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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Jenna Moynihan & Màiri Chaimbeul, Torrin Ryan Perform at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, October 5

Celtic music duo Jenna Moynihan & Màiri Chaimbeul, along with uilleann piper Torrin Ryan, perform at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019.  Tickets to the show are $18 and can be purchased at the venue or by calling 401-725-9272.

American fiddler Moynihan and Skye harpist Chaimbeul, both Berklee College graduates and accomplished composers, combine their passion for Scottish and Gaelic tradition with U.S., Irish, Breton and Swedish influences. 

Ryan, a native of Attleboro, MA, is a champion on the uilleann pipes and whistles, and performs frequently in New England.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at Blackstone River Theatre, considered one of the favorite concert venues in New England among folk and Celtic artists. 

Find year round details on the region's Irish and Celtic communities at

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Blackstone River Theatre Presents Talisk - Music from Scotland on Sunday, September 29

Blackstone River Theatre presents Scottish folk band Talisk in concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019.  Tickets are $20 in advance by calling 401 725-9272 or $24 at the door the night of the concert. 

Comprised of Mohsen Amini, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong, Talisk has stacked up major awards over the past five years for its explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound.  Among the awards: 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation,  2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. 

Here's a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre, considered one of the premier concert venues for folk music in New England. 

For year round details on New England's Irish and Celtic community, visit

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Blackstone River Theatre's Fall 2019 season features great music from around the world

The 20th anniversary season of the Blackstone River Theatre kicks off on September 21, 2019 and features some of the world's top musicians from countries around the world.

A number of top Celtic performers are coming to the BRT, including Eileen Ivers, Winnie Horan, Archie Fisher, Aine Minogue as well as bands including Talisk, North Sea Gas, and a seasonal show called Irish Christmas in America. The 165 seat theatre is handicapped accessible and is acclaimed for its sound system and for its special ambience that connects audience and performers in an intimate setting.

Here's a full schedule of events.

Find year round information on Irish/Celtic cultural activities in New England by visiting

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Celtic Angels perform at Irish Cultural Centre on September 21

An Irish music, song and dance troupe performs at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, MA on Saturday, September 21, 2019 for two shows, 2 and 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $30 general admission and $25 for ICC members. Order tickets online or call 781 821-8291.

The show includes the Celtic Angels singing group, featuring Victoria Kenny, Emily Carroll, Tammy Browne and Amy Preston.  Also on the stage: Celtic Knight Dancers and the Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublin.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre, a 46 acre facility that promotes Irish culture, heritage, sports and education year round. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Lowell Irish Festival, September 21, features Irish music, dance and cultural exhibits

The Lowell Irish Festival is taking place on the grounds of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, September 21, 2019.  It's an amazing celebration of Irish culture and the arts, in the heart of the Merrimack Valley just north of Boston.  

Boston Irish Tourism Association has a free pair of tickets to give away.  Enter the contest here.  Or, you can purchase tix here to enjoy this great family festival of live music and dance, cultural activities and more.

Among the featured performances are Joshua Tree, The Gobshites, Irish Whispa, and a headlining nighttime set from the L.A. based group, the Young Dubliners. 

On the cultural front, don't miss the exhibit, When The Irish Settled in Lowell,  curated by the Lowell Irish Cultural Committee with historic photos, artifacts, & documents about the early Irish community of Lowell.

The day-long event begins at Noon and continues well into the evening, spread out across the main Auditorium stage and two outdoor stages. Events are open to families and groups of all ages, in a popular venue north of Boston that has also featured events such as Winterfest, The Lowell Folk Festival and the Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival.

The Lowell Irish Festival is a terrific way to end summer and get in the fall spirit with this exciting outdoor Irish festival!

Find year round activities on the Irish in New England by visiting

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

7th Annual Irish Cultural Centre 5k Road Race & Fitness Walk, September 8

The Irish Cultural Centre hosts the 7th Annual Irish Cultural Centre 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday September 8th  on the Centre's 46 acre grounds in Canton, Mass.  

Registration online is $35 and $40.00 on race day.  

According to the organizers, 'The course is flat and fast with bagpipes and other music along the way, with lots of awards across all age divisions, including five youth divisions and 10-year adult age groups through 80+.  There will be unique top three stroller prizes, as well as top three wheelchairs.

'The post race party will include pasta and salads; Guinness and other brews are on tap for adults 21 and over.  Live Irish music and dancers will enliven the post race celebration. This event is open to athletes of all abilities. Wheelchairs are welcome, and walkers are also encouraged to attend.  

For more information, please visit  or email

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Tanglewood Presents Country Music Star Reba McEntire on Sunday, September 1

Reba McEnitre, one of the most successful female recording artists in history, performs at the Koussevitzky Music Shed in Tanglewood at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Tickets are $33 - $159 and can be purchased online or at the venue.

Reba has sold over 56 million albums worldwide and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. She has won 15 American Music Awards; 13 ACM Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 7 CMA Awards; 2 GRAMMY Awards; an ACM Career Achievement Honor; and is one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress.

Located in Lenox, Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the great musical venues in New England.  Read this story on summer 2019 activities at Tanglewood.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tourism Ireland's new Taste the Island campaign Celebrates Food & Drink

Armagh Food & Cider Festival 

Good news for food lovers!  Tourism Ireland has announced Taste the Island, a celebration of Ireland’s food and drink, taking place from September 6 to November, 30, 2019. 
The culinary celebrations begin with one of Ireland's leading food festivals, A Taste of West Cork, September 6-15.
Taste the Island is meant to highlight  the exceptional level of quality food and drink produced in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  It's a chance to witness innovative artisan producers and world-class chefs coming together in kitchens all over the country to create one of the most exciting food events in the world.

With more than 500 food and drink-related experiences to savour, there will never be a more exciting time to discover the thriving farm-to-table, sea-to-fork culinary scene in Ireland.
Among the many experiences to enjoy are a plethora of food trails and tours along the rugged coasts of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route.
Distillery and brewery tours will feature tastings, tours and hands-on workshops, while buzzing food festivals and farmers’ markets will offer hundreds of opportunities to meet the makers who are bringing together fresh, local ingredients to create an array of sensational flavours.
From wild food foraging experiences, learning how to smoke salmon or churn your own butter, to oyster shucking, Michelin starred fine dining and craft beer and whiskey trails, there will be memorable culinary experiences all around the country.
Some of the highlights to look forward to include a Harvest Moon Supper at Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Here, guests will be able to dine beneath the protective beam of the lighthouse while enjoying the sunset and harvest moon rise over Hook Peninsula in County Wexford.
In County Donegal, a team of chefs will create a feast for all the senses. Their unique dining experience will let you tuck into Donegal roast goat at the foot of Mount Errigal, a picture-postcard mountain in Ireland’s northernmost county.
And with the rich harvest coming in, fantastic food festivals will light up the entire autumn with the likes of the Armagh Food & Cider Festival (19 – 22 September), the Galway International Seafood and Oyster Festival (27 – 29 September), the Derry Slow Food Festival (12 – 13 October) and Savour Kilkenny (24 – 28 October) on the calendar.
And don’t miss Taste the Island’s starter. With over 250 events taking place across 10 days, 50 towns and villages and eight islands, A Taste of West Cork (6 – 15 September) will be a gastronomic adventure through a mix of food markets, cooking demos, dinners, brunches and banquets, with guest chefs, tastings, talks, exhibitions, children's events and more.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Rockport Music Presents Della Mae, Female Bluegrass Band, on September 1

Rockport Music presents Della Mae, a Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based, all-female string band in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Tickets to the show are $24-29 and can be purchased online.

Comprised of lead vocalist/guitarist Celia Woodsmith, 2-time national champion fiddle player Kimber Ludiker, mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, and upright bassist Zoe Guigueno, the band has traveled to over 30 countries spreading peace and understanding through music.  

Located at 37 Main Street, Rockport, the Shalin Liu Performance Center is one of the finest acoustical concert venues in New England. 

Friday, August 23, 2019

Famed Composer/Conductor John Williams & Boston Pops Celebrate Film Night at Tanglewood

Famed composer and conductor John Williams joins the Boston Pops Orchestra at the annual John Williams’ Film Night returns on Saturday, August 24, with George and Roberta Berry.  

The event takes place at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Tickets range from $23 to $130 and can be purchased online or at the venue. 

Williams, who is Boston Pops Conductor Laureate, hosts this special evening, with conductor David Newman & the Boston Pops performing a program celebrating the music of Hollywood and more. The Film Night has long been regarded as one of Tanglewood’s most anticipated and beloved evenings, 

Here is a schedule of performances at Tanglewood for the remainder of the season.

A Room with a Brew on Tap at Boston’s Bayside DoubleTree by Hilton

Craft beer lovers have a tasty reason to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside in the coming weeks. The popular hotel's package, A Room with a Brew, offers a trip to the nearby Dorchester Brewing Company for guests.  Once settled in, guests can jump on the complimentary shuttle service to and from the brewery, just over a mile away,  to enjoy lunch and a gift card worth a flight of four 5-ounce pours.  In addition, the package includes a welcome drink of Cream Ale and Double IPA upon arrival to your room.

Find more details and reservation information on the Room with a Brew package.  The offer is good through September 2019.

Opened in July 2016, Dorchester Brewing Company is a state-of-the art, 25,000 sq. ft facility that provides the region’s craft brewers with a place to sell, market and offer tastings of their beers in the popular tap room.  Dorchester Brewing also has a snack menu as well as pizza options and great local food trucks on weekends.

View from the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside

The DoubleTree Hotel offers a convenient and affordable way to enjoy Boston at its best.  Just steps from Boston’s walking and biking trail, HarborWalk, the Bayside is also close to the JFKPresidential Library & Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, two of the city’s most popular tourism destinations. 

The Bayside is also next to the MBTA Red Line subway (JFK Library Stop), which takes visitors directly to downtown Boston, Cambridge and Quincy, with easy connections to anywhere in greater Boston. Plus, complimentary shuttle transportation is available to Logan International Airport, local area restaurants, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and the Flynn Cruiseport (Black Falcon) Terminal.