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 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.
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.
The Feis committee is proud to announce that National AOH President Brendan Moore has been named this years Feis honoree. Bio to follow soon.
The 2012 Feis will feature The McLean Avenue Band as the main entertainment of the day.
The McLean Avenue band is a new name on a collection of well-known Irish/Celtic performers in the New York area! McLean Avenue will specialize in events such as weddings, corporate events, parties, dinner functions and festivals around the world. We cover all aspects of music, including Celtic, Irish and Pop. Traditional Irish tunes, waltzes, and upbeat hits carefully blended with the dancing songs of today’s modern world music. There are no questions asked about the talent you will have at your event when you book McLean Avenue. Members have worked with high profile acts such as, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, The Whole Shabang and many more!
Together, they combine tradition with masterpiece and they form a dynamic super-band sound! They have all played on stages along side with legends such as, The Wolfe Tones, The Sawdoctors, Black 47, The Prodigals, Eileen Ivers, Cherish The Ladies, The Clancy Brothers and Andy Cooney the list is endless!
The McLean Avenue Band expect to on at 4 p.m.