"A Tribute to Mick Moloney" will bring together more than two dozen artists, influenced by our late colleague and friend, for a three-night musical celebration of his remarkable life and legacy. This tribute event is presented with Irish Arts Center.
An additional matinee performance has been added on Saturday, April 1.
Irish people have always held in high esteem the great carriers of our culture, those with a gift for telling anew a great stock of stories, songs, and memories of what has gone before. Mick Moloney (1944-2022) had those gifts and more. He combined in remarkable ways the scholar’s wisdom and deep learning, the teacher’s ability to convey that wisdom in fresh and memorable language, the entertainer’s bravery and charisma to be at home on stage before dozens or tens of thousands, and the gentleman’s regard for all other humans of whatever station.
For the last quarter century, Mick was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University and Glucksman Ireland House. He taught and supervised students in Ethnomusicology and Irish and Irish American Studies. The growth and maturation of the public and educational programs at Glucksman Ireland House are unthinkable without his contributions.
Mick Moloney embodied the great tradition of the seanachaí, the teller of tales and singer of stories whose connection to the past brings the people together. After a great and moving song is sung, the silence is filled with wonder and recognition. The song has gone into us and beyond.
Please join us in celebrating the life and work of Mick Moloney.
Irish Arts Center, founded in 1972 and based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, is a home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion or appreciation for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America. IAC presents, develops, and celebrates work from established and emerging artists and cultural practitioners, providing audiences with emotionally and intellectually engaging experiences—fueled by collaboration, innovation, adventurousness, authenticity, and the celebration of our common humanity, in an environment of Irish hospitality. Steeped in grassroots traditions, IAC also provides community education programs and access to the arts for people of all ages and ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In an historic partnership of the people of Ireland and New York, Irish Arts Center recently opened a state-of-the-art new facility to support this mission for the 21st century.