, 7:30 pm, $22/$11 for the unemployed, students and seniors.

Photo via Mickey Coleman


These guys honor tradition while breaking the mold. Jameson’s Revenge combines the sounds of a pin whistle, a fiddle, a flute and a guitar to create a funky, almost sweet-sounding form of Irish music that recalls a modern day in the Old Country. This Saturday, the lads take their act to Long Island City, where they will share the stage with 2012 Irish Music Awards winner Mickey Coleman, a folk singer from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland whose lyrics are influenced by the hardships that he experienced growing up in a country divided by religion. Details: Jameson’s Revenge in Concert, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, June 29, 7:30 pm, $22, $11 for students, seniors and the unemployed.