...excerpted from "Irish heartbeat - There's no slowing down Chieftains leader Moloney"...
The Red Bank date also will feature the singer/songwriter Joe Hurley among The Chieftains' special guests. Hurley, who is of Irish heritage, grew up in London and now lives in New York. His bands, Rogues March and Joe Hurley & The Gents, bridge the gap between rock music and traditional Irish music – a style to which Moloney can relate.
"My daughter, who is an actress in New York, met Joe Hurley, and told me about him," Moloney said. "We think he'll fit in."
Hurley, for his part, said it's "truly an honor to sing with such legends."
"Rock and traditional music usually don't mix, and I think that's due to a lack of imagination or a lack of belief that it can be done," Hurley said. "More people are genre-specific, and if they haven't been exposed to it, they can't dig it. There should be no fear in any of this, no 'Well, that's not the music our audience is listening to...' With The Chieftains, it's effortless. They've always bridged the great cultural divide, and the results are always stunning."
Hurley, who has performed at Count Basie as part of Glen Burtnik's Christmas Extravaganzas, hosts his own celebration each March. The 10th annual All-Star Irish Rock Revue is scheduled for Saturday March 17 at Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village.
The revue features musicians, including Milltown native Tony Shanahan of the Patti Smith Group; comedians, novelists, and film and stage actors in a tribute to what Hurley calls "the Great Irish Songbook." Work by traditional artists – The Chieftains, The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners – is performed alongside the work of contemporary Irish or Irish-Anglo acts, including U2, Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Morrissey, The Boomtown Rats, John Lydon, Sinead O'Connor, and The Undertones.
Among many artists on the bill are Grammy Award-winning Irish singer Susan McKeowan, Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris, singers Garland Jeffreys and John S. Hall, comedians Colin Quinn and Stephen Frost, Israeli film star Meital Dohan and Irish novelist Colum McCann. (For tickets and more info, go to www.LePoissonRouge.com.)
Looking back on 10 years of the All-Star Irish Rock Revue, Hurley described it as "a series of perfect moments, when I watched the guest stars from all backgrounds and walks of life digging into the Irish catalog with such verve and feeling – New York City's finest sing Ireland's greatest, y'know?"
Paddy Moloney explores Mexico and Joe Hurley takes Manhattan, giving new weight to the idea that everybody's a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day.