Artists Without Walls’ May Showcase by Vincent Nauheimer

The attendees at Tuesday night’s Artists Without Walls’ performance at the Cell were richly rewarded by a diverse group of artists and, for a number of the performers, a debut in grand style.

The evening started out with a heart-warming story told in spoken word and song by first time Artists Without Walls’ presenter, Mary Catherine Bolster, or MC as she is known. She was accompanied on the piano by Gabriel Charles. In a beautiful voice, MC recalled how she and her sister grew up with music and then moved on with their lives in separate directions. The one thing that was quite obvious from her words, emotion and song, was that the love they had for each other never diminished. Her performance ended with a beautiful rendition of the Ave Marie in tribute to her now deceased sister.

Gabriel Charles and MC Bolster

Cynthia Neale, who was in New York this week to celebrate the early release of her book, “The Irish Milliner” at McSorley’s Old Ale House, followed MC. Cynthia, together with our own Charles Hale, (Co-founder of Artist’s Without Walls) performed a scene from her play, which revolved around the prejudice shown to both the Irish and women in the 1850’s. The irony of the scene is that it depicted a woman trying to get a drink in McSorley’s and the bartender played by, Charles, promptly showing her the door. The scene ended with Cynthia and Charles doing a modified version of the Irish Jig which would have made Fred and Ginger envious!

Charles R. Hale




Cynthia Neale









Peter Stoopack, also a first time Artists Without Walls’ performer, added drama to the evening, delivering two engaging pieces. Peter’s first piece was Robert Frost’s poem, “Death of the Hired Man.” Skillfully delivered, the poem examines what the word home means and recounts Frost’s tale of the hired hand coming back, to what he considered his home, to die. Next, Peter launched into the famous St. Crispin’s Day monologue from Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” It was a rousing performance of Henry the V’s call to his army to beat the French at Agincourt. If Peter had been Henry, we would have followed him into battle following his amazing delivery of this emotional charged speech.

Peter Stoopack

Next to take center stage was Patrick Bamburak, who is best known as a founding member of the indie-rock band, bait-oven, (pronounced “Beethoven” – as a pun on the composer’s name.), but is also globally recognized as a contributing editor for Black Belt Magazine. Patrick, a veteran artist, songwriter and singer played three of his own compositions including his opening number, America Can’t Last and then added, Without Love. He recognizes that it is the artists who are called to be the keepers of the flame and speak their truth especially concerning the power of love and compassion. Patrick finished up his set with a splendid rendition of another appropriate song for the times, “America” by Simon & Garfunkel.

Patrick Bamburak

Gui Augustini and Christina Jolie Breza extracted numerous belly laughs from the audience in a hilarious scene from “Sight Unseen” by Donald Margulies. The action began as a first time artist’s model, played by Christine, cajoles the artist, Gui, to show her his sketches. She then comes on strongly to the rather timid artist, who obviously doesn’t know what to make of it. This was an amazing, high energy performance, playing off each other so incredibly well, which the scene’s hilarity. It was a pleasure watching these two perform and judging by the abilities displayed at the Cell, we will be hearing and seeing a lot more of them.

Christina Jolie Breza and Gui Agustini

The final performance was comedic, one that included an underlying message of great importance. Jennifer Rawlings was welcomed for the first time to the Artists Without Walls’ stage by Niamh Hyland, co-founder of Artists Without Walls. Jennifer,who has appeared on Comedy Central, CMT, PBS, FOX, VH-1, A&E, CNN, Joy Behar and TEDx talks, highlighted the pain and suffering of mothers and women in warzones and asked the question, “What am I/we going to do about it?” Jennifer then proceeded to discuss the making of her documentary “I Only Smoke in War Zones” which documents the effects of war on women. The underlying theme was a magnificent and inspirational story about the power one woman wielded when she set her mind to it.  A brilliant ending to a wonderful evening. And lastly, as a veteran, I would like to personally thank Jennifer for the over 300 shows she has done for members of our armed forces all over the globe.

Jennifer Rawlings and Niamh Hyland


Photos by Vera Hoar


1622821_10152812230327422_406748820111495804_nViolinist Annette Homann has a Pre-CD-Release show (A casual try-out show for her release performance) on December 22nd, 9pm at Cafe Silvana, 300 W116th St. It’s a free event. 


On Christmas Eve Annette will be performing with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra at the Episcopal Church of St James the Less in Scarsdale 4:30 pm, 9:30 pm 



Sasha Papernik
Sasha Papernik



On December 23rd at 7:30pm, pianist and songwriter Sasha Papernik will perform holiday classics as part of Swingin’ in The Holiday presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center at the Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center. Show starts at 7:30pm sharp, free admission. 




10422308_787260634667750_7555452341084267342_nArtists Without Walls’ Holiday Showcase is Tuesday, December 23rd at 6:45pm at The Cell Theatre, 338 W23rd St. Performers include Joseph Goodrich, Honor Molly and Niamh Hyland, Brona Crehan and Grainne Duddy, Michael Sheehan, Ed Romanoff, Marion Stein, Nick Garr and Ron Vazzano. 



Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 9.29.27 AMJoin Tim and Cynthia Neale for their New Year’s Day Ceili, January 1, 2015 at 574 Main St., Hampstead, NH. 603 329-4249. BYOB $10 per person. Musicians free. 



And if you’re planning ahead here’s an event for the end of January:  Deborah Monlux producer of: Bayou ‘n Brooklyn Music Festival, (next years fest is May 8, 9, 10, 2015) invites you to a free event at Jalopy Theatre 315 Columbia Street Brooklyn NY 11231; Saturday, January 31st, 2015, from 2-5PM.


Join them for the next session of their traditional Brooklyn Cajun Jam Session at the fabulous Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn. This jam will be led by Jesse Lége.


10830101_10203399488163587_4476325946391380429_oThe Brooklyn Cajun Jam focuses on the traditional Cajun & Creole music of southwest Louisiana. Vocals are sung in Cajun French and are backed up by button accordion, fiddle, guitar, and occasionally, ‘tit fer (triangle) bass and mandolin. Since most tunes are played in the keys of C and G, fiddles are usually tuned down a whole step to FCGD. Bring your instruments, join the music session, dance, or just come by and listen to some great traditional Cajun music.


Fore more info click here. 


1414891_10151837802288795_1255818386_nSunday, Dec 29 Dizzy Gillespie’s guitarist Ed Cherry joins Tara O’Grady’s jazz trio on the roof…Refinery Rooftop – NYC’s #1 hotspot in the Refinery Hotel located at 63 W 38th from 6-9pm. Fireplace, incredible views, and killer martinis. (photo: Richard Velasco)



unnamedCynthia Neale’s New Year’s DAY House Ceili 2014

 We foot it all the night; weaving olden dances; mingling hands and mingling glances; till the moon has taken flight; to and fro we leap and chase the frothy bubbles… ~ Yeats

Bring appetizer (no desserts); beverage; dance shoes, instruments; a song, a story, a sean nos dance, and hope for 2014. Delectable ceili cakes and cookies served at tea-time. 


Tim and Cynthia Neale, 574 Main Street, Hampstead, NH 03841, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. $10.00 (musicians free)


th-3Antoinette Montague Sunday, January 12, 2014. PJS Jazz Society at the First Presbyterian Church East Lincoln & North Columbus Avenue Mt. Vernon, NY 10553-1196 with Bobby Sanabria, Danny Mixon, Solomon Hicks and more!  Young Musicians opening act from 5:15-6:00pm

Doors Open at 5:00pm. Performance from 5:15-9:00pm


TICKET COST: PJS Members $14 Non-members $22 Concerts are held in a cabaret setting – Free Wine, Coffee & Tea available – Bring your own food & snacks or buy our famous hot dogs, snacks and sodas

Additional Parking is available at the Holmes School (next to the First Presbyterian Church on Columbus Avenue) For more information call JOHN @ 914-667-0823 or check out their  website




Photos from Artists Without Walls’ “Collaboration “Night.”

All photos were taken by Vera Hoar.

The names appear above the photos.


Marni Rice


The audience including Brendan Connellan and John Moran.



Annette Homann



Michele Cetera and Noel Lawlor


Cynthia Neale




Joseph Goodrich


Deni Bonet


Tzila Levy, Niamh Hyland, Kathleen Frazier


The O’Connell Clan



Cynthia Neale
Cynthia Neale

Author Cynthia Neale and actress Joanna Rush are in Chicago at iBam today. Cynthia will be lecturing from 1:00-1:45: A Writer’s Journey With an Irish Famine Girl.  Cynthia will be selling her three books throughout the weekend at the authors’ table.  

Joanna Rush
Joanna Rush
Joanna will performing thirty minutes from her show,
“Asking For It” and sharing a book table with Cynthia at the festival. Click here for the link to the theater page for details and performance times. 
Matt Keating
Matt Keating

Singer/songwriter Matt Keating will be performing at the Living Room, 154 Ludlow St., NYC on Monday night, October 14th 9:00pm

Free/ Donations accepted




NIall McKay
Niall McKay

Today, Sunday, is the last day of “Irish Film New York. ”  AWoW members can buy discounted $10 tickets (normally $12) for any of the films included in the festival by using the promotional code: OFIG. For more information on the critically acclaimed films, its director Niall McKay, and to watch trailers and buy tickets click here. 





Deni Bonet
Deni Bonet
Deni Bonet will be playing solo violin on a piece with a wonderful ballet company called BALLETS WITH A TWIST, at Stage 48, 605 West 48th St., NYC, Monday 8pm. Click here for their website.  Click here to a link for tickets ($25) and a description of the event.  
Charles R. Hale
Charles R. Hale


Charles R. Hale will present a series of videos that highlight the role of women and song in the labor movement. This event is co-sponsored by the CUNY Institute For Irish American Studies. Located in The Studio Theater at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY. October 10, 12 Noon to 1:30.

Cynthia Neale
Cynthia Neale


Author Cynthia Neale and actress Joanna Rush will both be in Chicago at iBam on Saturday Oct. 12 and Sunday Oct. 13. On Saturday Cynthia will be lecturing from 1:15 to 2:00: A Writer’s Journey With an Irish Famine Girl.  From 2:15 to 3:15 she will be a panelist for New Perspectives on The Irish Famine with Tim Pat Coogan, Owen Rodgers and Maurice Fitzpatrick. On Sunday, Oct. 13th Cynthia will repeat her Saturday lecture from 1:00 to 1:45. Cynthia will be selling her three books throughout the weekend at the authors’ table.  

Joanna Rush
Joanna Rush

Joanna will performing thirty minutes from her show, “Asking For It” and sharing a book table with Cynthia at the festival. Click here for the link to the theater page for details and performance times. 


Honor Finnegan
Honor Finnegan

Honor Finnegan will be performing with Aviv Roth at The John Street Jam on October 12th.  The doors open at 6:45, music starts at 7:30The John Street Jam is located in the Dutch Arms Chapel at 16 John Street, Saugerties, NY. Tickets are $5. Click here for info.