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

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!

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“A Little Bit of Ireland” Irish Show 2014

A Salute to all things Irish

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.

"A Little Bit of Ireland" Irish Show 2014

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!

Boston College Irish Music & Dance Events

Boston College Events (free admission) in January & February 2014

Paddy KeenanJimmy NoonanBoston College Gaelic Roots program is sponsoring several concerts and dances in January and February.  See Calendar for details.

  • Concert by Paddy Keenan and Jimmy Noonan on Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Whistle
    Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m – Walsh Hall Function Room
  • Irish Dance and Céilí ~ Directed by Kieran Jordan & Live Music by Seamus Connolly
    Mon., Feb. 3rd – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Gasson Hall Irish Room
  • Mist Covered Mountains Concert Fiddle – Vocals – Guitar
    Donna Hébert, Molly Hébert,Wilson & Max Cohen
    Thurs., Feb. 27th – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walsh Hall Function Room

 

April Convention Registration Form

Comhaltas North American logoYou’ll have to book soon if you want to attend the North American Convention and Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in April! Two events are combined into one this hear.

The 2014 CCÉ Provincial Convention and Mid-Atlantic Fleadh from April 24-27, at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, NJ,  is hosted by the CCÉ Mid-Atlantic Region.

Read more about the convention in a related post and on the North American Convention and Fleadh website.

View the official flyer and registration form: 2014 CCE Convention Flyer April in Parsippany NJ but print the registration form here: print page 1 of 2 and page 2 of 2 (to fit on 8 1/2 x 11 paper).

Áine Minogue – Music of the Winter Solstice and Christmas Concert

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

Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley Branch – Boston, MA