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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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Win Free Tix to Hear Daniel O'Donnell Live at Shubert Theatre in Boston

Daniel O'Donnell, one of Ireland’s most popular artists, is performing his "Back Home Again"  concert at the Shubert Theatre/Boch Center in downtown Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Tickets to the show are $47 and can be purchased online.  The Shubert Theatre is located at 285 Boylston Street, across from Boston Common. 

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is raffling off a pair of free tickets to attend the show.  Enter to win here.

The Donegal native launched his singing career in 1983, and reached the American market in 2002 with his first PBS Special.  He made music history earlier this year as the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Album Chart to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 29 year span, surpassing everyone from Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Irish strongholds U2. Along with this, Daniel makes regular appearances in the Billboard World Music Chart. 

The winner of the will be notified and announced here on Friday, May 12th on 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Profile In Courage Award Ceremony with President Barack Obama

Former President Barack H. Obama is receiving the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday, May 7 2017, as part of the centennial celebration of John F. Kennedy’s birth. 

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, are presenting the award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.  The evening includes a special performance by James Taylor with Kim Taylor and Owen Young.

See the live proceedings here.

Find  out more about the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum

Monday, May 1, 2017

Transatlantic Session Concert Showcases Music of Nashville, Scotland & Ireland, in Boston on May 3

Transatlantic Sessions, a concert tour showcasing the music of Nashville, Scotland and Ireland, performs at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

You can win a free pair of tickets to the show through the Boston Irish Tourism Association.  Or you can purchase tickets directly from

Nashville dobro master Jerry Douglas and celebrated Shetland fiddler Aly Bain lead an all-star band from the US and UK, including Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, Danny Thompson, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, James MacKintosh, Russ Barenberg, and John Doyle.  Featured guest stars include Rosanne Cash, Sarah Jarosz, John Paul White, Aoife O’Donovan, Declan O’Rourke, Karen Matheson, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Having originated as an award-winning BBC television series seven years ago, this tour marks the first multi-city tour in the US and begins a new chapter in the continuing evolution of the Transatlantic Sessions, bringing it to US audiences for a special evening of music!

Check out the playlist here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Irish Fiddle Star Eileen Ivers Performs in Beverly, MA on Saturday, April 29

Eileen Ivers, a virtuoso fiddle play who has toured with Riverdance and Cherish the Ladies, performs in concert with her band, Immigrant Soul, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

Presented by Spectacle Management, tickets to the show can be purchased online or at the venue the night of the concert.

Raised in the Bronx to Irish immigrant parents, Eileen Ivers is regarded as one of the finest musicians of her generation, a passionate, innovative player who brings out the best in Irish traditional music while also blending the sounds of other genres, including rock, soul and world music.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts from Spectacle Management.

For year round information on Irish cultural activities, visit

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Grant Maloy Smith Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, April 22

American roots artist Grant Maloy Smith performs a special Earth Day concert at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Eastern Medicine Singers, a group that performs Algonquin  and American Indian music,  is providing the opening set.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

Smith’s new CD, "Dust Bowl – AmericanStories," relates the story of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s in the Great Plains, considered to be a major environmental disaster in American history.  Smith calls it “a cautionary tale about the environment,” and believes .  “we can learn a lot from the Dust Bowl. Reliving it through these songs and images is a powerful elixir.”

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Boston Chef Barbara Lynch Named in Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World

Congratulations to Chef Barbara Lynch of South Boston, who was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 influential people in the world.

Chef Lynch was cited in Time Magazine for her ascent in the culinary world as an elite chef, for which she won two James Beard Awards as well as numerous other prizes.  She owns and operates seven restaurants in Boston, and runs Stir, a demonstration cooking kitchen that offers year round classes.

 Her cookbook, Stir: Mixing it up in the Italian Tradition, was published in 2009, and her new memoir, Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire,was published on April 11, 2017.

Chef Lynch began her cooking career at the local church rectory kitchen in South Boston before progressing to the St. Botolph Club, Olives and Michaela's.  She traveled to Italy to learn about Italian cuisine first-hand from local women, where she perfected the delicate pastas for which she is now famous.  In 1998 she opened her first restaurant, No. 9 Park, named one of the "Top 25 Restaurants in America" by Bon Appetit Magazine, one of the "Top 50 Restaurants in America" by Food & Wine and Gourmet.

Read more profiles of Irish-Americans from Boston & Massachusetts here.