Future Events

At The American Irish Historical Society

April 1st, 2014
7:00 PM
Seán Tyrell

Hailed by critics as “one of the Ireland’s major folk voices”, (Irish Music Magazine), Seán is currently launching his new album Moonlight on Galway Bay in the USA and Canada.  An authentic modern day troubadour, his rough-hewn and piercingly honest voice is well-known and respected throughout Ireland, seasoned from decades of sessions around his County Clare home on Ireland's west coast. Seán is perhaps best known for setting Irish poetry to music and giving new life to writers and works that have been overlooked or forgotten. Seán has been plying his trade in Ireland and around the world since the late 1960’s. He’s played with many Irish music greats, including Davy Spillane, Kilfenora Céilí, and members of The Chieftains. His latest album was funded by his fanbase through an Irish crowd sourcing website and quickly picked up by The Vital Record for worldwide release.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door, over the phone (212-288-2263) or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sean-tyrell-in-concert-tickets-10063826175

Doors open at 6:30pm

April 2nd, 2014
7:00 PM
Margo Gezairlian Grib

Ms. Grib has performed with prominent early music ensembles and festivals such as New York's Ensemble for Early Music, the New York Collegium, The Ivory Consort, Madison Early Music and Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Early Music America Magazine wrote, "If one performer deserves special note, it is Margo Gezairlian Grib, whose unique voice is perfect for these songs." in its review of Ivory Consort's recording "Music in the Land of Three Faiths". From the ancient to modern, she is a soloist on The Metropolitan Museum of Art's recording "Music of Medieval Love" with Ensemble for Early Music and "Einstein on the Beach" by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass for Sony Classics, which she performed in opera houses around the world including BAM. Ms. Grib is the artistic director of the ALBA Consort which has performed live on WQXR.FM, at Bargemusic, for Academy of Ancient Music, Early Music Now and was recently selected to showcase for Chamber Music America's annual showcase.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door, over the phone (212-288-2263) or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/margo-gezairlian-grib-in-concert-tickets-10994405563:

Doors open at 6:30pm

April 3rd- June 27th, 2014

A Simple Grammar by artist Lori Van Houten

The Society is pleased to present the exhibit A Simple Grammar by artist Lori Van Houten. The project

began during a residency at Cill Rialaig, an artist retreat built from cliff-side ruins of a deserted

pre-famine village in County Kerry; then continued and expanded while working with the collection of

the American Irish Historical Society in New York City. Presented as a six part installation on two floors

of the Society’s building in Manhattan, A Simple Grammar combines imagery and objects from

the west coast of Ireland with the rich holdings of the American Irish Historical Society library.

A Simple Grammar will be open April 3 through June 27, 2014. Hours are: Thursday 12-4 pm, during

all AIHS public events and *by appointment (212 288 2263.)

A reception will be held on April 3 from 5-7pm.  Ms. Van Houten will also lead an tour of the exhibit

on May 28th at 6pm. For these events, kindly RSVP via email at aihs@aihs.org

or by phone (212-288-2263)

April 17th, 2014
7:00 PM
Author Catherine Duggan presents The Lost Laws of Ireland

The Lost Laws of Ireland, How The Brehon Laws Shaped Early Irish Society by Catherine Duggan introduces the legal system that governed Irish society for over 1000 years.  It describes a surprisingly complex and well-developed society of early Ireland through an exploration of its native traditional laws. It focuses on certain themes that are significant to the modern reader, such as social mobility, women’s rights, equity, fairness, and transparent legal process. The Brehon Laws are remarkable because of the many ways in which it took a modern approach to timeless issues.  The Lost Laws of Ireland is for anyone interested in Irish culture.

In association with the Brehon Law Society, the Society welcomes Ms.Duggan as she discusses her book. Reservation is required via email: sjd_esq@hotmail.com

or by phoning the AIHS (212-288-2263)

Doors open at 6:00pm

April 24th, 2014
7:00 PM
Christy McNamara & Guests

Christy Mc Namara is a photographer and a traditional musician who divides his time between County  Clare and New York city. From a rich traditional heritage, he grew up listening to the music and storytelling around him. He observed that musicians became absorbed into the music and seemed to inhabit a world of their own when they played. His photography brings the viewer into this intimate world. Traditional music is rooted in place and Christy has used the image as a way of telling a personal story of home, family, tradition and how that tradition is passed on. His book, “The Living Note” received world-wide acclaim. He was also the first Irish Artist to receive the prestigious Communication Art Award (1999). A traditional musician and composer, he plays button accordion and concertina. His 2007 album, “The House I was Reared In” received wide acclaim.  Christy’s performance will feature several special guests.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door over the phone (212-288-2263) or at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/christy-mcnamara-multimedia-presentation-tickets-11011235903:

Doors open at 6:30pm


Friday March 21, 2014- Twenty-Fourth Annual Symposium on Public Monuments in Tribute to Rudolf Wittkower, Presented by THE  MONUMENTS  CONSERVANCY


    Historian and key-noter Robert Murphy draws on five years of research into the life and work of Patrick Charles Keely to define the genius and character of America’s foremost Catholic architect of the nineteenth century.  Although he was the designer and builder of at least 700 churches and ecclesiastical buildings in the eastern and western United States and Canada, Keely is relatively unknown, even among authorities in the fields of American and European art and architecture of the 19th century. 

    At last year’s Symposium, speakers from the fields of art history, decorative arts conservation, psychology, and photography addressed the failure of recorded history and offered their individual knowledge and ideas about his work.  That initial exploration inspired the program for this year, which brings together a variety of specialists who will share their efforts to rediscover Keely, place him in appropriate context, and define his legacy.  For more information click here.

     Time & Life Building, Rockefeller Center

     1271 Avenue of the Americas (at 50th Street)

     Henry Luce Room, 2nd Floor

     8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

     Free.  R.S.V.P. (212) 764-5645, Ext 10

     Email: symposium@nationalsculpture.symposium@nationalsculpt.org

Friday, March 28, 2014 Tara O'Grady & The Black Velvet Band

Get yer green on for March Madness with all things Irish at end of the month with a rip roaring concert with Tara and the Lads fresh from their New Orleans tour as they swing all your Irish favorites plus some world premiere original songs

Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3

entrance on 185 Orchard Street

doors 7:30pm, show 8-9pm

$15 get tickets here - http://www.ticketfly.com/event/478055


Tara O'Grady - vocals & ukulele

Pete Kennedy - guitar & ukulele

Michael Hashim - sax and clarinet

Trifon Dimitrov - bass