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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. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dance Master Kevin Doyle Teaching Irish Step Dance Course at Blackstone River Theatre



Acclaimed Irish-American dancer Kevin Doyle is teaching a six-week course on adult Irish step dancing at the Blackstone River Theatre on Wednesdays from April 10 through May 22, 2019.  The tuition is $90 for the course, which runs from 6:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The course explores close-to-the-ground rhythms of beginner adults Irish step dance and steps of the jigs and reels from Co. Roscommon. The class is designed to be low impact and lots of fun. Comfortable, loose clothing recommended. No special shoes required. 

A National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Kevin is a  lifelong dancer and performer, Kevin was a U.S. Champion Irish step dancer in his early competitive years, and has been entertaining audiences ever since on A Celtic Sojourn & more. 

Find out more about Blackstone River Theatre, a year round concert and educational venue located in Cumberland, RI. 

For year round Irish and Scottish cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dougie MacLean Performs at Shalin Liu in Rockport on April 11


Rockport Music presents Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Enter to win a pair of free tickets through BITA here; check back on Tuesday, April 9 as we announce the winner.

MacLean's recording career spans almost 40 years from his early recordings with the Tannahill Weavers, to the many recordings on his own Dunkeld Records label. Originally famed for penning the song Caledonia, MacLean has built an international reputation as a songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer. He has performed at festivals and concerts and all over the world from New York's Carnegie Hall, to London’s Festival Theatre, to the Sydney Opera House. He has garnered many accolades along the way including the prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, one of the premier concert venues in New England.

For year round info on Irish and Scottish cultural events in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Win Tix to IL DIVO Timeless Tour at Orpheum Theatre in Boston, April 4



IL DIVO, one of the world’s most successful classical-pop cross-over groups, performs at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on Thursday, April 4, as part of its nationwide “Timeless” tour. It is a concert you won’t want to miss.

BITA has a pair of tickets to offer to its followers to enjoy this exquisite night of artistic beauty and entertainment. Enter to win tickets here, and check back on April 3 when we reveal the winner.

Or, cut to the chase and order your tickets online now, to guarantee seats at what promises to be a memorable night of songs from Il Divo’s most recent album, Timeless, as well as hits from Il Divo’s vast catalog of songs.

ONCE Extends its Run in Boston's South End to April 7


SpeakEasyTheatre has extended its production of Once at the Boston Center for the Arts through April 7, 2019.  The Broadway hit musical won 8 Emmys Awards and was made into movie. 

Purchase your tickets online now to secure your seat to this exciting production.

Once is an enchanting tale of an unexpected romance between a down-on-his-luck Dublin street musician and a lively, determined Czech immigrant, who make beautiful music together while confronting their own demons having to do with love, freedom, family obligations and artistic expression.   

The cast includes well-regarded actors from New England, including Billy Meledy from Dublin, Nile Scott Hawver, Mackenzie Lesser-Roy, Ellie Van Amerongen and others. 

A non-profit theatre, SpeakEasy is the Calderwood Pavilion Resident Theater for the Boston Center for the Arts.  It produces 28 weeks of new plays and musicals each season.

For year round details on Irish cultural events, visit IrishBoston.org

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Delta's Seasonal Route between Boston and Dublin Starts up on March 30


Delta’s successful Boston-Dublin route kicks off its third season on March 30, 2019.  First launched in May 2017, the seasonal non-stop between Boston's Logan International Airport and Dublin International Airport has been so popular that Delta is upgrading the plane this year from a 757 to a 767 to meet the growing demand.

Read about things to do in Dublin.

Passengers traveling on Delta’s Boston-Dublin service use U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, completing the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure. When they arrive in Boston, passengers can readily depart the airport with minimum wait time.

Delta’s growing presence as one of Boston’s primary carriers has value for visitors arriving at Logan International Airport, since they can connect to more than 200 Delta destinations throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

New England travelers reap the benefits of both increased international expansion but also domestic expansion as Delta will offer 154 flights to 56 domestic destinations out of Boston Logan International Airport by September 2019.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Celtic Woman Performing Four New England Shows in NH, RI, MA, CT



One of the enduring musical acts coming out of Ireland in the 21st century is Celtic Woman, a celebrated ensemble of Irish female singers.  Celtic Woman made its debut on PBS in 2005, with a wonderful mixture of traditional Irish melodies and popular songs.  Since then, Celtic Woman has traveled to 23 countries in six continents, selling 10 million + CDs and DVDs. 

This spring, Celtic Women perform four concerts in New England, including:

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH on March 29
Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI on April 2
The Bushnell, Hartford, CT on April 3, and 
Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA on April 9

Purchase tickets online to enjoy any of these shows. 

The women are performing songs from their latest PBS TV Special and album, Ancient Land, released in November 2018.  Celtic Women features vocalists Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and Megan Walsh along with Tara McNeill on fiddle, accompanied by an orchestra and a full Irish band of drums and pipes, whistles, singers and dancers.

Find year round Irish cultural activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com



Friday, March 22, 2019

Three Irish Parades in Lawrence, Worcester & Weymouth Massachusetts this Weekend, March 23-24


Irish Heritage Month continues in Massachusetts, with three St. Patrick's Day parades scheduled to take place the weekend of March 23-24, 2019.

Saturday, March 23
The City of Lawrence in Merrimack Valley holds its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, beginning at 1 p.m. at the corner of Essex and Amesbury Streets.  It ends at Reliefs' In, One Market Street.  The parade includes dozens of marching bands from local high schools, Irish step dancers and sponsors of the parade, including trade unions and local businesses. 


Sunday, March 24
The 2.1 mile Worcester County St. Patricks Parade, which was postponed from an earlier date due to weather, starts at noon at Mill Street and Park Avenue.  It ends at Elm Park on Highland Street. Also, there's a 5K race starting at 11 a.m.



Sunday, March 24
A brand new event, the Weymouth St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at 11 a.m. on Union Street, from Central Street to Camelot Way.  Afterwards there's an Irish festival taking place at Stella Tirrel Park. 


Find more Irish events this month by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com

Sunday, March 17, 2019

How the NBA Boston Celtics Became Green



Ever wonder why the Boston Celtics wear shamrocks on their green uniforms and have a giant leprechaun smoking a pipe as their team logo?  And why the team mascot is a guy named Lucky who looks like he stepped out of a box of Lucky Charms?

According to the Boston Celtic’s official web site, the name came about in 1946 when owner Walter Brown started the team. He and his public relations guy, Howie McHugh, were throwing out potential nicknames, including the Whirlwinds, Unicorns and Olympics.

It was Brown who had the epiphany, saying, “Wait, I’ve got it – the Celtics. The name has a great basketball tradition from the old Original Celtics in New York (1920s). And Boston is full of Irishman. We’ll put them in green uniforms and call them the Boston Celtics.”

Red Auerbach, the now legendary coach of the early Celtics, then commissioned his brother Zang, a graphic designer in the newspaper business, to come up with the famous Celtics logo in the early 1950s. The logo manages to include all of the iconic depictions of the Irish in America that were standard in the 1950s: a leprechaun covered in shamrock clothing and a bowler hat, smoking a pipe, holding a shillelagh and sporting a mischievous grin!

The logo is said to have brought the Celtics good luck, since they won their first championship in 1957, so it has remained.   

For more information on Irish-American history and heritage visit IrishHeritageTrail.com. For current Irish cultural activities visit IrishBoston.org

Find details on The Shamrock Foundation, a charitable organization run by the Boston Celtics.  

For more about the Boston Celtics, visit NBA.com/celtics/

Go Celtics!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

St. Patrick's Day Parades this Weekend in Newport, Abington, Boston, Holyoke & Scituate


The St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 16-17, 2019, features five parades in New England.  Newport, RI hosts its parade on Saturday, March 16, followed by parades in Abington, South Boston, Holyoke and Scituate, all in Massachusetts, on Sunday, March 17.

See details by visiting IrishBoston.org, compiled by the Boston Irish Tourism Association.   These events are all free and open to the public.

Here is a calendar of Irish cultural events in New England in March 2019.

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






Friday, March 15, 2019

Rockport Music presents St Patrick's Ceildh with Matt & Shannon Heaton on Friday, March 15


Rockport Music presents an Irish concert, St Patrick's Ceildh with Matt & Shannon Heaton, on Friday, March 15, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $15 for seated admission, and can be purchased at the door. The show is part of the Center's Upstairs on Main series which features great local artists.

Based in Boston, the husband-wife duo offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart. Steeped in sessions in County Clare and brewed in the acoustic music scenes of Chicago and Boston, their flute/guitar/bouzouki instrumentals and sweet harmony singing draw deeply from the Irish tradition.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Shalin Liu Performance Center

Find year-round Irish cultural activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com

Voices of the Foyle Choral Group Performs at Irish Cultural Centre on Friday, March 15



Voices of the Foyle, a dynamic contemporary choir from Derry, Northern Ireland, performs at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 15th. 

Admission is $15, and ICC members pay $10.  For more information call 781-821-8291. 

Voices of the Foyle ~ Glórtha an Fheabail performs a lively set of folk & traditional classics with a modern twist. They also cover a wide range of pop & contemporary songs. 

Here is a schedule of activities at the Irish Cultural Centre this month. 

Find year round cultural activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com