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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Milton Music Fest + Celtic Sunday Taking Place June 24-25


The annual Milton Music Fest and Celtic Sunday is taking place at Governor Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton, MA on June 24-25, 2017.   The event  is free and open to the public, and shuttle buses are available from other parts of town.

Headlining the Saturday festival, which begins at 3:00 p.m., is Chicago, Total Access, followed by fireworks in the evening.

Headlining the Celtic Sunday lineup this year is Pauline Wells and Devri, Margaret Dalton and Erin's Melody, Sean Brennan and the Skiffs, Curragh's Fancy, the Fenian Sons and Jinty McGrath.   The Sunday event begins at 1:30 p.m.  There is also a tradition music session taking place and local vendors as well.

Find more Irish activities in greater Boston by visiting IrishBoston.org.

Summer issue of Travel & Culture features Travel Between New England & Ireland



(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its 2017 summer issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a compendium of Irish festivals and concerts, culinary, cultural and literary activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts and is available in digital format online. 

Among the stories in this issue:  Norwegian Air enters the Boston-Ireland market; 12 famous lighthouses on the island of Ireland; cultural festivals and concerts in Massachusetts this summer, from Boston to the Berkshires; celebrating the 100th anniversary of JFK; the newly dedicated Flynn Boston Cruiseport; book reviews; and walking Boston's Irish Heritage Trail. 

BITA is celebrating its 17th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community.  The US Census reports that nearly 24% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture  in March, June and November, and has developed the Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state.

For further details on festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit IrishMassachusetts.com


Monday, June 12, 2017

7th Annual Summer Solstice Festival in Rhode Island is Saturday, June 17


The 7th annual Summer Solstice Festival, presented by the Blackstone River Theatre, takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, RI.  Tickets to the festival are just $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under.

You can also enter a contest to win a free pair of tickets from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

Featured performers include the Irish trad trio of flutist Kevin Crawford, uilleann piper Cillian Vallely and guitarist Patrick Doocey; Les Poules a Colin from Quebec; Scottish singer Archie Fisher; duo Robbie O’Connell and Rose Clancy; and Rhode Island favorites Pendgragon and Atwater-Donnelly Trio.   Here are full details of the festival

The Blackstone River Theatre is a year-round cultural arts organization that promotes live music, dance and culture.  Here is a schedule of upcoming events through the fall season.


Find more about Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Riverdance World Tour at Hanover Theatre in Worcester, June 8-11


Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, is performing six shows at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester on June 8-11, 2017.  

Tickets range from $39 to $74, and you can purchase tickets online or at the venue. 

Riverdance combines Irish traditions in music, song, theater and dance and blends them into a modern context that also embodies other artistic forms of expression from other cultures.  The result is an imaginative, energetic and poetic rendition of live performance that is inspiring and engaging.

The Hanover Theatre is one of the premier concert halls in Massachusetts.  Built in 1904, the stately venue has presented some of the world's best performers over the last century.  It's magnificent interior and acoustic brilliance makes it the perfect setting for Riverdance.

Here is a schedule of great events coming to Hanover Theatre through the year.   

For year round information on Irish cultural events, visit IrishMassachusetts.com

Monday, May 29, 2017

The World Wishes a Happy 100th Birthday to President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Today marks the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States.  President Kennedy left an indelible mark on the world as a leader who combined a positive, can-do attitude with a vision for peace and prosperity.

The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston is celebrating President Kennedy's birthday with a series of special events.  In addition, the library has posted a digital birthday card for people to sign and express their thoughts on President Kennedy.

Here is a short video about President Kennedy in honor of his 100th birthday.

 

 For more information on President Kennedy's Irish-American heritage and connections to Ireland, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Irish, Scottish and Folk Festivals in New England


The Boston Irish Tourism Association has compiled a selection of top Irish, Scottish ad Folk festivals taking place in New England this summer.

The season starts with the Boston Irish Music Festival in Canton, MA on June 3-4 and wraps up with the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain, NH on September 15-17.

See the full schedule here.

The 7th annual Summer Solstice Festival, hosted by Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI, is becoming one of the most popular Celtic festivals in the region.  This year's line-up - featuring Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely, Archie Fisher,  Les Poules à Colin - encompasses a wide range of Irish, Scottish, Canadian and American folk traditions.

And the 24th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival outside of Northampton, MA continues to offer a strong portray of Scottish music and dance, athletic games and bagpipe competitions, and food and cultural traditions here in New England. 

In addition, New England offers two nationally acclaimed folk festivals:  the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI, considered one of the top folk festivals in America; and the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, MA, which offers an incredible line-up of folk traditions from around the world.

Find out more about Irish cultural activities year round in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com








Thursday, May 18, 2017

Iconic Musician Ben Folds Performs with the Boston Pops



Iconic composer and musician Ben Folds returns to Boston Symphony Hall for the first time since 2012, to perform with maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on Thursday, May 18, 2017.  

Tickets are available online or for purchase at the venue. 

His genre-bending musical works include pop albums as leader of the Ben Folds Five, multiple solo rocks hits, music for film and TV as well as a role as a judge on NBC's The Sing-Off

Folds is performing the Boston premiere of his critically acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

Here is a full schedule of the 2017 Boston Pops season