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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

Mary Callanan's having the time of her life in "Mamma Mia"

By R.J. Donovan, special to the BIR, June 4, 2012

By R. J. Donovan
Special to The BIR
Boston theater audiences love Mary Callanan. Period. From her performances at SpeakEasy Stage, New Rep and Lyric to the hot night spots in Provincetown, she’s known for her razor-sharp way with a funny line as well as her ability to knock a musical number out of the park. Loyal followers haven’t seen a lot of the South Shore resident lately because she’s been on the road playing the role of Rosie in the national tour of “Mamma Mia!” All that changes this month when the tour works its way to the Opera House for a June 19-24 run. Read more

In Canton, it's a weekend for wearing of the Green

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

Boston Irish Festival begins Friday at ICCNE, Canton
Gaelic Storm, the irrepressible Celtic folk-rock quintet, headlines this year’s Boston Irish Festival, set for this weekend, June 8-10 at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton. Other performers slated to appear at the festival include The Prodigals, The Glengarry Bhoys, and The Screaming Orphans, as well as popular local acts such as The Gobshites, Devri, The Great Whiskey Rebellion, The Silver Spears, Erin’s Melody, and the Andy Healy Band. Read more

Riverdance plays final five shows this weekend at Boston's Opera House

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, April 6, 2012

Riverdance in farewell visit to Boston- Don't miss it!
In 1996, Bill Clinton was president, William Weld was governor of Massachusetts, the old Boston Garden was still standing, the Red Sox were still in search of their first world championship since 1918 – and a show called "Riverdance" began touring cities in the United States, including Boston, hoping to duplicate its success in Ireland.
Long story short? It did. Read more

40 countries, 4 continents, 350 venues- ‘Riverdance’ legacy – so far

By R.J. Donovan, special to the BIR, April 6, 2012

The international sensation known as "Riverdance" has played in 40 countries across 4 continents in more than 350 venues to a worldwide audience surpassing 22 million people. That's astounding when you consider that the two-hour celebration of Irish music, song, and dance began life as a seven-minute intermission entertainment for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest televised throughout Europe.
After touring America for the past 16 years, "Riverdance" returns to Boston one final time, from April 13 - 15, for five performances at The Opera House. (The Farewell Tour comes to a close on June 17 in Virginia.) Read more

Dan Gurney enrichs status of the accordion

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, March 6, 2012

There are the recording projects that try a musician’s soul: long, exhausting hours in the studio spent doing take after take of the same track; fretting about various post-production details; squabbling with accompanists about this or that artistic aspect.
And then there is Dan Gurney’s new album. Read more

Liam Harney: Dancing Man He’s in Reagle’s revue, ‘A Little Bit of Ireland’

By R.J. Donovan, special to the BIR, March 6, 2012

Reagle Music Theatre’s popular revue “A Little Bit of Ireland” returns on March 17 and 18 for its 14th season. The show is a colorful celebration of Irish music, dancing, and light-hearted comedy based on what Reagle’s Producing Artistic Director and Founder, Bob Eagle, modestly calls “a little idea I had.” Read more

Irish music calendar for March – it’s busy, as always

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, March 6, 2012

The Greater Boston area resounds with Irish and other Celtic music all year round, of course, but March seems to be a particularly active period – perhaps because of a certain holiday that falls on the 17th. Here’s a look at some of the events taking place in the next few weeks: Read more