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New Film Gets to the Heart of Childsplay

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, March 1, 2011

By Sean Smith
Special to the BIR
What can you say about a film in which Liz Carroll -- one of the most influential Irish fiddlers of our time -- appears as an interviewer, rather than a performer?
That’s one of the many charms of “Fiddles, Fiddlers and a Fiddlemaker: Childsplay,” a new documentary about the fiddle ensemble Childsplay and its artistic director and guiding spirit, Cambridge violin-maker Bob Childs. Read more

Enter, Singers, Dancers and Heavenly Harpists

By R, special to the BIR, March 1, 2011

By R. J. Donovan
Special to The BIR
Take an international step-dancing champion, add a dazzling fiddler from Galway, 19 heavenly harpists, one Broadway star, comedy galore and a 30-member choir and you’ve got “A Little Bit Of Ireland,” the St. Patrick’s Day musical revue presented by Reagle Music Theatre March 11-13. Read more

Black 47’s Kirwan talks music, strife, and civility

By Ed Forry, March 1, 2011

By Sean Smith
Special to the BIR
Second of two parts
Wexford native Larry Kirwan — co-founder and guiding spirit of seminal Irish rock band Black 47, playwright, memoirist, novelist, columnist, radio show producer and host — has been one of the most visible and active figures on the Irish music scene for the past two decades, especially in New York (The Daily News once placed him ahead of Madonna in its list of the 50 most interesting New Yorkers). Read more

Singers, Dancers, Harpists Aplenty Conjure Up ‘A Little Bit Of Ireland’ at Reagle Music Theatre

By R. J. Donovan, special to the BIR, March 1, 2011

By R. J. Donovan
Special to The BIR
Take an international step-dancing champion, add a dazzling fiddler from Galway, 19 heavenly harpists, one Broadway star, comedy galore and a 30-member choir and you’ve got “A Little Bit Of Ireland,” the St. Patrick’s Day musical revue presented by Reagle Music Theatre March 11-13. Read more

Introducing ‘The Sole Mates,’ Free Spirits of Dance and Music

By by BIR Staff, special to the BIR, February 4, 2011

New Ensemble to Perform in Cambridge Jan. 20
By BIR Staff
Boston-based Irish dancer and choreographer Kieran Jordan will present her new collaboration, “The Sole Mates,” for one night only this month before the group hits the road in March for an 11-gig tour of Germany and Switzerland. Read more

CD Reviews: The Lindsays' “From the Green to the Blue”

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, January 7, 2011

By Sean Smith
Special to the BIR

The Lindsays: “From the Green to the Blue” -- If you got the Boston Irish Reporter September 2010 edition, you might have read Susan Lindsay’s candid, enjoyable account of how she and husband Stephen put together this CD: the doubts and fears, the highlights and lowlights, and the constant balancing of hope versus expectation versus reality.
Well, to these ears, it was all worth it.
“From the Green to the Blue” reflects the “very Dublin” approach the Plymouth couple take to their music: a genre-bending mix of traditional tunes, Irish ballads, and contemporary, world-music influenced songs by the likes of Johnny Mulhern and especially Dublin native Wally Page, who wrote three of the pieces appearing on the CD. Read more

Dan Gurney, musician, entrepreneur, writer, Lives Life by ‘Just Seeing What Comes Along’

By Ed Forry, January 7, 2011

By Sean Smith
Special to the BIR

How’s this for a resume? Graduated from a prestigious Boston-area university. Trekked around the world as a travel writer and video maker (experiences included finagling a prime location at the annual solstice celebration at Stonehenge). Spent a year in Ireland soaking up as much traditional music as is humanly possible. Returned to Boston to start an Internet broadcast enterprise that might possibly be the next big thing in live music. Read more

Preview- “Kisses,” a Film Directed by Lance Daly

By Anonymous, November 2, 2010

by Sean Smith

Pre-teens Dylan and Kylie escape from their bleak, lifeless Dublin neighborhood to search for the boy’s older brother, who fled home two years earlier after being overwhelmed by the chaotic, miserable family life that has now pushed Dylan to the breaking point. Kylie is, if anything, more resolute than Dylan about leaving her home -- and, as is revealed later, has a very good reason. Read more

BCM Fest- Boston Celtic Music Fest November 2010 newsnotes

By Anonymous, November 2, 2010

A column of news and updates of the Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), which celebrates the Boston area’s rich heritage of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton music and dance with a grassroots, musician-run winter music festival and other events during the year. - Sean Smith Read more

For Martin Hayes, Master Fiddler, the Tune is What Counts – Always

By Anonymous, October 30, 2010

By Sean Smith
Imagine if you had a one-time-only 30-minute lesson with one of the most eminent Irish fiddlers of the past two decades. Surely it would be like departing a banquet after eating a few hors d'oeuvres, or leaving an Oscar-winning movie once the opening titles concluded.
That's more or less what Berklee College of Music student Emilio Arredondo thought would happen when he got together recently with Martin Hayes, who came to the school for a series of individual instruction sessions. Fortunately for Arredondo, a little of Hayes wound up going a long way. Read more

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