Snow Levels Cancel Ceili Session

Due to snow levels and parking challenges at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown, the Sunday, February 22nd, seisiun/ceili is cancelled.

“Musicians in the Snow” 1876 Unidentified artist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; source:,boston/8052_39.html

The following week Sunday, March 1st, is also in jeopardy but a decision will be made on that date next week.


New Instructors at the Music School

Lisa Coyne, Executive Director of Boston CCE Music School says,

“We are still signing up for CCE Spring classes! And I am delighted to announce that we will be joined by the illustrious John Whelan who will be teaching our accordion classes, Dan Accardi, who will be teaching concertina, and Jimmy Noonan, who will be teaching our flute and some whistle classes!”

You may sign up on the CCE Boston Music School website.

St. Stephen’s Ceili – New Location

St. Stephen’s Night Ceili at K of C

St Stephens Night Harney Fundraiser Ceili at the "K of C" Norwood 7PM 12-26-2014
St Stephens Night Harney Fundraiser Ceili at the “K of C” Norwood 7PM 12-26-2014

St. Stephen’s Night Ceili at Knights of Columbus, Norwood – new location! Music by Erin’s Melody (including Music for Set Dances)

Fri, December 26, 7pm – 11pm
Knights of Columbus, 572 Nichols St, Norwood, MA 02062 (map)

New Location This Year!

The Harney Academy of Irish Dance are hosting on St. Stephen’s Night, Friday, December 26, 2014, 7:00-11:00 pm, at the Knights of Columbus, 572 Nichols St, Norwood, MA 02062 [NOT! at Concannon’s Village in Norwood as in previous years] 
 Come join in the fun ~ Always a popular event ! Donation $12.00

Print a Flyer

You may click on the image above for the details or print a full-size flyer hereSt. Stephen’s Day Harney Academy Fundraiser Ceili Dec 26 2014

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


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]

Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch – Boston, MA