Arts and Entertainment

By Sean SmithBoston Irish Contributor It took Celtic fiddler Jenna Moynihan a while before she realized she was making her first album as a singer. About four years ago, Moynihan – currently living in Gloucester but a habitué of Boston’s Celtic/folk music... Read more
“Virtual Celtic” explores online concerts, festivals, workshops and other events that feature or include Celtic music. By Sean SmithBoston Irish Contributor • Boston College’s Gaelic Roots concert series – which for almost two decades has hosted prominent... Read more
By Reporter Staff The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick will present a free virtual St. Patrick’s Day concert of music, song and dance in University Concert Hall on the holiday that will see performers from all over the... Read more
by Sean Smith Fresh from the success of the virtual “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” in December, WGBH broadcaster Brian O’Donovan and his dedicated production team, plus a cohort of accomplished music and dance performers – including some from Greater Boston... Read more
Boston, Mass., (March 1, 2021) – March wouldn’t be the same in Boston without the Irish Film Festival bringing the best contemporary Irish Film to its loyal audience. This year will be different, but followers of the festival will not miss out, and can... Read more
Friday, March 12, 7:30 pm EST - pre-recorded at Studio 9 Porches in North Adams, MA (Streamed) with a live artist Q&A immediately following the performance premiere.This performance will also be available for On Demand viewing for all ticket holders... Read more
Colum Sands, “Song Bridge” • It’s understandable to experience a twinge of sympathy for someone whose sibling is in the same profession as he or she is but far more well-known – and, simultaneously, render comparative judgment on their bodies of work.... Read more
When the coronavirus took hold last spring and intensified the transition of live music from physical venues to the Internet, the inherent message was of a hopefully temporary inconvenience: We’re sorry we can’t be together in person, but perhaps in... Read more
Boston-area resident Maggie Holtzberg’s job involves looking after one of Massachusetts’s most prized attributes: its folk traditions. As manager of the Folk Arts & Heritage Program for the state’s Mass Cultural Council agency, Holtzberg researches... Read more
“Into the mouth of the wolf, you’re never gonna take me down there’s still a beating heart beneath the ground.”   Hestia is the title track and second single from The Rumjacks forthcoming album, out March 12th.   It is a song of vengeance delivered with... Read more
BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) will mark its 18th year this month by bringing some of Boston’s favorite Celtic music and dance performers to homes throughout the world – virtually speaking, that is.  The festival, which will take place January 14-18,... Read more
Nicolas Brown, “Good Enough Music for Them Who Love It” • Talk about devotion to historical authenticity: When Brown, a Detroit-based uilleann piper of considerable talent and accomplishment (he and his wife, the fiddler Alison Perkins, released the... Read more
Boston-area singer Barbara Cassidy takes the big-picture view when it comes to winter: Sure, darkness comes early, the days are short, the weather outside is frightful, etc., etc., but the season has its virtues. “You’re inside more, and you tend to slow... Read more
With live music – as we know it, anyway – in stasis these past several months, many venues, organizations, and artists have turned to virtual formats for presenting performances, whether through livestreaming or pre-recorded concerts. That includes Irish/... Read more
Need some help finding joy and comfort this holiday season?  If so, we’ve got a great way to bring some light into your home.  Due to popular demand we’ve added an encore virtual performance of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn on Wednesday, December 23 at 7:... Read more
It's our pleasure to share with you a very special Irish Christmas Carol commissioned by Boston City Singers and performed by our Tour Choir in collaboration with Keene State's Concert Choir (NH) and St. Peter's University Schola (NJ). The magic of... Read more
  Not an album, but certainly a musical endeavor worth noting: A few months ago, I wrote about the concert Irish singer Cara Dillon and her husband Sam Lakeman livestreamed via YouTube and Facebook. Evidently, the reaction was so positive that the couple... Read more
The SíFiddlers, “SíFiddlers” • If you like lots of Irish fiddle – and fiddle only, with no other melody instrument and nary a guitar, bouzouki, piano, or any such accompaniment about – then put this album on your must-listen list. And if you like Donegal... Read more
Right from the beginning, the idea behind Christmas Celtic Sojourn was to make audiences feel as if they were enjoying the Celtic-flavored celebration of the holiday season in the comfort of their own home - even if they were sitting inside a theater,... Read more
Matt and Shannon Heaton, Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Haas, and Katie McNally, long-time performers in the Boston-area Irish/Celtic music scene, will be among the artists at the inaugural Wintery Weekend Festival, which will be held in virtual format Dec. 4-6... Read more

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