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.
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!
is hosting the annual St. Stephen’s Day Ceili
Wednesday, December 26th, 7 PM – 10:30 PM
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 !
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.
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 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.
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!
“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.”
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.
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.