Posts tagged ‘Celtic’

Kick It Up a Notch with Irish Holiday Celebrations X Three @ Mr. Dooley’s : December 11th & 25th, Saturday and December 31st, Friday

I’ve posted on this fine establishment before as I was delighted to inform my readers that Mr. Dooley’s offers live Irish music 4 nights a week on a regular basis. (See previous post – 4/28/10) That’s a lot of Celtic music indeed! So it comes as no surprise to learn that they are hosting not 1, but 3 holiday party celebrations during this holiday season. One of them is actually on Christmas day, no less. And … the best part of all, as you would expect, is that there will be plenty of live traditional music at all 3 of these holiday shindigs.

Event Details:

December 11th (Saturday – 2:00 p.m. – ’til closing) – “Old Fashioned Irish Christmas” – Musically speaking, this event is huge, featuring over 30 live musicians throughout its entirety. The menu will be centered around what would be a true Irish Christmas feast, complete with Irish Christmas cake and crackers. The excitement continues as there are contest prizes, free  giveaways and “Irish selection boxes” to be claimed. I’m not sure just exactly what’s in those boxes, so I guess you’ll have to attend the party to find out! Santa, of all people, has even agreed to make an appearance during the afternoon. Donations in the form of unwrapped toys or funds will be accepted for Children’s Hospital Boston. 

December 25th (Saturday – 7:00 p.m.) – Christmas isn’t over yet at Mr. Dooley’s.  Spend the evening of this special day listening to the likes of Sunday’s Well, one of the areas most popular Irish bands. There will more prizes and free giveaways to be claimed, including awards for both the best Christmas sweater (or “jumper” as it’s called in Ireland) and the worst, as well. You will also have additional opportunities to make a donation of funds to Children’s Hospital Boston. 

December 31st (Friday – 7:00 p.m.) – This New Year’s Eve celebration will feature the music of another very popular Irish band, Devri. Appetizers and a midnight toast of champagne will be served and party favors to get the mood going will be distributed to each guest. There will be a cash bar at this 21+ event. TICKETS – Online or at Mr. Dooley’s 

 

Further Details:

Directions: Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern (Downtown Boston)

More Info: 617-338-5656

          

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November 20, 2010 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Start Your Week in Grand Irish Style!: Monday Evenings (7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)

I don’t know about you, but for me wintertime means finding stimulating and interesting indoor activities to help chase those cold weather doldrums away. Well, Monday nights at The Green Briar Irish Pub in Brighton, is definitely a place where you can find some of such stimulating action that’ll make your winter season just a bit more delightful. Come on out and enjoy some good old traditional Irish music compliments of Boston’s most enthusiastic local musicians. The entertainment here takes shape in the form of a traditional Irish seisiun where you can actively participate in the music making yourself, or just sit back and partake of some great world music for your listening pleasure. I also want to add here, that if you just so happen to be looking for that perfect gift for the celtic music lover in your life, there are gift cards available as well.

Why not start your night off right with “a little taste of Ireland“, literally! You can sample traditional ethnic goodies such as Guiness onion soup (topped with herb crotons, cheddar, and swiss), Cocktail sausages and chips (Irish sausages served with house fries and ketchup), Fish & chips (Harper lager battered haddock, house fries, cole slaw, tartar sauce and lemon), or Shepherd’s Pie (slowly braised lamb and sirloin with root vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes and served in a crock of field green salad) and for dessert … Chocolate cake (Jameson’s chocolate sauce and fresh cream). And just to add a little variety to the menu, there are some non-Irish dishes available as well including, Boston Chowderfest Hall of Fame Chowder (3 times the winner at Boston’s annual clam chowder cook-off event) and Chicken Curry (sautéed chicken tenders, spicy coconut curry, slivered almonds, and raisins over Jasmine rice). Here, you can also check out the rest of the menu just in case you’re interested. So, the next time you’re in the mood for a bit of celtic music on a Monday evening, just head on over to The Green Briar Irish Pub and get your fill of Irish night!

Event Details:

When: Monday nights (Weekly) (7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)

Where: The Green Briar Irish Pub (Brighton)

Admission: No cover charge

More Info: 617-789-4100 OR info@greenbriarboston.com 

 

     

October 20, 2010 at 2:59 am 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


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