Branch Activities

Semi-Monthly Seisiúns & Ceili

Canadian American Club Ceili with Pat MurphyThe Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch holds semi-monthly Seisiúns (traditional Irish music and dance sessions) on the second and fourth Sundays of each month (with exceptions), September through June, from 3-7 PM at the Canadian-American Hall, 202 Arlington St., Watertown.

We are now going with the second and fourth Sundays for the 2017 schedule of the Comhaltas Seisiun/Ceili Sundays. The Ceilis were held on the 1st and 4th Sundays, but beginning February 2017 they switch to the 2nd and 4th to eliminate occasional back to backs when the 4th and 1st follow one another.

All are welcome and musicians are invited to join in. Student musicians are welcomed to a slow pre-seisiun beginning at 1:30pm. There is great music for set, ceili, old time waltz and other dancing. Oftentimes, special guests, skillful musicians, gifted singers and dancers, stop by and add to the evening’s total enjoyment. Coffee, tea, and breads are served. Donations of raffle prizes and baked goods are always needed and very much appreciated. Admission is $10.

Note: Doors are open for a slow seisiun evey 2nd Sunday.

Irish Music Seisiún at the Green Briar Pub

GreenBriar slow session August 2013
GreenBriar slow session August 2013

The Boston Comhaltas musicians meet every Monday at the Green Briar Pub in Brighton for traditional Irish music sessions. The photo here shows the “slow” session on a Monday evening in August 2013.

See the Community Events Calendar for the next session.

Irish Ceili and Set Dance Workshops

Sally Harney at a 2014 ceili in Watertown
Sally Harney at a 2014 ceili in Watertown

Irish Ceili and Set Dance Workshops sponsored by our Comhaltas organization are held from October through May at the following locations.

  • Canadian-American Hall with Teacher: Sally Harney
    Tuesday evenings, 7:30PM
    202 Arlington St., Watertown
    All levels are welcome. The cost of this two hour workshop is $7.

All CCE-sponsored classes are taught by Sally Harney who can be reached at (508) 668-3473. In event of inclement weather, call the Hotline (508) 668-3479 for up to the minute information on dance workshop schedules.

About Sally

She is the instructor for the Hanafin-Cooley Branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and has prepared and presented weekly dance workshops for the past twelve years. Her contribution to the success of set dancing in the Boston area has been enormous. Sally continues to volunteer each year at the Comhaltas tent at the festival for the Irish Cultural Center where new people of all ages are exposed and intrigued by the fun of Irish music and dance. [Source: http://www.harneyacademy.com/cms/node/7]

There are many other community Irish dances and classes that take place in the Greater Boston and New England area. For those events check the irishsetdancing.org calendar for a venue near you.

CCE Boston Music School

Accordion class with Larry Reynolds Jr and students
Accordion class with Larry Reynolds Jr and students

Boston Comhaltas Music School provides instruction in fiddle, flute, tin whistle, button accordion, guitar, bodhran, harp, tenor banjo, mandolin, singing, C/G anglo concertina, and uilleann pipes. The school is operated in affiliation with Boston College Irish Studies Program and the Harvard University Celtic Program.

For a brochure: Call (617) 863-0548. See the Music School website (http://www.ccebostonmusicschool.org) for more information on classes.

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Boston Comhaltas Ceili Band

Ceili Larry Reynolds Memorial

The pride and joy of the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch! A group of dedicated and very popular musicians who perform throughout Massachusetts and beyond. To contact the band, call Tara Lynch at 617- 481-5503 or use our Contact Form.

See CCE Boston Ceili Band page for more information.

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Irish Language Classes

Cumann na Gaelige i mBoston logo

Our Comhaltas branch is partnered with Cumann na Gaelige, the Irish language society of Boston, which offers classes in the Irish language at various locations in the area. This program provides opportunities for beginners as well as advanced speakers. Contact Cumann na Gaelige directly for venues, schedules, etc. at 617-244-7435, 781-769-0059 or 617-734-7472.

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Other Events

There are many other local and international events in which Comhaltas members participate throughout the year. A Monthly Newsletter keeps you posted on these activities. Take a quick peek at what’s coming up.