Monday, January 28, 2013

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

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

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

Spring 2013 Calendar:


Thursday, January 31 – Walsh Hall Function Room (Chestnut Hill Campus)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Irish Fiddle and Guitar: Concert by Brendan Bulger, with Bill Knox


Brendan Bulger has been a featured performer and instructor of traditional Irish fiddle music at festivals, concerts, and workshops throughout North America, Australia, and Europe. His recording credits include Music at the House, with Marty Fahey and Kathleen Gavin; the Huntington Theatre production of Edwin O’Connor’s The Last Hurrah; the soundtrack of the independent film The Bounty; and his 2001 self-titled CD, with accompaniment by Bill Knox and other special guests.


Tuesday, February 12 – 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, and 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.


Thursday, March 14 – Walsh Hall Function Room (Chestnut Hill Campus)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Irish Music on Fiddle and Accordion: Concert with Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly


Cranitch and Daly are among the foremost interpreters of the rich tradition of instrumental music from Sliabh Luachra, the unique cultural area on the borders of northwest Cork and east Kerry that is marked by a special repertoire of tunes as well as a distinctive style of playing. Both musicians were part of the faculty at Gaelic Roots when it was a summer festival, and have appeared on numerous recordings, including their 2010 release, The Living Stream.


Tuesday, April 2 – Walsh Hall Function Room (Chestnut Hill Campus)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Music of Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, and New England: Concert of Fiddle Tunes and Songs, by Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy


Becky Tracy  began playing fiddle for contra dancing in Maine, bending her early classical training to the demands of dance music. Later, she studied Irish fiddling styles with Brendan Mulvihill and Eugene O’Donnell, and French Canadian fiddling with Lisa Ornstein. A native of Newfoundland, Keith Murphy’s traditional song repertoire is based in Eastern Canada and Quebec as well as his current home, Vermont. He is an accomplished composer and arranger in the realm of traditional music and has also composed for theater and film.  


Wednesday, April 17 – Gasson Hall Irish Room (Chestnut Hill Campus)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Traditional Irish Dance and Céilí: Music by Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly, with Boston College students and friends.


Participatory dances will be taught, and no prior experience is necessary. The evening will include music and dance performances by Boston College students.


The above events are free and open to the public.  All events are subject to change. For more information, please e-mail 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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