January 2, 2014
Change of date: the Keenan/Noonan performance is Thursday, Jan 23.
Uilleann pipes virtuoso Paddy Keenan and Boston College faculty musicians Jimmy Noonan and Sheila Falls will be among the performers featured during the spring 2014 Gaelic Roots series of traditional music that starts this month.
Directed by Sullivan Artist-in-Residence and master fiddler Séamus Connolly and sponsored by the Boston College Center for Irish Programs, the series brings to campus acclaimed musicians and experts in Irish, Scottish, and other related Gaelic music traditions.
Gaelic Roots events, all of which begin at 6:30 p.m., are free and open to the public.
Keenan — a founding member of the Bothy Band, a pioneering group in the 1970s Irish folk music revival —and Noonan, an acclaimed and award-winning flute and tin whistle player, will present a concert on Jan. 23 in the Walsh Hall Function Room.
On Feb. 3, Connolly and BC Irish dance teacher Kieran Jordan will lead a participatory Irish dance and ceili evening in the Gasson Hall Irish Room, with student and local musicians.
The Western Massachusetts-based trio Mist Covered Mountains will make its Gaelic Roots on Feb. 27 with a concert in the Walsh Hall Function Room. The band — fiddler Donna Hébert, vocalist Molly Hébert-Wilson and guitarist-vocalist Max Cohen — performs music from Celtic traditions and contemporary sources, and last year released the album “This Distant Shore.”
Falls, a former fiddle student of Connolly, will appear on March 27 in the Walsh Hall Function Room with Mark Roberts, a solid performer on guitar, flute, bouzouki, banjo and other instruments. Among their many individual musical activities, Falls and Roberts have both been regular members of the fiddle super-group Childsplay, which tours annually in the Boston area.
For more about Gaelic Roots, see bc.edu/gaelicroots.