On Friday, September 4th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Irish singer/songwriter Mary Courtney brings her musical talent back to Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (BPMM).
Courtney’s performances offer an engaging mix of traditional Irish music with a progressive social conscience born of a political education in the United States. Having grown up in a musical family in the parish of Castlegregory, near the sea in County Kerry, her bodhrán (Irish hand-held drum) playing adds yet another dimension. Courtney uses her music to educate her audiences about Irish culture and the struggles of the Irish people. From rock ‘n’ roll to the ethereal strains of some ancient Celtic bard, this remarkable singer and guitarist’s musical range is vast and unforgettable.
In October, Bartow-Pell’s collaboration with the Bronx Music Heritage Center, now in its third year, continues on Friday, October 2nd with the multi-cultural jazz sound of Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble. The Ensemble performs arrangements and original compositions in various jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and classical styles.
Bartow-Pell’s First Friday programs takes place at the museum the first Friday of every month, 5:30 to 8:30, April through December. Visitors can enjoy the music, explore the museum, stroll the garden, and savor light refreshments. The Bronx trolley makes a continuous loop from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island starting at 5:25 p.m. Registration requested at 718-885-1461 or via email at [email protected]. Cost $10 adults, $8 seniors and students; members free.