This Sunday, August 6, celebrate the full moon with a drum circle led by Niall O’Leary in Flushing Town Hall’s garden. Participants will begin with a workshop, and then jam with the entire group under the full moon.
Niall O’Leary is a former All-Ireland and World Champion Irish dancer, who excels at the top of his profession as a performer, teacher and choreographer, specializing in many forms of Irish Dance: Hardshoe, Softshoe, Traditional and Contemporary Percussive Dance, Sean Nós Dance, and Celtic Tap Improv, a style of dance he has developed himself, improvising using syncopation and rhythmic variation to complement and enhance exciting Irish Dance Music.
Niall is also a multi-instrumentalist: piano-accordion, keyboards, spoon-horn, spoons, bodhran, cojon. He teaches and performs locally and internationally with Mick Moloney’s Green Fields of America, as well as with his dance school “The Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance”, and his professional dance company “The Niall O’Leary Irish Dance Troupe”. He was the president of the Irish Business Organization of NY Inc. 2010-2011. Niall was honored in 2004 by Irish America Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Irish-Americans of the Year”, and in 2017 by the Irish Echo newspaper as a “Community Champion”.
Tickets are available here (but hurry, because space is limited to only 20 participants and the last drumming workshop sold out quickly this summer!). To learn more, you can watch this video below, and read our Q&A with Niall.
What can an audience expect to experience at your workshop?
In my Irish percussive workshop, we will be exploring how to bring out the many rhythmic patterns inherent in Irish dance music.
What do you hope audiences discover at your workshop?
I hope they discover the magic and beauty of Irish music, and how subtle and complementary percussion patterns can enhance the music!
Tell us about you.
I started doing Irish dance at the age of 4, accordion at 7, spoons at 8, keyboards at 15…I was fortunate to have the same dance teacher, Kevin Massey, who taught, motivated and choreographed for Michael Flately.
Where did you grow up / where do you live?
I was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. My parents are from scenic County Kerry, an area rich in musical and dance heritage, and they were a huge influence in my voyage of discovery of authentic sources of inspiration!
What is on the horizon for you?
I will be teaching weekly dance and music classes all over
NYC in the Fall, and also doing some concerts in Symphony Space on Broadway, presented by the Irish Arts Center: (Friday December 15, 2017 and Friday March 9, 2018) I will also continue to perform and teach internationally