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Gaelic Roots Series of Boston College

a celebration of traditional irish, music, dance, song and culture

Traditional Irish musical instruments



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 performances 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 Keohane.


Fall 2016 Calendar of Events

Seán ó Sé
Seán ó Sé

The Gaelic Roots Series at Boston College is pleased to present:

Saol Caite le hAmhráin agus Scéalta / Seán ó Sé: A Life in Song and Story, by Matthew Allen

Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
BC's Theology & Ministry Library auditorium
117 Lake Street, on the Boston College Brighton campus

 

Seán Ó Sé’s long and illustrious career has touched all bases in the Irish music business spanning from his work in the 1960s in concert, radio, and recording with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann across to his many decades of musical performance and story telling in genres as diverse as variety concerts, céilí band, and cabaret. Seán’s musical life is explored within the contexts of his deep attachment to the Irish language, West Cork and Beara, and his passion for his career in teaching and education administration in Cork City. The film features live performances and interviews with longtime associates from the worlds of music and education. Produced by Matthew Allen, with the support of UCC School of Music and Theatre, Cork Film Centre, and Wheaton College MA, it was shown for the first time on TG4 (Irish-language television) on New Year’s Day 2016.

"To several generations of fans and followers of Irish traditional music & song Seán Ó Sé is a true musical Hero. Seán is, in every sense, a 'Living Legend'. His work with Seán Ó Riada and his groundbreaking ensemble Ceoltóirí Chualann in the 1960s was pivotal in helping re-define both the language and the landscape of Irish traditional music and song. In this documentary film producer & director Matthew Allen has, I believe, truly captured the essence of this giant of Irish music; this proud and charismatic carrier of the rich tradition of song (in both Irish and English), stories and folklore from the pre and post-Famine culture of his native place in the south west of Ireland. Seán Ó Sé's musical contribution to the tradition down the years has been enormous and he has shared his great gift with dignity, grace and with great generosity of spirit. Long may he continue to do so!" - P.J. Curtis - radio presenter, record producer, essayist and novelist, author of "Notes from the Heart: A Celebration of Traditional Irish Music".

Gaelic Roots events are free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: 9/15/16 Gaelic Roots concert and film with Seán ó Sé and Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen film
Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt
Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt


The Gaelic Roots Series at Boston College is pleased to present:

The music of Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt

Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
BC's Theology & Ministry Library auditorium
117 Lake Street on the Boston College Brighton Campus


The music of Len Graham and Brian Ó hAirt, singers whose decade-old friendship bridges a generation or two, captures the magic of Irish traditional music in “The Raw Bar”.

Len, one of Ireland’s most renowned singers, has gained an international reputation, not only for his inimitable singing style but also for his comprehensive knowledge of Irish folk music.

Brian, an American-born singer, continues to gather repute for his ability to share the collective mind of an older generation with an intimate insight, gained in his youth, into Ireland’s singing traditions.

Their personal styles reflect origins from greatly disparate regions, Graham’s ballads from northeastern Ulster, and Ó hAirt’s lyrical sean-nós from the Irish-speaking regions of the West. Yet, through many seasons of collaboration, the two have distilled the best of these into a performance that weaves stories, songs, tunes and dance into “the one tradition.”  This is not a tradition that lends itself to the uninhibited humoring of a song, as mutual trust and attention are required to integrate two voices into one, especially the distinct vocal timbres of Graham and Ó hAirt. However, these fine artists have accomplished just that on their newest release, 'The Road Taken'.

Gaelic Roots events are free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: Oct. 20 Music of Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt

 

Robbie O'Connell
Robbie O'Connell

Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30-8:30 pm
Cadigan Alumni Center
2121 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston College Brighton campus

With the release, in 1982, of his first solo album, "Close to the Bone," Robbie emerged as an artist of major stature. In 1991, he won a prestigious Boston Music Award as Outstanding Celtic Act & was featured in the highly acclaimed TV series "Bringing It All Back Home." In 1992 he performed at Carnegie Hall with the Clancy Brothers & was seen by an estimated 500 million people on the worldwide telecast of a live tribute to Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden, a performance that Rolling Stone magazine described as "breathtaking.” In 2006 Robbie began an ongoing collaboration with cousins Aoife and Donal Clancy. The Clancy Legacy, their first CD together, was released in 2010. He is currently working on a solo CD of his own compositions.

John Doyle
John Doyle



Thursday, December 8, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
117 Lake Street
Brighton campus

 
Please join us for a concert featuring musician John Doyle, whose powerhouse rhythmic guitar style, singing, and innovative arrangements have earned him numerous international awards and accolades. John has been a featured regular for many years in BBC Scotland's hugely popular "Transatlantic Sessions" which are broadcast in Ireland and at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow. Few artists are more respected in the genre or more demand in the studio as songwriter or performer.  Reviews of Doyle's 2012 release, "Shadow and Light", have said his songs are "destined to be classics in the Irish folk music songbook. His talents are rare and exquisite."

This event is free and open to the publc but please let us know if you plan to attend
by registering at: John Doyle Dec. 10 Concert


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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
Brighton Campus

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:
http://goo.gl/maps/I6f

Visitors to Gasson Hall who wish to park on the Chestnut Hill campus itself must use one of the garages. Find garage info at:
/content/bc/offices/transportation/visitor.html

Cadigan Alumni Center​
Brighton Campus

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. 

Walking/Public Transportation
The closest MBTA stop is Boston College station, the last stop on the “B" line.