Arts and Entertainment

Damon Leibert, a former Boston-area resident now living in Maine, has quite the resumé: a fiddler in Irish bands that performed at beloved local venues like Tir Na nOg and The Skellig; the driving force behind the rebirth of Somerville’s Davis Square... Read more
A look at some upcoming Irish/Celtic music events in the Greater Boston area. •Harvard Square’s Club Passim has quite the intriguing mix of Celtic-related sounds/styles on the calendar this month, starting Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. with singer-songwriter Anna... Read more
  Déjà vu: a rhyme It is impossible to experience déjà vu  for the first time I reckon  the first time déjà vu happens is the second Déjà vu: a rhyme… Les Barker   We’ve been here before, haven’t we? It’s late December as I write this, and I am thinking... Read more
For two decades, BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) has spotlighted some of the Greater Boston area’s best musicians, singers, and dancers in the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic and Celtic-related traditions. The all-ages festival will... Read more
For two decades, BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) has spotlighted some of the Greater Boston area’s best musicians, singers, and dancers in the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic and Celtic-related traditions. The all-ages festival will... Read more
If you've found yourself unable to purchase in-person tickets to the 20th Anniversary of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, not to worry! You can stream the live program every night this week in the lead up to Christmas. Virtual ticket prices run at $40 (a steal... Read more
With a crispness in the air and the anticipation of Santa’s arrival, there’s plenty of holiday entertainment onstage throughout Greater Boston this month. Keep in mind, theater tickets provide an excellent opportunity for an early Christmas gift.   We... Read more
Anthony Quigney, “Breath-Taking”; Draíocht (June McCormarck & Michael Rooney), “Tobar an Cheoil” • Apologies for the lack of attribution here, but somebody – somewhere, at some time – once observed that the flute could be considered one of the more... Read more
This is a year unlike any other for “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn.” The 2022 edition marks the 20th anniversary of the popular holiday stage production, which features music, dance, and storytelling from Irish, Scottish, other Celtic – and occasionally non-... Read more
A sampling of this month’s Irish/Celtic music-related events in, or slightly beyond, Greater Boston.  Not surprisingly, most performances in and around town this month are holiday-oriented, but there’s at least one that isn’t, strictly speaking: Boston... Read more
Tir Na Theatre is remounting one of its most acclaimed productions.  Artistic Director Colin Hamell has announced the company will present Mark Doherty’s “Trad” from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18 at Boston Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theatre. The cast features... Read more
The stunning west of Ireland plays a starring role in a new movie, providing the dramatic setting for the darkly comedic story.    The Banshees of Inisherin, from Searchlight Pictures, is the latest film from Academy Award and BAFTA winning director... Read more
“The Songs of Elizabeth Cronin, Irish Traditional Singer” • Elizabeth Cronin (1879-1956) – familiarly known as “Bess” – was easily one of the foremost traditional Irish singers of her time, or arguably any time, and an important figure in the run-up to... Read more
A sampling of this month’s Irish/Celtic music-related events in, or slightly beyond, Greater Boston.  •At last, at last: Fiddle Hell, one of the area’s most popular traditional/folk music festivals, is back on an in-person basis for the first time since... Read more
    John Cullinane, who founded the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Fund's predecessor, recently published a book entitled, Stories Along the Way.   John is known as one of the fathers of the Massachusetts tech industry. He didn't set out to write a... Read more
Two-time Tony Award winner Bill Irwin is a master actor, director, writer, and clown known for an outstanding body of work crossing stage, film, and television.  Most important for Boston audiences, he’s coming to town to share an explanation and... Read more
It’s a niggling question familiar to the evenings-and-weekends musician who holds down a so-called “real job” (as if managing a full-time musical career isn’t a real job, but never mind) while performing concerts or participating in jam sessions off-hours... Read more
Guitarist/mandolinist Flynn Cohen is taking the old better-late-than-never maxim to heart, and on the road – “late” as in 20 years late. A longtime pillar of Greater Boston’s Irish/Celtic music scene now living in Vermont, Cohen will mark the two-decade... Read more
By Sean Smith, Boston Irish Contributor “Live in Concert,” The Kilfenora Céilí Band • The Kilfenora Céilí Band has been around since before ceili bands were even a thing: As far back as 1888, it was a fife and drum band that, by about 20 years later, had... Read more
The Boston College Center for Irish Programs was co-host, along with  the BC Center for Human Rights and International Justice, in early September to the American launch of “REDRESS: Ireland’s Institutions and Transitional Justice,” a book of essays based... Read more

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