Which of Boston’s Irish Pubs Actually Host Live Irish Music? Get All the Answers Online at the Boston Irish Emigrant
Boston surely has no shortage of Irish pubs- no question about that! For world music fans however, the question is just exactly which ones offer the “real deal” in Irish music entertainment? Afterall, to me, what is an Irish pub without its native music? Unfortunately, if you think at all like I do, tracking down the “right kind” of establishment where you can spend a truly enjoyable Celtic-style evening out can become quite an undauting task indeed! Happily I have just discovered a nifty little tool that will definitely take a lot of the drudgery out of pub hunting, Phew! It’s an online publication entitled the Irish Emigrant and what makes it so effective is its highly specialized searching capabilities. You can successfully zero in on exactly what you are looking for in no time. Let me give you a tour of some the highlights…
Finding Your Way Around The Irish Emigrant
You can begin your search in the publication’s Boston edition section. Go to the upper left-hand corner of the front page and click on Boston, then on “Pubs & Ent” from the drop down menu which will take you to a list of Irish pubs. You can then limit your search by “MA” (you must actually click on it even though it may be already highlighted) or even by specific cities or towns within the state. How cool is that? There are descriptive entires for each pub on the list, many of which include a listing of upcoming performers. If you look at the top of the “Entertainment” section within each entry, you will see a row of icons which stand for the kinds of activities hosted at that particular establishment. For our purposes here you can stick with the ones representing Trad. Irish music (double fiddle) and/or Irish Seisiun (single fiddle). In case you are unfamiliar with Irish sessions, I can tell you that they are basically set-up like and informal jam-fest of traditional music. Many of them feature professional performers among any number of the locals who might show up to play. They are a lot of fun for the audience, as well as the musicians.
Now back to the front page again, but take a look instead at the upper right-hand corner of your screen. Click on “Pub Gigs” and you will get a listing of upcoming live performances of, including but not limited to, Irish music. Limit the list to Massachusetts and you can retrieve a local listing organized either by performance date or a specific pub of interest. Now go back to the front page upper right-hand corner again and click on “Entertainers”. Once you limit your search by state, you will get a listing of local musicians and their upcoming pub gigs. These names are not limited to performers of Irish music however, so you will have to do a little exploring on your own of the various individual entries.
Last, but not least, I would like to point out my most favorite search feature of all- the filter! Return one last time to the front page of the Boston edition and click on “Pubs & Ent”. When you get to the listing of pubs, go to the top of the page and click on “Filter”. Then limit your search to “MA” and “Trad. Irish Music” and/or Irish Seisiun entertainment offerings and Voila! You have produced for yourself a nice neat listing of Irish pubs in Massachusetts where you can reliably go to enjoy live Irish music. I can guarantee you that, from now on, the Irish Emigrant will make your life a whole lot easier with its comprehensive coverage and well-organized searching capabilities.