Arts and Entertainment

  A look at upcoming Irish/Celtic music events in Greater Boston Guess these things just happen sometimes: By whatever twist of fate, this coming month includes an abundance of concerts with performers who have brand new or recently released albums. •At... Read more
Quite a journey for this Belfast band, which started out more than a decade ago as a trio with uilleann pipers Conor Lamb and Aaron O’Hagan – both also playing whistle and flute – and guitarist and vocalist Deirdre Galway. By the release of their second... Read more
 Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh has known for quite a while that she’s onto a good thing. The co-founder, lead vocalist, and fiddler for the acclaimed Donegal band Altan, Ní Mhaonaigh began playing traditional music as a kid and has scarcely stopped since then.  “... Read more
At first glance, a theatrical collaboration between the acclaimed Irish playwright, screenwriter and director Conor McPherson, and American music legend Bob Dylan might appear an unlikely partnership. However, the resulting project, “The Girl from the... Read more
If it seems like a long time since Matt and Shannon Heaton last released an album, well, it is: not since 2014, when the local Irish music duo came out with “Tell You in Earnest.” But in January, the Heatons formally launched their sixth recording, “... Read more
So, here we are, in what is arguably the most active month on the Irish/Celtic music calendar – especially here in Greater Boston/Eastern Massachusetts. A sampling of what’s coming up follows. – SEAN SMITH   We’ll start with the Burren’s Brian O’Donovan... Read more
By Sean Smith BostonIrish Contributor The passing of Brian O’Donovan last fall has been felt keenly by the Celtic music community in the Boston area and elsewhere – a community he had no small part in fostering. O’Donovan died on Oct. 6 of glioblastoma;... Read more
From spirited comedies to award-winning dramas and Broadway legends, here’s a sampling of what will be brightening Boston stages in the coming weeks.                                   “Thirst”Through March 17, Lyric Stage Company In Ronan Noone’s latest... Read more
Eugene O’Neill’s classic drama “Long Day's Journey Into Night” follows one devastating day in the life of the Tyrone family.  Set in 1912 in the family’s Connecticut summer home, the highly autobiographical Pulitzer Prize-winning play reveals a family... Read more
 On the heels of the successful “Postcards From Ireland,” Celtic Woman will carry on its legacy of uplifting performances packed with breath-taking harmonies and instrumental virtuosity. The group today announced it will bring an all-new live show to... Read more
February might seem like the paradigmatic calm before the storm of March and its St. Patrick’s Day-related festivities, but there’s a fair amount of Irish/Celtic music in Boston and vicinity during the shortest month. •The phrase “pure dead brilliant” is... Read more
Cillian Vallely and David Doocey, “The Yew & the Orchard” • Vallely and Worcester native Doocey share some significant attributes, notably the strong presence of traditional music in the family: In fact, both have siblings who, like themselves, are... Read more
By R. J. DonovanSpecial to Boston Irish The Here Comes Everybody Players, in collaboration with Tir Na Productions, will present the world premiere of “Bumbled,” a new comedy by Colin Hamell and Bernard McMullan that is directed by Carmel O’Reilly and... Read more
 If it seems like a long time since Matt and Shannon Heaton last released an album, well, it is: not since 2014, when the local Irish music duo came out with “Tell You in Earnest.” But on Wed., Jan. 24, the Heatons will formally launch their sixth... Read more
With 2023 over, ahead of us lies a new set of 12 months during which we can anticipate many fine Irish/Celtic music events in the Greater Boston area. Here’s a look at January: •The 21st Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), which takes place Jan. 11-14, is... Read more
Boston-area fiddler, banjo player and vocalist Maura Shawn Scanlin says there is a very basic unifying theme to her recently released debut solo album: gratitude. “My biggest inspiration for the recording,” she explains, “was that I have a whole bunch of... Read more
A performance by the award-winning, highly acclaimed Quebecois band Le Vent du Nord highlights the 21st annual Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), which takes place January 11 to14 with events at Harvard Square’s Club Passim as well as the Crystal... Read more
With the smell of fresh evergreen in the air, holiday entertainment abounds throughout the city.  The choices below offer something for everyone. A Very Darren Christmas Dec. 7, Emerson Colonial It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISSMAS.  Emmy and... Read more
Not surprisingly, holiday-themed events are plentiful this month in the local Irish/Celtic music scene. But here’s one non-conforming concert that deserves notice: Natick-based fiddler Leland Martin will celebrate the official release of his album “... Read more
 It wasn’t actually planned that way, but last month in the space of a week, Boston College’s Gaelic Roots series hosted two of the most celebrated Irish fiddle players of the past five decades. On Nov. 2, Frankie Gavin and accompanist Catherine McHugh... Read more