This March, WSHSO members were back playing our regular gigs for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. The first as part of The Annual Irish Heritage Concert with the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Mick Moloney and friends. The second at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mott Street in the churchyard with dancers from the Niall O’Leary School of Dance. Always a great time at these events and a nice way to celebrate the season.


Old St. Pats

In the churchyard of Old St. Pat’s


Inside Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral

"Back stage" at St. Patrick's Cathedral

“Back stage” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral


Lots of WSHSO members attended the 18th Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week, July 15-21, in East Durham, NY.  Only about 2 hours drive north of NYC, this fantastic festival is right in our proverbial back yard.  Here’s a few pictures of WSHSO members in action!

WSHSO multi-instrumentalist Don Meade taught banjo and harmonica. He also performed in concerts and ceili bands, led sessions and hosted one of the evening concerts.

WSHSO fiddle player Adam Cole-Mullen was in good company here, playing (or was he sleeping?) in one of the after-hours sessions.  Many of these sessions continued until dawn.

WSHSO members Liz Albertson, Suzanne Grossman, and Linda Mason Hood shared a house in the Catskills with Lauren Weintraub Stoebel, WSHSO flute player who moved away several years ago.  Together with Lauren’s and Liz’s husbands, they enjoyed some scrumptious meals.

… as well as some great music.  The shot below was taken after the session at Stack’s Pub.

The craic is always good in the Catskills! Thanks to CIAW’s director, Paul Keating, for doing his bit to keep the tradition alive.  If you’d like to read more about the this year’s Catskills Irish Arts Week, check out Paul’s recent article on the Irish Central website:  Catskills Irish Arts week thrives in its 18th year.


The season of summer music festivals is in full swing, and WSHSO members are taking full advantage. This week, Liz Hanley and Lisa Farber are in Ireland attending the 40th annual Willie Clancy Summer School. Linda Mason Hood is in North Carolina enjoying the Swannanoa Gathering’s Traditional Song Week.

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Today Dan Neely did a fantastic interview on California’s KWMR-FM, West Marin Community Radio. When asked about his involvement in the traditional Irish music scene, he mentioned the WSHSO, of course, along with leading the session at Lillie’s in Union Square, writing a weekly column in the Irish Echo, and coordinating Irish/Celtic Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West VA. Let’s face it – there’s not much in the NYC Irish scene that Dan’s NOT involved in! Well done, Dan!

We just noticed that Dublin’s Irish Music Magazine reviewed our CD last month, and a great review it was at that!  Click HERE to see for yourselves – we’re third on the list of CD’s reviewed in May. Thanks, lads, for the kind words and personal shout-outs.

The WSHSO is pleased to have music from our CD entitled When Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley used in the New York Irish Center‘s new promotional video. We appear at 2:09 of this brilliantly condensed history of the Irish in America. Check it out!



The WSHSO Album!

June 1, 2011

Thanks for visiting our site!  Our new album Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley is available and it’s received some wonderful reviews, notably in the Irish Echo (Earle Hitchner, June 1, 2011) and the Irish Voice (Paul Keating, March 11, 2011).  In addition, it’s been getting airplay on Irish radio programs throughout the country, including WFUV (NYC), WGBH (Boston), WSIU (Illinois), KBCS (Washington), WNCW (North Carolina), WRFG (Georgia), WTJU (Virginia), WTMR (New Jersey), WMUK (Michigan) and WWUH (Connecticut) to name just a few.  We appreciate the consideration, thanks everyone for all the support!

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