Global Mashup: Ireland Meets Mexico

FRI, MAY 19, 2023
7:00 PM

In-Person Tickets: $20 General Admission / $15 Members, Seniors, & Students w/ID 
Virtual Tickets: Learn more here!
Dance Workshop: 7:00 PM 
Concert: 8:00 PM 

Did you hear? Global Mashups are back at Flushing Town Hall! 

On Friday, May 19, we’ll be welcoming artists representing elements of Irish and Mexican culture to the Flushing Town Hall stage. In typical Global Mashup fashion, each artist will play an individual set, then the two artists will come together and present an exciting cross-cultural sound like no other. The dance floor will also be open, so bring your dancing shoes! 

The first of our two artists set to perform is traditional Irish musician Cillian Vallely, who will bring to our stage the pipes and whistles of the Emerald Isle. Next we have the cross-cultural sounds of Jarana Beat, a "Mexico-via-Brooklyn" band who will create a percussive melody perfect for dancing, drawing on roots of Afro-Amerindian culture. Learn more about these artists below and join us on Friday, May 19th to hear them live and in person! 

About the Artists


Cillian Vallely is the uilleann pipes and low whistle player with the renowned Irish band Lunasa, described as “The hottest Celtic band on the planet” (Irish Voice).  In recent years, he has played and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Tim O’Brien, and Riverdance in addition to recording as a guest on over 50 albums.  With Lunasa, he has performed at The Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury Festival, Womad Aledaide, Edmonton Folk Festival in addition to multiple tours of Asia, Australia, US and Europe.

“Vallely, whose family has played a seminal role in piping and Irish music in the north of Ireland for years, shows why he is one of the most respected pipers playing today.” - Irish Voice 

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Next we have Jarana Beat. Double Nominee at the 2020 Independent Music Awards and winner of the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band, this 10-piece band incorporates music and dance into its vibrant live performances. Jarana Beat blends Mexican folk and Afro-Amerindian musical traditions with the percussive footwork of dancers performing in traditional costumes to create an irresistibly spirited and uplifting cross-cultural sound. 

Led by composer/producer Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza, the band gathers professional performers from Mexico, in collaboration with artists from all over the world, drawing on elements and percussive footwork from styles such as Son Jarocho, Son Guerrerense, Son Huasteco, Salsa, Cumbia, Samba and Rumba, taking New York's (and the world's!) scene on a journey through Afro-Amerindian culture. 

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Can't make it in person? Watch this show from anywhere in the world! Get virtual access with a Culture Stream subscription ($5/month - cancel anytime) to get LIVE and ON-DEMAND access to watch whenever you want! 

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LOCATION:  Flushing Town Hall Theater