January 31, 2014
The 11th annual BCMFest (January 10 and 11) drew more than 1,100 people to Harvard Square to see some of the Boston area’s best Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton musicians, dancers and singers. The festival, a program of Passim, began the night of January 10 with the “Roots & Branches” Concert in Club Passim and the Boston Urban Ceilidh down the street at The Atrium; both events were sold out.
Children’s and family entertainment in Club Passim kicked off the January 11 “Dayfest” activities, and music and dance performances as well as jam sessions at Club Passim and nearby First Parish Church took up the rest of the day. In the evening came the BCMFest Nightcap in First Parish Church; the concert, produced by Jaclyn O’Riley and Jennifer Schoonover, celebrated Celtic dance traditions and the music linked to them.