Arts and Entertainment

BY THOMAS O’GRADY SPECIAL TO THE BIR I am sitting on the terrace of a café in Paris—in Place de la Contrascarpe, to be exact. In 1921, when James Joyce was putting the finishing touches on Ulysses, he lived just around the corner, in a flat loaned to him... Read more
‘Everybody Matters’ mirrors an Irish woman and world humanitarian named Robinson By Peter F. Stevens BIR Staff “Everybody matters” – surely those are two words with which countless people agree. What truly matters, however, is how few live up to those... Read more
By Sean Smith Special to the BIR Even by Green Briar standards, it was a big crowd. “There’s more musicians here than people,” quipped one visitor, gazing at the various instrument cases in evidence among the throng that had filled the Brighton pub.... Read more
By R. J. Donovan Special to The BIR Karen MacDonald is one of Boston’s most accomplished and awarded actor-director-teachers. From the angst of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” through the struggle and survival of Brecht’s masterpiece “Mother Courage,” the... Read more
‘25 years of persevering and surviving, and enjoying it.’ By Sean Smith Special to the BIR Their name evokes a wild and whirling dance so frenzied and transformative that it cannot possibly last. But even with almost 25 years behind them, for Dervish the... Read more
A musical disaster en route to a picturesque island off the coast of Galway may seem an unlikely inspiration for a play, but these elements suited the imagination of long-time local Irish music personality Tommy McCarthy. A West Clare native, McCarthy is... Read more
As an Irish dancer, I work with traditional steps and rhythms that are hundreds of years old. Irish dance steps are usually not transcribed or written down, and there is little standardized terminology for the movements. Steps are passed on through live... Read more
The atmosphere is always lively at “A Little Bit of Ireland,” Reagle Music Theatre’s annual celebration of Irish music, dance and lighthearted comedy.  This year’s 15th edition takes place March 15 - 17 at Robinson Theatre in Waltham. Featured among those... Read more
By Chris Harding Special to the BIR Running through March 16, halfway through St. Patrick’s month (as it is known by our neighbors in Southie), the Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents the popular two-man Irish comedy, “Stones in His Pocket.” Savin... Read more
Dancing feet like these will be a familiar sight when the World Irish Dancing Championships come to Boston later this month. Some 7,000 competitors are expected to take part in the event. Sean Smith photo Already known as a hub for education, culture,... Read more
Not that Greater Boston doesn’t have plenty of Irish/Celtic music events during other months of the year, but March is unique in its offerings of concerts and special performances and celebrations evoking the name of St. Patrick or other things Celtic.... Read more
BY THOMAS O’GRADY SPECIAL TO THE BIR Punctuated with headlines to mark its being set in conjoined newspaper offices, the seventh episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses, “Aeolus,” itself punctuates the novel, announcing by way of its sudden typographical shift—... Read more
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR While it may have only 28, or sometimes 29, days, February (along with the early part of March) can seem like the longest month: closer to spring than January, but often with cold, wintry weather and days that gradually... Read more
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR There was never any doubt, really, that Colm Gannon would play music – nor any doubt as to what kind of music, nor which instrument he would use to play it. Not with a father who is an accomplished Irish accordion player,... Read more
BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR This month, Lyric Stage Company of Boston is presenting “Stones In His Pockets,” the poignant but very funny tale of what happens when a movie crew descends upon a village in County Kerry. As the story unfolds, two... Read more
For years, Kathleen Conneely’s friends asked her the same question over and over: “So when are you going to make an album?” Conneely has finally satisfied them, although the result may only create demand for a sequel. A widely acclaimed tin whistle player... Read more
Boston-area fiddler Katie McNally already knew it was going to be a busy fall, what with recording her first album, getting ready for her annual stint with the Childsplay ensemble and, basically, living life as a college grad trying to make it as a Celtic... Read more
Frank McCourt’s ‘The Irish And How They Got That Way’ Opens Jan. 24 at Davis Squareby R J Donovan Special to the BIR Frank McCourt, born in Brooklyn and raised in Limerick, will forever be known as the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Angela’s Ashes... Read more
Forty years ago, a quintet from Gweedore, Donegal – siblings Moya, Pol, and Ciaran Brennan, and their twin uncles, Noel and Padraig Duggan – first made its way into the Irish music scene, joining a generation of influential performers like Christy Moore,... Read more
It’s a bona-fide Boston holiday tradition that, 10 years along, has now captured wintertime fancies in other parts of New England. This month, “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” celebrates its first decade of bringing to the stage an inimitable blend of Celtic... Read more