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.
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.
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.
Mary MacNamara CD Release Party at The Burren, Sunday, Nov 9, 3PM Mary MacNamara CD Release Party at The Burren, Sunday, Nov 9, 3PM
Sunday, November 9th, at the Burren, 3-6pm – Renound concertina player Mary MacNamara‘s CD release party at The Burren [25 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144] hosted by Brian O’Donovan. Mary will be joined by the Tulog Band, Realta Geala, and special guests. Tunes afterward until 7pm. (Tickets are $20) – Limited seating. Don’t be left out!
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:
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.
“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.