Category Archives: Music

Boston Hosts Hall of Fame in November


The 2017 Northeast Region Meeting will be hosted this year by Boston’s Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch on Saturday, November 4th, at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton, it was announced recently by our  Northeast Region organization.

There will be a Seisuin Friday Evening. This is the Centre’s regular Friday evening seisuin and any musician is welcome to join in.

Saturday events include a meeting from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. where lunch will be served.

The induction ceremonies for the Northeast Regional Hall of Fame are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (NB: updated reflects a change of starting time from 7 to 6:30) followed by dancing at a Ceili from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., with our Boston branch band led by Chairperson and acclaimed accordionist, Tara Lynch. The Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch will honor leaders who have made a significant contribution to our branch by recognizing them at the Northeast Regional  Hall of Fame. 

For accomodations, there are several hotels in the area with the most convenient being Homewood Suites by Hilton, 50 Royall St. Canton, Exit 2 off Rt. 93, Phone: 781-828-4700 and  Courtyard by Marriott, 200 Technology Dr. Stoughton, Exit 20A off Rt. 24, Phone: 781-297-7000

Food and beverages will be available at the Centre.

Update (Oct. 16, 2017): See related post about the Saturday night ceili at the ICC – also note updated time for the Hall of Fame ceremonies. 

Realta Geala Take Sligo

 

In August 2015, Realta Geala, the Irish traditional music youth group from the CCE Boston Music School, traveled to Sligo to one of the most exclusive music competitions in the world, where practice pays off and friends you can count on are what matter: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. This video shows the Boston and Tulla youth involved in all that it takes to get there and be there.

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!
SEE YOU SATURDAY!!! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!

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:
TRAD YOUTH EXCHANGE
c/o MIKE HICKEY
100 WOODPECKER ROAD
STOUGHTON MA 02072

Find out more about the Trad Youth Exchange supported by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Boston Branch at http://tradyouthexchange.weebly.com/ .

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

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.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/09/03/216906386/10-easy-ways-to-optimize-your-music-practice

 

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!

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.

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!