Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series
Spring 2016 Calendar of Events
The Gaelic Roots Series is sponsored by the Center for Irish Programs in collaboration with the Boston College Alumni Association. The series presents concerts, lectures, and presentations based on Gaelic music and the dance traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and the United States. The Interim Director of the Gaelic Roots series is Sheila Falls.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Cadigan Alumni Center
Please join us for a Gaelic Roots concert of Scottish, Québecois, & Celtic music featuring cellist Natalie Haas with guitarist/vocalist Yann Falquet.
This concert is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Gaelic Roots Feb. 4 concert.
Tuesday, March 22
6:30 pm, Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
BC's Brighton Campus
Michael Tubridy, a native of Kilrush, County Clare, is known for his talents on the flute, tin whistle, and the concertina, an instrument common to his native County Clare. While studying Civil Engineering at UCD in the 1950s Michael began to attend the Thomas Street Pipers’ Club, where he met Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts, and they established strong musical connections, performing together in concerts, sessions, and making a number of radio programs together. Along with Paddy, Seán Potts, and Martin Fay, he was one of the founding members of The Chieftains in 1962.
The pressures of touring and performing on stage took its toll on the quiet flute player and he left the Chieftains in 1979, to go back to work as an engineer. His interests include set, Ceílí, and step-dancing and he has continued to be associated with traditional music, through teaching at traditional music festivals.
James Keane is a composer, storyteller and masterful musician. As one of Ireland's finest performers, Keane has evolved the standards of accordion playing around the world. Keane's compositions invoke a musical mind from an ancient tradition nurtured by his family for generations. A seminal album, With Friends Like These, featured the best musicians of the Irish tradition performing his tunes. Keane has recorded eight highly acclaimed studio albums and appeared on many classic records. The New York Times review of a concert at Carnegie Hall wrote "James Keane, the accordionist, swung through reels with such exciting drive that he nearly lifted the audience out of their seats." His expertise and memories of the tradition come from a life between Ireland and New York where he has lived and performed for many decades.
This event is free and open to the public, but please click here to let us know whether you plan to attend by registering here
Thursday, April 7, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm, Cadigan Alumni Center
Please join us for a Gaelic Roots Concert of Irish music with Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford of the Irish supergroup Lúnasa performing on uilleann pipes, low whistles, and irish Flute.
This event is free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here: Gaelic Roots April 7 concert
All events are subject to change. Inclement weather: visit /bcinfo for updates on weather-related cancellations at BC.
Directions and Parking
Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium
When seeking directions from GPS or Google Maps, please reference 2121 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA in order to locate the Cadigan Alumni Center building. Within the campus, turn left immediately after the second building (Cadigan Center). Make a quick right into the large parking lot in front of the Theology and Ministry Library. Free event parking is available directly in front of the Library. The auditorium entrance is on the ground floor. A map of the Boston College Brighton Campus is available at: /content/bc/a-z/maps/s-brighton.html
Gasson Hall Irish Room
Chestnut Hill Campus
Limited street parking is available. Observe posted signs. Google map link:
Visitors to Gasson Hall who wish to park on the Chestnut Hill campus itself must use one of the garages. Find garage info at:
Cadigan Alumni Center
When seeking directions from GPS or Google Maps, please reference 2121 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA in order to locate the Cadigan Alumni Center building. After you enter the Brighton Campus from Commonwealth Avenue, the second left leads to a small parking lot in front of the Cadigan Alumni Center. Free event parking is available in the small lot and other adjacent areas.
The closest MBTA stop is Boston College station, the last stop on the “B" line.