A column of news and updates of the Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), which celebrates the Boston area’s rich heritage of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton music and dance with a grassroots, musician-run winter music festival and other events during the year.
– SEAN SMITH
On the look-out - BCMFest is now accepting applications for existing acts, imaginative cross-genre collaborations, participatory and/or family events for the 2012 festival, January 6 and 7. Just go to bcmfest.com/performers and download the application form. Deadline for submissions is August 5.
Girls and Boys – Celtic Music Monday, BCMFest’s monthly series at Club Passim in Harvard Square, will feature performances by a pair of twos, fiddle-accordion duo Ivonne Hernandez and Fiona Black plus The Whiskey Boys, on June 13 at 8 p.m.
Hernandez, a British Columbia native and five-time Grand North American Fiddle Champion who graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, is a founding member of the pioneering “Chambergrass” ensemble Folk Arts Quartet. Originally from Scotland, Black combines Scottish, Irish, Swedish, and Cape Breton influences in her accordion-playing, and currently performs with the highly acclaimed band The Outside Track.
The Whiskey Boys are David Delaney (fiddle) and Mark Kilianski (guitar), who have cultivated a loyal – and growing – fan base for their mix of Celtic, American, folk, jazz, and very original music, as well as for their disarming, entertaining stage presence.
Admission to the concert is $12, $6 for members of Passim, WGBH and WUMB. See passim.org for more information. Celtic Music Monday also will be streamed live over the Internet via Concert Window [concertwindow.com].
Setting sail – BCMFest’s popular summer event, the BCMFest Music Cruise, will embark on Sun., June 12, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Your donation of $50 reserves a spot on deck of the 65-foot schooner Thomas E. Lannon as it sails around beautiful Gloucester harbor, while some of the Boston area’s finest Celtic musicians fill the air with tunes and songs, all to rev up for and benefit BCMFest. For reservations and information see schooner.org.
Keep in touch – News and updates on BCMFest are available on bcmfest.com, and you can also sign up for the BCMFest e-mail list. You can also follow BCMFest on Facebook and Twitter [twitter.com/bcmfest].