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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wix Tix to Celtic Thunder X Tour in Boston on September 28



Celtic Thunder, one of the most popular Irish bands to ever play on PBS stations and around the world, is coming to the  Boch Center Shubert Theatre in downtown Boston on September 28, part of a ten year anniversary tour that features its new deluxe double CD, Celtic Thunder X.

Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to the show.  Enter thecontest here and check back on September 26 to see if you’re the winner.

Or, you can purchase tickets to Celtic Thunder online, to ensure your seat at one of the most enjoyable live shows you’ll see this season.

Here is a list of upcoming shows at the Boch Center this season. 

For year round details on Irish activities in greater Boston and throughout New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.








Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Win Tix to Hamnet at Emerson Paramount Center in Boston


The Boston Irish Tourism Association and ArtsEmerson are giving away two pairs of tickets to Hamnet: Dead Center, an amazing play in which Shakespeare's only son takes center stage.

The tickets are available the weekend of September 28-30 or the weekend of October 6-7.  Enter the contest here.   You can also purchase tickets online for any of the shows, from September 20 through October 7, 2018.

Created by Dead Centre Theatre Company in Dublin, Hamnet is a moving, meticulous, multimedia show that explores how ambition clashes with family responsibilities in a way that rivals Shakespearean tragedy itself.


Here is a calendar of upcoming ArtsEmerson events in the 2018-2019 season.

Find year round Irish events in greater Boston by visiting IrishBoston.org.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

THE YVES LAMBERT TRIO PERFORMS AT BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16


The Blackstone River Theatre welcomes back the popular Yves Lambert Trio on Sunday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m.  To receive the advance purchase ticket option, call in your reservations to 401-725-9272. Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 at the door.

The Yves Lambert Trio showcases the unique connection between maturity and youth by creating a new world of poetry and celebration. Yves Lambert's charisma and talent, coupled with Tommy Gauthier and Olivier Rondeau's virtuosity and passion, the nuances of their arrangements and their distinctive harmonies make this trio a one-of-a-kind musical experience.


Read more about the Blackstone River Theatre and its Executive Director Russell Gusetti.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at BRT this fall.

Find more Irish/Celtic events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Altan, Iconic Irish Trad Band, Performs at Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on September 14


Altan, one of Ireland's top traditional music ensembles, is performing at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 14.  Tickets to the show are $35 and can be purchased at the venue.

Based in County Donegal, Altan has toured the world over the past 35 years introducing audiences to a pure, authentic brand of traditional music fused with a contemporary flair and urgency.

Its newest release, “The Gap Of Dreams,” came out in 2018 on FreshGrass partner Compass Records, and fiddler, singer, and founding member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh was the recipient of the Gradam Ceoil/Traditional Musician of the Year in 2017, one of the highest honors in Irish music.


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



Wednesday, September 12, 2018

MEDIAEVAL BAEBES PERFORM AT BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE ON SEPTEMBER 15


Blackstone River Theatre is kicking off its fall season on Saturday, September 15 with a concert by The Mediaeval Baebes, a popular female singing group whose version of “Alleluia” is featured on the hit PBS series Victoria.  

Tickets are $28 in advance by calling 401-725-9272, or $32 the night of the performance.

Using lyrics from mediaeval and romantic texts and setting them to original scores using medieval and folk instruments, the group presents an amazing traditional show that captivates audiences around the world. The Baebes sing in a variety of medieval languages including French, Spanish, English, Italian, Gaelic, and Swedish.



 Read more about the Blackstone River Theatre and its Executive Director Russell Gusetti.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at BRT this fall.

Find more Irish/Celtic events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Tickets for Iconic 2018 Boston Holiday Pops Season Go on Sale September 4


Tickets go on sale on September 4 for the 2018 Boston Pops Holiday season, one of New England's most iconic holiday traditions.  This year's season runs from December 6 through 31.  Here is the Holiday Pops full schedule.

Join conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at these performances, which are filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-along, and a visit from Santa Claus himself!

Started in 1973 by Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, these concerts take place in the magical atmosphere of world-famous Symphony Hall that is beautifully decorated to evoke all the magic and charm of the season.

The kids matinee performances are geared toward younger children, are shorter in length with no intermission, and feature a post-concert visit with Santa Claus.  

Seth MacFarlane 

After Christmas, don't miss the favorite holiday movie, Home Alone, along with live accompaniment.  The season ends on a highlight on December 31, New Year's Eve, when the Boston Pops welcomes special guest, actor, writer, director and vocalist Seth MacFarlane. 








Saturday, August 25, 2018

Northern Ireland's Winterfell Festival Being Held at Game of Thrones® Film Location



For fans of TV epic Game of Thrones®, check out the Winterfell Festival on September 16, 2018, along  the coast of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.  The one-day festival,  on the grounds of the 820-acre Castle Ward estate, doubled as the Stark family ancestral home for most of Season 1 of Game of Thrones.

In addition to walking in the footsteps of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell, festival-goes can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a medieval village, with skilled blacksmiths, silversmiths and weavers at work. Also in store, the King’s Tournament Games, featuring skilled horse-riders performing enthralling film-set stunts and tricks fit for entertaining royalty.

Plenty of ‘Thrones’ costumery, full contact jousting, sword fighting, falconry and medieval fare such as roast hog and venison pie, washed down with cider and ale, add to the atmosphere.




Home to more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world, Northern Ireland has truly earned its title as Game of Thrones® Territory. Those who fancy a full weekend in Westeros, or even longer, can fill their time with an array of ‘Thrones’ related experiences.

Coach tours, medieval banquets, self-guided cycles, sea safaris, archery experiences and even afternoon tea featuring Baratheon bread and Dothraki trifle with mini dragon's eggs – and much more – are all available.

When attending the festival, check out the beautiful locations along the famous Causeway Coastal Route, named with Belfast as Lonely Planet’s No. 1 region to visit in 2018.

Find more information about visiting the island of Ireland.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Rockport Music Presents Celtic Roots & Branches Concert on August 26


Haley Richardson 

Rockport Music presents Brian O'Donovan's Celtic Roots & Branches concert at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts. Tickets to the show are available online. 

For this year’s concert, O’Donovan presents a range of traditional and contemporary artists from around the Celtic world, including singers, dancers, and virtuoso instrumentalists. They’ll be playing a mix of traditional tunes and more contemporary songs from the Celtic tradition, as well as some French Canadian, Acadian, Appalachian, Balkan, and American tap music. 

Among the artists: Robbie O'Connell & Rose Clancy; Keith Murphy; Joey Abarta; Haley Richarson and dancers Kevin Doyle and Evelyn Miller. 

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts presented by Rockport Music

Enjoy Summer in the City Free Music and Movies at Boston Harbor Hotel



  
Visitors to Boston and Bostonians themselves can enjoy music, dancing and movies right on Rowes Wharf along the Boston Waterfront, thanks to magnificent Summer in the City series hosted by Boston HarborHotel.

For two decades, Summer in the City has been a special gift to visitors and residents alike, with music on Tuesday (Pop-Soul), Wednesday (Rat Pack Sinatra) and Thursday (Blues Barge), then Friday classic "Movies by Moonlight," a perfect way to relax into the weekend.

The musical line-up is excellent, with some of the region’s top local bands performing.  The series continues through the month and ends on August 31 with a movie screening of Out of Africa starring Meryl Streep.

The Boston Harbor Hotel (BHH) at Rowes Wharf is an exquisite hotel overlooking Boston Harbor. The active wharf is busy in the summer, with regular tours and cruises by Massachusetts Bay Lines and Odyssey Boston.  The food is amazing, thanks to acclaimed Chef Daniel Bruce. Patrons can dine al fresco on Rowes Wharf Sea Grille’s patio and Harborwalk Terrace, enjoying delicious food, seasonal cocktails, and unmatched views of Boston Harbor.

BHH is steps away from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and right on the Boston Harborwalk, a continuous walkway leading to South Boston on one side, and the North End on the other.

Find more activities in Boston by visiting IrishBoston.org.






Friday, August 10, 2018

Rockport Music Presents Della Mae in Concert on August 15


Rockport Music presents the Nashville-based string band Della Mae at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.  Tickets are available online

Since forming in Boston in 2009, Della Mae was named IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015.” The band has traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music. 


For year round details on Irish, Celtic and folk music in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Norwegian Air Flies from Providence RI To Belfast, Cork, Dublin & Shannon


Norwegian Air has direct flights this summer from T.F.Green Airport in Providence RI to Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Shannon. 

Read the full story in Travel & Culture Magazine, published by Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA), as well as stories about what to do in Ireland when you arrive.

Also, read about Rhode Island's Irish community.

You can read the summer issue of Travel & Culture online, or pick up a free copy at visitor kiosks, Irish venues and museums in New England.





Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rockport Music Presents "Enter the Haggis" in Concert on July 19


Rockport Music presents the Canadian Celtic folk rock band, Enter The Haggis, in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 8 p.m. on July 19.  Tickets are available online or at the venue.

Based in Toronto, the band has released eight studio albums.  Their original songs such as One Last Drink, Down with the Ship and Gasoline have become folk rock anthems. 

Here is a schedule of concerts at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport this summer.

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

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Boston's Irish Famine Memorial Unveiled 20 Years Ago, on June 28, 1998


Boston's Irish Famine Memorial was unveiled before a crowd of 7,000 people on Sunday, June 28, 1998 at the corner of School and Washington Street along Boston's Freedom Trail and Irish Heritage Trail.

The $1 million Memorial commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine which occurred in Ireland between 1845-1849, killing nearly one million people and forcing another two million people to emigrate to  Boston, New York, Halifax and other eastern seaboard cities.

The memorial project was headed by the late Thomas J. Flatley, along with Michael Cummings and others from the Boston community. 


At the time of the memorial's unveiling, Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson wrote, "I hope people who come here reflect on the survivors.  And remember, we are the survivors of the survivors." 

Since Boston's Irish Famine Memorial was unveiled, other memorials to the Famine generation were unveiled in Lawrence, Charlestown, MA, and Providence, RI

For year round details on Boston's Irish cultural community, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Issue of Travel & Culture Magazine Focuses on Visiting New England and Ireland




(BOSTON) -- This month the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its 2018 summer issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a compendium of Irish festivals and concerts, culinary, cultural and literary activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England.  

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts and is available in digital format online.   It has a shelf life through October 2018. 

In New England, the magazine features outdoor festivals concerts, from Boston to Tanglewood and from Cumberland RI up to Rockport, MA.  Some of the performers at Tanglewood this summer include rock/blues/folk legends James Taylor, Bonnie Rait, Ry Cooder and Emmy Lou Harris.  The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf continues its Summer in the City series with free concerts Tuesdays through Thursdays, and free movies every Friday through August 31.  

In Ireland, Travel & Culture lists the top festivals across the island through October, include music festivals like the Fleadh Cheoil taking place in August, which draws upwards of 400,000 people. And it has details on the new Norwegian Air direct service from Providence's T. F. Green Airport to Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Belfast and Edinburgh.  

BITA is celebrating its 18th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community.  The US Census reports that nearly 24% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture  in March, June and November, and also developed the Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state.

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



Walk Boston's Irish Heritage Trail this Saturday, June 23

Photo of Kevin White Statue at Faneuil Hall, courtesy of BITA

Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is offering a guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail at 10 a.m. this Saturday, June 23, 2018, led by tour guide Ted Kulik, an expert on local history.

The tour begins at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common and covers 10 stops along the Trail.  Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military.  Children under 12 go free when accompanied by a parent.  Fill out the reservation form here, or purchase your ticket the day of the tour at the VIC.

See video from Chronicle/WCVB5 ABC on the origins of the Trail and what's on it.

The Irish Heritage Trail was created in 1994 and covers over 300 years of Boston Irish history, from colonial Irish like Governor James Sullivan and Boston Massacre victim Patrick Carr, to 19th Century Civil War heroes and the Famine generation, to 20th century political leaders, builders and social activists.

BITA's Travel & Culture magazine has a full map of the trail in its summer issue, available for free at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center and other outlets around Boston.

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


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Irish Were Boston's First Refugees



History is replete with stories about refugees from around the world coming to Boston, Massachusetts, seeking help from tragedies of historic proportions that were too massive for them to face. Very often they were poorly received, as locals feared the burden these immigrants would have on society. 

One of the most compelling chapters in the city's history involves Irish immigrants who fled Ireland in the 1840s, fleeing starvation, disease and death.

Many of these refugees fled to Boston, where they arrived, traumatized and ill, having lost parents and children, neighbors and friends. 

News reports describe Irish families huddled in doorways in downtown Boston, begging for food.  A  group of 50 Irish refugees camped out on Boston Common because they had no where to stay.  Many never made it to the mainland, but were held at the quarantine station on Deer Island in Boston Harbor to see if they carried with them typhus or cholera, diseases that later turned up in the crowded tenement buildings along Broad Street and in the North End.

A large number of Irish who made it ashore were eventually sent to the lunatic asylum in South Boston, since they were unable to cope with the tragedy they had experienced.

In June 1998, Boston's Irish community joined with city officials to unveil an Irish Famine Memorial Park in downtown Boston, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this tragic episode in the city's history.  The Memorial remains a stark reminder that many Bostonians today are the descendents of that Irish famine generation. 

The Famine is also a reminder that refugees are still leaving their homelands to escape certain death, and that humanitarian crises in our lifetime must be solved by those who can. 

For learn more about this episode in Boston's history, visit the Irish Famine Memorial, on the corner of School and Washington Street in Downtown Boston, a stop along Boston's IrishHeritageTrail.com

To read more about Boston's Irish history from the 17th century to the present, read Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston's Colorful Irish Past. 


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Canada's Singer/Songwriter Gordon Lightfoot Performs in Rockport on June 12





Rockport Music presents Gordon Lightfoot, the iconic Canadian troubadour, in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. 

Tickets to the concert can be purchased at the venue. 

The singer/songwriter has left quite a mark over the last 50 years, inspiring thousands of aspiring songwriters to follow in his footsteps. His songs belong squarely in the folk canon, including classics like “Early Morning Rain” and “For Lovin’ Me,” as well as 70’s pop hits like “Sundown” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Here is a schedule of upcoming folk, pop, World and jazz concerts at Shalin Liu this summer and fall. 

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




Saturday, June 9, 2018

Blackstone River Theatre Solstice Summer Festival takes place on June 16

Fiddler Mari Black

The 8th annual Summer Solstice Festival, presented by the Blackstone River Theatre, takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2017 at Diamond Hill Park in CumberlandRI.  Tickets to the festival are just $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under.

You can also enter a contest to win a free pair of tickets from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

The 2018 line-up Includes: The Atwater~Donnelly Trio, Mari Black Celtic Band, Daymark, Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, The Gothard Sisters, La Croisée D’Antan, Owen Marshall & Jenna Moynihan, Emerald Rae, Torrin Ryan, Sheila Falls & Kyle Forsthoff, Kevin Doyle Dance Showcase: From trad to tap, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Irish session led by Bob Drouin  


The Blackstone River Theatre is a year-round cultural arts organization that promotes live music, dance and culture.  Here is a schedule of upcoming events through the fall season.  

Find out about other Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.




Thursday, June 7, 2018


Rockport Music presents Ireland's tenor Ronan Tynan in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center  in Rockport at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018.  Purchase tickets online or at the performance center.

Tynan is one of America's beloved performers, especially in New England, where Ronan has performed the national anthem at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, TD Garden and countless concert halls in the region.

"If you can perform songs in a specific way that moves an audience to a wonderful memory, you've achieved everything you set out to do as a performer," Ronan said in an interview a few years ago, validating why the Irish vocalist has such a local following.

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Boston Mayor Walsh Being Honored in Galway, Ireland May 11-14



Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is visiting Ireland this month to meet with Irish officials and to reaffirm “Boston’s important economical and cultural ties to Ireland.”

In addition, Walsh will receive several ceremonial awards, including the unveiling of the Kilkerrin Rock in Galway.

In a press statement issued by his office, Walsh says, "Ireland and the Irish culture hold a special place in my heart, and are a large part of Boston's overall identity as well.  Our economic and cultural ties to Ireland are undeniable, and it's beneficial for Boston to continue to embrace, support and learn from other countries and cities. I'm honored that our work in Boston is being acknowledged overseas."

Among the highlights of the trip:

Friday, May 11: Mayor Walsh Receives the "Freedom Of The City" Award
The "Freedom of the City" is a ceremonial award, given by a local government to those who have served in an exceptional capacity, or upon any whom the City wishes to bestow an honor. In accepting this award, Mayor Walsh joins past recipients such as John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II, John Hume, Hillary Clinton, Richard Daley, Nelson Mandela, Ms. Garry Hynes, President Michael D Higgins and Senator Billy Lawless.

Saturday, May 12: Mayor Walsh Visits the Emigrant Commemorative Centre
Four years after Mayor Walsh helped unveil a stone marker at the site the new Emigrant Commemorative Centre in Carna, Co. Galway is completed, and the Mayor returns to cut the ceremonial ribbon. The Centre educate visitors on the changing face of the rural Gaeltacht area and Galway's rich immigrant history.

Sunday, May 13 - Mayor Walsh Joins Local Officials for Kilkerrin Rock Dedication and Unveiling
Mayor Walsh join local dignitaries in the presentation and dedication of the Kilkerrin Rock in his honor. The rock has been inscribed with the words, "To all of our brothers and sisters who had to leave their families and homes, some never to return, in search of a better life abroad," along with Mayor Walsh's name, the date, and the Irish and US flags intertwined.

Monday, May 14: Mayor Walsh to be Named the First Freeman of Galway County Mayor Walsh is being recognized for his achievements and will be named the first ever Freeman of County Galway, proposed by Connemara area Councillor Sean O' Tuairisg. The title of Freeman is a prestigious honor, ceremonial in name. It is typically bestowed upon visiting dignitaries, celebrities and valued members of the community.


Find out about visiting Ireland



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Norwegian Air Flights from Providence RI to Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Belfast This Summer


Norwegian Air is ramping up its summer schedule of direct flights between T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, RI and destinations in Ireland, including:

. five flights a week to Dublin International Airport
. four flights a week to Shannon International Airport
. three flights a week to Cork International Airport
. two flights a week to Belfast International Airport

The low-cost fares offered by Norwegian have quickly become popular with New England travelers since the service launched in July 2017. 

On the reverse end, T.F. Green Airport is looking to welcome passengers from Ireland and the UK  to visit Rhode Island, especially summer destinations like Newport and coastal cities and towns.  Irish passengers have quick access to Boston, New York City and all of the New England states.

Read more about this summer's Norwegian flights here.

For more about cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.



Saturday, April 7, 2018

Gothard Sisters Perform at Blackstone River Theatre in Rhode Island on Saturday, April 7


The Gothard Sisters perform at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  Tickets to the show are $24 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 401 725-9272. 

Boston Irish Tourism Association rates this show the Concert of the Week on its website.

A dynamic group from the state of Washington, and still based in Seattle, the Gothard Sisters have been performing for ten years. Blending perfect vocal harmonies with lively fiddle, tiny whistle and mandolin, and backed by bodhran, djembe and guitar, the band's sound was described as being like an orchestra by Celtic Beat Magazine.


For year round details of Irish and Celtic activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Hosts Event to Mark the Good Friday Agreement


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate is hosting an event on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, to take place on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Featured speaker is former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who served as the U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland between 1995 and 2001, and was a central player in Ireland's peace process.

Following Senator Mitchell's address, a panel discussion takes place with representatives from the Irish and British Governments, National and Unionist communities and other representatives who will reflect on the peace process, discuss key milestones in the journey, and envision the future of the island of Ireland.

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



Saturday, March 31, 2018

LOW LILY / THE VOX HUNTERS PERFORM AT BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATER ON MARCH 31


The string and vocal trio Low Lily  performs at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  They are joined by traditional Irish music duo Vox Hunters. 

Tickets to the show are $16 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 401 725-9272. 

Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music.  See Low Lily video here.

Vox Hunters, comprised of Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi, bring an exciting repertoire of driving dance tunes blended with an unorthodox collection of interesting songs in this concert's first set.


For year round details on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

April Verch Band Performs at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland RI on Saturday, March 24


  


The April Verch Band is performing at the Blackstone River Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  Verch is joined by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters, and guitarist Alex Rubin.

Tickets to the show are $22 and can be purchased at the venue or by calling 401 725-9272.

Verch is an excellent fiddler who also step-dances and sings while playing the instrument. The band is performing songs from her 11th album,  The April Verch Anthology.

Blackstone River Theatre is located at 549 Broad Street in CumberlandRI.

Irish Film Festival Boston Taking Place This Weekend at Somerville Theatre



The big weekend is here for this year's Irish Film Festival Boston.  The 2018 festival, which began on March 22, showcases a wealth of amazing movies, shorts and documentaries coming out of Ireland.  Here are the two films over the weekend.


Saturday, March 24 @ 4:30 p.m.
THE FARTHEST
Global Vision Documentary Award Winner
The Farthest celebrates the magnificent Voyager, a spacecraft that is out in the galaxy and will be for millions of years, bearing images and life on Earth.
2017/Ireland (122 mins) | Director: Emer Reynolds is attending this screening.


Sunday, March 25 @ 6:00 p.m.
NOEL HILL - BROKEN DREAM
Directed by Paddy Hayes, Broken Dreams is a searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self.
2017/Ireland (122 mins) | Director: Paddy Hayes

For year round details on Irish culture in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Oceans of Hope by Celtic Nights On-State at The Cabot on March 24




The Cabot in Beverly, is presenting "Oceans of Hope" by Celtic Night, a special show that captures the essence of the Irish Diaspora, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see the show.  Click here to enter the contest, and check back on March 22 to see if you're a winner.

Or, you can buy your tix online now to guarantee your seats to this powerful saga of immigrants moving across oceans to America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is a journey of hope, conveyed through song, music, dance and narration.

The originators of Oceans of Hope call it “the story of people moving across Oceans from all the nations to free themselves from hunger, war, persecution and famine to find a better place. This is their story told through Irish eyes…..Oceans of Hope is not only about the past, it’s about now and the future.”

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at The Cabot


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Greater Boston Stage Company Presents "The Irish & How They Got That Way" through March 25


In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham presents "The Irish And How They Got That Way," a musical celebration of Irish heritage. Created by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes), the revue is a celebration of a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music, and a love of life.

McCourt’s wit, insight and boundless love for the Irish are underscored by music extending from Irish folk ballads to World War II standards, and beyond. Original musical arrangements by Rusty Magee. Presented by special arrangement with The Irish Repertory Theatre Company, Inc.

The show runs through March 25, with multiple performances, including matinees.

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

Friday, March 16, 2018

Young Irelanders in Concert at Rogers Center, Merrimack College on March 18



The Young Irelanders, an ensemble of top traditional Irish musicians, singers and dancers, is giving a concert at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.

Tickets to the performance are available online or at the venue the day of the concert.

The Young Irelanders group is assembled each year by the Irish Cultural Academy, and consists of champion artists on their instruments and in dancing. 

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


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Win Tix to the Chieftains Concert at Lynn Auditorium on March 18



The Chieftains, one of Ireland's premier traditional music ensembles, perform at the Lynn Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.

Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see the show.  Enter the contest here and check back on Saturday to see the winner.

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

Six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains, are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. Here is a story on The Chieftains in Irish America Magazine. 

Click here for a full schedule of upcoming concerts at The Lynn Auditorium.

Win Tix to See St. Patrick's Celtic Sojourn in Harvard Square on March 17

Maeve Gilchrist


The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see the matinee show of St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn at Saunders Theatre in Cambridge on Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m.

Enter the contest here and check back as we announce the winner on Friday afternoon, March 16.

Or, purchase tickets online today to enjoy one of the most popular St. Patrick's concerts in New England year after year. 

This year's line-up features top traditional music ensemble Open the Door, Scottish harpist and Berklee grad Maeve Gilchrist, concertina champion Brenda Castles and Newfoundland guitar master Keith Murphy.

Find year round information on Irish and Celtic events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.


Chronicle Airs Segment on Boston's Irish Heritage Trail + Other Irish Stories


Chronicle, the popular nightly television program on WCVB-TV Channel Five, devoted its March 14, 2018 show to a feature called the Airing of the Green as a lead-up to St. Patrick's Day weekend.

One segment features Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, a walking trail of  20 sites created by author Michael Quinlin.  The Chronicle segment visited several of the sites, including the Rose Kennedy Garden, statues of Mayors Kevin White and James Michael Curley, the Boston Irish Famine Memorial, Old City Hall, the Omni Parker House, Old Granary Burying Grounds, Shaw Memorial, Massachusetts State House, Commodore John Barry plaque, Copley Square, the Boston Public Library and Fenway Park.

View the video here.

Chronicle also covered other local Irish topics, such as the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, photographer Bill Brett, milliner Marie Galvin and the Harney Academy of Irish Dance led by champion dancer Liam Harney.

You can take a guided tour of ten stops along the Boston Irish Heritage Trail over St. Patrick's Day weekend.

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


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Win Tix to see Celtic Sojourn Concert at The Cabot in Beverly this Thursday, March 15

Open the Door

Thanks to our friends at The Cabot in Beverly, Boston Irish Tourism Association is happy to give away a pair of free tickets to see the show, A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn, with WGBH radio host Brian O'Donovan, on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Enter the contest here and submit the form.  We'll notify winners on Wednesday, March 14.

Or, you can purchase tickets online to see this fantastic show at The Cabot, a great concert venue with a distinguished history as a vaudeville theater.  Read about The Cabot here

This year's show is terrific, with top traditional music ensemble Open the Door, Scottish harpist and Berklee grad Maeve Gilchrist, concertina champion Brenda Castles and Newfoundland guitar master Keith Murphy.

Find year round information on Irish and Celtic events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.