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Friday, January 31, 2020

Irish Cultural Centre Celebrates St. Brigid Day on February 2

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England  is holding a celebration of Saint Brigid's Day (Lá Fhéile Bríde) and the Celtic holiday Imbloc at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020. 

Led by Maureen McNally, the event includes an afternoon of song, music, poetry, dance and crafts.  Participants will learn how to make a St. Bridid’s cross or a Brigid doll. 

The Gaelic traditional holiday marks the beginning of spring and is halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Prior to the celebration is a mass at 11 a.m., and an Irish breakfast.

Find more details about the Irish Cultural Centre, a year-round cultural facility located on 46 acres in Canton, Massachusetts, about 10 miles from Boston.

For information on the Irish-American community in the region, visit

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

World Folk Fusion Band The Gnomes Perform at Blackstone River Theatre on February 1

The Gnomes, a popular New England band specializing in World-Folk-Fusion, performs at the Blackstone River Theatre in Rhode Island at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020. 

Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door the night of the concert. 

The band features Phil Edmonds, Cathy Clasper-Torch, Mike Fischman, Peter Breen, and Matt Demick. Instrumentation includes fiddle, Irish whistles, er-hu, accordion, guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion, keyboard, and vocals. Their spirited music encompasses Celtic, klezmer, Scandinavian, Carribean, Asian and Latin styles. The Gnomes are 2019 and 2018 Motif Music Award Winners in the World Music category.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre, regarded as one of New England's finest acoustic concert venues. 

Find year round details on Irish and Celtic culture in New England at 

Friday, January 24, 2020

New England tourism represented at Dublin's Holiday World Show this Weekend

Massachusetts and other New England states are represented this weekend at the annual Holiday World Show in Dublin, Ireland.  You can visit them at Stand J4/K3.

Among the regional groups at the show: Discover New EnglandMass Office of Travel & Tourism, New Hampshire Travel & TourismConnecticut Office of TourismBradley International Airport and Discover Newport, Rhode Island.

The show runs from January 24-26 at the RDS Building in Ballsbridge, Dublin, not far from the U.S. Embassy.  Over 550 exhibitors representing thousands of destinations are on display for 40,000+ attendees, mainly Irish consumers looking for a perfect vacation in 2020.

To learn about what there is to do in Massachusetts & the New England states, visit

Friday, January 17, 2020

Windborne Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on January 18

Windborne, a New England vocal quartet seeped in folk music, performs at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Tickets to the concert are $16 in advance, or $20 at the door on the night of the concert.

Hailed for their exquisite harmonies and variety of songs, Windborne was called the 'best musical discovery of the year' by radio host Brian O'Donovan.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre, considered one of New England's finest acoustic concert halls.

Find year round details of Irish and Celtic activities in New England by visiting

2020 St. Patrick's Day Parades in New England

Cape Cod Parade

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has compiled its annual schedule of St. Patrick's Day Parades taking place in New England.  Find complete details here.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Cape Cod, MA

Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Cancelled)
Lawrence, MA
Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Newport, RI |

Sunday, March 15, 2020
City of Abington, MA

Sunday, March 15, 2020 (Cancelled)
City of Boston, MA

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Town of Scituate, MA |

Sunday, March 15, 2020 (Cancelled)
City of Worcester, MA

Sunday, March 15, 2020
City of New Haven, Ct
New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 21, 2020
City of Providence, RI

Sunday, March 22, 2020 (Cancelled)
City of Holyoke, MA

Sunday, March 29, 2020
Town of Weymouth,MA

Sunday, March 29, 2020
City of Manchester, NH
Manchester St. Patrick's Day Parade

Here's a schedule of Irish events in March 2020 in New England.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Celtic Band Fellswater Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on January 11, 2020

Fellswater, a Boston-based Celtic music ensemble playing the music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada, performs at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020. 

Tickets to the show are $20 at the venue.

Formed in 2008, Fellswater draws from the musical treasures of the Celtic Nations on a wide range of folk instruments that exemplify the rich folk traditions of Celtic music.  The band performs frequently in New England and has played extensively in Scotland and Canada.  

With three critically acclaimed albums, Fellswater is a prolific and beloved ensemble in the Celtic world.   See YouTube performance here.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre, one of New England's finest concert venues.

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

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Boston Wine Festival kicks off on January 10, a celebration of the world's best wine and food

The Boston Wine Festival, the nation's longest-running annual wine celebration, opens on Friday, January 10 and runs through March 27, 2020.  Purchase tickets here. 

The Festival features an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker hosted dinners, seminars and receptions, led by Boston Harbor Hotel's Executive Chef Daniel Bruce.Read about Chef Daniel Bruce.

Considered one of the world's finest hotels, the Boston Harbor Hotel is one of the city's true treasures.  Read about General Manager Stephen Johnston

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Red Hot Chilli Pipers Perform at The Cabot in Beverly, MA on January 25, 2020

Internationally acclaimed band, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, perform at The Cabot in Beverly, MA on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has a pair of tickets to give away for the show.  Enter the contest here and check back on January 23 to see the winner.  Or, just purchase your tickets online to ensure a set at one of the most joyous, rollicking performances you're likely to see this season. 

The Chillis have never been more in demand for their infectious style of feel-good music which appeals right across the age range to people all over the world. They are the very best musicians from Scotland and across the globe - many holding World Champion titles and other impressive musical credentials.  Read more about Red Hot Chilli Pipers here.

Here are more concerts coming up at The Cabot, one of the region's oldest and most cherished concert venues.  

Find year round details on Irish and Scottish culture by visiting