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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

There's No Place Like Home- "Wicked" Cast’s McMahon Hails from Brighton

By R. J. Donovan, special to the BIR, October 20, 2010

By R. J. Donovan
Special to The BIR

The actor Kevin McMahon was born in Brighton, grew up in Framingham, and graduated from Marian Academy and Boston Conservatory. All of which makes his appearing in the national touring company of Broadway's "Wicked" at The Opera House a true homecoming.
The phenomenally successful "Wicked" tells the musical story of the two witches of Oz, good and evil, long before Dorothy toppled from the sky. McMahon plays the father of the Wicked Witch as well as a multitude of smaller roles throughout the show, including the Emerald City Guard who bellows the iconic line, "The Wizard will see you now!" As if that isn't enough, he also understudies the roles of Professor Dillamond and The Wizard himself. Read more

Irish Music CDs in Review- October, 2010

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, October 20, 2010

By Sean Smith
Luka Bloom, “Dreams In America” -- This is the kind of album that, frankly, inspires some ambivalence. On the one hand, this is a new release by Luka Bloom we’re talking about here -- easily one of Ireland’s most compelling singer-songwriters and performers of the past few decades. On the other, though, “Dreams In America” is not really a “new” album, as most all of the songs on it have appeared on his previous releases. Yet it’s not exactly a “greatest hits” album either, per se: All are recent re-recordings, 11 of them solo studio efforts and three concert performances. There’s also his never-recorded version of the traditional song “Lord Franklin.” Read more

The Music Master of Grove Lane Joe Derrane Delivers from Heart and Hearth

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, October 20, 2010

By Sean Smith
Special to the BIR

“Grove Lane” is to Joe Derrane what “Abbey Road” was to The Beatles.
No, you won’t hear Boston’s legendary accordion player doing covers of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” or “Here Comes the Sun” on his new CD, which will be out this month. But as the Fab Four memorialized the London recording studio’s influence on their music, so Derrane has likewise paid tribute to the place that has had a significant impact on his vocation — and his life. Read more

Boston Celtic Music Fest- October Notes

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, October 20, 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

Coming closer to January -- The BCMFest Board is currently confirming its performer selections for the 2011 festival, which takes place Jan. 7 and 8, and will announce the line-up shortly. Once again, there were many outstanding submissions this year, and the board wants to thank all who applied. Read more

'Trad' Returns Tir Na Hit Transfers To Gloucester Stage

By R. J. Donovan, special to the BIR, September 7, 2010

When a theatrical production truly connects with an audience, the emotional experience can be indescribable. That was the case this past April when Boston's Tir Na Theatre Company presented Mark Doherty's poignant comedy "Trad" to great success at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Read more

ICCNE's Festival Offers Fines Tastes of Irish Culture September 17-19 at Canton Campus

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, September 1, 2010

One of Greater Boston's most enduringly popular Irish music and cultural events will pass a significant milestone this month when the Irish Cultural Centre of New England (ICCNE) hosts the 20th annual Irish Festival at the ICCNE campus in Canton Sept. 17-19. Read more

Annalivia Has Become Comfortable in Its Own, Fascinatingly Diverse Skin

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, September 1, 2010

The September 2008 ICONS Festival was a memorable event in many ways - not least for the performances by Liam Clancy and Jerry Holland, among the last either would ever give - but particularly so for the Greater Boston-based "alt-trad" band Annalivia. Read more

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