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Gaelic Roots: A Proud Tradition in
In 1993, I was fortunate to emcee the first Gaelic Roots.
The music and dance I introduced on stage in Boston College's Gasson Hall
were some of the finest I had ever encountered--anytime, anywhere.
by Earle Hitchner
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Gaelic Roots
has grown in scope and stature well beyond that inaugural year. It has
blossomed into one of the world's most prestigious and popular summer
schools and festivals devoted to Celtic traditional music, dance, and
other culture. Under the astute guidance of founder Séamus Connolly,
director of the Boston College Irish Studies Music, Song, and Dance
Program, Gaelic Roots annually invites top national and international
talent to teach the traditional arts of singing, instrumental playing,
and dancing. The emphasis is on acquiring techniques, tunes, songs,
steps, knowledge, and confidence in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.
The week also features instruction in Irish language
and lore, various guest lectures, a course in preparing for the Irish
dance commission examination (TCRG/ADCRG), formal concerts in both Gasson
Hall and Robsham Theater, informal music sessions on and off campus,
outdoor dinners and barbecues, exhibitions, and a Wednesday night Boston
Harbor boat cruise buoyed by multi-deck musicmaking and dancing.
Is it any wonder why registration for Gaelic Roots
fills up so fast each year?
Add in the campus beauty of 140-year-old Boston College,
the important archival work of the Irish Music Center at the John J.
Burns Library, and the Brian O'Donovan Alumni Music Scholarship launched
last year to allow a promising musician from Ireland to attend Gaelic
Roots, and you begin to realize how deep the commitment is to preserve
and promote the most valued aspects of Irish and other Celtic culture.
Perhaps musician and scholar Mick Moloney, who taught
banjo at last year's summer school, summed it up best when he noted
in Gaelic Roots, a two-CD recording produced by Séamus
Connolly, that audiences "have come to expect the very best and Gaelic
Roots gives them just that."
If you've attended before, you know what Mick means.
If this is your first time, welcome to a week unlike any other you've
Cheers to the past 10 years, and here's to the next
10 (and more) of great music, dance, learning, and fun from Gaelic Roots!
Called "the dean of American Irish
music writers" by Dirty Linen magazine, Earle Hitchner
has written on Irish music and culture for The Wall Street Journal,
Irish Echo, Billboard, Reader's Digest, New Choices, Irish Music
(Dublin), and Sonicnet, MTV's on-line music magazine. His music
articles have also appeared in The Oxford American, Details, Irish
America, Treoir, An Gael, and Rhythm Music magazines.
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