The Green Briar Session Documentary

Green Briar Session

The Green Briar – a video about the weekly Irish traditional music session

“A short documentary about a weekly Irish session, set in Boston, USA” by Nikita Sampath

Session Location

The Green Briar Irish Pub
304 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135
United States

Related Links

Boston’s Original Slow Session on ~ “play well with others” including tunes


Vincent Crotty Painting Night at the Per

Awesome Auctions Items Tonight!

New Items Added to Silent Auction

Free  Tuition to the Music School!

We are incredibly grateful by these new donations for our silent auction. CCE Boston School Board has donated ONE FREE SEMESTER OF TUITION as an auction item!

Vincent Crotty Painting Night at the Per

Vincent Crotty Original Painting!

Vincent Crotty Dorchester-based plein air painter, friend, and supporter of the school, has completed our painting, called “Night at the Pier,”  for the auction, worth $900. It is a stunningly beautiful piece.

Silent Auction & Concert Fundraiser is Tonight!

Please come for a night of great music, craic, and community, for a good cause.  The event is at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street in Melrose, MA 02176, and starts at 7pm.  Auction and raffle winners will be announced right before the concert finale.

Music School Holiday Concert

CCE Boston Music School Holiday Concert

holiday concert by CCE Boston Music School - Christmas Music
Please join us for our second annual Holiday Concert and Fundraiser this Saturday, December 13th, at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Melrose, MA (map) at 7pm!

Performances by…

Our CCE Boston Music School teachers and students will perform as well as our young rising stars, REALTA GEALA!

Silent Auction

 We have an INCREDIBLE selection of auction items for you, including:
  • Whistle or Flute lessons from Jimmy Noonan
  • 2 hours or professional copy-editing services from Sarah Fraser
  • a child’s 1/4 size fiddle, bow and case!!!
  • a Killarney tinwhistle!!!!
  • Craft beer and Wine baskets!
  • a New Balance basket!
  • An artisanal card-making basket!
  • A Vincent Crotty painting!!!!!
  • 2 10-ticket sets of passes for the New England Aquarium!!!
  • and many, many more bundled items including gift certificates for local restaurants, concert tickets, CDs, knitted items, etc!

Raffle and Bake Sale

We’ll also have a raffle and bake sale in the back. If anyone would like to donate bake sale items, PLEASE BRING ‘EM!

Donations Welcome!

Tickets to the event are FREE, although donations are welcome at the door! DON’T MISS THIS! All proceeds go to support our Trad Youth Exchange Program!

December 2014 CCÉ Boston Newsletter

December 2014 CCÉ Newsletter [PDF]  (temporarily unavailable)
See Newsletter Pages below

December 2014 CCÉ Newsletter Page 1

December 2014 CCÉ Newsletter Page 2

December edition of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Addendum: Ceili Mor Dec 7thLarry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser Flyer

Ceili Mor "Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund" Fundraiser Sunday, December 7, 2014 3PM-7PM
Ceili Mor “Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund” Fundraiser Sunday, December 7, 2014 3PM-7PM



Ceili Mor Scholarship Fundraiser December 7th

Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Ceili Mor Fundraiser

Irish Trad Music InstrumentsKeep the Tradition Growing! Support the “Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund” for the CCE Boston Music School. Come out and join us at the “Ceili Mor” on Sunday December 7th 2014 at the Canadian-American Hall in Watertown. This takes the place of our usual music and dance session on the 1st Sunday of December.

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch
Sunday, December 7th, 3 PM -7 PM
Canadian-American Hall
202 Arlington Street, Watertown
Donation $12 at the door

Print a Flyer (see image below) for the Dec 7 2014 Ceili Mor Fundraiser

Or view our email notice sent on November 8th

Ceili Mor "Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund" Fundraiser Sunday, December 7, 2014 3PM-7PM
Ceili Mor “Larry Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund” Fundraiser Sunday, December 7, 2014 3PM-7PM

Sean Gannon R.I.P.

Sad News

Sean Gannon
Sean Gannon, R.I.P., November 26, 2014

We are so sad to learn that Sean Gannon passed away on Wednesday. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Sean’s family, friends, and fellow musicians.

Sean was a gifted musician. Many of us remember hearing him play at ceilis and other events.

Sean is the son of, John Gannon, who has played every Sunday at the Burren  for the afternoon Seisun, and step-son of Gerry Gannon, a regular set dancer in Sally Harney’s class in Watertown. Sean’s mother was Mary Coughlin, deceased. Sean is also the brother of Colm Gannon who moved to Ireland and opened Gannon’s Music store in Galway.

The details on the wake and funeral are in the obituary below. May he rest In peace. He will be missed.

The following photo shows Sean on the right with his father John, on left, and his brother Colm, center.

John Gannon, Colm Gannon and Sean Gannon Source:
John Gannon, Colm Gannon and Sean Gannon             Source:

GANNON, Sean P. (John) of Dorchester on November 26, 2014. Devoted father of Niamh Gannon of Braintree. Loving son of John and his wife Gerry Gannon and his mother, the late Mary Margaret Coughlin. Caring brother of Colm and his wife Kelly Gannon of Dorchester and Maryann and Peggy Gannon. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Active member of the Traditional Irish music community here and in Ireland. Sean will be forever in our hearts.

Visiting hours in the John J. O’Connor & Son Funeral Home, 740 Adams St. (near Gallivan Blvd.) DORCHESTER on Sunday from 3-7pm. Funeral in St. Mark’s Church Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery. [Obituary Source: O’Connor & Son Funeral Home]


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

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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

Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch – Boston, MA