March Media Madness!

April 3, 2011

(c) 2011 Marilyn Stern / sternphoto.com

St. Patrick’s Day events plus our CD launch had the WSHSO strummin’ and singin’ all around town! We were heard on the airwaves. Our name appeared in newspapers and on the internet.  Our CD was listed by various distributors.  It was awesome!!  Just look at the magnitude of media coverage we received, all in one month!!

On March 2

The Irish Arts Center posted Sweet Dublin Bay, a track from our new CD, on YouTube.  A couple of weeks earlier the IAC had uploaded Arrah, Come In Out of the Rain Barney McShane as well.

Daniel Neely announced the arrival of our CD with a post on his blog, Daniel T. Neely | Ba uafásach an torann…

Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley was listed on The Session.  For anyone not familiar with it, The Session is a website heavily used by people who play traditional Irish music.

On March 6

The WSHSO was the guest artist on the Ceol na nGael radio program on Fordham University’s radio station, WFUV, 90.7 FM.  We were on the air for about 25 minutes.  Click HERE to hear our portion of the program.

On March 10

The WSHSO performed in the Irish Heritage Concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.

photo by Scott Spencer, used with permission

The photo above was taken during the performance.  The WSHSO rank and file is lined up in front of the high altar, behind (left to right) Daniel Neely, Jerry O’Sullivan, Dana Lyn, Billy McComisky, Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and Brendan Dolan.

Better pictures of us can be seen in the 3-minute video published on a website called Currents,  a daily online Catholic News magazine.  Mick Moloney is interviewed, and there’s footage of the WSHSO at the end.  Have a look!

An Irish Concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral – 3/17/11 : Currents

CDBaby became the first distributor to offer Since Maggie Dooley learned the Hooley Hooley, both in “hard copy” and digital download.

On March 11

The WSHSO was part of the Tribute to the Famous McNultys at Symphony Space on Manhattan’s upper west side.  Paul Keating’s positive review of the McNulty concert appeared in the Irish Voice and on IrishCentral.com.

Gwen Orel also wrote a lovely post about the McNulty concert (which includes lots of photos) on her New York Irish Arts blog.

The WSHSO was included in the New York Times mention of the Tribute to the Famous McNultys in the Weekend Miser column.

Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley became available on DigStation, another digital download site.

On March 12

The WSHSO provided music at the reception following the Gaelic mass at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Greenwich Village.  Note the CDs for sale on the banjo case!

Photo belonging to Lisa Farber, used with permission

The link below will take you to another 3-minute video from the Currents website with footage of the WSHSO and an explanation of the importance of a Gaelic mass.

A Mass in Ireland’s Mother Tongue – 3/17/11 : Currents

Deborah Kapchan, one of the WSHSO’s flute players, made a video of our performance as well.  Click HERE for a look at that video which was posted on our Facebook page.

Our appearance at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral was also mentioned on a blog called Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City.

On March 18

The WSHSO launched Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley in the Blarney Star Concert Series at Glucksman Ireland House.  Ireland House was packed to overflowing.  There was a reception before the concert, with more food and drink available at the break and at the end.  Lots of CDs were sold, and a great time was had by all.

(c) 2011 Marilyn Stern / sternphoto.com

In anticipation of the CD launch, Paul Keating wrote a rave review of Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley.

Gwen Orel also said nice things about the Blarney Star CD launch concert on her New York Irish Arts blog.

Additionally, Gwen interviewed Daniel Neely in her March 18th podcast.

The WSHSO was pleased to see our CD launch concert at the top of the list of This Weekend’s Best Events – March 18-20 in The Daily News.

WSHSO flute player Linda Mason Hood published a post about the CD launch concert on her blog entitled truffles, turtles & tunes.

Naturally, we put up a post on our own as well.  It’s HERE.

Photographer Marilyn Stern took some wonderful pictures that night.  Here’s a montage that includes everyone in the group.

(c) 2011 Marilyn Stern / sternphoto.com

On March 20

Linda Mason Hood updated her blog’s summary of St. Patrick’s Day performances with pictures from each event.

On March 24

Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley became available on iTunes!!

On March 25

Daniel Neely published a post on his blog about how to purchase Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley … and in his own unique style explained why buying our CD is such a very, very good idea!!  Click HERE to read Dan’s amusing post.

On March 28

Irish Music, an online magazine, reported that the WSHSO had launched a new CD.

On March 30

The WSHSO Myspace site was updated with a tunes from our new CD.  Click HERE to go to our Myspace site.

On March 31

Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley made its debut on on eMusic.

Ongoing Updates

Our Facebook page gets regular updates.  Everyone has full access to this page even if you don’t “do” Facebook.  (We tested it, and it’s true!!)  Click HERE to browse, and if you’re on Facebook and you didn’t LIKE yet, what are you waiting for?!

Yes, it has been a whirlwind month, and all of us have loved every minute of it.  We hope you were able to share in the fun in one form or another.  Thanks to all the journalists and bloggers who catapulted the WSHSO into the spotlight.  Thanks to all the photographers who took pictures.  Thanks to the Irish Arts Center for their hospitality at the McNulty concert and to Glucksman Ireland House for champagne after our CD launch. And heartfelt thanks to our families, friends, and supporters for attending our concerts, buying us drinks, buying our CD, and celebrating with us in a multitude of ways.  We have a few more gigs before we disband for the summer so, while the pace may be slowing down a bit, it ain’t over yet!!!

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