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Introducing ‘Trad Kids’

By Sean Smith, Special to the BIR, special to the BIR, August 31, 2012

For Boston-area Irish musician Shannon Heaton, invention was the necessity of motherhood. In the first weeks after her son Nigel was born two years ago, Heaton – like many a new parent – often found herself up at all hours for feeding, changing, and comforting. To help herself stay awake, Heaton made fanciful sketches of frogs and toads, and invented little stories about them for her own amusement. Read more

‘A Broth of a Boy’

By R. J. Donovan, Special to the BIR, special to the BIR, August 31, 2012

The life and times of Brendan Behan, one of Ireland’s most colorful writers, are in the spotlight this month in “A Broth of a Boy.” The one-man show, starring Danny Venezia, is being presented from Sept. 25 to Oct. 7 at The Arsenal Center for the Arts in Waltham.

Aside from being a gifted poet, novelist and playwright, Behan is renowned for having joined the IRA. at the age of 16. His play “Borstal Boy” tells the autobiographical story of his time in a youth prison in England following his mission to blow up the Liverpool docks. Read more

Tommy Fleming to sing at City Hall in Peabody Sept. 7, 8

By Sean Smith, Special to the Reporter, special to the BIR, August 3, 2012

Tommy Fleming, whose powerful, passionate interpretations of songs old and new, traditional and contemporary, have made him one of Ireland’s most popular vocalists, will perform two shows next month at Peabody City Hall.
Fleming will give concerts on Sept. 7 and 8, both at 7 p.m., in city hall’s Frank L. Wiggin Auditorium. Tickets for the shows are $30 (orchestra tables), $25 (balcony tables) and $20 (balcony seats). For information, call the Office of the Mayor at 978-538-5704. Read more

Trolley Tour GM takes to stage for role in Wilde drama

By R.J. Donovan, special to the BIR, August 3, 2012

Matthew Murphy appears as Oscar Wilde's attorney this month at the Boston Ctr for the ArtsMatthew Murphy appears as Oscar Wilde's attorney this month at the Boston Ctr for the ArtsMatthew Murphy wears a lot of hats in life. By day, he’s General Manager of Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston. After hours, he’s a trained singer and actor. Either way, he’s always on stage.
In addition to his full-time tourism duties, the Dorchester resident spent a decade singing with The Handel & Haydn Society. He’s also served as bass soloist at Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. Last year he appeared in a staged reading of Marina Carr’s “Marble” as part of the Irish Festival at ArtsEmerson. And this month, from August 11 - 26, he’s appearing in the Bad Habits Production of Moises Kaufman’s “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” at the Boston Center for the Arts. Read more

Aug 5 Ceili to help local musicians in the All-Ireland Fleadh

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, August 2, 2012

The Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Hanafin-Cooley branch of Boston will hold a special ceili on Sun., Aug. 5, to benefit local musicians who are competing in the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil later this month. Boston Comhaltas musicians will play at the ceili, which takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Concannon’s Village, 60 Lenox St., in Norwood. Admission is $10. This past spring, Greater Boston-area entrants qualified in nine categories for the All-Ireland Fleadh, which takes place August 10-20 in Cavan.

Colm O’Brien zeroes in on economic crisis woes by doing what he loves – making music

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, July 5, 2012

It’s late in the afternoon of a mid-June day, and downtown Boston is positively basking in gorgeous, sun-dazzled weather – except for a metaphorical dark cloud over the Four Green Fields pub. Read more

Fleadh means satisfaction, friendships, connections

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, July 5, 2012

The Boston/Eastern Massachusetts Irish community had every reason to take satisfaction from this year’s Mid Atlantic Fleadh competition, which was held May 18-20 in New Jersey.

It wasn’t just the fact that so many did so well – area entrants qualified in nine categories for the All-Ireland Fleadh in Cavan next month – but that the achievements represented a good cross-section of age and experience. Read more

Becoming A Legend: Kathy St. George as Judy Garland

By R.J. Donovan, special to the BIR, July 5, 2012

By R. J. Donovan
Special to The BIR
Actress-singer Kathy St. George knows a little something about legends. As readers of the Reporter will recall, she is a descendant of the folks who owned historic Tyrone House in Galway. She can also trace her roots back to the owners of the St. George Hotel (originally the Conarchy Hotel) in Dublin’s Parnell Square. Read more

Trad music from all over on tap at Worcester Centre on July 7

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, July 5, 2012

Traditional music from Ireland, as well as France, Canada, and a few other places, will be the order of the evening on July 7 when Donegal accordionist Dermot Byrne and French harpist Floriane Blancke perform at Worcester’s Hibernian Cultural Centre. Read more

Detours mark Bradshaw’s life – in the end, there’s the music

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, June 4, 2012

By Sean Smith
Special to the BIR
It sounds like the kind of moment only the imagination of a singer-songwriter—like, say, Bob Bradshaw—might cook up, only it really happened.
The quick lead-in: Irish native moves to the US at the tail end of the 1980s, pursues a musical career that eventually lands him in Boston, where he decides to apply to, and is accepted by, the Berklee College of Music. Then he has misgivings, so he calls the school to cancel his enrollment. Read more

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