Monday, September 24, 2012

Gaelic Roots Events at Boston College, Fall 2012

Received from Elizabeth Sweeny by email and also shared in NEFolk (Yahoo) and and Celtic Music in New England (Facebook).

Center for Irish Programs, Boston College
Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series

Series Director: Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist-in-Residence

Fall 2012 Calendar:


Tuesday, September 25 – 2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton (Brighton Campus)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Joey Abarta and Paddy League: Irish music on uilleann pipes and bouzouki.


Joey Abarta, whose debut solo album is due out this fall, tours with Mick Moloney and the group The Green Fields of America, teaches at the local music school of the Irish cultural association Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and organizes various traditional music concerts and events. Accompanying Abarta will be multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator Paddy League.


Tuesday, October 23 – Gasson Hall Irish Room (Chestnut Hill Campus)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Traditional Irish Dance and Céilí, directed by Kieran Jordan, with music by Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly, Michael Tubridy, and friends, with music and dance performances by Boston College students.


Séamus Connolly and Michael Tubridy will be the featured musicians at a participatory Irish dance and céilí evening, co-organized by Kieran Jordan, TCRG. In 1962, Tubridy was a founding member of The Chieftains, one of the most celebrated Irish bands of the past five decades. His prowess on flute, whistle and concertina was a hallmark of the group, which he left in 1979 to resume his career as an engineer. He continues to be active in traditional music circles as a teacher and performer.  Joining Connolly and Tubridy will be Boston’s own Brendan Tonra on fiddle and piano accompanist Helen Kisiel. Tonra and Kisiel are co-producing a children’s book and recording, Three Ducks and a Goose, based on an original composition by Brendan Tonra, with recorded dance steps by Kieran Jordan.


Thursday, November 1 -- Gasson Hall Irish Room (Chestnut Hill Campus)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Irish music on whistle, accordion, guitar and vocals:  concert featuring Kathleen Conneely, Dan Gurney & Eamon O'Leary.

Conneely is a widely-respected musician and teacher who has often appeared at Boston College. She has recently released her first solo CD, The Coming of Spring. Gurney, who lived in Boston while attending Harvard University, has released a well-received solo album: Dan Gurney -- Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion. Dublin native O’Leary is a multi-instrumentalist who has been part of the thriving New York City Irish music scene for the past two decades.


Wednesday, November 14 – Gasson Hall Irish Room (Chestnut Hill Campus)
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Between Worlds: Concert by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, piano; with string quartet and Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly.


Gasson Hall will be the setting for the concert “Between Worlds” featuring compositions by Ó Súilleabháin, who will perform with Connolly and a string quartet. In addition to composing, arranging, and teaching, Ó Súilleabháin is widely acknowledged as having originated a unique Irish piano style out of an Irish traditional base. While a visiting professor at Boston College in 1990, Ó Súilleabháin organized the “My Love Is in America” fiddle festival that laid the groundwork for Irish music activities at the university. His recorded interviews of musicians at the festival, along with other recordings of the event, inaugurated what is now the university’s Irish Music Archives.


Wednesday, December 5 -- Walsh Hall Function Room (Chestnut Hill Campus)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A Christmas Gathering: Irish Music, Songs, and Stories, featuring Gabriel Donohue & Marian Makins, with Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly and Boston College students.


The resume of singer and multi-instrumentalist Gabe Donohue includes performances with Eileen Ivers, Cherish the Ladies and The Chieftains. Marian Makins was trained in classical and popular vocal styles, and in recent years has emerged as a gifted traditional-style singer in Irish and English. Also appearing will be Connolly and students from the Boston College Irish music classes.


The above events are free and open to the public.  All events are subject to change. For more information, please or call 617-552-6396.

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Event descriptions are provided by the Office of News and Public Affairs and the Irish Music Center of Boston College.

The Burns Library Irish Music Center offers selected video clips of Gaelic Roots events on its YouTube channel:

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