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!

Chairperson’s Greetings July & August 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Hope you’re all enjoying the long days of summer.

I extend my best wishes to the competitors heading to the Scoil Eigese and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Sligo . . . enjoy the experience and savor the memories.

Here at home, I remind everyone to be sure and visit www.irishculture.org ~ the Irish Cultural Center website to check out all the happenings and events.

Also, visit www.irishmassachusetts.com to catch a full round-up of summer and fall concerts and events . . . the official site of (BITA) Boston Irish Tourism Association.

Enclosed with this month’s newsletter is a notice detailing a gala weekend of irish music, heritage & culture presented by The Pillar House Bar & Restaurant in Ballinasloe, Ireland. The weekend was arranged to pay tribute to our former beloved chairman, Larry Reynolds.  [See more about the weekend here.]

God bless everyone . . . Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Larry Reynolds Memorial Weekend in Ballinasloe 2014

Ballinasloe Honors Larry Reynolds

Larry Reynolds in Ballinasloe
Larry Reynolds in Ballinasloe [photo from Facebook Event - click to go to event page.]
Ballinasloe, in County Galway, is paying tribute to Larry Reynolds in September 2014  with a weekend of Irish Music, Heritage & Culture: The Larry Reynolds Memorial Weekend.

View/Print the flyer for the Larry Reynolds Memorial Weekend, Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland for more details.

Chairperson’s Greetings June 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

May 17th will go down in CCÉ Boston Music School history books . . . the second annual Féili Cheoil in Melrose was outstanding. We were blessed with nice weather and a wonderful turnout of competitors, musicians, and volunteers.

Thanks to all who promoted, participated and/or came along to support this event. The lovely evening concert by “Open the Door for Three” was brilliant and a great round of sean nos dancers topped off the event. Special thanks to dedicated parents and skillful teachers who prepared competitors for both the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in New Jersey and the Féili Cheoil in Melrose. Well done all !

The monthly Seisiún will resume in September. On Sun., June 1st there will be a céili fundraiser at the Canadian-American Hall for the branch members who qualified at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in New Jersey and who are heading to the Fleadh in Sligo in August to compete. Proceeds from this event will help offset their travel costs. Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Happy Father’s Day . . . a special day indeed !

God bless everyone . . . Tara Lynch, Chairperson

Feile Cheole Boston 2014

Second Annual Féile Cheoil Boston May 17

Feile Cheoil Boston May 17 2014 Flyer - Click on Flyer for a printable copy!
Feile Cheoil Boston May 17 2014 Flyer – Click on Flyer for a printable copy!

Registration for the Competition

Register online and we’ll collect the fee of $5 per competition ($10 max per family) at the Feile Office on the day of the competition. Registration of competitors will continue on Saturday and all payments will be collected from 10 – 12:30 in the fleadh office. [There isn't a category on the form that reflects a trio; in that case,  just note it on the registration form and it will be fine.)

Here is the competition schedule:

  • 12:30: U10 competitions
  • 1:15: U12 competitions
  • 2:00: U15 competitions
  • 2:45: U18 competitions
  • 3:15 adult competitions

We'll divide these time-slots into groups, with beginner / intermediate / advanced categories.

Chips, cookies, and drinks will be available for purchase at $1 each

Other fundraiser activities include t-shirts and raffle tickets.  Performer CDs will be available (proceeds to performers).

Kids' activities include face painting, crafts, various relay races, and water balloons!

Consider bringing a lawn chair for yourselves for the music on the lawn - we have a *really good* lineup, from 11am - 4, including a storyteller!!!

Competitions from 1-4PM

Competitions will be held in such categories as fiddle, flute, accordion and singing. Entrants can register online through the Féile Cheoil website or from 10AM-1PM at the venue. The competitions will take place from 1-4PM.

Afternoon Performances and Sessions

There will be afternoon performances and sessions with local musicians such as Armand Aromin and Daniel Accardi, Cara Frankowicz and the trio Ceol Corvus, among others.

Evening Concert

Click on image for concert poster "Open the Door for Three"
Click on image for concert poster “Open the Door for Three”

Piper Kieran O’Hare and fiddler Liz Knowles return this year, along with bouzouki player and vocalist Pat Broaders, as Open the Door for Three – a trio of highly acclaimed musicians with strong roots in the Irish tradition whose individual and collective resumes include “Riverdance,” Cherish the Ladies, Mick Moloney and The Greenfields of America, Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Danú, Robbie O’Connell, The String Sisters, and John Whelan.

Flyer Open the Door Concert

Realta Geala & Championship Performances

Before the evening concert begins there will be a 6PM performance by Realta Geala, an ensemble of young musicians from the Boston Comhaltas Music School. Féile Cheoil 2014 champions will be featured at 7:30 p.m., followed by Open the Door for Three.

Tulla – Boston Exhange

The evening event will be the launch of a four-part concert series hosted by the Comhaltas School and the Melrose Messina Arts Fund, proceeds from which will go to support a young traditional musicians exchange program involving the Boston Comhaltas School and a ceili band in Tulla directed by renowned concertina player Mary MacNamara. The Tulla musicians are scheduled to come to Boston in November, and will give a concert during their stay; their Boston counterparts would visit Ireland next February.

Event Logistics

The second annual Féile Cheoil will be held Sat., May 17th in Melrose. The fundraiser is to support the Trad Youth Exchange Program. Fifteen of our young musicians will be meeting with fifteen youngsters from the Tulog Céili Band in Tulla, County Clare. The Tulog group will be coming to Boston in November 2014 and our group travels in February 2015. Proceeds will help defray travel costs. Come out for a few tunes during the day, either to participate or compete. “Open The Door For Three” finale concert in the evening ~ not to be missed!

Chairperson’s Greetings May 2014

A chairde,

Tara Lynch, Chairperson
Tara Lynch, Chairperson

 Hats off to Co-chairs Tom Vesey, Paul Keating, and Frankie McCormack and the Mid-Atlantic Region team of volunteers for a fantastic weekend in Parsippany, NJ ~ one to remember. The NA Convention, the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh, and the Hall of Fame induction were an immense undertaking. It was terrific to see such a great contingent from the branch there to support the event. Everywhere I looked I could see them partaking in music sessions, set dancing, singing and reuniting with friends from Ireland, Canada and the USA.

Lisa Coyne, Executive Director of the music school, and I congratulate all the Fleadh competitors, especially the first-timers…you were so brave…we are very proud of you! A big THANK YOU to all the parents, teachers, coaches and especially Sean Clohessy, our volunteer coach, for working with our Réaltai Geala ~ “Bright Stars” ensemble! Look for final placement results in the next newsletter. 

The second annual Féile Cheoil will be held Sat., May 17th in Melrose (see flyer). The fundraiser is to support the Trad Youth Exchange Program. Fifteen of our young musicians will be meeting with fifteen youngsters from the Tulog Céili Band in Tulla, County Clare. The Tulog group will be coming to Boston in November 2014 and our group travels in February 2015. Proceeds will help defray travel costs. Come out for a few tunes during the day, either to participate or compete. “Open The Door For Three” finale concert in the evening ~ not to be missed!

Visit website for all the details. www.tiny.cc/feilecheoilboston 

Also enclosed is information with an application form for the Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship. Applications accepted from May 10th to June 10th ~ recipient announcement by July 15th.

Happy Mother’s Day…hope it’s perfect in every way. 

God bless everyone . . . Tara Lynch, Chairperson

April 2014 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

April 2014 CCÉ Newsletter [PDF]

April edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Newsletter plus additional information on the Irish Hearts for Orphans benefit dance Sunday April 27th 4-8PM at  Marriott Boston Quincy.

To members who’ve renewed their 2013-2014 membership – Thank You.  In an ongoing effort to streamline branch expenses, the newsletter will be mailed/emailed to paid-up members only. We are grateful to all members for your continuing support and extend a warm welcome  to our newest members.

 

Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch – Boston, MA