click on the names below to reach each individual member of banshee

Emer Martin    Helena Mulkerns    Imelda O’Reilly


 Elizabeth Whyte     Caitriona O’Leary     Darrah Carr


Founded in 1997, BANSHEE was a collective of Irish women artists based in New York: click the names above in red headers for each member’s own website.
BANSHEE performed collectively at performance events in spaces such as Max Fish, Fez and The Knitting Factory. With no set format for the evening, Banshees anarchically introduced each other and delivered their respective genres of dance, fiction, song, poetry, drama and satire.  Shows were irreverent, spontaneous and gained a minor cult following of New Yorkers and New Irish. The group took early advantage of the mysterious art of online presence by creating their own website as early as 1997 to promote their work, assisted by web wizard Fiona Webb for its first HTML 4 coded pages.

Among other events, BANSHEE hosted and headlined on the Performance Stage at the GUINNESS FLEADH (an Irish Lollapollooza) in New York and San Francisco in 1998. The collective was the subject of a documentary film by Laura Metzger-Lynch, and was featured on Irish National television, BBC television and on radio programs in both the U.S. and Ireland. After the turn of the millennium, the Banshees scattered to different parts of the globe, from Singapore to Afghanistan, Ireland and Silicone Valley. Now working in Music, Contemporary Fiction, Fine Art, Indie Publishing, Film, Arts Administration and Contemporary Dance, BANSHEE’s collective live performances have been put on hold, but we collaborate on projects, and the virtual bond survives. Click on any of the linked names above in red to reach each BANSHEE’s current website.

Click HERE to watch the documentary “BANSHEE” by Laura Metzgar-Lynch.