“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!
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Comhaltas musicians including Tara Lynch and the Harney Academy of Dance and others will be performing with the Reagale Players in the Production “A Little Bit of Ireland” to be held at Waltham High School (617 Lexington Street) on Saturday, March 15th at 2PM & 7PM and Sunday, March 16th at 2PM. More info and advance tickets at Reagle Music Theatre.
Now in its 16th Edition! Enjoy one of the largest Irish shows in New England. A pinch of Irish tenors! A wee touch of Riverdance! A peek at Irish cottage life. A rousing Irish pub visit! The lilt of laughter with a master Irish comic. The grand rhythms of Irish step dancing. The ever insistent charms of Irish bands. Hundreds of bewitching Irish songs fill the air on St. Patrick’s weekend when everyone is Irish! It’s Reagle’s hearfelt homage to an Emerald Isle – and it’s all “a little bit of heaven.” Pure Celtic magic!
Áine Minogue – Music of the Winter Solstice and Christmas Concert
O’Carolan harp tune at Boston College
This is not a current event, it’s just a quiet little tune for you to enjoy.
It’s from the Gaelic Roots Series, Dec. 8, 2011, Music of the Winter Solstice and Christmas Concert by Irish harpist and singer Áine Minogue at Boston College. It was part of the Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series. http://www.bc.edu/gaelicroots