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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Boston Pops Presents Rhiannon Giddens at Symphony Hall, May 22-25




The Boston Pops is presenting Grammy and MacArthur Grant winner Rhiannon Giddens in concert  at Boston Symphony Hall on May 22-25, 2019.  Called 'Redefining American Music,' the four-night stint offers a genre-busting presentation of music from her critically-acclaimed albums with influences in roots, jazz, blues, country, Gospel, and Celtic. 

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart says about Giddens, "She has this amazing, eclectic look at American roots music, including Celtic rich music which has a huge part in the development of American folk tradition."

The co-founder of Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon is also a Grammy-nominated solo artist with a reoccurring role on the hit-TV show Nashville, and hosts the Metropolitan Opera’s Aria Code podcast.  Read more about Rhiannon Giddens

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Karan Casey Band Performing at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, May 18



Renowned Irish vocalist Karan Casey and her band perform at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Tickets to the show are $25 in advanced and $28 the day of the show.  Purchase tickets online or reserve them by calling 401 725-9272.

Casey is singing songs from her new album Hieroglyphs that Tell the Tale as well as some of her classic songs.  She is joined by Matt Heaton on guitar and Sheila Falls Keohane on fiddle.

The Boston Globe wrote, "Casey's voice is among the loveliest in folk music and she's a wonderful interpreter of both contemporary and traditional material.” Her career has spanned 25 years from the early days as a jazz performer in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums. 

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at the Blackstone River Theatre, considered one of the finest small venue acoustic settings in New England. 

Find year round Irish and Celtic activities in New England at IrishMassachusetts.com

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Boston Pops Performs with American Folk Legend Arlo Guthrie on May 15-16 at Symphony Hall



The Boston Pops is performing with American folk legend Arlo Guthrie at Boston Symphony Hall at 8 p.m. on May 15-16, 2019.  Tickets to the concert are $30 - $96 and can be purchased online.

The concert is part of the Pops' Summer of 1969 celebration this year, a look back at the unprecedented scientific exploration, social upheaval, and musical excitement that took place 50 years ago. 

2019 is also the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, with Guthrie is helping to celebrate.   Adding to this mix is  a Pops tribute to the year’s two most groundbreaking albums: The Beatles’ Abbey Road and The Who’s rock opera masterpiece, Tommy! 

The Pops also pay homage to one of mankind’s greatest achievements with a Boston debut From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond, a new work by James Beckel celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Read more about this season at the Boston Pops in an interview with Pops conductor Keith Lockhart

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Haley Richardson & Quinn Bachand Perform at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, May 11


Fiddler Haley Richardson and guitarist Quinn Bachand perform at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door.

Richardson, a traditional Irish fiddler with a highly ornamented Sligo style, has amassed a long list of accomplishments including multiple All Ireland honors over the past decade. She has performed all over the US, Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, and Thailand. 

Bachand, a member of the Jeremy Kittel Band has also toured internationally with Canadian fiddle icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. Recognized as a gifted and creative guitar player, he adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music.


Find year round Irish and Celtic activities in New England at IrishMassachusetts.com


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mari Black Trio Performing at Shalin Liu in Rockport on May 5



Rockport Music presents the Mari Black Trio in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.  Tickets to the show are $18-$20 and can be purchased online

Based in Boston, Mari Black has created a devoted following founded on the strength of her remarkable playing, infectious compositions and style that covers everything from Scottish reels to jazz to klezmer to American string band music. 

See schedule of upcoming concerts presented by Rockport Music this spring and summer.

Visit IrishMassachusetts.com for year-round details on Irish cultural activities in New England. 


Friday, May 3, 2019

Win Tix to see Irish Country Star Nathan Carter in Boston on May 28



Celtic Country star Nathan Carter is performing live at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston on Tuesday, May 28.  He is being joined by Chloe Agnew, one of Ireland's premier vocalists and former member of Celtic Woman.  They'll be backed by a stellar six-piece band. 

You can win a free pair of tickets to this show - just enter the BITA contest here.  Or, you can purchase tickets online to ensure your seats to what promises to be a captivating show. 

Nathan is taking the music world by storm. He first catapulted into stardom in his native Ireland, charming audiences on guitar, piano and accordion. Nathan’s live show is a unique blend of Celtic, country and pop favorites that bring audiences to their feet.  Read more about Nathan Carter here.

The Wilbur Theatre is located at 246 Tremont Street in downtown Boston, right across from Boston Common, the nation's oldest public park. Tickets to the show range from $35-55. 

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

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tourism Ireland Unveils new Game of Thrones® Stained Glass to Commemorate Season 8



Tourism Ireland unveiled a giant, stained glass window today (15 April) opposite Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland. The impressive installation is part of a brand new Game of Thrones® campaign – to showcase and celebrate Northern Ireland as Game of Thrones® Territory to millions of fans worldwide. This is the first of six installations to be unveiled over the coming weeks.  

Over the coming weeks – as each episode of the final season airs – six beautifully crafted, freestanding stained-glass windows will be installed across Belfast. Each window will highlight a key House from the show, with a series of panels depicting the most exciting and talked-about moments from the entire saga. The first window, unveiled today, is all about the House Stark.

Each window will be large enough for fans to pose in front of, for photos and selfies, so they can recreate their own Game of Thrones® photo opp. They can then share the photographs on social media and encourage their friends and fellow fans to come and visit Belfast and Northern Ireland and experience it for themselves!

The stained glass panes have been designed by hand illustrators and are being stained by an artist in Bangor. By the end of series eight, the stained glass windows will form a new Game of Thrones® trail, leading fans across the city to the final window at the Titanic Studios, where much of the show has been produced.

Find more about visiting Ireland here. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kevin Burke, Noted Irish Fiddler, Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, April 27


Irish fiddle master Kevin Burke performs at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Tickets to the show are $18 in advanced or $20 at the door.  Call 401-725-9272 for reservations.

A member of the famous Bothy Band in the 1970s, Burke was a founding member of two seminal traditional bands, Open House and Patrick Street in the 1980s.  Then in the 1990s Burke was a member of the legendary Celtic Fiddle Festival, performing around the world.

Burke also enjoys a distinguished solo career as a fiddler, and has received numerous awards,  including Ireland’s Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016, and a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. 

Read more about Kevin Burke here.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre, considered one of the finest traditional music venues in New England. 

Find year-round details on Irish cultural events at IrishMassachusetts.com.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ireland offers World-Class Golfing Experiences Year Round



With world-class courses in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet, Ireland’s credentials are sky-high when it comes to golf, according to Ireland.com.


Did you know, for instance, that the island boasts a quarter of the world’s natural links courses? Or that some of the world’s best golfers hail from the island of Ireland, including Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington? 



Just recently, the Royal County Down has topped Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the World outside of the US.  

See this video on Ireland, Home of Golf Champions.



Find about more by visiting Ireland.com/golfnow.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Irish Fiddler Eileen Ivers & Band Perform in Rockport, MA on April 13



Irish fiddle master Eileen Ivers & her band Immigrant Soul are in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  

Tickets range from $29- $46 and can be purchased online

Considered a pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today, the Bronx-born musician has recording credits  to over 100 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. 

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul mixes African and Latin percussion and bass, Irish instrumentalists, and American soulful vocals.

Here is a schedule of  upcoming concerts at Shalin Liu, one of the finest performance centers in New England, presented by Rockport Music

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