2016 Stage Sponsorship and Journal

The 2014 Nassau County AOH Feis and Irish Festival has a number of ways you can get your company’s name out to thousands of Irish and fans of Irish culture.

Stage Sponsorship

For the first time, the Feis will offering stage sponsorships. We are offering different packages for sponsors that are very affordable in this economy.

For more information contact us at sponsor@nassauaohfeis.com.

Or Download the sponsorship application by clicking here.

Journal Sponsorships

Of course, the Feis will be offering a journal for this year’s event. For prices and spaces, please email Pete Begley at journal@nassauaohfeis.com. Or download the Journal Application by clicking here.

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Nassau County Board
of the
Ancient Order of Hibernians

44th Annual Feis and
Festival

at
Nickerson Beach Park
880 Lido Boulevard
Lido Beach, NY
September 18, 2016 – 9:00am

Cead Mile Failte to All
Mike Byrne, Chairman

Competitions
* Solo Irish Dancing – Amateur and Championship * Figure Dancing * Adult Dancing * Solo Piping and Drumming * Pipe Bands * Irish Traditional Singing * Irish Soda Bread

Dancing and Bagpipe Competitions conducted under NAFC and EUSPBA Rules

Attractions
* Massed Pipe Bands * Irish Entertainment * Irish Storytelling and Language * Irish Vendors *
* Children’s Games *

Catholic Mass celebrated @ 11:00am

www.nassauaohfeis.com

Piping and Drumming

Competitions are run under rules adopted by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.

Jim Burke, Piping Chairman
email: failte32@verizon.net

Entry Rules
Complete all questions on entry card, including EUSPBA Number. Checks should be made out to: Nassau County Feis Committee Corp. Mail entries, including a stamped self-addressed legal-size envelope to:
Feis Entries
Maureen Caffrey
178 Hawthorn Street
Massapequa Park, NY 11762

Entry Fees
Individual Piping and Drumming
$20.00 per competitor (includes gate entry)
Pipe Bands
$85.00 per band

Bands must submit a roster of competing members. Special gate passes will be issued for registered band members.

All piping and drumming entries must be postmarked by September 6, 2016.

NO Field Entries will be accepted.

Representatives from the Metro Branch of the EUSPBA will be on hand to monitor the competition.

***The Feis Committee reserves the right to cancel any event that does not have sufficient entries. The number of prizes awarded in any event with less than 4 competitors will be 1 less than the number of participating competitors.***

Individual Piping and Drumming
(will begin at 9:00am)

**The Nassau County Feis Committee reserves the right to limit entries in any event based on available time to complete the event. Any competitor that is disallowed shall be notified no later than 1 week before the event or at the earliest opportunity.**

Amateur Piping
(1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals for each event)

Grade I
Piobaireachd 301
M/S/R 302
Hornpipe and Jig 303

Grade II
Piobaireachd (submit 2) 304
M/S/R 305
Hornpipe and Jig 306

Grade III
Piobaireachd 307
2/4 March 308
Strathspey and Reel 309

Grade IV

Grade IV competition will be divided into two groups:
(A) 17 & Under as of March 1, 2016
(B) 18 & Over as of March 1, 2016
Please include full birthday on Entry.

17 & under
Slow March 310
2/4 March 311
*Piobaireachd (Ground Only) 312
*Piobaireachd (Full Tune) 313

18 & older
Slow March 314
2/4 March 315
*Piobaireachd (Ground Only) 316
*Piobaireachd (Full Tune) 317

*Grade IV competitors are to enter only one Piobaireachd competition.*

Grade V
March (1 four part or 2 two part) 318
Grade V is restricted to those playing the practice chanter only in the competition and is not open to those playing the bagpipe in solo or band competition. Grade V is unsanctioned and does not require membership in the EUSPBA. The tune requirement is 1 four parted or 2 different two parted marches in 2/4, 4/4/ or 6/8 time.

Amateur Drumming
(1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals for each event)

Grade I March, Strathspey & Reel 319
Grade II March, Strathspey & Reel 320
Grade III 2/4 March 321

Grade IV
Grade IV competition will be divided into two groups:
(A) 17 & Under as of March 1, 2016
(B) 18 & Over as of March 1, 2016
Please include full birthday on Entry. Drum stand is permitted.

17 & under
March (any time signature) 322
18 & older
March (any time signature) 323

Grade V
March (two part, any time signature) 324
Grade V is restricted to those playing the practice pad only in the competition and is not open to those playing the drum in solo or band competition. Grade V is unsanctioned and does not require membership in the EUSPBA. The tune requirement is two parts of march music (piper not required).

Amateur Drum Major
Slow march/segue to Quick March or 325
Quick March only – Judge Discretion

Patricia E. Doyle Memorial Pipe Bands Competition #300

1. The draw for order of play will take place at approximately 11:00am at the Piping Committee Area.

2. Prizes:
First Second Third
Grade III $600 & trophy $400 $300
Grade IV $500 & trophy $300 $200
Grade V $400 & trophy $200 $150

3. Pipe Bands traveling from outside the Long Island/New York City area will receive travel expenses based on the radial distance from Lido Beach, NY.
75-150 miles…………$100
over 150 miles………$200

4. All Bands are required to participate in “massed bands”, in proper uniform, in order to receive awards and/or travel expenses.

Entry Form
(Please print neatly)

Name:__________________________________

Address:_________________________________

________________________________________

________________________________________

Phone:(___)______________________________

Email:___________________________________

Birthdate:________________________________
(Required for Grade IV Piping & Drumming)

Name of Pipe Band:________________________

________________________________________

EUSPBA#:__________________

Competitions
(Please enter the competition number in the space provided below.)

Piping: Grade __________

Piobaireachd __________

2/4 March __________

S & R __________

6/8 March __________

Hornpipe and Jig __________

Drumming: __________

Drum Major: __________

Pipe Bands: Grade __________

Directions
to
Nickerson Beach Park

Directions:
To reach Nickerson Beach Park from the North Shore, take Meadowbrook Parkway South to Loop Parkway (Exit M10) to Point Lookout. Turn right onto Lido Boulevard. Nassau Beach is about half-mile on your left-hand side.
From the South Shore, take Southern State Parkway (East) to Meadowbrook Parkway (South) toward Jones Beach. Just before the Jones Beach Toll, go off onto the Loop Parkway (exit M10) toward Point Lookout. Take Loop Parkway all the way to the end. Turn right: Nassau Beach Park is on the left hand side about ½ a mile away

Visit our website for a visual map.

www.nassauaohfeis.com

Traditional Singing

Entrants will sing their choice of popular Irish song in the traditional style (no accompaniment). Come let us hear your voice.

Boys and Girls under 14 701
Boys and Girls age 14-18 702
Ladies 18 and Over 703
Gentlemen 18 and Over 704

Irish Step Dancing Competitions

For more information on Dancing competitions, please visit our website at: nassauaohfeis.com .

Irish Art

Artwork to be entered must be on display before noon on the day of Feis. No more than two artworks per competitor. Competitor’s name and address must appear on the back of each piece. All entries must be mounted but not framed. Artwork must be collected after 5:00pm. Do not send artwork with entry in the mail.

Under 9 years Irish Scene – Watercolor or Crayon 801
9 – 11 years Irish Scene – Any medium 802
12 – 14 years Irish Scene – Any medium 803
15 – 18 years Irish Famine Scene – Oil, Acrylic 804
or Watercolor
Over 18 years Irish Scene – Any medium 805

Under 11 years Celtic Design – black & white 806
11 – 15 years Celtic Design – color 807
Over 15 years Original Celtic Design – color 808

Music Competitions

For more information on Music competitions, please visit our website at: nassauaohfeis.com .

Irish Soda Bread

Bread must be submitted to the Baking Competition Chairperson between 11am and noon on the day of the Feis. Awards will be given for the top three breads in each competition. Entries will be judged on the basis of looks, texture and taste.
Entry for this event is the donation of the Irish Soda Bread that will become property of the Feis Committee.

White Bread 901
Brown Bread 902

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Nassau County Board
Ancient Order of Hibernians
44th Annual Feis & Festival

Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Nickerson Beach
880 Lido Blvd
Lido Beach, NY 11561
9AM – 6PM

Competitions
Solo Irish Dancing – Amateur and Championship
Bagpiping – Band & Solo Bagpiping and Drumming
Irish Music & Traditional Singing Irish Art Irish Soda Bread

Attractions
Massed Pipe Bands
Irish Entertainment
Irish Vendors
Mass celebrated at 11:00 AM

Member of the North American Feis Commission
Patricia Watkins, President
Sanctioned by AN CIOMISIUN, DUBLIN IRELAND

Dancing Adjudicators
(subject to change, see feis website for updates)
Kerry Broderick – NY  – John Cunniffe – MA
Rosemarie Schade Cromie – Sean Flynn – NY
Rose Kenny – MA – Breda O’Brien – MA
John O’Keefe – MA  – Helaine Sander – NY -Linda Sanfillipo – NY

2016 N.A.F.C. Championships
Held jointly January 16th, 2016
Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, Arizona
Minor
George Sweetnam Perpetual Trophy
Maggie Webber, Mulvihill-Lynch School

Junior
Robert Gabor Perpetual Trophy
Saoirse DeBoy, Teelin School

Senior
Gerry Campbell Perpetual Belt
Melanie Valdes, Doherty-Petri School

NAFC Under 15 Music Scholarship
Catskill Mt Feis August 6th 2016

NAFC 15 & Over Music Scholarship
Montreal Feis – May 21st 2016

Feis Website:
www.nassauaohfeis.com

The Nassau AOH Feis is registered, sanctioned and will be governed by the rules of:

An Coimisiun (www.clrg.ie), the North American Feis Commission (www.northamericanfeiscommission.org), and

IDTANA Mid-Atlantic Region (www.mid-atlanticregion.com ).

Please refer to the applicable websites for rules governing the Feis.

 

The Feis Committee, Nassau County AOH, Hofstra University or any other organizations affiliated with same will not be held responsible for personal injury, property loss or damage.  Destruction of Feis, School or rental property will be punishable by law.

Dancing will begin promptly at 9AM

Dancing entry inquiries may be directed to: laoh17@optonline.net

ENTRY FEES: Solos: $8.00 per dance, Preliminary Championship: $30.00; Open Championships: $32.00.  Family maximum of $80.00.

If you choose to compete as an adult, you may not compete in any ‘& over’ categories

 

Entries via postal mail

 

Competitors must answer all questions as required by the Feis Entry committee, and enclose the entry fee when mailing.  Failure to do so will result in a rejected entry. Entrants must list all information on a 3×5” index card.  Include the following:

  • Competitor’s name, Parent or Guardian name, address, phone number, competitor’s date of birth and age as of 1/1/2016, school name, teacher’s name, competition number(s) and, optionally, email address.
  • Preliminary Championships must include choice of dance: reel/jig, reel/hornpipe, slip jig/jig or slip jig/hornpipe.
  • Open Championships must include choice of hard shoe dance, soft shoe dance and set dance & tempo. Under 9 Girls and Boys Open Championships must include choice of hard shoe dance, soft shoe dance and traditional set of their choosing.
  • Entries will be limited to the first 800 valid entries.
  • Competitor Number cards will not be mailed. They will be available the morning of the Feis beginning at 8:15AM.
  • Entries postmarked after September 8th, 2016  must include a late fee of $10.00.
  • Entries postmarked after September 11th, 2016 will not be accepted.
  • Make checks payable to: O.H. Feis Committee Corp. Entry forms should be mailed to:

Nassau County A.O.H. Feis Committee Corp

  1. O. Box 185

Island Park NY  11558

Entries via  eFEIS 

 

  • Entries will be accepted on efeis.com through September 13th, 2016
  • Entries created OR paid after September 9th, 2016 will be charged a late fee of $10.
  • “MAIL PAYMENT” Option entries must remit payment postmarked no later than September 11th, 2015
  • All entries as of September 12th, 2016 must use the “PAY ONLINE” method of payment.

Competitor names for entries received after the print deadline (on or about Sept 4th) will not appear in the Feis Journal.

DANCING COMPETITIONS

 

BEGINNER: A competitor who has not taken a full year of Irish Dance lessons, thereby giving beginners a full year with such status.  A Beginner must move into Advanced Beginner the following year.  No solo dress costumes permitted; dancer must compete in a school costume or skirt & blouse.

Reel tempo: 118;  Slip Jig tempo: 118

BOYS/GIRLS

REEL LIGHT JIG SLIP JIG

Under 5

1 2 3
Under 6 4 5 6
Under 7 7 8 9
Under 8 10 11 12
Under 9 13 14 15
Under 10 16 17 18
Under 11 19 20 21
Under 12 22 23 24
Under 13 25 26 27
Under 14 28 29 30
Under 15 31 32 33
15 & Over 34 35 36

 

ADVANCED BEGINNER: Dancers who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in Advanced Beginner will advance to the Novice category in that particular dance on January 1st of the following year. No solo dress costumes permitted; dancer must compete is a school costume or skirt & blouse. Treble Jig  tempo: 92; Hornpipe tempo: 138

Reel tempo: 118;  Slip Jig tempo: 118

 BOYS/GIRLS

REEL LIGHT JIG SLIP JIG TREBLE JIG  HORNPIPE 
Under 6 101 102 103 104 105
Under 7 106 107 108 109 110
Under 8 111 112 113 114 115
Under 9 116 117 118 119 120
Under 10 121 122 123 124 125
Under 11 126 127 128 129 130
Under 12 131 132 133 134 135
Under 13 136 137 138 139 140
Under 14 141 142 143 144 145
Under 15 146 147 148 149 150
15 & Over 151 152 153 154 155

 

NOVICE:  Open to dancers who have placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Advanced Beginner grade.  A Novice who wins 1st place will advance to the Open (Prizewinner) grade in that particular dance the next year. Treble Jig tempo: 92 or 73; Hornpipe tempo: 138 or 113

BOYS/GIRLS

REEL LIGHT JIG SLIP JIG TREBLE JIG  HORNPIPE 
Under 7 201 202 203 204 205
Under 8 206 207 208 209 210
Under 9 211 212 213 214 215
Under 10 216 217 218 219 220
Under 11 221 222 223 224 225
Under 12 226 227 228 229 230
Under 13 231 232 233 234 235
Under 14 236 237 238 239 240
Under 15 241 242 243 244 245
15 & Over 246 247 248 249 250

 

 

OPEN (PRIZEWINNER):  A competitor who does not qualify as a Beginner, Advanced Beginner or as a Novice.

Treble Jig tempo: 73 or 92; Hornpipe tempo: 138 or 113

BOYS/GIRLS

REEL SLIP JIG TREBLE JIG HORNPIPE
Under 8 301 302 303 304
Under 9 305 306 307 308
Under 10 309 310 311 312
Under 11 313 314 315 316
Under 12 317 318 319 320
Under 13 321 322 323 324
Under 14 325 326 327 328
Under 15 329 330 331 332
15 & Over 333 334 335 336
PRELIMINARY CHAMPIONSHIP

**New Mid-Atlantic Regional Rule**- A dancer who wins three First Place awards in Preliminary in one calendar year will move on to Open Championship the following year, or as soon as the third win is achieved, in any age category, in the following year.

 

A dancer is required to perform a light shoe dance (reel or slip jig) and a hard shoe dance (jig or hornpipe).  Dance choices are:

  • Reel and Jig
  • Reel and Hornpipe
  • Slip Jig and Jig
  • Slip Jig and Hornpipe

 

CHOICE OF DANCES MUST BE SPECIFIED ON ENTRY CARD.

Reel and Jig – 48 bars of music; Slip Jig and Hornpipe – 40 bars of music.  All age groups dance two at a time.

Under 8 401 Under 13 406
Under 9 402 Under 14 407
Under 10 403 Under 15 408
Under 11 404 Under 16 409
Under 12 405 16 & Over 410

 

OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

3 ROUNDS.  Under 9 Girls and Boys must include choice of hard shoe dance, soft shoe dance and traditional set of their choosing.  All other age groups are required to perform a hard shoe dance, a soft shoe dance, and a set dance of choice.

HARD SHOE WILL BE DANCED FIRST.   Dance choices are:

  • Reel and Jig
  • Reel and Hornpipe
  • Slip Jig and Jig
  • Slip Jig and Hornpipe

CHOICE OF DANCES MUST BE SPECIFIED ON ENTRY CARD.

GIRLS BOYS
Under 9 501 Under 9 507
Under 11 502 Under 11 508
Under 13 503 Under 13 509
Under 15 504 Under 15 510
Under 17 505 Under 17 511
Under 19 506 Under 19 512
19 & Over 515 19 & Over 516

                                                                       

EDWARD P. CALLAGHAN PERPETUAL CUP
NASSAU COUNTY A.O.H. CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Open to competitors who place FIRST in competitions 501 through 512.  Competitors must dance a set piece in contrasting tempo to the one performed in the qualifying competition.

 

 

ADULT SOLO: An adult beginner is a competitor who never took Irish dancing lessons as a juvenile and is over 18 years of age.  Treble Jig tempo: 92;  Hornpipe tempo: 138

If you choose to compete as an adult, you may not compete in any ‘& over’ categories

ADULT REEL JIG SLIP JIG HORNPIPE

BEGINNER

 450 451 452 453
NOVICE  454 455 456 457
ADVANCED 458 459 460 461
SPECIAL DANCING EVENTS
Special Child 470
Parent & Child (2, 3 or 4 hand 471

 

 

MUSIC COMPETITIONS

 

ENTRY FEE: $7.00

 

INSTRUMENTS

BEGINNER: Playing 2 years or less.  One tune of your choice.

  TIN WHISTLE FIDDLE ACCORDIAN MISC.
Under 10 601 602 603 604
Under 15 605 606 607 608
15 & Over 609 610 611 612

ADVANCED: Playing more than 2 years. Two tunes of your choice

  TIN WHISTLE FIDDLE ACCORDIAN MISC.
Under 10 650 651 652 653
Under 15 654 655 656 657
15 & Over 658 659 660 661
TRADITIONAL SINGING

Entrants will sing their choice of popular Irish song in the traditional style (no accompaniment).  Come let us hear your voice.

Boys & Girls Under 14 701
Boys & Girls Under 18 702
Ladies 18 & Over 703
Gentlemen 18 & Over 704

IRISH ART

 

NO ENTRY FEE

 

Do not mail artwork entries.  Artwork to be entered must be on display before noon on the day of the Feis.  No more than two artworks per competitor.  Competitor’s name and address must appear on the back of each piece.  All entries must be mounted but not framed.  Artwork must be collected after 5:00 PM on the day of Feis.

Under 9 Irish Scene in Watercolor or Crayon 801
9 to 11 yrs Irish Scene in Any Medium 802
12 to 14 yrs Irish Scene in Any Medium 803
15 to 18 yrs Irish Famine Scene in Oil, Acrylic or Watercolor 804
Over 18 yrs Irish Scene in Any Medium 805
Under 11 Celtic Design in Black & White 806
11 to 15 yrs Celtic Design in Color 807
Over 15 yrs Original Celtic Design in Color 808

IRISH SODA BREAD

 

Bread must be submitted to the Baking Competition Chairperson between 11 AM and noon on the day of the Feis.  Awards will be given for the top three breads in each competition.  Entries will be judged on the basis of looks, texture and taste.  Entry for this event is the donation of the Irish Soda Bread, which will become property of the Feis Committee.

 

WHITE BREAD 901
BROWN BREAD 902

IRISH LANGUAGE EVENT

In Memory of Joseph P. Halligan

Join us in our outdoor “chat room” at the Feis.  Practice your Irish Gaelic with other participants, trying to use as much Irish as you have or can remember.

This is not restricted to “speakers” only, but to interested listeners as well.  Get the feel for our spoken heritage.  The event will start at 2 pm and will go on through the afternoon.

BAGPIPE, DRUMMING and PIPE BANDS

For information on Pipe Band and Solo Bagpiping and Drumming competitions, visit our web site at :www.nassauaohfeis.com

 

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Welcome to the 43rd Annual Nassau County AOH Feis & Festival. Please note that all times are approximate. Dancers must be available to dance 30 minutes before the scheduled time.

SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Good Luck to All the Dancers!

CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITIONS

STAGE 1
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
9:00AM 501* 4
502* 9
10:00AM 503 13
11:00AM 504** 10
509** 1
510** 4
511** 1
LUNCH
1:00PM 505 17
2:15PM 506*** 3
515*** 6
3:00PM 410 9

 

STAGE 2
PRELIM CHAMPIONSHIP
9:00AM 401 7
9:15AM 402 18
9:50AM 403 16
10:25AM 404 12
10:50AM 405 28
11:45AM 409 10
LUNCH
1:00PM 406 20
1:45PM 407 26
2:35PM 408 11
3:00PM 410 9
*Comps 501 & 502 will run concurrently
**Comps 504, 509, 510 & 511 will run concurrently
***Comps 506 & 515 will run concurrently
STAGE 3
BEGINNER
Start: 9:00AM Sharp
Reel 004/001 14
Jig 011 5
SJ 009/006 5
ADV BEG not before 9:20
Reel 101 5
Reel 131/126 10
Jig 112 12
Jig 122 5
SJ 108/103 13
SJ 118 9
SJ 148/143 2
TJ 134/129 9
HP 115/120 8
HP 125 6
NOVICE not before 10:30
Reel 206 6
Reel 221 14
Reel 241/236 5
Jig 217 18
Jig 232 7
SJ 213 17
SJ 228 13
TJ 209/204 12
TJ 224 13
TJ 244/249 6
HP 220 16
HP 235/240 6
LUNCH
PRIZEWINNER not before 1:15
Reel 301 8
Reel 313 12
Reel 325 7
SJ 310 9
SJ 322 7
TJ 303 7
TJ 319 13
TJ 335/331 5
HP 316 10
HP 328 6
STAGE 4
BEGINNER
Start: 9:00AM Sharp
Reel 007 10
Jig 005/002 12
SJ 012 5
ADV BEG not before 9:15
Reel 106 10
Reel 116 9
Jig 102 5
Jig 127 6
Jig 132 6
Jig 147/142 2
Jig 113 12
SJ 123 6
TJ 109/104 4
TJ 119/124 11
HP 145 1
NOVICE not before 10:15
Reel 211 16
Reel 226 13
Reel 246 2
Jig 207 6
Jig 222 9
Jig 242/237 4
SJ 218 20
SJ 233 8
TJ 214 20
TJ 229 12
HP 210/205 7
HP 225 12
LUNCH
PRIZEWINNER not before 1:00
Reel 305 7
Reel 317 12
Reel 333 3
SJ 302/306 10
SJ 314 13
SJ 326 7
TJ 311/307 14
TJ 323 8
HP 320 11
HP 336 5
ADULT SOLO
Reel 450 1
Reel 454 2
Jig 451 1
Jig 455 2
STAGE 5
BEGINNER
Start: 9:00AM Sharp
Reel 010 7
Jig 008 10
ADV BEG not before 9:15
Reel 111 11
Reel 121 7
Reel 146/141 2
Jig 107 9
Jig 117 9
SJ 128 6
SJ 133 5
TJ 114 5
TJ 144 1
HP 110/105 4
HP 135/130 6
NOVICE not before 10:10
Reel 216 20
Reel 231 10
Jig 212 16
Jig 227 5
SJ 208 6
SJ 223 11
SJ 243/238 5
TJ 219 21
TJ 234/239 13
HP 215 10
HP 230 10
HP 245/250 2
LUNCH
PRIZEWINNER not before 1:00
Reel 309 10
Reel 321 7
SJ 318 11
SJ 334/330 5
TJ 315 13
TJ 327 6
HP 304 5
HP 312/308 14
HP 324 6
STAGE 4
ADULT SOLO after comp 452
SJ 452 2
SJ 456 2
HP 453 1
HP 457 2
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Celtic Justice – Our 2014 Featured Band

This year’s entertainment will be Celtic Justice with Dennis Gallery. The concert starts at 2:30. AlbumCover

Dennis is a true by product of his upbringing in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. Dennis was born in the South Bronx, in New York City. Both of his parents, who originally hailed from Co. Clare, decided to move back to Miltown when Dennis was 2 yrs old.

Growing up he was surrounded by the great sounds of traditional Irish music that define Co. Clare. It was not until he returned to New York as a teenager that Dennis actually began to play music.

Once he began to play the guitar Dennis was hooked, music would become his #1 passion. It was not until Dennis first heard Dermot Henry, the great singer/songwriter from Co. Sligo, that he launched himself into the Irish music scene in New York. To this day Dennis considers Dermot as one of his greatest influences.

After many years of being in hugely successful local bands in the New York Irish scene, Dennis is now branching out on his own.

Dennis has just released his first solo CD entitled “Dennis Gallery & Friends” on his own label “Snow Baby Music”.

The “Friends” part of this CD is an impressive list of some of the finest musicians in the Irish/American music scene.

Produced by multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Donohue, this CD highlights Dennis’s love of singing ballads, and of his great love of traditional Irish music. Gabriel who has toured with “The Chieftains”, “Cherish The Ladies”, “The Clancy Brothers” and “Eileen Ivers” plays many instruments on the CD, and influenced many of the arrangements.

Also featured on several tracks is Joanie Madden the leader and driving force behind the internationally acclaimed “Cherish The Ladies”.

As Dennis moves into yet another phase of an already impressive and enduring career in the field of Irish music he hopes that this will be just the first in a long and successful recording career.

THE BAND
The band features probably one of the finest line-ups of popular and talented musicians in the Irish American scene today;
Jimmy Lavin – (Accordion)
What can you say about Jimmy? Much in demand as one of the all time great accordion players in the Irish American scene along with being a true gentleman with a great big smile.

Tom “Muggs” Daly – ( Drums & Vocals)
Its hard to find a better drummer in the Irish scene today than Muggs Daly. A seasoned vetern of the scene Muggs brings a whole new dimension to the band, not to mention another fine singer.

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Performing at the Feis – The Sporting Paddies

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  • Tom Cassidy, uilleann pipes / flute / whistles / vocals
  • Mike Cassidy, button accordion / concertina / bodhrán
  • Craig Harbauer, fiddle / mandolin / tenor banjo
  • Martin Kearns, guitar / vocals
  • James West, guitar / vocals

 

James West has been a staple of the Norfolk / Virginia Beach Irish scene since 2002 when he began performing at Jack Quinn Irish Pub in Norfolk, VA. James is a regular solo performer at several local venues, including Murphy’s of VA Beach, Jack Quinn Irish Pub, Mo & O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Norfolk, and The Blarney Stone in Fredericksburg.  James’ vocals communicate a warmth and profound understanding of the material that lend to the outstanding quality of his performance.

Tom & Mike Cassidy have been playing Irish traditional music together most of their lives.  Having both studied individually with some of the greatest musicians in the New York City Irish trad scene, their skillful and close manner of their dual playing bring to the band a unique and authentic Irish trad element not often heard these days.  The two brothers can be found playing out at any number of seisiúns in the NYC area.

In February 2005, Tom was visiting friends in Virginia Beach who recommended listening to James West who was performing some of the best Irish pub music in the VA Beach area.  Upon hearing James first hand, Tom was sufficiently impressed to introduce himself and offered to sit in on uilleann pipes next time he came down. Tom made several solo trips to VA Beach to sit in at James’ shows, including studio time adding pipes and whistle tracks to James’ CD , “All Craic’d Up.”

In February 2006, James traveled up to perform with Tom in New York.  There, Mike joined the band on button accordion.  Three years of playing together, including the release of The Sporting Paddies’ first CD, “What’s the Craic?” in December of 2008, concretized the essential elements of what make The Sporting Paddies unique.

In January 2010, The Sporting Paddies, seeking to expand their instrumentals, welcomed their newest member, Craig Harbauer, a veteran of the NYC seisiún scene,

Starting in March 2010, James found himself in increasing demand at home in Virginia. In his stead, The Sporting Paddies have relied on the guitar and vocal stylings of Marty Kearns, a stalwart of the Long Island music scene.

Among the band’s highlights are playing the NYPD Transit Bureau Emerald Society’s St. Patrick’s Day ball at Webster Hall in NYC, the FDNY Emerald Society’s annual fundraising boat cruise, and The FDNY Pipe Band’s Christmas and post St. Patrick’s Day Parade parties. Additionally, several of the band’s songs have been featured on Ceol na nGael on WFUV 90.7FM, Fordham University radio.

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2013 Honoree Brendan Moore

AOH National President Brendan Moore (R) with Feis Piping Chairman Jim Burke

AOH National President Brendan Moore (R) with Feis Piping Chairman Jim Burke

A proud member of AOH Division #3, Rockland County, New York, Brendan Moore served as National Board Freedom For All Ireland Chairman for fourteen years. He also served in that capacity for eighteen years on the New York State Board and for twelve years on the Suffolk County Board. During that period, he raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the support of the dependents of Irish Republican prisoners incarcerated in British jails, while also seeking to educate Americans regarding the broad range of injustices resulting from British occupation of the Six Counties. With the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and the release of most of the prisoners, Moore’s fundraising efforts were directed toward counseling and vocational training programs to assist ex-prisoners, as well as justice initiatives in the north of Ireland. In 2002 and again in 2004, AOH convention delegates elected him to the post of National Director. In 2006 he was elected AOH National Treasurer at the organization’s convention in Boston, and in 2008 he was elected National Vice President in New Orleans.

Brendan was elected AOH National President by the delegates attending the 2012 National Convention. He has sought to review and update current AOH programs, especially in terms of online communication and recordkeeping. In addition, his constant theme has been the need within the organization to encourage, train, and trust younger leadership at every level. He initiated the AOH’s “Storm Relief Program” whereby, in partnering with the LAOH, Hibernian-to-Hibernian financial assistance was provided in many areas devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Commenting on the overwhelming success of this effort, Moore stated: “This has been Hibernianism at its best. Together, we have been a source of hope for those who felt there was no hope!”

Having retired after thirty-four years as a high school English teacher, Brendan Moore was hired with the rank of Lecturer at St. Joseph’s College and, in addition to teaching there, supervised and evaluated the College’s student teachers.  A graduate of La Salle Academy, Manhattan, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Washington, D.C.’s Catholic University. He received his Master’s Degree in English Literature from New York University, and an additional Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York’s Baruch College.

Brendan’s father, the late John Moore, immigrated to New York from Ferbane, County Offaly, and his mother, the late Bridget Murphy Moore, hailed from Warrenpoint, County Down. He is married to the former Eileen McNulty, a member of LAOH Division #3. The proud parents of two sons, Brian, a teacher at Pearl River High School, and Sean, a physical therapist, the Moores consider themselves blessed with the addition of two wonderful daughters-in-law, Deirdre and Lauren, along with five adored grandchildren-Aidan, Darragh, Seamus, and (“The Twins”) Shannon and Kevin.

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