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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.                            

            

    

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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


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