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.
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.
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.
Mary MacNamara CD Release Party at The Burren, Sunday, Nov 9, 3PM Mary MacNamara CD Release Party at The Burren, Sunday, Nov 9, 3PM
Sunday, November 9th, at the Burren, 3-6pm – Renound concertina player Mary MacNamara‘s CD release party at The Burren [25 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144] hosted by Brian O’Donovan. Mary will be joined by the Tulog Band, Realta Geala, and special guests. Tunes afterward until 7pm. (Tickets are $20) – Limited seating. Don’t be left out!
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:
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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!