BY JOE MARVILLI
This weekend, Queens residents will have the chance to celebrate Irish culture in Long Island City.
New York Irish Center will present an Artists Without Walls showcase of several musicians for a night of entertainment. With acts running the gamut from classical to jazz to spoken word, there will be something for everyone the evening of April 26.
Founded by County Leitrim native, singer/songwriter Niamh Hyland, and videographer Charles Hale, Artists Without Walls is an organization dedicated to uniting people and diverse communities through the pursuit of artistic achievement. It does this by cultivating creative talent, promoting education and building a multicultural community.
Part of that creativity will be put on display at the New York Irish Center, located at 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Six different acts will take to the stage on Saturday night, following a cocktail hour at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary tea, soda and coffee will be available.
One of the artists is Hyland herself, performing solo rather than with her rock band, Lily Sparks. As a child in Ireland, she sang traditional Irish tunes, joined choral groups and took part in musical theater. As a member of Lily Sparks, though, she cuts loose with an energetic stage presence.
Songwriter Michael Brunnock, classical violinist Annette Homann, spoken word artist Koro Koroye, jazz singer Antoinette Montague and actors Jack O’Connell and John Duddy will perform in the show as well.
Advance tickets can be purchased via PayPal or credit/debit card. Tickets cost $22 for the general audience, $15 for Artists Without Walls members and $11 for students, seniors or unemployed attendees.
Visit www.newyorkirishcenter.org to purchase tickets.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.