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Friday, May 22, 2015

Chatham Fiddle Company Hosts Irish Fiddle Star Frankie Gavin for Concert and Workshop

The Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod is hosting a concert of Irish traditional fiddle maestro Frankie Gavin on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets to the concert are $20.00.

Prior to the concert, Mr. Gavin will conduct a 1 1/2 hour fiddle workshop from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.. Tickets to the group workshop are $45.00 each.

A native of County Galway, Gavin is founder of the traditional group DeDannan  and is an All-Ireland fiddle champion.  He has released five solo albums and appears on numerous albums of artists like the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello and Stephane Grapelli.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Irish Music Tribute to Brendan the Navigator at the Canadian American Club on May 16

St. Brendan the navigator, who may have discovered North America back in the 6th century, is getting his own St. Brendan's Day Bash at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown.

The celebration of one of Ireland's less-known saints is being organized by Tin Can Hooley, an Irish folk band based in Brighton.  Admission is $10, and a cash bar is available.

Tin Can Hooley is being joined by Irish singer John Allen of the Big Bad Bollocks, and the musical fare includes Irish traditional tunes and ballads plus American and British sea chanteys.  Allen will also read a selection from his new memoir, Marmite Cowboy.

Other guest musicians include members of the Old Brigade, the Jolly Rogues, Tree and the Sprained Ankles, representing a range of experience from folk to hardcore to garage rock.

According to author Christopher Klein, St. Brendan was born near Tralee, County Kerry in 488 A.D. He became a monk at age 28 and set about establishing monasteries through Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France.  Legend has it that Brendan took off in an Irish curragh in search of the Garden of Eden, and returned seven years later talking about a paradise he had discovered.  That paradise was North America.  

"Most scholars consider "The Voyage of St. Brendan" to simply be a religious allegory, but some believe that the tale was based on an actual voyage, albeit with some Irish embellishment," Klein writes. 

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South Boston's Lawn on D Kicks of 2015 Season on May 15-17

Lawn on D, the exciting new interactive space outside of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston's Seaport District, is kicking off its 2015 season the weekend of May 15-17, 2015.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has named Lawn on D the event of the week.

Among the performers this weekend: American Repertory Theatre's OBERON, the Boston Circus Guild, Berklee College of Music, Bowery Music, Boston Children's Museum, Kids Really Rock, Josh & the Jamtones, Karen K. Jitterbug, and Alastair Moock.

The entertainment goes from noon to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday.'

Here is more information about Lawn on D.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Gaelic Roots Series at Boston College Presents Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman in Concert on April 30

An Irish harp and guitar recital featuring Mairie Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman takes place at the Cadigan Alumni Center at Boston College on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Part of the Gaelic Roots Series sponsored by BC's Center for Irish Programs and the BC Alumni Association, the concert is free and open to the public but registration is suggested.

Here is a map and directions for the Cadigan Center, located on BC's Brighton campus.

Gaelic Roots was developed by master fiddler Seamus Connolly, originally from County Clare, who is the Sullivan Artist in Residence at Boston College.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Win Tix to Spandau Ballet at Boston House of Blues on April 30

Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to attend the Spandau Ballet - Soul Boys of the Western World concert at the House of Blues in Boston at 7:00 p.. on Thursday, April 30, 2015, part of a nationwide tour.

Enter the Spandau Ballet contest here.  Winners are being announced on Tuesday, April 28.

You can also purchase tickets directly online.

Here is a story of Spandau Ballet in today's Boston Globe.

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Burning Bridget Cleary Performs Irish Music at Blackstone River Theatre on April 25

Burning Bridget Cleary, the popular Irish band from Pennsylvania, is performing in concert at Blackstone River Theatre in Rhode Island on Saturday, April 25, 2015, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 the day of show.  For reservations, call 401 725-9272.

The band takes its name from the story of Bridget Cleary, the last woman burned as a witch in Ireland in 1895 during a period still fueled by superstition and ignorance.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at the Blackstone River Theatre.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Boston College Arts Festival Features Gaelic Roots Performers on April 23

The 17th annual Boston College Arts Festival, which runs April 23-25, 2015,  kicks off this year with a performance by BC'sGaelic Roots program, run by master fiddler Seamus Connolly.  The performance of Irish music with dancing takes place at O'Neill Plaza on campus, from noon to 12:45 on Thursday, April 23.

The three-day festival includes dozens of performances, ranging from music and dance to theater and art exhibits to literary readings and film showings.  Here is a complete 2015 schedule.

The Gaelic Roots program was first introduced to Boston College by Seamus Connolly in 1990, and since then it has become one of the most important academic programs for the study of Gaelic music and dance.

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