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Friday, January 31, 2014

Fiddler Seamus Connolly and Dancer Kieran Jordan Lead Irish Ceili at Boston College on February 3

Seamus Connolly, All-Ireland fiddle champion and director of the Gaelic Roots program at Boston College,  is teaming with Irish dancer Kieran Jordan to present an Irish Dance and Ceili on Monday, February 3, 2014.  

The event takes place at Gasson Hall, on Boston College's campus in Chestnut Hill, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and is free to the public.  Here are directions.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Irish Tradional Music Duo Willie and Siobhan Kelly Give Workshop-Concert at Chatham Fidddle Company on Cape Cod, Saturday, January 26

Two excellent Irish traditional musicians - Willie and Siobhan Kelly - are performing a concert at the Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, Cape Cod, on Saturday, January 25, 2015, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Suggested donation is $20.00

Prior to the concert, the duo conducts a music workshop, with Willie on the fiddle and Siobhan on the wooden flute.  The workshop begins at 1:30 and the cost is $30.00.  For information on the workshop or concert, please call 508 348-1885.

Located at 875 Main Street in Chatham, the Chatham Fiddle Company is run by stringed instrument maker and fiddler Rose Clancy.  Chatham Fiddle offers instruments for sale and for rent, gives music lessons on fiddle, banjo and mandolin, and presents a series of house concerts throughout the year, featuring traditional musicians from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the United States.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

2014 Schedule of St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts

Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade 

Boston Irish Tourism Association has released its 2014 schedule of St. Patrick's Day parades in Massachusetts. This year the parade season begins on March 8 with the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Yarmouth, Cape Cod, and ends with the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

BITA also lists details on parades in Manchester, NH, Quebec City, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland.

Here is a schedule of Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England in March 2014 states.  Check back for updates.

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Irish uilleann piper Paddy Keenan Performs at Boston College Gaelic Roots Program on Thursday, January 23

Paddy Keenan, a master of the Irish uilleann pipes, is performing at the Gaelic Roots Music and Dance program at Boston College on Thursday, January 23, 2014.  The concert takes place at Walsh Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

Other artists performing this semester are Irish dancer Kieran Jordan, fiddler Sheila Falls, flutist Mark Roberts, and the band Mist Covered Mountains.  

Created and directed by master fiddler Seamus Connolly, Gaelic Roots is a program of music and dance instruction at Boston College, as well as lectures, concerts and special events that focus on traditional music from Ireland as well as Scotland, Canada's Maritimes, and the American Appalichia. 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tin Can Hooley, Old Time Celtic Band, Performing at the Boyne Irish Pub in Allston on January 18

Irish pub band Tin Can Hooley is performing at the Boyne Irish Pub on Western Avenue in Allston on Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight.  Admission is $5.

Described as a ceilidh band that sings, Tin Can Hooley covers a wide range of Celtic-inspired music, from jigs and reels to the Pogues.  The band has performed at major festivals in the region, including the annual Irish Festival at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton and the Boston Irish Festival in Dorchester's Adams Village.

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fiddler Rose Clancy and Friends Play Irish Tunes at the Chatham Squire on Cape Cod on Sunday, January 12

Clayton March and Rose Clancy 

The Chatham Squire in Chatham, Cape Cod, is hosting Irish tunes on Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The music features fiddlers Rose Clancy, Clayton March and Greg Johnson, and bodhran player Peig Donoghue.

Rose Clancy is proprietor of the Chatham Fiddle Company, and a maker of fine stringed instruments.

Located at 487 Main Street in downtown Chatham, the Squire is a family restaurant that has been serving Cape Cod residents and visitors since 1968.

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Boston's Celtic Music Festival taking place all day Saturday, January 11, at Harvard Square in Cambridge

Bridget Fitzgerald

The 11th annual Boston's Celtic Music Festival is continuing all day today with an exciting line-up of excellent music, song and dance. It takes place in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Saturday includes DayFest, a series of performances throughout the day that features Irish sean nos singer Bridget Fitzgerald,  duo Matt and Shannon Heaton, uilleann piper Joey Arbarta, singer/guitarist Liz Simmons, multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Adler and many others.  

The performances take place at Passim and The First Parish Church.  Here is the DayFest schedule.

 The BCMFest Nightcap is  a grand finale concert and dance featuring music from Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland and America.  It takes place at the First Parish Church.  

Here is a list of all the performers at this year's Boston's Celtic Music Festival.  Here is the festival press release.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Yo-Yo Ma, Ronan Tynan, Boston Fire Gaelic Pipe Band and Youth Groups Serenade Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

Today's inauguration of Martin J. Walsh as the new Mayor of Boston included a wonderful offering of music that appealed to the 5,000+ attendees at Conte Forum at Boston College.

World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma was the special guest, and he performed a moving rendition of the Irish song, Danny Boy, before moving into chamber music by George Crumb and J. S. Bach. 

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan capped the ceremony with a stirring rendition of God Bless America, the same version he sang in October at the Boston Red Sox victory parade through the streets of Boston. 

Starting off the musical portion of the inauguration ceremony was the Boston Fire Gaelic Pipe and Drum Band, which performed during the presentation of colors. 

And musical interludes were offered by students at the Boston Arts Academy and the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School

During the mayoral campaign, Walsh made a commitment to enriching culture and the arts in the City of Boston.

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Congratulations Marty Walsh, new Mayor of Boston

Congratulations to Martin Joseph Walsh, who was sworn into office on Monday, January 6, 2014 at Conte Forum at Boston College.  Over 5,000 people attended the ceremony, including Walsh's mother Mary, his brother Johnny, and longtime girlfriend Lorrie Higgins and her daughter Loren.

Dignitaries included Governor Deval Patrick, US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, and former Boston Mayor and US Ambassador Ray Flynn.

Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley gave the opening prayer, and Boston College President William P. Leahy gave the opening welcome.  Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond gave the final benediction.

Massachusetts Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland conducted the swearing in ceremony.

Among the musical highlights was a stirring rendition of Danny Boy by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and an equally stirring rendition of God Bless America by legendary Irish tenor Ronan Tynan.

Walsh is Boston's 48th mayor and takes his office on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall.

Here is a list of Boston mayors of Irish descent, starting with Hugh O'Brien in 1885.

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