Trad Youth Exchange Concerts

Boston-Tulla Trad Exchange

We are excited to unveil our Trad Youth Exchange Program that we have been putting together over the last several years!

Tulla Youth Arrive in Boston

We are bringing over 15 young All-Ireland Champion U12 Ceili Band musicians from Tulla, County Clare. This group of young musicians aged 9-14, with their teachers and parents, will meet, perform with, and develop friendships with 14 young musicians from the greater Boston area at music workshops, concerts, and other cultural events. We would like to invite you to come hear them play at two concert/fundraiser events.

Trad Youth Musicians at Boston CCE Music School Fall 2014
Young Musicians at the Boston CCE Music School

Fundraiser Events November 7th & 9th

Our two main events are the Trad Youth Concert at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Melrose on Friday, November 7th, and the Mary MacNamara & Friends CD Release Party at the Burren in Somerville on Sunday, November 9th.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THESE CONCERTS go to support the Trad Youth Exchange Program! – specifically the costs of hosting the Tulog group and travel costs for our youngsters to visit them in Ireland in February 2015. The TULOG group will also be selling copies of their fabulous new CD called “Unfolding.” You can hear clips of this on Saturday, November 1st when Lisa Coyne speaks with Brian O’Donovan on A Celtic Sojourn at 4pm!

Buy Tickets Online!

Tickets to these two events are being sold on EventBrite ~ see links below – Tickets are also available at the door.

Concert Window – Listen and Donate!

If you can’t make the concert (and you should try to!!) and choose to watch it online instead, you may watch via Concert Window — All proceeds will go to benefit the Trad Youth Exchange. Here are the  links:

Donations Welcome! Online or Mail a Check

Donations are welcome! Donate online  or send a tax deductible contribution by mail .

Make check payable to  CCÉ Boston Music SChool
and please note TRAD YOUTH EXCHAGNE on the check.
Mail to:

Find out more about the Trad Youth Exchange supported by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Boston Branch at .

You are in for some fabulous music at the concerts! Please come out and join us and help us keep the tradition growing!

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann ~ Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch

Chairperson’s Greetings October 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

A lively group of set dancers and visiting musicians kicked off our September seisiun at the Canadian-American Hall in Watertown and everyone expressed their delight in seeing Phyllis Reynolds who stopped in to visit. Our next seisiun is Sunday, October 5th.

Letting you know, we are not having a seisiun on Sunday November 2nd as the Can-Am Club is holding their annual fundraiser. I encourage you to come along on that day to support them. Visit as details develop.

Hope to see many of you at the Irish Heritage Festival in Dorchester on Sunday, October 12th. Comhaltas will perform at 3p.m in the McKeon Post and 5:30 p.m. in Florian Main Hall.

Our Music School enrollment is very strong – especially youth involvement. There is a Trad Youth Exchange Program planned in November. We will match 15 young musicians in the Boston area to 15 musicians from Tulog Ceili Band in County Clare to learn tunes, play together, and pass along the tradition.

The Tulog group, led by renowned concertina player Mary MacNamara, will travel to Boston to visit and perform Nov. 5-10. We then plan to send 15 youths selected from our Realta Geala ensemble & beyond to Ireland in Feb. 2015.

The fundraising goal is $16,000 to help defray costs for our families. This is a worthy undertaking and we need your help! Kindly send Trad Youth Exchange donations to Michael Hickey, 100 Woodpecker Rd., Stoughton, MA 02072. Make check payable to CCE Boston Music School. We are a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization.

God bless everyone . . . Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Chairperson’s Greetings September 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

I trust all who attended the Scoil Éigse and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo enjoyed the experience and captured lots of great memories in Ireland. Congratulations to Pat Hutchinson who won first place in the O18 Uilleann Pipes/Slow Airs.
Pat is a uilleann pipes teacher at our Music School.

The Music School fall semester gets underway on Sat., Sept. 13th. A huge welcome to Caroline O’Shea who’ll teach flute/whistle. She has also accepted the position of School Administrator. We’re delighted to have Tina Lech returning to teach fiddle and Kathleen Conneely joining us to teach tin whistle classes at all levels. For more info on new/old class offerings, faculty/registration/tuition, etc., visit the Music School website.

I am pleased to announce, after much deliberation, Audrey Bulger was selected to be the recipient of the 2014 Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship.

Plans for the Scholarship Fundraiser are still in the making.

Looking forward to our kick-off Seisiún on Sunday,  September 28th at the Canadian-American Hall in Watertown. Hope to see many of you there . . . encourage others to join us.

God bless everyone . . . Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Boston CCE Music School Fall 2014

Fall Classes at the Boston CCE Music School

Here are some highlights of the fall semester class offerings at the Boston CCE Music School. Registration is now going on. The CCE day runs from 9 – 2pm on Saturdays. See the tuition info here. Classes are held at the St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton at 25 Arlington Street, Brighton MA 02135. Questions about classes? (We’ve got answers.) Or contact an administrator at the music school. See faculty profiles here.

Children’s Classes

Generally speaking, our Children’s Intro classes tend to be at 9:30, with other classes starting at 10. Beginner and improver classes will be earlier in the day, and more intermediate and advanced students can expect to be scheduled later in the day.

New Classes

We are offering some new classes this term, and will be joined by Kathleen Conneely as a returning whistle teacher – I hope many of you take the opportunity to explore working with her, and try out these new offerings!

Playing for The Sets – taught by Joey Abarta

In this ten class workshop, Joey will take students through repertoire and variation for playing for set and ceili dances. An Irish musician isn’t a true Irish musician unless they can play for dancers. Taking the five most common set dances, a few waltzes, and mazurkas, you will explore exactly what it takes to play a full night of music for dancing.

Low D Whistle Class – taught by Torrin Ryan

For intermediate to advanced players interested in learning low whistle.

Flute Master Class: Flute Forum with James Hamilton – advanced players only

Refinement topics for players who’ve mastered essential flute technique. While other flute classes will focus on advancing students’ mechanics, this course will offer students with advanced technique an opportunity to focus on stylistic nuance. We’ll discuss different regional flute styles and recommended players, and hopefully cross-pollinate with other instruments and their technique.

Fiddle Master Class with Tina Lech – advanced players only

The 10-week fiddle master class will be broken up into 2-3 smaller sections focusing on fiddle ornaments and bowing, phrasing, and the final section on duet and trio playing. Players who choose to participate should already be able to play jigs, reels, and hornpipes on their own at a moderate session pace without stopping and be able to learn and memorize

Realta Geala

Realta Geala is now broken into two classes – Realta Geala Jr. (open to all kids) & Realta Geala Sr (by instructor invitation/permission – this is a performance-based ensemble and will include our Trad Youth Exchange Group).


10 Tips for Practicing Your Music

Are You a Musician or Music Student?

Are you a musician? Maybe you are learning a new musical instrument – possibly even at our Boston CCE Music School, which starts up again in September. The following suggestions may help make your practice sessions more enjoyable.

music student practicing fiddle

NPR Article Offers Music Practice Tips

NPR Music republished an article “10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice” originally posted by Anastasia Tsioulcas, Associate Producer, NPR Music, September 03, 2013.

Music Practice Tips – Link to Original Article

Here are the highlights, but be sure to check out the full NPR article; it is full of ideas to help inspire you or to help your child enjoy more rewarding practice sessions.

  1. Find somewhere quiet.
  2. Have your supplies nearby.
  3. Technology can be an amazing aid.
  4. Begin with the end in mind: Have a goal for each practice session before you start playing.
  5. Map a practice session out like a workout.
  6. Practice smarter, not necessarily longer.
  7. Don’t always start at the beginning every time.
  8. Challenge yourself — physically.
  9. Practice away from your instrument.
  10. Reward hard work — in positive ways — to help your brain automate good habits.



Dusty Windosills Irish Trad Music Links

Website Links for Irish Trad Musicians

“Dusty Windowsills” is a great resource for information on local trad sessions in the Boston area, Irish music festivals, learning Irish music, tunes played at the Green Briar, and such. See the page links below to link to their website.

Dusty Windowsills

Boston Irish Music Events Calendar on Dusty Windowsills – home page and calendar of events

Trad Sessions Listings in the Greater Boston Area on Dusty Windowsills – local trad action

List of Irish Music Festivals in the Boston Area and Further on Dusty Windowsills  – Irish Music Festivals in Boston and Ireland

The Green Briar Early Session “Tune of the Month” on Dusty Windowsills – links to videos and sheet music

This is a wealth of information for Boston area traditional Irish musicians!

Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch – Boston, MA