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'
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 passim.org/bcmfest.