Lincoln Center Lights Up This 2012!


Wow check this out. Got this from a press release by my friend Anita Daly.


Sunday July 29, Lincoln Center Out of Doors presents

OurLand: Celebrating Irish Culture in America!
The Music, The Bards, The Magic!

Artistic Director Joe Hurley

Presented in Association with The Consulate General of Ireland


A day of Irish Music, Poetry, Literature, Theatre, Dance and more!


**Notice! JUST ADDED! Performance from the cast of ONCE, winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL!***

On Sunday July 29th, for the first time in NYC, Lincoln Center Out of Doors will present a day long, multifaceted festival of Irish culture. “Our Land” will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the continuing cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries.

An all-day (2 pm–10 pm) extravaganza of music, spoken word,  and traditional arts, OurLand  will  explore how  the Irish helped to build NYC, with ‘Nothing But Their Genius’, while  shining a light on Irish and Irish-Americans continuing contribution to the American Songbook and  culture.  Featuring stars of pop, rock, punk, folk,  theater , film,  literature, and more, ‘OurLand’ takes place at multiple spaces on the Lincoln Center campus, culminating in   Damrosch Park   with the All Star Irish Rock Revue!

Commencing with introductions by Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny, and Artistic Director Joe Hurley, OurLand will move through the fair and into the night with song, dance, poets, authors, artists, street performers, exhibits, book and CD signings.

Day – starting at 2 pm – on the Plazas of Lincoln Center


Gathering The Bards: From Galway to Rockaway2pm, Hearst Plaza aka “The Bards Stage”

Weaving the art of storytelling with original works and classics, Irish-American culture in verse and song.

The performers include Oscar winning Director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), Actors Cara Seymour (Gangs of New York), Angelica Page (Sixth Sense), Geraldine Hughes (‘Belfast Blues’), Barbara Feldon and Aedin Moloney, Malachy McCourt, Alfie McCourt, Best-Selling Novelists Peter Quinn, Tom Kelly, John Swenson, Thomas Bahler, and Mike Farragher, Musicians Cherish the Ladies, Kirk Kelly, Niamh Hyland, New Orleans Fiddler Gina Forsyth, Celtic Tenor David O’Leary; Poetry and A cappella singing from the WB Yeats Society of NY, Gerard McNamee, The NY Rose Of Tralee Anne Marie Lynch, Salina Mailer, Faith Hahn,  and more in a wildly eclectic and interactive parade of The Jewels of Ireland’s Bards.

Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny and Artistic Director Joe Hurley

Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny (left) with

Artistic Director Joe Hurley (right)

The Auld Triangle“Nothing but my Genius” – at 5pm, Josie Robertson Plaza

Josie Robertson Plaza is re-christened “The Auld Triangle” for the audience to take a wild, magical stroll on Raglan Road with buskers, poets, painters, and dancers that will stir your soul. Behan to Beckett, Christy Moore to James Joyce – Bring your voice– for sing-alongs….Alive-Alive Oh!


Evening – Damrosch Park – from 6 pm to 10 pm “The Sailing Stage”

Thousands Are Sailing – But we dance to the music…And we dance…

We begin with A Parting Glass: Celebrating the legendary ALAN LOMAX’s work preserving Ireland’s Musical Heritage. Alan Lomax’s extensive recordings in Ireland are a shared musical treasure. They will be honored with Round Robin-style Irish-Americana performances led by Lomax archive director Don Fleming, Cherish the Ladies, Lianne Smith, Marni Rice, and very special friends. Complete with the original two-track recorder onstage that Lomax used to capture these historical Irish recordings!.

At 7:00pm we roll on as Joe Hurley and The Gents take the stage!

The New Yorker called Hurley One of the city’s deepest pop singers, both in his vocal range and the level of his soulfulness… mesmerizing.” Their set will include a performance of Hurley’s CD Let the Great World Spin, created with and inspired by Colum McCann’s National Book Award Winning novel. The Gents feature Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan Bandleader) Ken Margolis, Megan Gould, James Mastro, & special guest Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley.

The grand finale at 8pm will rock with a performance by Joe Hurley’s All-Star Irish Rock Revue!

A Beloved NYC institution, “that receives rave reviews every year” NEW YORK MAGAZINE The All Star Irish Rock Revue celebrates Ireland’s musical gifts to the world as guests dive into “The Great Irish Songbook,” performing the timeless classics of Thin Lizzy, U2, Van Morrison, The Undertones, Pogues, Elvis Costello, Stiff Little Fingers, John Lydon and more.

Co-hosted by critically lauded performer Edward Rogers, early confirmations include fiery rocker Willie Nile, Tony Winner Michael Cerveris (Evita), Ellen Foley, soul-legend Tami Lynn (Dr. John, The Rolling Stones) Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper Band), Film Star Antonique Smith (‘Notorious’), The New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain, Uk’s Stephen Frost, Tish & Snooky, Mary Lee Kortes, Sam Bisbee and members of Flogging Molly, Rogue’s March, Lez Zeppelin, The Mekons, Cracker, The Ian Hunter Band and Blue Oyster Cult. Musical Director is Chris Flynn.

Artistic Director for the ‘OurLand’ celebration, Joe Hurley has sung and recorded with artists ranging from The Chieftains to Judy Collins and Shane Macgowan, Sam Shepard to Flogging Molly, Jimmy Webb to Maude Maggart. His collaboration with Irish Novelist Colum McCann, on The CD ‘Let The Great World Spin’, led to sold-out tours of Europe together.
In 2011 Hurley, Johnny Depp and Keith Richards won two Audie Awards for their narration of Richards’ international Best-Seller LIFE, including the prestigious ‘AudioBook of the Year’ Award.

He  leads the NYC groups Rogue’s March and Joe Hurley & The Gents and has released many critically-acclaimed CDs. Hurley’s  ‘Amsterdam Mistress’ is featured on SONY MUSIC’s ‘Whiskey In The Jar-Essential Irish Songs’ alongside classics from The Pogues, Dubliners, and Clancy Brothers.

Hurley and 75 authors entered the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records for their 24 hour live-broadcast global readings on peace, with

‘OurLand’ is an outgrowth of the annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue Charity Concerts that Hurley has held at sold-out venues around New York, since 1999.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is one of the largest free performance festivals in the U.S.  Over its 41-year history, Out of Doors has commissioned some 95 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, renowned world-music artists, and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues and rock musicians. It has highlighted the rich cultural diversity of New York City and partnered with dozens of community and cultural organizations. Since 2008 the festival has been produced by Lincoln Center’s director of public programming, Bill Bragin, with associate producer Jill Sternheimer.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE and take place on the Lincoln Center campus. Visit for a complete schedule of events or call 212-875-5766 to request a brochure.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2012 is sponsored by Bloomberg and Pepsico Foundation and SofTrek Corporation.

Media Sponsors The Irish Echo, The Irish Examiner USA,

More Press Releases to come with updates of artists, performances and events, so stay tuned!

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Photo ids: Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny (left) with

Artistic Director Joe Hurley (right) -photo by James Higgins


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