Sunday, December 9, 2012

BCMFest Announces 10th Anniversary Line-up

Boston's grassroots celebration of local Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic music will mark its 10th year when BCMFest (Boston's Celtic Music Fest) takes place January 11 and 12, 2013.

The festival will showcase several dozen musicians, singers and dancers, all with ties to the Boston music scene, during the two-day event, which is held in the heart of Harvard Square. BCMFest gets underway on January 11 with its traditional kick-off concert in Club Passim and the Boston Urban Ceilidh -- BCMFest'
s Celtic dance party -- at The Atrium, 50 Church St. Saturday's "Dayfest" will feature children's and family entertainment at Passim in the morning, followed by an afternoon of concerts and other events on four different stages in Passim and the nearby First Parish Church, Cambridge, at 3 Church St.

Capping the commemoration of BCMFest’s first decade will be a Saturday night finale concert in First Church, with Cape Breton music from Emerald Rae (fiddle), Matt Phelps (pipes) and Janine Randall (piano), a performance by Highland Dance Boston, as well as a tribute to Boston Irish music legend Larry Reynolds (performers include George Keith & Sean Gannon, John, Lisa & Josie Coyne, Cara Frankowicz, Patrick Hutchinson and Regina Delaney). Appearances by special guest performers will further enliven the evening.

Performers for 2013 include: The Deadstring Ensemble, George Keith & Sean Gannon, Hanneke Cassel & Mike Block, The Coyne Family, Katie McNally & Eric McDonald, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Joey Abarta, Amanda Cavanaugh, Nic Gariess & Anna Lindblad, Core 4, Liz Hanley, Mairin Ui Cheide, Skylark, Belclare, Corvus, Kira & Cliff McGann, Armand Aromin & Dan Accardi, Diane Taraz, Michael O'Leary, Ivonne Hernandez & Adrianna Ciccone, Bob Bradshaw, Laura Cortese, Emerald Rae, Carraroe, Matt Heaton & The Electric Heaters, The Whiskey Boys & Shinbone Alley, Molly Pinto Madigan, The Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Boston, The Bell Family, and Kyte MacKillop & Friends.

A look at some of the highlights of BCMFest 2013:
-Friday night's kick-off concert at Club Passim, "New Tunes from Boston: Boston's Celtic Composers," spotlights some of the area's young, innovative musical talent.
-The Boston Urban Ceilidh, the Friday evening dance party that is always one of BCMFest's most popular events, will feature live music by Core 4; Kimberley Fraser, Emerald Rae & Rachel Reeds; and Laura Cortese & The Boston Urban Ceilidh Band. No experience necessary -- all dances will be taught.
- BCMFest's Saturday "Dayfest" begins in the morning at Club Passim with songs, storytelling and other entertainment geared toward children and families.
- "Dayfest" also includes participatory dance and jam sessions in The Attic of First Church.
- Among the special events for BCMFest 2013 will be "The Stars of Munster," a tribute to legendary Irish musicians Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford; "Surf Sligo," a mash-up of traditional Irish music and 1960s "surf rock"; and "Move the Rolling Sky," which recalls the influential folk-rock bands Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention and Pentangle.

All information about BCMFest 2013, including ticket prices, festival schedule and performer updates, will be available at

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