The honors keep rolling in for master fiddler Seamus Connolly, director of Irish music programs at Boston College and one of the area’s most celebrated traditional Irish musicians. Last month, Connolly – who is the Sullivan Artist-in-Residence at BC – was presented with the university’s 2014 Faculty Arts Award, which recognizes faculty members for their accomplishments and contributions to the arts.
Connolly is founder and director of BC’s Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop and Lecture Series, which brings some of the most eminent performers of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Gaelic music to campus for free public concerts. He also has organized and taught fiddle classes as part of the BC curriculum.
This latest award for Connolly adds to a collection that includes the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts – the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts – as well as the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Award, among others.
– Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs