Andy Cooney, Irish America’s Favorite Son, direct from his sold out performances at Carnegie Hall, teams up with Noel V. Ginnity for The Irish Cabaret. With his outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence, Andy Cooney is a favorite among American and Irish audiences. The combination of his talent, versatility, and flair for entertaining equals the ability to deliver a song directly into the hearts of his audience. Andy is a musician, songwriter, vocalist, and true entertainer. His immediate rapport with people, his boyish charm and good looks, and his delight in entertaining coalesce to create what can only be called Magic. Whether playing to a packed house or an intimate gathering, he delivers the same performance, endearing him to every audience who comes to his concerts.
Noel V. Ginnity has long been recognized as Ireland’s greatest comedian. Noel has starred in one of Dublin’s longest running cabarets for 35 years! His endless supply of funny stories, many based on uniquely Irish characters, continues to entertain both the Irish and visitors from all corners of the globe. Noel is blessed with a natural ability to draw audiences into fits of laughter as soon as he steps onto the stage. His energy knows no bounds and he leaves the stage to a standing ovation after every performance. Irish newspapers have recognized Noel as "one of the world's top 50 comedians." Because of his unique ability to portray the wit and wisdom of Ireland, Noel V. Ginnity has been described as being “more important to Ireland than the Blarney Stone.” Noel has made numerous television and radio appearances in Ireland and throughout the world, and he was ultimately honored at a special reception given by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, in May 2002. Noel V. Ginnity is a master of comedy. His wit and skill as an entertainer will always make him “Ireland’s funniest man.”
Since 1998, Darrah Carr Dance has created a sensational and unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance. The company draws from Irish music, step dance footwork, and spatial patterns to create high-energy, rhythmically based work that is accessible to a broad audience. Darrah Carr Dance has performed at venues throughout the United States including: Jacob’s PillowDance Festival,The Yard atMartha’s Vineyard,The Center for Fine Arts (Connecticut), The Irish Connections Festival (Massachusetts), The Valentine Theatre (Ohio), The Goose Route Dance Festival (West Virginia) and the San Jose Fleadh (California). In New York City, performance highlights include: The Irish Arts Center, The Duke Theater on 42nd Street, Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Dancenow/NYC Festival, and the annual NYC Irish Dance Festival.
The Guinness Folk Band, with dynamic musical director Bugs Moran on piano, the energetic Jimmy Kelly on drums, Matthew Fisher's magnificientg horns, flutes and whistles, and terrific Irish guitarist Colm Graham, brings traditional Irish instrumentals and accompaniment to the evening.