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The Bloom of Youth Concert at The Burren

Event Announcement from Our Chairperson

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The Bloom of Youth: A Musical Celebration with Boston’s Young Talent

A concert will be held Wednesday, August 3rd, at 7 p.m at The Burren Restaurant and Pub, 247 Elm Street, Somerville, MA in conjunction with Brian O’Donovan, WGBH ~ A Celtic Sojourn ~The Burren Back Room Series

Tickets

Book online if possible at Brown Paper Tickets – can’t guarantee how many tickets will be available at the door on the night. Tickets are $15 ($16.52 w/service fee). This is a fundraiser.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2579869

What a special and joyous evening this will be: a celebration with some of the younger members of our musical community as we toast their achievements at the recent Mid-Atlantic Fleadh. A fleadh, (pronounced fl-aaa) is one of the competitive festivals held all around the world under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceolteórí Éireann.

The Bloom of Youth

Performers

The evening will see performances fro
m several young musicians who competed at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in New Jersey, including several who were selected to go forward to represent Boston and New England at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. This international festival is the world’s largest festival dedicated to celebrating Traditional Irish Arts and we are tremendously proud of all our young musicians who will make the trip to represent our region.

Video: Réalta Geala at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Sligo 2015

Support Our Young Performers

It will be an opportunity for our community to support all our young performers, and provide them with a chance to perform for the home crowd before heading off to Ireland.

All funds raised will go to support youth programing within the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Boston Music School.

Tara Lynch, RHC Chairperson

 

Comhaltas at Boston Irish Festival 2015

Comhaltas Musicians Play at Irish Festival Sunday, June 14 from 2 to 5 PM

Comhaltas musicians will be playing tunes for Irish Set Dancing and Ole Tyme Waltzes in the First Floor Function Room at the Irish Cultural Center‘s (ICC) Irish Festival this  Sunday, June 14th, from 2-5 PM. See the festival flyer below for more information.

2015 Boston Irish Festival Flyer

Boston Irish Festival June 13-14, 2015 - Boston Comhaltas musicians play from 2-5PM on Sunday, June 14th.
Boston Irish Festival June 13-14, 2015 – Boston Comhaltas musicians play from 2-5PM on Sunday, June 14th.

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 http://vimeo.com/user33864764 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 FolkJam.org ~ “play well with others” including tunes

 

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

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).

 

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!