The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra at New York University is led by Professor Mick Moloney. The Orchestra plays traditional Irish music with a focus on older tunes, tunes with New York City history, and tunes with fun stories attached.
Members learn by ear from Prof. Mick Moloney, as well as NYU Ethnomusicology PhD candidates and other experienced musicians. The orchestra name is reminiscent of Irish-American dance bands of the early 1900s, such as Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Band, or Pat Roche's Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, or even Erin's Pride Orchestra.
Performances have included:
Airneál na Bealtaine and Airneál na Nollag at Glucksman Ireland House NYU - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.
Live on WFUV Radio - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.
Town Hall - backing up Mick Moloney in 2001 and 2004.
City Hall - performance during ceremony presenting the Organization of the Year Award to Glucksman Ireland House on April 1, 2005; also, for presentations in 2006, 2007.
St. Patrick's Cathedral - St. Patrick's Day Mass, 2006, 2007, 2008.
St. Patrick's Old Cathedral - St. Patrick's Day Irish-Langual Mass, 2008.
Also see their blog at http://wshso.wordpress.com to hear clips of their music.