Exciting Updates and Great Bands on next Sunday’s Ourland Fest, NYC

It is great to know what’s happening around the world in terms of Celtic music related events. What I love about blogging for Celtic music? The scene! Yes it is great to keep the scene alive. The more events we have and more people attending, will support its strength for generations to come. This is our community, our friends …our life. I got this from our New York correspondent Anita Daly.

Exciting updates on next Sunday’s Ourland Fest, NYC’s first ever day long free festival celebrating Irish culture at Lincoln Center…



Sunday July 29, 2-10pm, Lincoln Center Out of Doors presents

OurLand: Celebrating Irish Culture in America!

The Music, The Bards, The Magic!

Artistic Director Joe Hurley

Presented in Partnership with The Gathering Ireland 2013

In Association with The Consulate General of Ireland

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

Just Announced!

Pulitzer Prize Winner William Kennedy! (Ironweed)

New York Dolls’ Syl SyLvain

Ireland’s only 2 Star Michelin Chef, Conrad Gallagher

Get Smart’s Barbara Feldon

Cara Seymour (Gangs of New York)

Lez Zeppelin’s Shannon Conley


Angelica Page (“The Best Man”)

Tony Winner Michael Cerveris (“Evita”)

The Cast of Once, 2012 Best Musical

Malachy and Alfie McCourt

Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley

Best-Selling Novelist Peter Quinn

R&R Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway (Alice Cooper)

Bob Dylan’s band leader, Tony Garnier

Joe Hurley & the Gents

Irish Supergroup Cherish The Ladies

Thomas Bahler “We Are The World”  and Soul Legend Tami Lynn (Stones “Exile”)




Introduced by Irish Consul General Noel Kilkenny, and Artistic Director

Joe Hurley,  “Our Land” will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the  cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries.  An all-day extravaganza exploring how the Irish helped to build NYC, with ‘Nothing But Their Genius’, while shining a light on Irish and Irish-Americans contribution to the American Songbook and culture, OurLand takes place at multiple spaces on the Lincoln Center campus.  We’ll move through the fair and into the night with song, dance, poets, authors, artists, street performers, exhibits, book and CD signings.

Gathering The Bards: From Galway to Rockaway 2pm, “The Bards Stage”  aka

Hearst Plaza

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

Pulitzer Prize Winner William Kennedy, Actors Cara Seymour, Angelica Page, Barbara Feldon Aedin Moloney, Malachy McCourt, Alfie McCourt,  Novelists Peter Quinn, Tom Kelly, John Swenson, Thomas Bahler, and Mike Farragher,  Kirk Kelly, Niamh Hyland, Colin Broderick,  David O’Leary, WB Yeats Society of NY, Gerard McNamee,  Salina Mailer, Faith Hahn, Marni Rice, Dana McCoy, Honor Molloy, John S. Hall,Trisha McCormack, IAW&A and more in a wildly eclectic and interactive parade of The Jewels of Ireland’s Bards.

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

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, Alive-Alive Oh! (w/ Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley, The Mercantillers, Marie Reilly, Seamus Kelleher, Theatre 80 Siamsa)

6pm Thousands Are Sailing -’The Sailing Stage’ aka Damrosch Park Bandshell

A Performance from the cast of ONCE, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards incl: BEST MUSICAL!

Then it’s A Parting Glass: Celebrating  ALAN LOMAX’s work preserving

Ireland’s Musical Heritage. Lomax’s  recordings in Ireland  will be honored with Round Robin-style Irish-Americana performances led by Lomax archive director Don Fleming, Cherish the Ladies, Lianne Smith, and special friends. With the original 2-track recorder onstage used to capture these historical Irish recordings,  The 78 rpm project will also be there for new live versions of these gems!


At 7pm, 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 rangeand 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  Award Winning novel. The Gents feature Tony Garnier ( Dylan Bandleader) Ken Margolis, Megan Gould, Steve Goulding, special guests Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley, Antonique Smith, Tami Lynn

8pm  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 diveinto “The Great Irish Songbook,” performing the timeless classics of Thin Lizzy, U2, VanMorrison, The Undertones, Pogues, Elvis Costello, Stiff Little Fingers, John Lydon & more.

Co-hosted by the critically lauded Edward Rogers- With The New York Dolls’ Sylvain Sylvain,  Willie Nile,  Michael Cerveris, Ellen Foley, Tami Lynn (Dr. John, The Stones) Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway ,Film Star Antonique Smith , The New York Dolls’ Syl Sylvain, Lez Zeppelin’s Shannon Conley,Uk’s Stephen Frost, Tish & Snooky, Mary Lee Kortes, Sam Bisbee, Joe McGinty, Sherryl Marshall, Tricia Scotti, Blue Coupe, Jamie Noone, Al Landess, & members of Rogue’s March, The Mekons, Cracker, The Ian Hunter Band, Blue Oyster Cult. MD is Chris Flynn.

Artistic Director  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 their acclaimed tours of Europe together.

Hurley, Johnny Depp and Keith Richards recently won two Audie Awards for their narration of Richards’ international Best-Seller LIFE, including the ‘AudioBook of the Year’ Award. With Rogue’s March and The Gents he’s released many heralded CDs, and his ballad ‘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 http://www.AuthorsForPeace.org

‘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 LCOutofDoors.org 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.

For updates of artists, performances visit and “Like” our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JoeHurleysOurLandFest

Follow us on Twitter: @OurLandFest


Follow Joe on Twitter @JoeHurleyMusic

Web: http://www.roguesmarch.com/

MEDIA: Anita Daly, Daly Communications

212 772 0852 /anitadaly@yahoo.com

Web: http://www.roguesmarch.com/irishrevue/

CD’s at http://JoeHurley.bandcamp.com

Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hurley

We hope to see you at the OurLand Gathering.

‘The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a year-long celebration of Ireland and all things Irish.  A once in a lifetime opportunity to come and experience all that is great about Ireland.   2013 is the year to visit Ireland or come home. Be part of it.’



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