Arts and Entertainment

  It’s happening – slowly but surely. Greater Boston’s Irish/Celtic scene is showing signs of renewal as the Covid-19 crisis continues – albeit with concerns still evident – to recede. Some of the popular regular sessions have started up again, notably... Read more
Due to the ongoing issues with the pandemic, the continued closure of the US  border to Europe and the lengthy delays in processing the visas needed to tour and perform in the US, Irish  Supergroup Celtic Thunder has taken a decision to move its US and... Read more
Performances by some of Greater Boston’s best Celtic musicians will provide a festive climax to the Independence Day holiday weekend, when the seventh annual Summer BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) takes place in Harvard Square’s Club Passim on July 4... Read more
The girl’s auburn tresses, roseate wind-kissed complexion, and startlingly blue eyes remain frozen in time. From the moment over a century ago that the famed American artist Robert Henri (1865-1929) immortalized her on canvas on Achill Island, Mary O’... Read more
“Virtual Celtic” explores online concerts, festivals, workshops and other events that feature or include Celtic music. Please note that details may have changed, or the events may have been postponed or cancelled, since press time.   •Dorchester-born... Read more
The band’s name comes from the title of a fiddle tune found in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and all but one of its members are natives of the American Midwest. Still, the musical pedigree of the Boston-based quartet Ship in the Clouds is unmistakably Irish.... Read more
•Brian Finnegan, “Hunger of the Skin” • Look, it’s pretty clear that many, if not most, music recordings dating from roughly late 2019 to now, and probably into next year, are going to have at least some pandemic-related association, explicit, overt, or... Read more
East Durham, NY, is the place to be Memorial Day Weekend •East Durham, NY, is a familiar place on the map for Irish music enthusiasts – it’s the home of the Catskill Irish Arts Week, which offers concerts, workshops and about a billion sessions every July... Read more
‘A clatter more’ from Andy Irvine Andy Irvine, “Old Dog, Long Road, Vol. 2” • When Irvine released “Old Dog, Long Road, Vol. 1” two years ago, he suggested the possibility of a follow-up: “If this album is well received,” he wrote in the liner notes, “... Read more
For years, Boston-area musician Julian Loida tried to find a way to properly commemorate the life of his beloved Irish grandmother Bridget Patricia Albright (neé Foody), who died in 2016, and what she meant to him. It wasn’t just the fact of her passing... Read more
Danny Diamond and Brian Miller, “Let Fly” • Besides possessing one of the most pleasantly alliterative names (which also sounds like a character from a 1940s Western ) in Irish music, Diamond has a multifaceted portfolio that encompasses the group Mórga,... Read more
•Boston-area musicians Joey Abarta and Alan Murray are among the performers/teachers at the annual Saint Louis Tionól, which takes place April 22-25. They’ll be joined by luminaries such as Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare and Pat Broaders (the members of the... Read more
Boston holds quite some significance in the life and times of Irish singer-songwriter Karan Casey. She lived in the area briefly during her 20s, and it was at The Burren in Somerville where she had her “first night out” with her husband-to-be, musician... Read more
by Sean SmithBoston Irish Contibutor Full Tilt, “Full Tilt Live” • Oh, my. This is one of those albums that hits so many buttons beyond the visceral pleasure of listening to it because of what is represented in the joining of these skills, talents, and... Read more
Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will stream “A Toast to the Irish: A Glass Full of Musicand Mischief” March 13 - 20 on its YouTube channel. Viewing links will be available on Reagle’swebsite and social media platforms. This virtual celebration of... Read more
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