Arts and Entertainment

Broadway’s Ciarán Sheehan will be in town from June 9 to June 19 to kick off Reagle Music Theatre’s 48th summer season with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” The classic musical tells the challenging love story of Julie Jordan, an innocent New... Read more
Currently on their 20th Anniversary North American tour, the cast of Riverdance has been performing nonstop for months. By the end, they will have performed in 75 cities, often in multiple shows per day. Which leaves the question: What do the dancers do... Read more
It has gone by different names over the years, but the Irish Cultural Centre of New England’s annual festival – now known as Irish Fest Boston – is set to celebrate its silver anniversary on June 4 and 5 at the ICC campus in Canton with a line-up that... Read more
When the time came to work on their first recording, the members of New England Irish trio Fódhla literally had to meet each other halfway. That’s how it is when one-third of your band lives in Greater Boston and the other two-thirds in Portland, Maine... Read more
Visits by some legendary Celtic fiddlers – Scotland’s Alasdair Fraser and Ireland’s Kevin Burke and Nollaig Casey – highlight Irish/Celtic events taking place in the Greater Boston area this month. • Alasdair Fraser will perform with his longtime... Read more
It’s a pretty familiar rite of passage: You’re within sight of age 30, or maybe a little past it, and the label “young adult” no longer seems applicable; somewhere along the way, for better or worse, you’ve become a full-fledged grown-up. Then the death... Read more
It seems like only yesterday the international Irish singing and dancing phenomenon “ Riverdance” first blazed to life. Since opening in Dublin in 1995, the production has dazzled more than 25 million theatergoers across six continents. The milestone... Read more
The Actors’ Shakespeare Project is closing out its season with the masterful comedy of manners, “The School for Scandal.” From the pen of Irish playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan (adapted by Steven Barkhimer), the play weaves a witty tapestry examining... Read more
Bob Bradshaw: “I think I’ve gotten out of my own way more when it comes to putting a song together.”The Bob Bradshaw story just keeps getting better, and his music’s doing pretty well, too. Bradshaw, a singer-songwriter from Cork, began his musical career... Read more
Here’s a look at some of the Irish/Celtic music and dance happenings around the Greater Boston area this month: • The Burren Backroom series will feature The Truckley Howl, a trio of local fiddler/guitarist Nathan Gourley with concertina player Mairead... Read more
Cat and the Moon members (L-R) Elias Alexander, Eamon Sefton, Charles Berthoud, Ricky Mier and Kathleen Parks met while studying at the Berklee College of Music.The band’s name is taken from the title of a William Butler Yeats poem. Its co-founder is a... Read more
The three-night series Rebellion premieres on SundanceTV on April 24. The cast includes, from left: May Lacy, Elizabeth Butler, Jimmy Mahon and Frances O’Flaherty. Image courtesy SundanceTV A history-from-the-top-down approach focuses on the leaders and... Read more
Lauren Milord, a resident of Jamaica Plain, performs in Kieran Jordan Dance company’s production of “Little Gifts” with set designs by Vincent Crotty. Maryellen Malloy Photography photoThere are more than a few Dorchester natives who have childhood... Read more
The Massachusetts Harp Ensemble, led by Judy Ross, performs in “A Little Bit Of Ireland.” Reagle Music Theatre / Herb Philpott photo With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, it’s time for Reagle Music Theatre’s annual celebration, “A Little Bit Of Ireland... Read more
Matthew Byrne: “These songs are windows into the lives of those people, and the time and place in which they lived,” says Matthew Byrne of his repertoire, much of which comes from his family. Graham Kennedy photoAt the end of last year, Newfoundland folk... Read more
Boston-based uilleann piper Joey Abarta will be part of the cast in the 2016 “A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn.”Over its first decade, “A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn” has made a point of featuring performers representing the younger generation of... Read more
The musical “Pippin” originally opened on Broadway in 1972.  With a score by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Godspell”), the show was created under the watchful eye of iconic director and choreographer Bob Fosse. In 2012, “Pippin” was revived under the... Read more
A scene from the film Sing Street. Photo courtesy of Sundance Institue. Among the dozens of foreign films screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Irish features offered some of the strongest and strangest showings. The Emerald Isle consistently... Read more
Kieran Jordan in a scene from her new instructional DVD, with musicians Armand Aromin (left) and Benedict Gagliardi.In a perfect world – or perhaps the “old” world – Irish dancing is taught by an instructor face-to-face and toe-to-toe with the student.... Read more
For Jenna Moynihan, studying at the Berklee College of Music and exploring Boston’s vibrant folk/traditional environment was a way to find herself. “I had lots of great musicians to listen to and learn from. But eventually you have to get out of mimicking... Read more