Mick Moloney is the author of “Far From the Shamrock Shore: The story of Irish American History Through Song” released by Crown Publications in February of 2002 with an accompanying CD on Shanachie Records. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and Villanova Universities. He currently teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies program.
Mick has recorded and produced over forty albums of traditional music and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. He also served as the artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which had multiple tours across the United States.
His contributions to the appreciation of Irish-American culture are extensive: he has hosted three nationally syndicated series of folk music on American Public Television; was a consultant, performer and interviewee on the Irish Television special “Bringing It All Back Home”; a participant, consultant and music arranger of the PBS documentary film “Out of Ireland”; and a performer on the PBS special “The Irish in America: Long Journey Home.” 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. In 2013, Mick received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland.
Instructor – Tenor Banjo, Mandolin | Recipient of the Irish Artist in America Achievement Award