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Kick Back and Indulge in an Evening of Informal Irish Music-Making with Maeve Gilchrist & Friends: Mondays (Weekly) (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)

Head on over to The Beehive in  Boston’s South End each and every Monday night for their exciting new “Irish & Celtic Music Series“. This seisun-style performance is led by Celtic harpist, vocalist, and jazz artist Maeve Gilchrist who will be joined by a different set of guest musicians every week. An especially nice feature of this rather informal brand of entertainment is its spontaneity and variety. You never know quite which direction the music will take you in any given performance. What you do know, however, is that some of the area’s top local talent will be bringing you nothing but the best in traditional Celtic music. Gilchrist herself, already a rising star on the Boston world music scene by the of age 25, is quite well-known for her rather avant-garde style of musicianship, which often exhibits a heavy presence of chromaticism. Also of note is her exceptional ability to so freely and effortlessly allow her fingers to fly across the harp strings in a most rapid fashion.


Originally from Scotland but also of Irish heritage, Maeve spent her childhood years surrounded by a heavily music-oriented family. Although their focus was on traditional genres, she spent hours listening to her father’s rather large and eclectic collection of sound recordings. As a result of such exposure early on, Gilchrist quickly developed a keen taste for music of many different genres and cultures and has since developed into the highly innovative artist she is today. Maeve became quite a well-established musician nationally by the time she was a teenager and landed herself a scholarship overseas at the Berklee College of Music. From there she developed a highly successful professional career in the US appearing at both national and international premier events including the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, World Harp Congress, the Celtic Connections Festival and elsewhere. She has also performed with numerous world-renown musicians including Alasdair Fraser, Esperanza Spalding, Darol Anger and Vardan Ovespian. Her first cd release was an international success and she has recently produced another entitled “Song of Delight”. She currently appears locally with bassist Aidan O’Donnell. as well as Scottish folk/jazz fusion ensemble the Ultra-Modern String Quartet. With respect to her role as leader of the weekly Beehive seisuns, Maeve Gilchrist’s affinity for the new and creative should prove to be an exciting catalyst for one interesting evening of traditional Celtic music.

Event Details:

When: Mondays (Weekly) (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)

Call ahead before attending the show as some special events may interrupt regular scheduling

Where: The Beehive (South End)

Admission: No cover charge

More Info: 617-423-0069 / 617-423-0096 (Fax) /

For dinner reservations, call OR use online form          



December 25, 2011 at 3:45 am Leave a comment

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

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

Listen and Learn With the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club

Founded in 1981, the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club (BSFC) has become an established center of learning with respect to Scottish music for both its playing and listening members. That’s right! You don’t have to be a musician to join. So, if you’re looking for an opportunity to hear great music of this genre then this is just the right organization for you. 

You can attend both their workshops and jam sessions as a listening non-member. The first Sunday of each month, attendees are treated to 2 players’ workshops which are lead by a different highly esteemed instructor each time. At the end of the session, the teacher then treats their audience to a private performance. The afternoon concludes with a jam session for all players. Definitely a lot of great music to be heard here! There’s even time for refreshments and mingling during what promises to be a highly educational and entertaining afternoon.

Club members perform at various events throughout the year, on some occasions with a national or international guest star. If you check out their web site you will find event listings for other Scottish music oriented shows in the area. If you choose to join, you will receive a monthly newsletter, among other benefits, and stay  informed with respect to upcoming performances and activities associated with the club. 


Event Details :

When: First Sunday of the Month (Oct. – Jun.) – 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Check the schedule as meeting times may vary on occasion 

Where: Plymouth Congregational Church (Belmont)

Tickets: $10.00 (Non-members) / Members free

More Info: Contact

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December 22, 2009 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

Attention Celtic Music Fans! Tune in To WGBH on Saturday Afternoons

While we’re on the subject of Brian O’Donovan’s great productions, I wanted make certain to mention his wonderful music program, A Celtic Sojourn, which airs Saturday afternoons from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on WGBH radio. Tune in to 89.7 FM to enjoy folk and contemporary music of Celtic nations and Great Britain as well. O’Donovan is a native of Ireland and has gained such a following with his radio show that it has been expanded into the production of cds, DVDs, TV specials, and the very popular annual holiday concert event A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (see previous post).


There are also two more Celtic music programs on WGBH which air on a less regular basis. A Celtic Sojourn Presents: The Boston Sessions is designed to give the listener the impression of attending an informal jam session in a local pub. Featuring both local and international guest stars, this program airs in front of a live audience and entertains its listeners from a truly unique perspective. Celtic Performances: From Our Studios features live in house sessions with some of Celtic music’s top stars and includes interviews conducted by Brian O’Donovan.  

Visit WGBH’s website to view previous playlists and to listen to past shows. You can also get a heads-up on up-coming Celtic music events happening around town. At the top of the homepage, you will see an opportunity to submit your email in order to keep abreast of all the latest news concerning WGBH radio and, if your interested, you can even email O’Donovan himself at Enjoy special benefits by either registering or becoming a member of WGBH. 

November 21, 2009 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

Add A Little Celtic Spirit to Your Holiday Celebration with WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

WGBH’s Celtic extravaganza has been a Boston holiday family tradition for quite some time, boasting 7 continuous years of  sold out performances.  I am therefore posting this popular event as early as I can in order to give you plenty of opportunity to purchase your tickets in a timely fashion. Let WGBH’s Celtic radio personality Brian O’Donovan be your host for a special evening of music, dance, and holiday stories. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is directed by Paula Plum, along with Seamus Egan and Kieran Jordan and features an all-star cast of performers which continues to grow as we speak. Go ahead and take a sneak peek at just who is currently scheduled to appear:

Karine Polwart / (Additional info)    

Christy O’Leary (Additional info) 

Liz Caroll/John Doyle (Additional info)          

Seamus Egan (Additional info) 

Harney Academy of Irish Dance (with instrumental intro) / (Additional info)


Kieran Jordan (with Nick Yenson) / (Additional info)

Eamon Murray (Additional info)

Sean Og Graham (on accordion with Boega) / (Additional info)

Chico Huff / (Additional info)








Event Details:

When: December 13th-20th (Check listing for exact dates & times)

Where: Cutler Majestic Theatre (Scroll down page for directions)

Tickets: $25, $45, $55, $65, & $75 (Additional fees apply as for orders via phone/800-233-3123 or online, including but not limited to $7 per ticket)

         Group discounts available for 20 or more at: 617-834-8000

         Special premier seating tickets are available for $100 

More Info: 617-824-8000 / 888-889-8587 (TTY)                                       

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November 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm Leave a comment

Experience Boston’s Best in Celtic Music – Celtic Music Mondays @ Club Passim

That’s right! Once a month, to be exact, you can treat yourself to some of Boston’s best local Celtic music talent. This monthly performance series features the areas top performers of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic genres. There’s even an occasional “open mic” night for the yet-to-be discovered newcomers amongst us. 

Celtic Music Mondays are held at Club Passim, a local folk music institution which just happens to be conveniently located right in Harvard Square.These concerts are the creation of BCMFest, a local organization which holds a huge Celtic music festival every year for a weekend in January. They are continuing to expand their operations in the hopes of getting more of the local community involved in the promotion of this genre for the ultimate enjoyment of all. They are always looking for new performers, volunteers, contributors, and, of course, audience members. The next Celtic Monday performance on 12/14 will be a preview of  BCMFest’s 2010 festival. So if you want to give this form of entertainment a try, this might just be the session to attend. I, myself, went to last years festival and it was fantastic- so much great music!



Event Details:

When: Monthly Mondays @ 8:00 p.m.

                 (Doors open at 6:30)

Where: Club Passim (Harvard Square)

Tickets: $12.00 (non-members) / $6.00 (members of Club Passim, WUMB, and WGBH)

           Purchase online here / By phone at 617-492-7679

More Info: 617-492-5300

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Subscribe to Club Passim’s email newsletter for updates pertaining to this event. 

November 12, 2009 at 2:26 am Leave a comment

notloB Concerts – Experience World Music from the British Isles, Ireland and Canada

Malinky 5notloB has announced their concert series for fall 2009. From a world music standpoint, here are two dates to remember: Saturday, Oct. 3rd (Malinky) and Friday, Dec. 4th (Jeremy Kittle Band). Visit their web site, if you haven’t yet already, to learn more about notloB artists past and present complete with audio samples of their music, as well as directions to concert venues with listings of restaurants in the area. You can also access their blog, keep up to date on organizational news, join their online music discussion groups and more. Don’t miss out on this great music from Canada and the United Kingdom.  

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August 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Robert Burns 250th Birthday Bash – Scottish Music, Dance and (Optional) Whisky Tasting

This lively Scottish event promises to be interactive, and includes music, dancing, poetry readings, storytelling, and aha- whisky sipping! I just love the variety of activities offered here. What more could one want? Featured musicians include renown singer and piper Dan Houghton, Scottish national fiddle champion Calum Pasqua, and accomplished pianist Susie Petrov. Tickets are $19.00 for adults and $16.00 for students. An extra $5.00 will entitle you to three tastes of whisky. For further details about this gala evening celebration, happening on Jan. 31st at Springstep in Medford, click here.

They’re also offering a Scottish Highland Dance Workshop the following afternoon (Sun., Feb. 1st). What better way to enhance your Scottish music listening pleasure than by learning some authentic dance steps to go along with it. Tickets are $18.00 for members and $22.00 for non-members.

January 25, 2009 at 3:45 am Leave a comment

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