Founded in 2000 by Professor Mick Moloney, The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra (or WSHSO, for short) is a New York institution.  Based at New York University and made up of musicians from the City’s Irish music community, the WSHSO plays traditional Irish music, with a focus on older tunes, tunes with history, and tunes with interesting stories attached. Although our repertory recalls that of the Irish-American dance bands of the early twentieth century, like The Four Provinces Orchestra, Dan Sullivan’s Shamrock Band, Pat Roche’s Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, and Erin’s Pride Orchestra, our sound is all our own.

The WSHSO at City Hall

The WSHSO playing at City Hall circa 2004.

The WSHSO performs regularly and has appeared at Symphony Space, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, the American Irish Historical Society, the Consulate General of Ireland in New York, the Irish Arts Center, Town Hall, the University Club, the Manhattan Club at Rosie O’Grady’s, South Street Seaport Museum, WFUV radio, New York’s City Hall, Battery Park, and, of course, NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House.  If you are interested in hiring us to play your event, please contact Dan Neely, the group’s current leader, via email.

We’ve recorded an album! Check it out: Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley.

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