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Monday, December 21, 2015

Once: The Musical, named as Event of the Week in Boston


Once: The Musical, has been named Event of the Week by the Boston Irish Tourism Association.  The show is currently at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre at 265 Tremont Street in downtown Boston.

Once runs through this Sunday, December 27, 2015, with eight shows schedule through the week.

Tickets are available online, starting at $48.  For discounted group sales, call 617 532-1116. Student discounts are available for $25 when purchasing tickets two hours before the show.

The charming story about a boy who meets a girl in Dublin, won eight Tony Awards when it played on Broadway.  The entire ensemble sings and plays their own instruments.

Here is a schedule of upcoming shows at the City Performing Arts Center.

For year round information on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Tales from the Emerald Isle features W.B. Yeats, Liam O'Flaherty, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lady Gregory and Other Irish Writers


This Christmas, check out Tales from the Emerald Isle and Other Green Shores, a collection of twenty-one stories and writings that capture Irish and Irish-American literature.

With stories by Irish writers like Liam O'Flaherty, William B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, to Irish-American writers like Finley Peter Dunne, Sarah Orne Jewett and Kate Doublas Wiggins, the collection offers a wide-ranging showcase of the Irish experience through literature.

Published by Lyons Press in 2014, Tales from the Emerald Island is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Harvard Book Store, Porter Square Book Store, Wellesley Books and other fine establishments.



A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Final Two Shows on Sunday, December 20 in Boston


The final two shows of Brian O'Donovan's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn are taking place on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in downtown Boston.

Now in its 13th  year, the show features a world-class line-up of music, dance and storytelling that evokes a traditional Irish Christmas in rural Ireland.

Order tickets online for the 1:00 p.m. show or the 5:00 p.m. show, or purchase tickets at the venue.

Congratulations to the entire cast, crew and production team and to Brian and Lindsay O'Donovan for making A Christmas Celtic Sojourn a year tradition in New England.

For year round details on Irish activities, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.




Saturday, December 19, 2015

Discover Newport, RI this Christmas Season


Newport, Rhode Island is a wonderful place to visit over the Christmas and New Year's seasons.

Frequently cited as one of the most beautiful places in America, Newport is graced by amazing seascapes, soaring mansions and cozy neighborhoods.  It's one of New England’s most iconic cities, with a storied history, dynamic sporting legacies in tennis and sailing, and rich cultural and culinary traditions.

Likewise, the cities and towns in Newport and Bristol counties are full of holiday cheer and amenities for the visitor.

Winter is referred to as Newport’s secret season, with a full slate of exciting ideas through the holiday season and into the New Year. Christmas at the Newport Mansions (through January 3) is a remarkable tour of three of the city’s most luxurious mansions. 

Newport’s Holidays by the Sea: Shop, Stay, Dine and Explore runs through December 31 and evokes the magic of the season, with tree lighting festivities, in-store promotions, restaurant specials and complimentary parking.   Christmas in Newport (December 1-31) offers a month’s worth of seasonal activities all across the city, while the Grand Illumination Display in Bristol (December 1-31) brings together a month of caroling, musical performances, dancing and the annual reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The New Year in Newport is equally exciting, starting with the annual Polar Bear Plunge into the waters at Easton Beach on January 1, 2016.  And don’t miss the 28th annual Newport Winter Festival (February 12-21), considered the region’s largest winter extravaganza with over 150 events.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Seamus Connolly Performs An Irish Christmas Set of Melodies


Seamus Connolly, champion fiddle player, composer and teacher, put together this melody of Christmas and Irish songs and performed it at Boston College recently with pianist Beth Sweeney, head of the Irish Music Center at the John J. Burns Library.

Read more about An Irish Christmas song here.

Connolly, a native of County Clare, who has lived in New England since 1976, retired from Boston College this month, where he headed up the Gaelic Roots program and served as the Sullivan Artist-in-Residence.

Here is a profile of Seamus Connolly published in BITA's Travel & Culture Guide..


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Irish Tenor John McDermott Performs at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on December 18 to Benefit Food Pantry


Acclaimed Irish tenor John McDermott performs A Family Christmas concert at Mechanics Hall in Worcester at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015.  The concert benefits the St. John's Food for the  Poor program, and is presented by Worcester's Frank Carroll.

Tickets are $30-$40 and are available online or at the venue.  Also, the Boston Irish Tourism Association is raffling off a pair of free tickets to the show.

Read a profile of John McDermott and his charitable causes here.

Here is a calendar of upcoming events at Mechanics Hall.

For more about the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Irish Christmas Gift Ideas in Massachusetts

Irish Imports, Ltd, Cambridge 

Looking for a special Irish product this Christmas?  Here are some suggestions below.

Irish Imports Ltd. Corporation
1737 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
617 354-2511 | Phone orders: (800) 356-2511
irishimportsltd.com 

A colorful collection of crafts, both traditional and contemporary, reflecting Ireland’s legacy of artistry and style: Rugged handknits, cozy blankets and tweedy accessories from such renowned sources as Cleo Ltd., Kerry Woollen Mills, Studio Donegal and Kennedy’s of Ardara. Fine outerwear for men and women designed by Jimmy Hourihan, Henry White and Dublin outfitters Kevin and Howlin. Mohair throws and garments from Donegal Design and Cushendale Mills. An inviting complement of handblown glass, ceramics, jewelry, music, books, and tasteful trinkets from all over Ireland.


Waterford Crystal Flagship Store
127-129 Newbury Street, Boston
Tel: (617) 236- 0369 | Fax: (732) 378-4260
waterford.com | Facebook

For over 200 years Waterford has been the worlds leading maker of fine crystal with unsurpassed beauty and quality. Today, Waterford brand products include not only iconic stemware but bar-ware, gift-ware, bridal and home decor. Exclusive to this store are special commemorative pieces including an engraved oval vase depicting the Massachusetts State House, and an oval bowl featuring the Public Garden and its famous swan boats (pictured). Wedding registries are available on site.
Click here for upcoming store events. 


The Chatham Fiddle Company
875 Main Street
Chatham
, Cape Cod
chathamfiddlecompany.com

Master instrument maker and musician Rose Clancy has a full selection of stringed instruments for sale or for rent. The shop offers music lessons on fiddle, banjo and mandolin, as well as hand-crafted folk art and bird houses by her father Eugene Clancy. 

Irish Books

Boston Irish Tourism Association’s online bookstore has a select number of beautiful books about the Kennedy family, Irish cuisine, Irish Boston and Irish short stories.   


Find year round information on Irish activities at IrishMassachusetts.com

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Irish Shows in Massachusetts & Rhode Island This Weekend

Once: The Musical


Looking for something fun and entertaining to do this weekend, December 12-13, 2015?  Check out these Irish shows in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Once: the Musical

This Tony Awarding-winning show tells the story of two musicians in Dublin who find their redemption, and love, in the streets of Dublin.  Once is at the Shubert Theatre in downtown Boston,with two shows on Saturday and Sunday.


Now in its 13thyear, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is a masterpiece production with an alluring stage design, tightly choreographed dancing, robust music and a well-paced narrative.  Music director Seamus Egan and his band Solas are featured, along with singer Cathy Jordan, Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist, cellist Natalie Haas, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, and Beoga’s bodhran player Eamon Murray.   Two shows on Saturday and two shows on Sunday at the Emerson Cultler Majestic Theatre
in Boston. 


Show is set in a rural, remote parish in Limerick, and evokes the old-fashioned holidays that are marked by storytelling, music, jokes and dancing.  The show stars Kathleen Keane on fiddle and whistles, uilleann piper Brian Begley, acclaimed steel-string guitarist William Coulter, and singer/storyteller Tomas Foley.  A Celtic Christmas opens at the Monomoy Regional High School in Harwich, Cape Cod, on December 12, and at Carey Memorial Hall in Lexington on December 13.

Irish Cultural Center

Located in Canton, the region's largest Irish cultural organization holds its annual Christmas Raffle and Celebration, featuring live music and dancing, on Saturday, December 12.

Blackstone River Theatre

Located in Cumberland, RI, the Theatre's annual Christmas celebration takes place on December 12-13, featuring singer Robbie O’Connell and fiddler Rose Clancy, Pendragon, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance Company and other local performers.

Find year round details on Irish events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.



Thursday, December 10, 2015

Joyous Sounds of Celtic Christmas Music in Massachusetts & New England



Fiddler Kathleen Keane of Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas 

(Boston)  - Christmas music permeates Massachusetts, from the glorious strains of The Messiah to the happy chorus of Sleigh Ride. Celtic music hums across the landscape too, a testament to the state’s heavily-Irish population and the caliber of touring bands that put a Yuletide touch on traditional melodies.


A fine example is the Cherish the Ladies Celtic ChristmasConcert taking place at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst on December 10.  Led by flutist Joanie Madden, the Ladies just released their 3rd holiday album, Christmas in Ireland, which blends songs like Hark! The Herald’s Angel’s Sing with Joe Madden’s Hornpipe.

Radio host Brian O’Donovan’s popular show, A Christmas CelticSojourn, now in its 13th year, is a masterpiece production with an alluring stage design, tightly choreographed dancing, robust music and a well-paced narrative.  Music director Seamus Egan and his band Solas are featured, along with singer Cathy Jordan, Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist, cellist Natalie Haas, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, and Beoga’s bodhran player Eamon Murray.   A Christmas Celtic Sojourn performs ten shows in Boston, Rockport, New Bedford and Worcester from December 11-20.

Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas show is set in a rural, remote parish in Limerick, and evokes the old-fashioned holidays that are marked by storytelling, music, jokes and dancing.  The show stars Kathleen Keane on fiddle and whistles, uilleann piper Brian Begley, acclaimed steel-string guitarist William Coulter, and singer/storyteller Tomas Foley.

A Celtic Christmas opens at the Monomoy Regional High School in Harwich, Cape Cod, on December 12, and at Carey Memorial Hall in Lexington on December 13.

On December 12, the IrishCultural Center in Canton holds its annual Christmas Raffle and Celebration, featuring live music and dancing.

In nearby Cumberland, RI, the Blackstone RiverTheatre’s annual Christmas Celebration takes place on December 12-13, featuring singer Robbie O’Connell and fiddler Rose Clancy, Pendragon, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance Company and other local performers. 

The Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, presents comedian Brendan Grace on December 16 and 22, performing his own unique show, A Graceful Kwismas.   Then on December 17, the Burren presents a great night of music featuring the band Lunasa with Karan Casey.

On December 17, the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes andDrums holds its annual Christmas celebration and raffle at the Hoosic Club in Milton.  The seasoned band has performed at notable political occasions, parades, and festivals throughout the country, and do a lot of charitable work. 

Check out acclaimed Irish-Canadian tenor John McDermott's A Family Christmas at Mechanics Hall at Worcester on December 18.   The concert is a fundraiser for the local St. John’s Food for the Poor Program.   One of the original Irish tenors whose first recording of Danny Boy was an international best seller, the Toronto native has spent the last few decades raising funds for worthy causes such as veterans assistance, hospice care, and Catholic charities.  

In Vermont, noted singer and banjoist Claudine Langille is performing at the Mount Holly Folk Club in Belmont on December 14 and at the Killarney Irish Pub in Ludlow on December 17. 

For a full calendar of Christmas concerts in New England, including classical, liturgical and popular music, visit IrishBoston.org/Christmas_Concerts.php

For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.

This story originally appeared in the Irish Echo Newspaper.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Maestro Keith Lockhart Kicks off 2015 Holiday Pops Season at Boston Symphony Hall


The 2015 season of the Holiday Pops got underway this week,under the direction of maestro Keith Lockhart, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary as head of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Tickets are available online for dozens of concerts, including matinees, running from December 2 through December 31, 2015.   View the complete Holiday Pops schedule online, or download the brochure here.

Founded in 1885, the Boston Pops is one of the most celebrated orchestras in the world.  Read about its history.

Here are other Christmas shows in Massachusetts this December.

For more details, visit IrishBoston.org.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Irish Music Concert "Home for Christmas" Raises funds for Children with Cancer


An all-star line-up of Irish music, led by singer Pauline Wells, is performing a special Home for Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, at Norwood Theatre in Norwood, to benefit the group, Cops for Kids with Cancer.

Tickets are $27 general admission and $24 for seniors and students and can be purchased online or at the venue. The concert is presented by A Celtic Crossing.

Wells, a lieutenant with the Cambridge Police Department, is joined by special guest Brian "Bugsy" Moran, traditional band Devri and multi-instrumentalist Paul Kenneally from the Noel Henry Band.   Radio personality Matt O'Donnell of WROL's Irish Hit Parade is the master of ceremonies.

For year round details on Irish activities in Greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.org.

Cherish the Ladies Perform A Celtic Christmas Concert at UMass Amherst on December 10


Acclaimed Irish traditional music ensemble Cherish the Ladies performs its Celtic Christmas concert at the Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to the show.  Enter the contest here.

You can also purchase tickets online here.

Now in its third decade as one of the foremost Irish-American traditional music groups, Cherish the Ladies is led by flute and tin whistle maestro Joanie Madden.

Find more about Irish culture in Massachusetts by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.





Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wix Tix to Irish Rovers Concert in Medford on November 29


The Irish Rovers, one of Ireland's most enduring ballad bands, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a tour of Canada and the United States, including a concert at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford on Sunday, November 29, 2015.  The show is being presented by Spectacle Management.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a pair of tickets to this special concert, the only Massachusetts appearance the band is making.  Enter the Irish Rovers ticket give-away here.

Or,  you can purchase tickets directly online.

Here is a schedule of upcoming shows from Spectacle Management.

Find year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts at IrishMassachusetts.com.

Starting today, Christmas Tours of the Newport Mansions, November 21 to January 3


Three of Newport’s most magnificent mansions - The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House—are opening their doors for the annual Christmas at the Mansion tours starting on Saturday, November 21, 2015 and running through Saturday, January 3, 2015. All three mansions are National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age in America.

They will be filled with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens and wreaths and 24 decorated Christmas trees.  Dining tables set with period silver and china complete the elegant setting, while windows of each mansion are lit with individual white candles, in keeping with the colonial tradition. 

The mansions are maintained by the Preservation Society of Newport County.  Here is a complete schedule of upcoming events at the mansions through 2016.


Galway Hurlers at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton Today


The Galway Hurling team is coming to the Irish Cultural Center in Canton on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 2;30 p.m.

They have a players training session at the GAA Field starting at 11:00 a.m., followed by a meet-and-greet and lunch at 1:00 p.m.

Located off of Route 138 in Canton, the Irish Cultural Center is a 46 acre, year-round cultural center created in 1989 to provide year-round activities for the region's large Irish and Irish-American community.  Find out more about the ICC here.

For year round information on Irish activities throughout Massachusetts and New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.




Saturday, November 14, 2015

Irish Flutist Shannon Heaton Performs at Chatham Fiddle Company, Cape Cod, on November 14


Shannon Heaton, traditional Irish flutist and ballad singer, is performing at the Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, Cape Cod, on Saturday, November 14, 2015, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Suggested donation is $20 and can be paid at the venue.

Shannon and her husband, guitarist and singer Matt Heaton, are popular performers on the New England folk circuit.  Boston Globe music critic Scott Alarik wrote, "Their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements city-smart and spacious."

Find more information on Irish activities in Massachusetts at IrishMassachusetts.com.



Waterford Crystal Artisan Tom Brennan at Waterford Boston Boutique on November 18


Waterford Crystal artisan and ambassador Tom Brennan is making a special appearance at the Waterford Boston Boutique store from noon to 4: 00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

A native of Waterford City, Tom started his apprenticeship at Waterford Crystal in 1986, following in the footsteps of his dad, Leo Brennan, also a crystal craftsman.  The company dates back over 200 years. Read the history of Waterford Crystal here.

Located at 127-129 Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay, just two blocks from the Public Garden, the flagship store carries many of the company's luxury collections.  It also carries a series of Boston-themed pieces, sold exclusively in the Newbury Street store.  These include an  engraved oval vase depicting the Massachusetts State House, and an oval bowl featuring the iconic swan boats in the Public Garden.



Brennan is also introducing a new product,  the 2015 Irish Artisan Circle ten inch bowl, at this event, and will sign them for buyers.

For more information about the event or about Waterford's Boston store, call 617 885-9973. Phone orders are welcome.

For year round information on Boston's Irish community,visit IrishBoston.org.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gaelic Roots at Boston College Present Irish Traditional Duo O'Brien and Gourley on November 12


The Gaelic Roots Music, Song & Dance Series at Boston College is presenting accordion master Paddy O'Brien and fiddle great Nathan Gourley for a night of traditional Irish music on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

The concert, which is free to the public, runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p..m. at the Theology & Ministry Auditorium on the Brighton campus.

The Gaelic Roots program was founded and is directed by Irish fiddle champion Seamus Connolly, the Sullivan Artist in Residence at Boston College.

Here is a profile on Seamus Connolly.

Find year round details on Irish cultural activities in greater Boston at IrishBoston.org.




Monday, November 9, 2015

Huntington Theatre Company Presents A Confederacy of Dunces in Boston, November 11- December 20

The Huntington Theatre Company of Boston is presenting A Confederacy of Dunces, adapted from the cult classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, written by John Kennedy Toole. 

It runs at the BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue from November 11- December 20, 2015.  Here is ticket information

Described as a hilarious wild ride, filled with colorful characters and comic misadventures, it feature the colorful character Ignatius J. Reilly, the Don Quixote of the French Quarter who is eccentric, overweight and living with his mother in the Big Easy. 

The production stars television actor Nick Offerman of the series Parks & Recreation, as well as a strong cast that will make Confederacy of Dunces one of the compelling shows in Boston this season. 

Here is Huntington's 2015-2016 season

For information on cultural activities in the Boston area, visit IrishBoston.org.

For tourist information go to BostonUSA.com



Friday, November 6, 2015

BITA Releases Winter Issue of TRAVEL & CULTURE GUIDE for Massachusetts & Ireland


(Boston) - The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its Travel & Culture Guide (2015-16 winter issue) of cultural activities in Massachusetts and Ireland.

Read the digital version here.

The 28-page color magazine details upcoming holiday concerts, dances and theater in Massachusetts & Rhode Island from November 2015 to March 2016 It lists selected Irish pubs, gift shops and cultural groups in the Bay State plus hotels and travel agencies for visitors from out-of-town.

The Guide also covers Christmas events in Ireland as well as the 2016 Tourism Ireland initiative, Ireland's Ancient East: See What Awaits You.

The Guide is available for free at tourism centers across the state and at museums, hotels and cultural venues, starting on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. See distribution outlets.

First issued in 2005, the Travel & Culture Guide is published three times a year, 

The Boston Irish Tourism Association was formed in 2000 to promote cultural tourism year round. It publishes three travel and culture guides each year, in March, June and November.  It created and developed an IrishHeritage Trail that highlights Irish landmarks in Boston and around the state.

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

More than 24% of residents in Massachusetts claim Irish ancestry, making it the most Irish state in the United States, according to the US Census.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Irish Singer Mick Flannery Performing at the Burren Pub on November 4


Irish singer Mick Flannery, from County Cork, is performing at the Burren Pub's Backroom Series in Davis Square on Wednesday,November 4, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.

Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online or at the venue.

Read more about Mick Flannery here.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts in the Backroom Series.

Find year round details on Boston's Irish community at IrishBoston.org.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Irish Network USA Conference Comes to Boston, November 5-8


The annual Irish Network USA Annual Conference is taking place in Boston, from November 5-8, 2015, at the Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center in South Boston.

A series of workshops through the day on Friday will address topics such as Driving the Innovation Economy through Education; The New Global Irish Diaspora; and a presentation by Tourism Ireland.

Here is the full agenda.

Register for the conference here.

On Friday, November 6, participants will gather at the Massachusetts State House for a reception. Then on Saturday, Irish Film Festival Boston is presenting a film festival at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to host all of our Irish Network USA members and friends at the annual conference in  Boston this year," said Sean Moynihan, president of the IN Boston chapter.

Formed in 2010 by the Irish Government, the Irish Network USA has chapters in 20 cities. Boston was one of the first chapters established.

For more information, visit IrishNetworkBoston.net

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Boston's Irish Pastoral Centre Honors Ken Casey & Sr. Marguerite Kelly at Annual Banguet

The Irish Pastoral Center of Boston is holding its annual banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Florian Hall in Dorchester.  Tickets are $100 and proceeds go to support year round programs at the Center.

This year's honorees include Ken Casey, leader of the Dropkick Murphys, and Sister Marguerite Kelly, a lifelong missionary who recently retired from the Centre.  Read more about the IPC here.

Here is an article on the 25th anniversary of the Irish Pastoral Centre.

For year round details on greater Boston's Irish community, visit IrishBoston.org.



Monday, October 19, 2015

Belfast Community Gospel Choir Performs at Massachusetts State House on October 23


Northern Ireland's Belfast Community Gospel Choir is performing a special concert at the Grand Staircase in the Massachusetts State House on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.  State Senator Eileen Donoghue is sponsoring the concert.

The Choir, which is renowned in Northern Ireland and Europe, is directed by Marie Lacey, who has performed with Sir James Galway among others.

The Belfast Choir is performing in Massachusetts throughout the week, at the Golden Bridges Conference at the Seaport Boston Hotel, Quincy Marketplace in downtown Boston, the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, the Lowell High School Auditorium in Lowell, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End, the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury and the Morningstar Baptist Church in Mattapan.

Here is a video of the Belfast Community Choir.

For more information contact Ann-Marie at BCGCBOS2015@gmail.com.

Find year round information on Boston's Irish community at IrishBoston.org.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Celtic, Classical and Popular Christmas Music in Massachusetts this December


Boston Irish Tourism Association has posted an exciting schedule of Christmas/Holiday musical shows this December in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

They range from Keith Lockhart's Boston Pops Holiday season at Boston Symphony Hall and Handel's Messiah and the Nutcracker Ballet at Mechanics Hall in Worcester to popular shows like Reagle Music Theatre's Christmas time, plus Elf the Musical and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Musical at the Citi Arts Performing Center in Boston.

There is a full slate of Irish-themed Christmas shows, including A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas, John McDermott's A Family Christmas, Cherish the Ladies Christmas Show, and the Blackstone River Theatre's annual Christmas Concert  and BRT's Irish Christmas Dance Spectacular.

And check out non-holiday shows like Once: The Musical at Citi Performing Arts Center and Irish comedian Brendan Grace at the Burren Pub.

You can also find year round details on cultural activities in Massachusetts and New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.



Saturday, October 17, 2015

Celtic Harpist Patrick Ball Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on October 17


Patrick Ball, one of the premier harp players of the world, is performing at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the venue.  This is his only New England appearance this season.

In his show, Celtic Harp & Story, Ball combines the art of Irish storytelling with the timeless melodies of the ancient Irish musical traditions, "weaving words and music into a spellbinding performance," as one newspaper wrote.

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


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Irish Singer Eleanor McEvoy Performs at Burren Pub in Somerville on October 10



Eleanor McEvoy, one of Ireland's top singer/songwriters, is performing at the Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville,  on Saturday,  October 10, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $23 and can be purchased online or at the venue.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association named the McEvoy concert the Event of the Week throughout Massachusetts.

One of the great contemporary singer/songwriters, Eleanor McEvoy's work has spanned many decades of diverse work and collaborations from her sensational "Only a Woman's Heart" to her most recent release, The Thought of You.  Her repertoire and style range from folk ballads and love songs to hard hitting social commentary.  

The Burren Backroom series is well established as one of the most sought-after boutique series of traditional presentations. The series was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello, and is hosted by Brian O’Donovan of WGBH Celtic Sojourn.

Find year round details on Irish activities in greater Boston at IrishBoston.org.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Irish Tradition Duo Vallely & McGiver Perform at Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod on October 10


Uilleann pipe master & whistle player Cillian Vallely of Northern Ireland and guitarist Ryan McGiver of New York are performing in concert at the Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, Cape Cod, on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Suggested donation is $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Chatham Fiddle Company is run by Rose Clancy, an accomplished fiddler, teacher and instrument maker.

Find year round information on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.


Michael Dunleavy Foundation Hosts Evening of Traditional Music from County Clare at Burren Pub



Legendary musicians from County Clare have traveled to Boston to perform at the Burren Pub in Somerville, MA on Friday, October 9, 2015.  The event benefits the Michael Dunleavy Foundation, which raises research funds for childhood cancer and brain tumors.

Among the Clare musicians are Oliver O'Connell, Mickey Dunne, Mike Nestor, along with Boston's John Coyne.

Find out more about the Michael Dunleavy here.

Here is a schedule of other events at the Burren.

Find year round info on Irish events in greater Boston.





Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ireland's Ancient East - See What Awaits You


Ireland is launching a new marketing initiative in 2016 called Ireland's Ancient East

It is part of an aggressive goal to continue an impressive growth of overseas visitors that exceed 12% in 2015, and comes on the heals of the successful campaign, Wild Atlantic Way




“With the great amount of history and heritage in such a relatively compact area, Ireland’s Ancient East will allow us to seriously build on the assets we have in the east and south – and the significant investment which has been made in tourism attractions in the region over the last few years," said Paschal Donohoe, Ireland's Minister of Tourism. 

For more information on visiting Ireland, go to Ireland.com.

Check out these Travel and Tour groups specializing in trips to Ireland. 

For information about the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com. 



North Sea Gas Comes to Blackstone River Theatre on October 3

Scottish traditional trio North Sea Gas is performing at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on Saturday, October 3, 2015 starting at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets to the show are $15.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association named this concert its Event of the Week for the week of September 28.

Having produced 17 albums in its 30 years as a band, Saturday's performance marks the 11th appearance of North Sea Gas at Blackstone River Theatre.

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

Find year round information on Irish and Celtic cultural activities by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Boston Irish Heritage Trail - Final Guided Tour of the Season is Friday,October 2

The final guided tour of the Boston Irish Heritage Trail this season is taking place on Friday, October 2, 2015.  Cost of the tour is $15 general admission, and $12 for seniors, students and military. Children 12 and under go free.

The 60 minute tour is conduced by veteran tour guide Ted Kulik, and leaves at 2:00 p.m.from the Boston Common Visitors Information Center, located at 147 Tremont Street.

The tour winds its way through Boston Common, past the State House and down to the Irish Famine Memorial and Old City Hall, before ending up at the James Michael Curley statues in front of New City Hall.

Make your reservations here by filling in the form, or you can pay at the front desk of the Visitors Information Center right before the tour begins.

Find out more about Boston's illustrious Irish history by visiting IrishHeritageTrail.com

For year round information on Irish activities in greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.org

For visitor information, to to BostonUSA.com.








Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fiddle Duo Gourley and Feddersen Performing at Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod, September 26


Two rising American fiddle masters, Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen, are performing in concert at the Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, Cape Cod, on Saturday, September 26, 2015, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Suggested donation is $20.

Seeped in American roots music along with Irish traditional music, the duo has performed widely across the country.  They are currently based in Boston, where they play regularly at sessions, pubs and concerts.

The Chatham Fiddle Company is run by Rose Clancy, a fine fiddler and instrument maker.  The concert is part of a series of small, intimate concerts throughout the year.

Find more details on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

South Boston's Billy Higgins is Honored for his Quiet Leadership and for Forging Ties Between Limerick and Boston


Billy Higgins (right) with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
(Photo Courtesy of Steve Allen, Neighborhood Photo News)

Billy Higgins of South Boston, a community leader who is renowned for helping people, organizations and neighborhoods in need, is himself being honored with the Quiet Leadership Award from the Pinch Foundation (People in Neighborhoods Can Help).

The awards ceremony is taking place from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Friday, September 25, 2015 at Elks Club in West Roxbury.

Higgins has a long history of public service.  Born and raised in South Boston's Lower End, Higgins traveled to Limerick City in 1985 to watch his daughter Andrea compete in a track and field meet. He found himself in a tough neighborhood called Southill, which reminded him of the Lower End in Southie.  He got to know some of the people there, and before long was bringing school classes to Boston for an educational exchange.

Billy eventually set up the Southill Children's Fund to help the Limerick neighborhood, while creating a sister-city relationship between Southill and Southie that still flourishes today.

In fact, just a few weeks after receiving the Quiet Leadership Award, Billy is holding a fundraiser for the Southill Children's Fund on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Phillips Old Colony House on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester.  Suggestion donation is $75 and 100% of the proceeds go to the children of Southill.

Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, has this to say about his life-long friend and neighborhood, when Billy received the Golden Bridges Award from the Irish Echo last October

"I saw what Billy did in Southill and in South Boston and he deserves our gratitude and praise," Flynn said.  "We celebrate the cherished and special bond we have with the people of Ireland today and we thank all those who continue to keep the flame of hope burning.  Bill has helped keep that flame burning and we thank him for all that he has done."

Also, Flynn continued, "Billy Higgins is a loyal and devoted family man and friend. He has a big heart and always willing to help others. In honoring Billy, you must also recognize the moral strength behind him, his wife Rachel." 

Find more information about the Southill Children's Fund.

For year round information on the Irish in Boston, visit IrishBoston.org.


Thanks to Paul Feeney, publisher of Boston City Paper, for supplying additional information for this blog post. 


Monday, September 21, 2015

The Clancy Family Perform Traditional Irish Music at BC's Gaelic Roots Series on September 24


The Gaelic Roots program at Boston College is presenting a concert of traditional Irish music with fiddler Rose Clancy, along with her father, guitarist Gene Clancy and her brother John Clancy on upright bass.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Theology & Ministry Auditorium on the Brighton campus, located at 117 Lake Street.  Here is a map with directions.

A longtime fiddler and fine maker of musical instruments, Rose is proprietor of the Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod.

Gaelic Roots is led by Irish fiddler, teacher and scholar Seamus Connolly, the Sullivan Artist in Residence at Boston College.

You can follow Gaelic Roots on Facebook.

Find year round information on Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Stand-Up Comedian Eddie Izzard Performs at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 27


English stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard is performing at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., as part of the Popular Artist Series.  Tickets to the show are available to order online.

Known for his outrageous and absurd brand of comedy, Izzard began his career at London's famous Comedy Store in the 1980s, before starting his own club Raging Bull.  His one-man shows led to a variety of television appearances on shows like The Good Wife and the United States of Tara.

Here is a schedule of other performances taking place at Tanglewood through Labor Day.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association named this show the Event of Week in Massachusetts.

For information about visiting Massachusetts, go to MassVacation.com.



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Win Free Pair of Tix to A Celtic Sojourn Festival at Lowell Summer Music Series on August 22


The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away three pairs of tickets to see A Celtic Sojourn Roots & Branches Festival at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Hosted by Brian O'Donovan of WGBH, the festival features great performers like Cherish the Ladies, the all-women traditional ensemble out of New York; the McCarthy Family from Boston and Ireland; Socks in the Frying Pan from County Clare; and singer/songwriter Matthew Bryne from Newfoundland.

Click here to enter the contest, then submit your entry.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, August 20, so check back.

Or, you can purchase tickets directly online.

Good Luck!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello Perform at Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod on August 8


Irish traditional music duo Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello are performing at the Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, Cape Cod, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $20.

Owners of the Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, McCarthy & Costello have recorded several albums and have toured the world playing traditional Irish melodies.

The Chatham Fiddle Company is run by Rose Clancy, an accomplished instrument maker and traditional fiddler herself.

For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

For visitor information go to MassVacation.com.





Saturday, July 25, 2015

Boston Tourism Group Recommends Best Ways to Tour Ireland and Northern Ireland

Photo Courtesy of Inroads Ireland 

Looking into taking a tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland?  Here are some recommendations from the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA), which has been promoting Ireland in the American market since 2000.

See details here on Cara Group Travel, Emerald Heritage Tours and Inroads Ireland Tours.

You can also learn about Tourism Ireland initiatives like the Wild Atlantic Way, Northern Ireland Coastal Route, the Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo, the year-long celebration of W.B. Yeats, and upcoming events in Ireland.

For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is Saturday, July 18 in Florence, MA

Soulsha 

The 22nd annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival takes place on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Look Park in Florence MA.  The festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and features dozens of Scottish bands as well as sporting, cultural and culinary activities.

Headlining bands include Albannach, Soulsha, Prydein, Jennifer Licko, Charlie Zahn and the Cabeys.

Tickets are $12 general admission; $5 for children ages 5-12; and children under 5 go free.

Read about the history of the festival here.

Here is a schedule of other Irish, Scottish and Celtic festivals around New England this summer.

For year round details, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.





Saturday, July 4, 2015

Boston Walking Tour Shares the Irish Contribution to America's Independence

Boston Massacre Memorial

Visitors to Boston can celebrate this year's Fourth of July by taking a guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, focusing on the Irish who fought in the Revolutionary War and were part of America's quest for independence.

The tour, led by seasoned guide Ted Kulik, takes place on Sunday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m., starting from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center.  Tickets, which can be purchased at the Center, are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military.

Among the stops along the Trail:

The Boston Massacre Memorial on Boston Common, erected in the 19th century by Irish leader John Boyle O'Reilly and other Bostonians.

Memorial to Commodore James Barry on Boston Common, a naval hero in the Revolutionary War who was born in Wexford and chosen by George Washington to create the first US Navy;

The Old Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street, where a number of 18th century freedom fighters are buried including:

. Patrick Carr, one of the victims of the Boston Massacre in 1770;

. James Sullivan, the fifth governor of Massachusetts and the son of Irish indentured servants;

. Robert Treate Paine, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who was descended from the O'Neills of County Tyrone;

. William Hall, one of the early presidents of the Charitable Irish Society, formed in 1737.

For more information on Boston's Irish history, visit IrishHeritageTrail.com.

Find year round events on the Boston Irish by visiting IrishBoston.org.





Monday, June 22, 2015

Celtic Woman Performs at Lynn Auditorium on Sunday, June 28


Celtic Woman, the wildly popular all-female singing ensemble from Ireland celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is returning to the New England area for a special concert at the Lynn Auditorium on Sunday, June 28 at 3:00 pm.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to this special performance. The lucky winner will be notified and announced here on Friday, June 26th, so be sure to check back for the exciting announcement!

On the other hand, if you don’t want to take a chance to miss seeing this incredible show, then you can purchase tix here.

Enjoy the show.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Chatham Fiddle Company Presents Irish Traditional Duo Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary


The Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod is presenting an Irish traditional music concert with Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Donation to the show is $20.

The Chatham Fiddle Company is owned by Rose Clancy, a well-regarded instrument maker and traditional musician.  Her father is Gene Clancy of the well-known musical family from County Armagh

Find year round details on Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com