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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.