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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.


Spring 2017 Calendar of Events

Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman
Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman

Thursday, January 26
6:30-8:30 pm
Gaelic Roots performance with Katie McNally & Neil Pearlman
Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
Boston College Brighton Campus


The vibrant musical traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton take on new life in the hands of Katie McNally ("the new face of Scottish fiddling in America" - Living Tradition) and Neil Pearlman ("a tremendous pianist" -BBC Radio Scotland). Based in Boston, MA and Portland, ME, this young musical couple is making waves internationally with their fresh approaches to traditional forms. Their new album, The Boston States, was recorded under the guidance of producer Wendy MacIsaac (Beolach, Mary Jane Lamond) at the legendary Lakewind Sound in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  

This concert is free and open to the public, but please register to attend at McNally and Pearlman Concert

Sheila Falls Keohane
Sheila Falls Keohane
Joey Abarta and Sean Clohessy
Joey Abarta and Sean Clohessy
Daniel Neely
Daniel Neely

Thursday, February 23
6:30-8:30 pm
Gaelic Roots performance
Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
Boston College Brighton Campus


"From the Variety Stage to the Shamrock Band: a brief history of Irish Music in Boston, 1890-1930". In this lecture, ethnomusicologist Daniel Neely tells an inviting story about Irish music in Boston that begins with the Gaelic revival and the variety stage and continues through to the dance bands of the 1920s and the Depression. Dan's lecture will be followed by live music with Joey Abarta, Sean Clohessy and Sheila Falls Keohane.

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at
Neely Lecture and Concert

 

Traditional Irish fiddle and dance at BC
Traditional Irish fiddle and dance at BC

Thursday, March 30
6:30-8:30 pm
Gaelic Roots Music & Dance
Connolly House
300 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill


Please join BC students of traditional Irish fiddle and dance in a performance with their teachers. Sheila Falls Keohane (fiddle) and Kieran Jordan (dance).

This event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend at Music and Dance


 

Ten Strings and a Goatskin
Ten Strings and a Goatskin

Wednesday, April 5
6:30-8:30 pm
Gaelic Roots Performance wtih "Ten Strings and a Goatskin"
Cadigan Alumni Center
2121 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston College Brighton Campus


A performance by "Ten Strings And A Goat Skin", a bilingual folk/fusion trio from Prince Edward Island who present traditional and original music inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, infused with pop and world rhythms.

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at Music and Dance


Stay connected
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.