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Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series

The Gaelic Roots Program, sponsored by the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College and The Boston College University Libraries, is directed by BC Sullivan Artist-in-Residence, Séamus Connolly. The series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations based on the Gaelic music and dance traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and the United States.

Admission is free and open to the public.  Events may be subject to change.
Contact: or 617-552-6396

John Faulkner
John Faulkner

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Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Walsh Hall (Chestnut Hill Campus)

John Faulkner: Concert of Irish Traditional and Contemporary Songs

John Faulkner is one of Ireland’s most respected singers of traditional and contemporary songs including his own compositions. An accomplished fiddle, bouzouki, and guitar player who has been performing for five decades, Faulkner is particularly known for his collaboration with singer Dolores Keane – as a duet performer and as musical director and arranger for her band – as well as his appearances with eminent figures such as De Dannan, Kevin Burke, Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey. He has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, the Far East and Australia. His discography includes two acclaimed solo albums, Kind Providence and Nomads, and three with Keane; he also has served as a producer or co-producer on six recordings.


Other upcoming Irish Music events at Boston College:

Thursday, April 24, 12:00 to 12:40 p.m.
Irish Music, Song, & Dance Program at the Boston College Arts Festival
O’Neill Plaza Main Tent

Friday April 25: Arts Awards Ceremony and Reception
The Boston College Arts Council will honor Sullivan Artist-in-Residence Séamus Connolly with the Arts Council Faculty Award for 2014 during the Boston College Arts Festival.

The annual Arts Awards ceremony takes place on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 4:00pm in the Stokes Art Tent. Along with Connolly, the awards ceremony will recognize Boston College alumna Anne Garefino '81, Executive Producer of South Park and The Book of Mormon, and accomplished Boston College students. The reception is free and open to the public. To register, please visit                                              

Directions to Walsh Hall:

Walsh Hall is light-red brick dormitory located at 150 St. Thomas More Road on Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus. The function room is on the ground floor.

Campus Parking:
Visitor parking is limited to two campus garages  (and on designated floors only) at $3/hour:

  • Commonwealth Garage:       Levels 3 – 6 only (a 3-minute walk to Walsh)
  • Beacon Garage:                   Levels 3 – 4 only

The Commonwealth garage is located on Campanella Way. Upon exiting the garage, cross through the parking lot across the street, and walk straight ahead through the gated area of two-story modular housing known as the “mods.” Walsh Hall is immediately ahead. Use the main entrance, located next to the ATM.

Street Parking:
Street parking is limited, but may be available on Commonwealth Avenue, e.g., just west of St. Ignatius Church. Observe posted signs. See walking directions below.

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

Cross Commonwealth Avenue, walking past the main entrance to St. Ignatius Church on your right. Go across the red crosswalk to enter campus and locate a red brick walkway, which you will follow towards the left. The main entrance of Walsh Hall is 150 yards ahead, next to the ATM.

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