Irish Folk Music

by Press Release | Feb 19, 2006
Irish Folk Music Join critically-acclaimed folk musician Mick Maloney for a whimsical journey to the Emerald Isle with an enthralling program of traditional Irish song and dance at Dante Hall Theater of the Arts on Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. International performing artists Athena O'Lochlainn (fiddle), Jerry O'Sullivan (uilleann pipes & tin whistle), and Niall O'Leary and partner (step dancing) will accompany Maloney for this special engagement. Tickets are on sale now and cost $25 per person; group discounts are available. Please call the box office at 609.344-8877 for reservations or information. Free parking for all Dante Hall events is offered in St. Michael's church lot on Georgia Avenue and in the Ducktown parking lot at the corner of Fairmount and Mississippi Avenues.

Mick Maloney is a highly-regarded professional musician, folklorist and broadcast media personality. He has recorded and produced over 40 albums and served as artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which toured nationally. Maloney's book Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish American History Through Song was released by Crown Publications in February of 2002 with an accompanying CD on Shanachie Records. He has hosted and performed for three nationally syndicated series on American Public Television and was notably awarded a 1999 National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts ” the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States.

Maloney holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folk life from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught there as well as at Georgetown, and Villanova Universities. He currently lectures at New York University in the Irish Studies program and leads a series of “Irish Folklore Toursâ€쳌 immersing travelers in authentic Irish culture.

Earle Hitchner, a reviewer for the Irish Echo, called Maloney's concert a "moving musical feast" and raves, "Mick Maloney's knowledge of Irish, Irish American, and other genres of popular, roots-oriented, and historical music runs wide and deep."

Dante Hall Theater of the Arts is an intimate, 243-seat theater located adjacent to St. Michael's Church in the heart of Atlantic City's "Ducktown" neighborhood which seeks to continue serving Atlantic City and the surrounding communities as a vital cultural center. Dante Hall presents a diverse range of professional and amateur musical and theatrical performances throughout the year including a special Family Series geared towards a broad audience.

Funding for Dante Hall programs has been provided in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State through the Local Arts Development Grant Program administered by the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

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