Irish performances for Irish Heritage Month | THIRTEEN

Fields in Ireland, and a hint of rain that keeps them green. From the episode Simple Comforts: Ireland by Mary Berry.

March is Irish-American Heritage Month – a celebration of the culture of a small island to which 31.5 million Americans feel connected; Irish is the second largest ancestry group listed in the US census after German. The highlight of the month is St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, when the color to wear is green, representing the Emerald Isle of Ireland.

New York City rolls out the St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Fifth Avenue starting at 11 a.m. and people from all walks of life join in the festivities at Irish pubs and taverns – the city has more per capita than any other, according to a St. Patrick’s Day. thematic overview by Wallet Hub. If you’re lucky, you might catch a traditional Irish music session in a pub when musicians come together to play traditional Irish songs and socialize. Irish hospitality is paired with a gift for conversation – the Irish are always up for ‘the Craic’ – an Irish Gaelic term that boils down to sharing the latest news and gossip with generous humor and wit.

THIRTEEN, the New York-area PBS station, is happy to bring music and performances into homes in March via specials, as well as shows that reveal Ireland’s beauty and history.

Ireland in music: Sclimpini


The title of this new musical series is simple, but does the Irish Gaelic word sclimpíní mean? Manchán Magan, author of the book Thirty-two words for Field: lost words from the Irish landscapeexplains: “sclimpiní refers to supernatural lights that dance before our eyes.

Irish eyes smile in the series Ireland in music: Sclimpini, in which Irish-based musicians perform on location in the Irish countryside and towns. Episodes include poetry with actor Stephen Rea (Flesh and blood, the crying game) and even a whistler! Locations include Dublin’s Temple Bar and Millennium Bridge, the Burren in County Clare, the castles of County Westmeath and more. Broadcasts begin Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. (see Schedule), but you can stream episodes in advance.

Irish Dancing: Steps to Freedom

Thirteen tunes Irish Dancing: Steps to Freedom several times from Thursday, March 17 at 8:30 p.m. to March 21 at 1 a.m. (see schedule).

Breathtaking Irish dancing performances trace the evolution of this global dance phenomenon, from its early Celtic origins and peasant dance roots to its blending with the slave cultures of the Caribbean and Africa. Hosted by young Irish dancing phenom and viral TikTok sensation Morgan Bullock from Virginia, the program reveals how Irish dancing is a story of religious influence, cultural fusion, mass migration and revolution. Archive performances feature Riverdance and Lord of the Dance star Michael Flatley and Irish dancing master Jean Butler, among many others.

The program features Irish dance artists from New York to Ireland.

A young black woman wearing Irish dancing shoes stands on her toes on the Irish dancing board in the middle of NYC street intersection.  She wears black tights and a black zipped sweatshirt.

Irish dance artist Morgan Bullock dances at the intersection of Delancey Street and Orchard Street on the Lower East Side in New York

Six men wear black shoes and dance on a wooden plank placed on the pier at the water's edge.  The sun is setting behind them.

Irish dancing performance at Battery Park in New York.

Two tall young men, twins, are in the air with their bodies upright above two boards for Irish dancing which are placed in the path along the body of water.

Gardiner Brothers in Steps to Freedom.

Cormac Begley and Stephaine Keane perform at the water’s edge.

For live Irish dancing, check out the Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC) March 15-19 at the Joyce Theatre. The theater seats just under 500 people in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, and every seat is good.

Trinity: Classically Irish

Conor Murphy, Emmett O’Hanlon and Ronan Scolard.

Thirteen tunes Trinity: Classically Irish Thursday, March 17 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 at 3 p.m. (see schedule) or stream now.

A New Yorker is part of this trio of tenors celebrating in song the month of Irish-American heritage. Their concert with the Gulf Coast Symphony in Fort Myers, Florida includes ‘Toora Loora’, ‘Red Is the Rose’, ‘Carrickfergus’, ‘Danny Boy’, ‘The Spanish Lady’, ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Raglan Road’ , “The Rocky Road to Dublin”, “Grace”, “Isle of Hope”, “The Fields of Athenry” and “The Parting Glass”.

Emmett O’Hanlon was born in New York to Irish parents. After earning a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, his work as lead vocalist with Celtic Thunder took him to hundreds of cities in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Conor Murphy has Irish opera in his blood – his great-grandmother, Mimi Devitt, was a famous Irish operatic soprano before World War II, who earned the nickname ‘Mimi’ for her well-received performances at Dublin in La Boheme. Murphy performs in opera and musical theater and as a solo artist across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Ronan Scolard is a tenor and multi-talented musician from Dublin. He studied music at Trinity College, University of Dublin and is musical director and arranger at Trinity. His vast experience, including choral and orchestral work and arranging for Riverdance and Celtic Woman, has made Ronan one of Ireland’s most sought after arrangers and music producers.

Celtic Woman: Postcards from Ireland

Celtic woman set.

As we head towards the return of travel and live music, the Grammy-nominated ensemble Celtic Woman shares a message of love and hope with fans in the form of musical postcards, written with the songs from their latest album. They filmed their special at 14 locations in Ireland and are currently on the Postcards of Ireland tour, with March dates in Staten Island and New Brunswick, New Jersey. Stream the special TV concert now.

Breaking away from the usual format of Celtic Woman TV specials, Postcards from Ireland takes viewers on a musical journey through stunning land and seascapes across Ireland, where the set is filmed outdoors with musicians and dancers. Postcards appear throughout the program as signposts to keep you informed of location, and performers share associations they have with the setting or song they’re performing.

Irish places and songs

At Johnstown Castle in County Wexford in the East, the band deliver a stunning performance of ‘Amazing Grace’. Megaan sings “Bonny Portmore” at the Glendalough monastic site in County Wicklow. Admire the dramatic seascapes and cliffs of County Antrim, where the band perform a new rendition of ‘The Dawning of the Day’. ‘Beeswing’, a beautiful folk song, is performed in a reconstructed early 20th century Irish village in County Tyrone. The West Coast’s Wild Atlantic Way is pictured at Lissadell House in County Sligo, the holiday home of famous Irish poet WB Yeats. There, Muirgen sings “Down By the Salley Gardens”. At Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, Chloe delivers a stunning rendition of ‘Angel’. In County Kerry, Tara performs Bach’s magnificent violin solo “Where Sheep May Safely Graze” in the medieval monastic ruins of Muckross Abbey. In the chapel of Trinity College Dublin, Susan offers a powerful interpretation of “May It Be”.

Mary Berry’s Simple Comfort: Ireland

A woman in a green blouse holds a piece of cake on a server;  the cake is on the table in front of her

Mary Berry.

The Great British Baking Show co-host Mary Berry has a PBS spin-off called Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts. In this episode, she visits Ireland, where comfort food is at the heart of local cuisine. Mary visits Cork’s local food market, which is full of culinary delights, from fresh fish and steaming stews to beautiful breads and the famous Boxty potato pancake. At the Jameson distillery, she meets a cooper (cooper) whose know-how has been passed down from generations of ancestors before him. Broadcast now.

The wild coast of Ireland


This unique journey along one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines showcases the wildlife and wild places that make Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast so special. Wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson is your guide to the place he calls home after 30 years of making the world’s most famous wildlife films. Watch clips and two episodes.

Comments are closed.