Posts filed under ‘Celtic’

Join Local Scottish Fiddling Sensation Hanneke Cassel and Friends (Hanneke Cassel Trio) as They Help Aid Boston’s Homeless: November 20th, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Help Boston’s homeless bear the icy cold brunt of winter by donating your used but still wearable outdoor apparel to the cause, while enjoying some first-rate Scottish music compliments of the Hanneke Cassel Trio. Joining Cassel on fiddle will be Chris Lewis on guitar and Mike Block on cello. Cassel’s playing is known for its energetic playfulness and modern flare. Even though she blends much of her own contemporary style individual creativity into her renditions of Scottish folk music, she still manages to maintain the true traditional character of the genre.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music and the 1997 National Scottish Fiddle champion, Hanneke Cassel has gone on to perform and teach in North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and China. She performs in both solo and group settings and has been nominated in the past for a Boston Music Award amongst other honors she has gained for herself as well. She has graced the stage along side such superb artists as the Catholic Ryan Band, Cherish the Ladies, Alasdair Fraser, Matt Glaser, Wayfaring Strangers, and Joey McIntyre of the band New Kids on the Block and appeared at premier performance venues such as Symphony Hall, Boston’s Hatch Shell, Mountain Stage, The Plaza Hotel, and Lincoln Center. She has recorded no less than 14 cds. In her latest entitled “For Reasons Unseen” she is joined by such distinguished artists as Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Richard Eggleston, Casey Driesson, Brittany Haas, Keith Murphy, and Aoife O’Donovan. As can be expected, it features a fresh new approach to the traditional Scottish genre which brings elements of Americana, bluegrass, and global music to the overall mix.

 At this upcoming  benefit concert, the Hanneke Cassel Trio will be joined by the duo Goli. Enjoy an evening of fine musical entertainment while supporting “Warm Clothes, Warm Hearts” as they shelter the homeless from the bitter cold this winter season.

Event Details:

When: November 20th, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)

Tickets: $20.00 (General admission) / $10.00 (18 & under)

Purchase online for an additional $1.00 processing fee.

More Info: 978-459-5134

(Area Restaurants)      

October 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm Leave a comment

Sail Off into the Sunset in Grand Celtic Fashion with Thomas O’Leary & Friends: August 22nd, Sunday (5:30 – 8:00 p.m.)

That’s right, another cruise! … But this one’s a little bit different. (See video) Come and experience the more intimate atmosphere aboard the Thomas E. Lannon as you sail around Gloucester harbour taking in the lovely sunset. This boat is a schooner, so you will be sailing with the group, rather than the crowd. And if you get lucky, they’ll even let you hoist a sail or two! But wait, I haven’t gotten to the best part yet. Well of course, the music.

 

Your entertainment hosts for the Celtic Music Sail will be Michael O’Leary & Friends. They will be presenting to the  audience what the Celts would term a “seisiun”. This means a highly informal performance designed for audience participation. So, be prepared to sing-along and have a rollicking good time all around! O’Leary is a long time resident of the area and an accomplished vocalist, currently performing at weekly seisiuns, local festivals, and numerous additional events. He has trained with the best of Celtic singers including Frank Harte, Andy Irvine, and others. He was also awarded a scholarship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to study with Bridget Fitzgerald who founded the internationally renown, highly successful, Irish-American ensemble Cherish the Ladies. His “friends” will be accompanying him on fiddle, pipes, guitar, whistle, concertina, and other traditional instruments. This looks to be a cruising experience which is definitely out of the ordinary and a lot of fun too! You can enjoy dinner before or after the cruise at the conveniently located Gloucester House Restaurant. Check out the menu here.

 

 

 

 

Event Details:

When: August 22nd, Sunday (5:30 – 8:00 p.m.) (See website for additional sailing dates)  

Purchase tickets at least 30 minutes prior to boarding!!!

Where: 7 Seas Whale Watch Wharf (Gloucester)

Wharf  located next to the Gloucester House Restaurant 

Tickets: $47.50 (Adults) / $45.50 (Seniors) / $38.00 (Children) [On site purchase in Gloucester House parking lot]

Purchase online here

More Info: 978-281-6634 

August 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Explore the Rich Musical Traditions of Quebec, Newfoundland, Ireland, France and Scandinavia with a Fresh New Perspective in an Evening with Nightingale: August 28th, Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Nightingale is Becky Tracy (fiddle), Jeremiah McLane, (piano and accordion), and Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, foot percussion and vocals), each of whom have enjoyed successful solo careers as well with the group. For over 15 years, they have been successfully enhancing the rich musical traditions of Celtic and other genres of Quebec, Newfoundland, Ireland, France, and Scandinavia, with their own highly original performance interpretations. The nightingale has appeared constantly as a theme in many a folk song from these areas of the world, hence the group’s name. Although the ensemble’s playing style is distinctly progressive, it still manages to portray a truly traditional sound to the audience. The total musical package is further enhanced by its prominent rhythmic character, reminiscent of the days when Nightingale was largely considered a dance band. However no longer the case, the group currently performs at both major and minor events of all kinds, and has previously toured heavily, both in the US and abroad. They have been featured in Sing Out magazine and on Canadian radio amongst other accolades. To learn more,  you can visit their website and have a look around. To see a list of their cds along with listening samples, visit them on Myspace. Hopefully however, you will take this opportunity to experience them live and in person.

Event Details :

When: August 28th – Saturday @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)

Tickets: $18.00 (general public), $17.00 (students and seniors), $15.00 (members)

            Purchase online or by calling (501) 405-ARTS/x2787

(Neighborhood Restaurants)     

        

August 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

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.                            

            

    

May 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm Leave a comment

In the Mood For Some Good Ole’ Celtic Music? Well, Fret Not … Just Head on Over to Mr. Dooley’s Irish-Style Pub on Any Given Weekend for Great Live Entertainment All Year Long! – Thursday thru Sunday Evenings (Weekly)

Of course, there is definitely never any shortage of good ole’ Irish-style pubs in the Boston area, however, a good number of them do not provide live ethnic music entertainment on a regular basis. Happily, this is not the case with Mr. Dooley’s though. It sure is nice to know that there is a place where you can go to hear live Celtic music anytime the urge just happens to strike. That’s right, Mr. Dooley’s, located in the heart of downtown’s financial district, hosts among the best Celtic musicians from the US and Ireland each and every Thursday through Sunday evening. On Thursdays its Tommy (Courtney) and Alan (Loughnane) bringing you the best and most familiar Irish standards. You’ll be singing right along in no time. Then on Friday and Saturday evenings you can enjoy their line-up of special guests. The entertainment for this month includes: Devri (5/7-5/8), Sundays Well (5/14-5/15), Tommy and Alan (5/21-5/22), and Rud Eile (5/28-5/29). The show generally starts at 9:00 p.m., but you always want to check their calendar, just to make sure! Finally, rounding out the weekend is a traditional Irish session held on Sundays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This sort of informal mini jamming fest  has also been known to take place in a totally impromptu fashion on any night of the week at Mr. Dooley’s. What a nice surprise!

 

Since 1991, this Irish pub and eatery has been serving up award-winning Irish and non-Irish cuisine. Therefore, you might just be tempted to sample some of it while enjoying all this great music entertainment. They have been duly recognized for serving the area’s best burgers, cheap eats, and traditional Irish breakfast offerings. In addition they have enjoyed the honor of being voted Boston’s best clam chowder and specialize in other seafood dishes, as well. So what are you waiting for? Why not treat yourself real soon to an evening of fine Celtic music entertainment enhanced by Mr. Dooley’s tasty dinner cuisine. 

You can keep informed of all the happenings at this Irish-style pub by consulting their event calendar, subscribing to their online newsletter, or visiting their blog.

 

 

Event Details:

When: Thursday-Sunday Evenings

Where: Mr. Dooley’s

Admission: No cover charge

More Inf0: 617-338-5656           

          

April 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

St. Patrick’s Day Is Fast Approaching: Get a Heads-Up On All the Upcoming Musical Celebration with the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA)

St. Patrick’s season is just around the corner! That’s right- I did say season because in Massachusetts, which is hailed as the most Irish-American state in the entire nation, it is a long-standing tradition that this particular holiday be celebrated for a lot longer than just one day. That’s  definitely good news, of course,  for local Irish music fans. The best way to assure yourself that you do not miss out on any of all this upcoming action is to keep informed of  concerts and other related events well ahead of time. You can do just that by visiting the web site of the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA).

First and foremost, you definitely want to take a look at their March event calendar which lists quite a lot of the local holiday happenings taking place in the area. Musically speaking, I noticed amongst the listings several wildly popular artist’s names such as The ChieftainsThe Celtic Tenors, and Riverdance, to name a few. So, buy your tickets now as some of these events are sure to sell out. You might also want to peruse their informative summary article which will give you an overall picture of the local festivities for this year.

Don’t stop at St. Patrick’s season though, because BITA’s web site is a good source of Irish music and dance event announcements no matter what time of the year it is. For instance, in the Cultural Venues section, mention is made of a few annual music/dance festivals that look to be very entertaining indeed. Under Cultural Groups you will find listings for performers, Irish music radio programs, and local cultural organizations. If it’s live music entertainment in an informal setting that you are seeking, then take a peek at the Pubs & Restaurants section. In addition to their informative press releases on various events, which can be found in the Media section of the web site, BITA also publishes their own handy little annual magazine entitled Irish Food and Culture Guide. It can be obtained for free at the tourists’ kiosks either in Copley Square (corner of Boylston and Dartmouth streets)  or at the Boston Common (Tremont street side).

  

      

February 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Ring in the New Year With a Celtic Flare! @ the Irish Cultural Centre of New England – Thursday, December 31st @ 8:00 p.m.

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England has been successfully promoting the native culture since 1999. (see post – 11/15/2009) These experts of ten years know how to do it right, so you can trust that their annual New Year’s bash will always guarantee its attendees a good time. Dance the night away to the Irish sounds of Erin’s Melody while taking a break at their fabulous dinner buffet. Top the evening off with a celebratory champagne toast to 2010! I must warn you, however, that tickets are limited, so purchase them as soon as possible.

 

Event Details:

When: Thursday, December 31st @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Irish Cultural Centre of New England

Tickets: $50 per person (Purchases of 8 or more reserves a table)

      To purchase call: 781-821-8291   

                              

December 2, 2009 at 1:45 am Leave a comment

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