SOUTH AMBOY—The City of South Amboy will welcome the return of musician and vocalist Mick Moloney for the 16th year, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, at South Amboy High School, 200 Governor Harold G. Hoffman Plaza on John T. O’Leary Boulevard.
This free program is funded in part by Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
As a young man in Ireland, Mick Moloney was exposed to the Irish folk music traditions that were played by legendary master musicians. He learned to play the traditional instruments and music from the Irish countryside – music that was passed down from generation to generation.
Today he performs the folk music and songs from the 18th and 19th centuries that deal with themes such as the great famine, emigration to America, the American Civil War, and the development of Irish and Irish-American music in America.
Combining the careers of arts presenter and advocate, folklorist, and professional musician, Mick Moloney is an accomplished singer as well as an excellent mandolin and tenor banjo player who possesses a vast storehouse of songs and instrumental pieces from the Irish and Irish American traditions. He will be joined by accomplished artists for a truly lively and spirited evening of soul-rousing music, droll stories and spirited dance.
Mick Moloney is the author of “Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish American History Through Song” (Crown Publications). He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown and Villanova Universities, and currently is Global Distinguished Professor of Irish Studies and Music at New York University.
He has recorded and produced over 40 albums of traditional music, and has actively participated in the great revival of Irish music in the United States. His new CD is “If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews” (Compass Records). In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts – the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States. Mick Moloney has hosted, consulted, musically arranged and/or performed in numerous television and film productions, including Irish television’s Bringing It All Back Home, the PBS documentary film Out of Ireland, and the 1998 PBS special The Irish in America: Long Journey Home.
Mick Moloney: Traditional Irish Music, Song & Dance, is offered free of charge; however, registration is required. To attend this Folklife program, contact the commission, 1-732-745-4489. Persons with hearing disabilities may call 1-732-745-3888 (TTY users only), or 711, the New Jersey Relay System.
South Amboy High School is an accessible site. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program. An American Sign Language interpreter is available with a two-week advance request. For changes due to inclement weather, call 1-732-296-8966, on the day of the scheduled program.
The Folklife Program for New Jersey was instituted in 1990 to broaden the appreciation and availability of folk arts, folklore and folklife within Middlesex County; identify and preserve folk traditions expressed by the people of Central New Jersey; provide a forum for the presentation of New Jersey and regional folk artists, recognized by their community for their excellence; and encourage public involvement in the folk arts through educational programming and cross-cultural exchange.
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