Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, located at One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue), will host three special events in December. Admission is free to members of Ireland House and those with an NYU ID; $10 admission to regular events and $15 for Blarney Star Concert Series events. To reserve a seat call 212.998.3950.
On Friday, December 1, 9 p.m., the Blarney Star Concert Series will present Noel Hill, Ireland’s greatest concertina player. He is particularly noted for his adaptation to the concertina of the complex ornamentation and chordal accompaniment used by pipers such as the late Séamus Ennis and Willie Clancy. Hill has also made some of the most important traditional music recordings of the past three decades, including his own solo discs The Irish Concertina and The Irish Concertina Two.
On Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Ireland House will celebrate the advent of the holiday season, Airneál na Nollag, with an ever-popular evening of traditional music and song performed by NYU students hosted by Pádraig Ó Cearúill, Irish language lecturer at NYU.
On Friday, December 8, 8 p.m., the Blarney Star Concert Series will host a special concert to be filmed for broadcast in Ireland. Featured are performances by Dublin uilleann piper Ivan Goff, Sliabh Luachra fiddle stylist Tess Slominski, and singing star Susan McKeown, who will be joined by Eamon O’Leary and other musical guests. Limited seating is available for this event; reservations are required by calling Ireland House at 212.998.3950.