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Friday, September 22, 2017

Master Bodhran Player Mance Grady Teaching at the Irish Cultural Centre this Fall

Bodhran master player and maker Mance Grady is teaching a five-week course on playing the Irish drum at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, beginning September 22, 2017.

A beginner course runs from 7-8 p.m., followed by an Intermediate/Advanced class from 8-9 p.m.  Tuition is $125 for ICC members and $140 for non-members. 

A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award for his bodhran playing, Mance is also the first American endorsed by NEA to teach the bodhran in the United States. 

In addition to being an ace player, Mance is also recognized as a respected instrument maker who has made dozens of drums over the past four decades.  

To reserve a spot in the class, call the ICC at 781 821-8291.  

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Blackstone River Theatre Presents the Johnson Girls and Jon Campbell on September 16

The Johnson Girls, a renowned female, a capella group performing sea shanties and folk songs, are performing at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  The group is joined by popular Rhode Island singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Campbell

Tickets to the show are $18 at the door.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wix Tix to Red Hot Chilli Pipers at The Cabot on September 28

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to attend the Red Hot Chilli Pipers performance at The Cabot in Beverly on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Enter the contest here, then check back on September 26 to see if you've won.

Or, you can order tickets directly to the show and avoid the suspense!

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at The Cabot, one of greater Boston's fine refurbished theaters, perfect for musical performances of all types.

For year round details on Irish events in Massachusetts, visit

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Final Guided Tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail is Sunday, August 27

Boston Irish Tourism Association is conducting its final guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2017.   Find full details here.

The tour starts at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common, which is run by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Tickets can be purchased at the Center the day of the tour, which is being led by seasoned Boston tour guide Ted Kulik.

Irish sailor Patrick Carr - one of the Boston Massacre victims buried at Old Granary.

Created in 1994, Boston's Irish Heritage Trail tells the illustrious story of the city's Irish community, from the 18th century to the present.  It includes war heroes, politicians, sculptors, poets and immigrants who contributed to the life of Boston.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Boston Landmarks Orchestra's Dance Carnival, August 23, Features Harney Academy of Irish Dance

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is holding a free Dance Carnival at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, featuring musical works by some of the world’s leading composers, from Strauss to Copland.

Among the highlights of the festival is Leroy Anderson’s Irish Suite: The Girl I Left Behind Me and Irish Washerwoman, which is being performed by one of the premier schools of Irish dance in USA, the HarneyAcademy of Irish Dance.  Founded in 1990 by Liam Harney, a two-time World Champion, the Irish stepdancers in the academy have won numerous national and international competitions, including at the World Irish Championships in Glasgow in 2016. 

A native of Cambridge and winner of two Tony Awards, Anderson is best known for his composition, Sleigh Ride, now a Christmas classic.  Anderson’s Irish Suite was commissioned by the Eire Society of Boston in 1947 as a tribute to the city’s large Irish community and its illustrious musical traditions. Two of the suite’s six movements are being performed at the festival: The Girl I Left Behind Me, with its series of ingenious variations; and The Irish Washerwoman, a double jig given the full Andersonian contrapuntal treatment.

Read full details about the Dance Festival by Christopher Wilkens, Music Director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good Luck, Orlaith Roche, 2017 Boston & New England Rose of Tralee Winner

Best wishes to Orlaith Roche, who is representing Boston & New England in the 2017 Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.

Orlaith won the regional competition in May at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, and travels to Ireland to compete against contestants from around the world.   Read more about Orlaith here.

Cara Group Travel of Quincy is an official travel sponsor of the Rose of Tralee and has organized a group tour to go to this year's festival, which runs from August 16-22, 2017.

Now in its 58th year, the Rose of Tralee is one of Ireland's oldest and most popular summer festivals,

Tourism Ireland, the government agency that markets the island of Ireland in North America, estimates a 21.6% increase in North American visitors in the first half of 2016, a record-setting pace that speaks of the American-Ireland connection.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Irish band Ruaile Buaile performs at Irish Cultural Center on August 8

Ruaile Buaile, a traditional Irish band from County Offaly, performs in concert at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Admission is $22 and includes a meal from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..

The band's first two albums, "Commotion" and "This Very Moment" were instant hits in Ireland and are now becoming popular in the US and other countries.

Here is a schedule of upcoming activities at the Irish Cultural Centre.

For year round details on Irish events in Massachusetts, visit