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Ceili Mor Under the Tent

Ceili Mor Sunday August 11

As tradition has it in Ireland, set dancing was performed in homes and at crossroads.  While local musicians often played, traveling musicians  were always welcomed.  As a nod to tradition, The Irish Cultural Center of New England in Canton, MA is bringing set dancing and music to their marquee tent on Sunday,  August 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Boston Comhaltas musicians will travel from their usual haunt in Watertown, MA to provide the music for the Ceili Mor. All dancers are welcome at this summer event.  Keep the tradition alive.

Click on the image for a printable copy of this flier.

St. Stephen’s Day Ceili

Annual St. Stephen’s Day  Ceili  Dec 26, 2018


As tradition has it in Ireland, St. Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas, is the day the Wren Boys hunt a fake wren (king of the birds in Celtic mythology) and place it on top of a decorated pole. The wren boys or strawboys dress up in masks, straw suits, and colorful clothing and form music bands and parade through towns and villages – and we will gather and dance in Watertown  to keep the tradition alive!

Sally Harney
is hosting the annual
St. Stephen’s Day Ceiliholiday-image-notes

Wednesday, December 26th, 7 PM – 10:30 PM

Canadian-American Hall
202 Arlington Street, Watertown

Donation $15 at the door. 
Refreshments and live music provided.

Sally is and has been the  set dancing instructor for the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann for over 35 years .  What drives her is the urge to Keep the Tradition Alive.

There will be tea, coffee and a cash bar, goodies to feast on, and great Irish traditional music live for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Come join in the fun. It’s always a popular event !

Comhaltas Ceili at ICC November 4th

Music & Dancing at the Irish Cultural Centre

ceili dancers


Saturday, November 4th, 8 PM – 11 PM
Admission $10

Music by

Tara Lynch & the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch Ceili Band

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive, Canton

Come and enjoy a great night of dancing and mingling with Comhaltas branch members from throughout the Northeast Region on the occasion of our Annual General Meeting (held during the day Saturday) and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony 6:30-8 PM (preceding the ceili). Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served.

Please note, the time for the Hall of Fame Induction has been changed to 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Print a flyer! – caution using printed flyer: see note about updated starting time of Hall of Fame induction.

Update (Oct. 16, 2017): See related post about our Boston Comhaltas branch hosting the Northeast Region meeting and Hall of Fame induction the same weekend.

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


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.

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


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


Antoin Mac Gabhann, Master Fiddle Player, Concert

Antoin Mac Gabhann - fiddle player

House Concert at the Coyne’s

Join us Tuesday August 4th at 7:30PM for a great night of tunes and tales with Antoin Mac Gabhann, master fiddle player! BYO, although we will have a few drinks and snacks on hand.  Suggested donation is $20 for adults; $10 for children. All proceeds go to the performer. We hope you can join us!

Event details and address here:

About Tony

“Mac Gabhann, whose last name translates from Irish to English as “Son of the Smith,” holds, among other honors, that of being a two time winner of the All-Ireland Senior Fiddle title. In addition to teaching weekly fiddle lessons in his County Meath home for over 30 years, and participating in sessions all over the world, the Cavan born Mac Gabhann has also published two volumes of Vincent Broderick tunes, titled “The Turoe Stone Collection.”

Realta Geala to Compete in All-Ireland Fleadh

fleadh-2015-sligoAfter a first place performance at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, New Jersey. the CCE Boston Music School Realta Geala group has an opportunity to compete in the All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo in August 2015.

Learn more about the Realta Geala group and how you could support this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these budding musicians.

The CCE Boston Music School is sponsored by the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch.


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.

Matt Cunningham May 26 in Watertown

Ceílí Mór


Matt Cunningham  is celebrating 50 Years in the Music Business ~ Comhaltas Boston welcomes The Matt Cunningham Ceili Band to Watertown May 26th for a Ceílí Mór celebration!
Matt Cunningham is celebrating 50 Years in the Music Business ~ Comhaltas Boston welcomes The Matt Cunningham Ceili Band to Watertown May 26th for a Ceílí Mór celebration!

The Matt Cunningham Band

50 Years in the Music Business ♦ 35 Years Teaching Music

Hosted by the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley CCÉ Branch

Tuesday, May 26th ▪ 7:30 p.m. ▪ Adm. $15

Canadian-American Hall

202 Arlington Street,  Watertown, MA

Contact Info: ~

Year 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Matt in the Music Business!

We’re looking forward to the Ceílí Mór on May 26th at the Canadian-American Hall in Watertown. Let’s plan on extending a warm Boston Comhaltas welcome to Matt Cunningham and his band!

Print a Matt Cunningham flyer.

Ceili Today – between snow storms!

Ceili Today – between snow storms!

dancing at the crossroads

After all the snow, it is definitely time for the Reynolds, Hanafin, Cooley CCE Boston branch Ceili today, Sunday, March 1st. Get your dancing in before the next snowstorm. All musicians, dancers and listeners are welcome as always at the Canadian American Club of Massachusetts in Watertown 3-7p.m.

Update: Oops! Snow came early and ceili was cancelled. Hope this did not inconvenience anybody.

Snow Levels Cancel Ceili Session

Due to snow levels and parking challenges at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown, the Sunday, February 22nd, seisiun/ceili is cancelled.

“Musicians in the Snow” 1876 Unidentified artist, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; source:,boston/8052_39.html

The following week Sunday, March 1st, is also in jeopardy but a decision will be made on that date next week.