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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.

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1425801914416503/

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.”

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.

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: http://www.artclon.com/museum/museum-of-fine-arts,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.


St. Stephen’s Ceili – New Location

St. Stephen’s Night Ceili at K of C

St Stephens Night Harney Fundraiser Ceili at the "K of C" Norwood 7PM 12-26-2014
St Stephens Night Harney Fundraiser Ceili at the “K of C” Norwood 7PM 12-26-2014

St. Stephen’s Night Ceili at Knights of Columbus, Norwood – new location! Music by Erin’s Melody (including Music for Set Dances)

Fri, December 26, 7pm – 11pm
Knights of Columbus, 572 Nichols St, Norwood, MA 02062 (map)

New Location This Year!

The Harney Academy of Irish Dance are hosting on St. Stephen’s Night, Friday, December 26, 2014, 7:00-11:00 pm, at the Knights of Columbus, 572 Nichols St, Norwood, MA 02062 [NOT! at Concannon’s Village in Norwood as in previous years] 
 Come join in the fun ~ Always a popular event ! Donation $12.00

Print a Flyer

You may click on the image above for the details or print a full-size flyer hereSt. Stephen’s Day Harney Academy Fundraiser Ceili Dec 26 2014

Awesome Auctions Items Tonight!

New Items Added to Silent Auction

Free  Tuition to the Music School!

We are incredibly grateful by these new donations for our silent auction. CCE Boston School Board has donated ONE FREE SEMESTER OF TUITION as an auction item!

Vincent Crotty Painting Night at the Per

Vincent Crotty Original Painting!

Vincent Crotty Dorchester-based plein air painter, friend, and supporter of the school, http://www.vincentcrotty.com/about.html has completed our painting, called “Night at the Pier,”  for the auction, worth $900. It is a stunningly beautiful piece.

Silent Auction & Concert Fundraiser is Tonight!

Please come for a night of great music, craic, and community, for a good cause.  The event is at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street in Melrose, MA 02176, and starts at 7pm.  Auction and raffle winners will be announced right before the concert finale.

Music School Holiday Concert

CCE Boston Music School Holiday Concert

holiday concert by CCE Boston Music School - Christmas Music
Please join us for our second annual Holiday Concert and Fundraiser this Saturday, December 13th, at the First United Methodist Church, 645 Main Street, Melrose, MA (map) at 7pm!

Performances by…

Our CCE Boston Music School teachers and students will perform as well as our young rising stars, REALTA GEALA!

Silent Auction

 We have an INCREDIBLE selection of auction items for you, including:
  • Whistle or Flute lessons from Jimmy Noonan
  • 2 hours or professional copy-editing services from Sarah Fraser
  • a child’s 1/4 size fiddle, bow and case!!!
  • a Killarney tinwhistle!!!!
  • Craft beer and Wine baskets!
  • a New Balance basket!
  • An artisanal card-making basket!
  • A Vincent Crotty painting!!!!!
  • 2 10-ticket sets of passes for the New England Aquarium!!!
  • and many, many more bundled items including gift certificates for local restaurants, concert tickets, CDs, knitted items, etc!

Raffle and Bake Sale

We’ll also have a raffle and bake sale in the back. If anyone would like to donate bake sale items, PLEASE BRING ‘EM!

Donations Welcome!

Tickets to the event are FREE, although donations are welcome at the door! DON’T MISS THIS! All proceeds go to support our Trad Youth Exchange Program!