Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley – CD Launch TONIGHT!

March 18, 2011

The WSHSO has been talking about our new CD in all our St. Patrick’s Day performances listed in the previous post. We’ve even sold a few copies! However, Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley will be officially launched tonight in the Blarney Star concert series at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House. The concert starts at 9 pm, but come early to socialize with us over food and to ensure you get a good seat. We’re expecting a standing-room-only type of situation! We’ll play everything on the CD plus some other surprise selections, even a few you’ve never heard before!

And hey, did you see the great review Paul Keating gave us in the weekly Irish Voice newspaper on Wednesday, March 9th? Well, if not, you’re in luck. The Irish Central website carried Paul’s review on Friday, March 11th. Please click HERE to check out the wonderful picture of our group as well as the lovely things Paul has to say about our music.  (Thanks, Paul!!)

Another exciting tidbit that needs mentioning is that the Irish Arts Center released two YouTube videos — well, YouTube “stills” really — of tracks on our CD. The video postings were used in their promotion for the Tribute to the Famous McNultys concert at Symphony Space on March 11th, but they mention our new CD and add to the launch festivities.

The first video contains a song called Arrah, come in out of the rain, Barney McShane. “Arrah” is a Gaelic expression indicating mild surprise. Apparently it was part of the slang of the 1920’s. Donie Carroll is the soloist, backed by the whole WSHSO.  Kate Bowerman supplies a delightful piccolo accompaniment, another throwback to the 1920’s when piccolos were common in the bands used in vaudeville shows and in Irish dance halls.

The second video contains Liz Hanley‘s lovely rendition of Sweet Dublin Bay. She’s accompanied on the uilleann bagpipe by Ivan Goff.

If you enjoy these videos, hop on over to CDBaby and order your very own copy of Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley. Seriously, it’s not like anything else in your collection!!

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