Category Archives: Music

Realta Geala Take Sligo

 

In August 2015, Realta Geala, the Irish traditional music youth group from the CCE Boston Music School, traveled to Sligo to one of the most exclusive music competitions in the world, where practice pays off and friends you can count on are what matter: Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. This video shows the Boston and Tulla youth involved in all that it takes to get there and be there.

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

10 Tips for Practicing Your Music

Are You a Musician or Music Student?

Are you a musician? Maybe you are learning a new musical instrument – possibly even at our Boston CCE Music School, which starts up again in September. The following suggestions may help make your practice sessions more enjoyable.

music student practicing fiddle

NPR Article Offers Music Practice Tips

NPR Music republished an article “10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice” originally posted by Anastasia Tsioulcas, Associate Producer, NPR Music, September 03, 2013.

Music Practice Tips Summary

Here are the highlights, but be sure to check out the full NPR article; it is full of ideas to help inspire you or to help your child enjoy more rewarding practice sessions.

  1. Find somewhere quiet.
  2. Have your supplies nearby.
  3. Technology can be an amazing aid.
  4. Begin with the end in mind: Have a goal for each practice session before you start playing.
  5. Map a practice session out like a workout.
  6. Practice smarter, not necessarily longer.
  7. Don’t always start at the beginning every time.
  8. Challenge yourself — physically.
  9. Practice away from your instrument.
  10. Reward hard work — in positive ways — to help your brain automate good habits.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/09/03/216906386/10-easy-ways-to-optimize-your-music-practice

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!