Nov. 2, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 5

Ceilidh the Night Away

Gasson 100 will be the site tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. for a unique dance party: the Boston Urban Ceilidh, a regularly occurring area event that combines the high-energy social dance traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Cape Breton (Canada) with a modern, often rock-n-roll beat.

"Ceilidh" (pronounced "kay-lee") is an old Gaelic word that refers to a user-friendly social dance party, and the "BUC," which features some of Boston's premier Celtic musicians, is built on audience participation. Newcomers get plenty of opportunity to find their feet: Everyone is given a chance to learn and walk through the dances beforehand.

This edition of the Boston Urban Ceilidh, "BUC@BC," is sponsored through the Boston College Center for Irish Programs and Irish Studies Program's Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance Workshop and Lecture Series, and will have a definite BC flavor: The Irish segment of the ceilidh will be led by Irish Studies faculty member Meghan Allen, and features a band headed by James Hamilton, an outstanding flute player who earlier this year earned his master's degree from BC; there are also rumors of an appearance by BC's own Irish step-dance troupe.

The Scottish part of the ceilidh will be led by Laura Cortese, an outstanding fiddler, vocalist and stepdancer.

"BUC@BC" is presented as part of the Boston Celtic Music Fest's outreach to the Greater Boston community. BCMFest is a non-profit grassroots, locally organized showcase of the area's finest performers in the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic traditions. In addition to the festival -- which will take place for the fourth time Jan. 12 and 13, 2007 -- BCMFest holds events throughout the year to spark awareness of, and participation in, Boston's vibrant Celtic music and dance scene.

To get a flavor of the Boston Urban Ceilidh, visit the BUC Myspace page, which includes a video clip. For information about the Boston Celtic Music Fest, visit

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