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!

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 ~ the Irish Cultural Center website to check out all the happenings and events.

Also, visit 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

Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch – Boston, MA