BIR CALENDAR Irish/Celtic events in August

A look at some upcoming Irish/Celtic music events in the Greater Boston area:

• The names Makem and Clancy are, of course, very familiar to Irish music fans, but now they proclaim a new generation. Rory Makem and Dónal Clancy – the sons of, respectively, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy – have each forged highly successful careers in the Irish/Celtic world, and now have united to reaffirm their families’ illustrious legacy while sharing their own compelling brand of folk/acoustic music. The duo will appear at the Burren Backroom series on Wed., Aug. 2. Over the past quarter-century, Makem has performed as a soloist and as part of Makem & Spain; Clancy is a highly in-demand guitarist who has been a member of popular bands Solas and Danú and toured with The Chieftains and fiddler Eileen Ivers.

Returning to the Backroom on Aug. 9 will be Socks in the Frying Pan, a trio from Ennis in Co. Clare (Aodán Coyne, guitar; Shane Hayes, fiddle, banjo; Fiachra Hayes, accordion) that in just a few years has built a strong following in the US on the strength of not only their considerable musical ability but polished, sweet-voiced singing and a good-natured stage presence.

Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and other information, see

• Emma O’Sullivan, an All-Ireland champion sean-nos dancer, will come to the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton on Wed., Aug. 2, where she will present a master class from 6-7 p.m. and help lead a family ceili from 7-10 p.m. A Connemara native, O’Sullivan was the winning act on RTE’s “All-Ireland Talent Show” in 2010, and has performed with Sharon Shannon, Martin O’Connor, Lunasa, Teada, Dervish, De Dannan, Altan, and Cherish the Ladies, among others.

On Aug. 8, the ICCNE will host a concert featuring Ruaile Buaile, a young quartet from Tullamore in Co. Offaly that combines traditional Irish music with folk and pop styles: Niall Kelly, vocals, guitar, banjo; Shane Lynam, vocals, guitar, bass; Jack Godley, banjo, cajon; Arthur O’Connor, vocals, fiddle, banjo. Since debuting in 2011, the band has appeared at events such as Ireland’s Rose of Tralee and festivals in the UK, United Arab Emirates and the US, and recorded two albums. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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• Scottish Fish, a teenage quintet from the Boston area, will mark the release of its first CD, “Splash,” with a concert at Club Passim in Harvard Square on Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. Fiddlers Julia Homa, Ava Montesi, Caroline Dressler and Maggie MacPhail and cellist Giulia Haible began playing together at fiddle camps and sessions, focusing on Scottish and Cape Breton music. Since then, they have performed at BCMFest, Somerville Porchfest, Club Passim, and other events and venues and incorporated some original compositions into their repertoire.

Club Passim will hold its annual Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School faculty showcase on Aug. 19 at 8 p.m., including Boston-area musicians Katie McNally and Anne Hooper (fiddle), Eamon Sefton (guitar) and Terry Traub (piano), as well as fiddlers Wendy MacIsaac, Gordon Gunn and Judi Nicholson. Since its founding in 2003, the school has become one of the most popular destinations for aspiring Scottish and Cape Breton-style fiddlers – some of whom have gone on to become performers in their own right.

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• Boston-based fiddler, vocalist and songwriter Kathleen Parks will give a free concert on Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street. Parks, a native of New York’s Hudson Valley who attended the Berklee College of Music, grew up playing Irish traditional music but also was influenced by her jazz-trumpeter father. She went on to incorporate these and other musical styles as a soloist and as a member of Celtic-jazz-fusion ensemble Cat and the Moon and bluegrass band Twisted Pine, and more recently, Irish/Scottish group the Bywater Band. This event is sponsored as part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series.

• Local duo Colleen White and Sean Smith will perform at a free concert in Newton Free Library on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. White (vocals, flute, whistle) and Smith (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran) incorporate modern influences into their arrangements of songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and England while retaining the spirit and character of those traditions. They also blend works from contemporary singer-songwriters such as Karine Polwart, Steve Tilston, and Kate Rusby. For directions, go to