Arts and Entertainment

“The Christmas Revels” has long been one of Boston’s most beloved holiday traditions. Historically, the production highlights a different culture and heritage each season. This year marks the show’s 52nd production.  In an effort to be more inclusive, the... Read more
Trip, “A Drop for Neptune” • So, an Irishman, an Englishman, and a Manxwoman walk into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – and wind up forming a band with three Scotsmen. Thus was born Trip some four years ago, whose debut album here (crowd-funded and... Read more
“Celtic Illusion,” will strut its stuff at The Shubert Theatre on Sat., May 7, fusing contemporary Irish dance with spectacular magic and grand illusion.  First performed in 2011, the production is created and choreographed by its star, Anthony Street.  ... Read more
 Sláinte the band, expressing cheer and fellowship is where their music is at: Born in a Boston College dorm, the ‘club’ now takes its sound up and down Rte. 95 We’ve all heard the phrase at least a few times, usually said among friends and acquaintances... Read more
It’s like the sonic equivalent of a Ken Burns film: 192 tracks totaling 12-and-a-half hours that cover 5 decades of work, supplemented by liner notes and photos, and full of wonderful stories that support an overarching, broader narrative. “Horse” was the... Read more
Dublin native Padraic Moyles is executive producer / director of “Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show.”  Fans know him best for his dynamic work as the show’s former lead dancer, playing more than 5,000 performances internationally.  He’s also course... Read more
All subject to change pending possible Covid-related developments  •Club Passim in Harvard Square this month will feature a pair of acts that blend Irish, Scottish, and other Celtic-related traditions with Americana sounds. First is the Boston-born... Read more
Eamon Flynn, “Anywhere But Home” • It’s not as if there haven’t been tributes to Dublin aplenty down through time, in art, music, literature, stage and screen, but this album certainly is one of the more personable and heartfelt ones in recent years.... Read more
You can’t tell the story of Irish music without Patrick J. “Patsy” Touhey (1865-1923), says Greater Boston uilleann piper Joey Abarta, nor can you tell the story of Irish music without the American chapter, in which Touhey figures quite prominently. “His... Read more
Two years after the ill-fated 2020 “A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn” tour, which had the misfortune to coincide with the beginning of the Covid lockdowns, the show – presented in virtual format last year – is set for an in-person theatrical run.... Read more
By Martin McGovernBoston Irish Contributor The last two years of my career in higher education coincided with the pandemic and during that period, reading for pleasure proved challenging if not impossible for me.Even with a good book to look forward to at... Read more
By R. J. DonovanSpecial to Boston Irish Boston theaters were plunged into darkness and lay dormant during the pandemic.  Happily, the joy of live performances has returned and the upcoming weeks and months – right up to the “Riverdance, 25th Anniversary... Read more
]Scottish trio Talisk plays with so much power and presence, it's sometimes hard to believe there are only three of them. Their tight, propulsive, and often downright raucous instrumental sets have their basis in, but are by no means confined to, the... Read more
A look at some upcoming Irish/Celtic events in the Boston/Eastern Massachusetts area (subject to change pending COVID-related developments) Considering how barren the landscape has been for live, in-person events the last two years during St. Patrick’s... Read more
If there was ever something to spark warmth and joy in the dead of winter, this album is it – but then, “Day Is Come” would be just as welcome in the middle of a July inferno. This is the second CD (the phrase “long-awaited” goes without saying) by the... Read more
By Sean Smith Boston Irish Correspondent A look at some upcoming Irish/Celtic events in the Boston/Eastern Massachusetts area (subject to change pending Covid-related developments) As late January rolled around, the Omicron outlook seemed to be improving... Read more
Boston-born political commentator Larry Donnelly will appear in a Virtual “Meet the Author” event on January 29, 2022 at 9 AM (Boston time), to discuss his book, The Bostonian: Life in an Irish American Political Family. The event is being hosted... Read more
By Sean SmithBoston Irish Correspondent Boston-area fiddler Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Conor Hearn readily agree that the name they perform under, Rakish, was an improbable – and manifestly ironic – choice. After all, one definition of “rakish” is... Read more
What if there were a way that allowed everyone to connect on the internet with Irish culture?  To learn some songs, the steps of a few dances, or even a few tunes from wherever they were in the world? That’s what Siamsa Tíre, (pronounced “Shee-am-sa”,) ... Read more
Dominique Dodge, “Cànan nan Teud (The Language of the Strings)” • If you’ve come to regard Celtic harp music as ethereal, reposeful, dainty, and wrapped in layers of mist and reverb – or even if you haven’t – this album is a very pleasant revelation.... Read more