Events

Events

Niall Vallely Lecture & Concert

Niall Vallely Lecture & Concert

Niall Vallely possesses a unique approach to playing the concertina and has established himself worldwide as one of Ireland’s most significant musicians and composers. Since the early 1990s Niall has worked at composing traditional-style tunes.  His tunes have been recorded on more than 75 albums while some of them have become ‘standards’ throughout the world. Over the past year he has released albums of new compositions and had premiere performances of new music at Liberty Hall, Dublin and the Market Place Theatre, Armagh.

February 22

6:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Connolly House

Contact
joan.reilly@bc.edu

Comhfhios Boston College

Comhfhios Boston College

The Irish Studies Doctoral Students of Boston College, in conjunction with the Center for Irish Programs, are pleased to launch Comhfhios Boston College, an annual conference emphasizing new theories, new media, and innovative approaches to Irish Studies. Comhfhios, meaning “knowledge together” or “open to all knowledge,” invites emerging scholars in Irish Studies to gather in Boston, share research projects, and generate new discourses within the discipline. This year will focus on the concept of “Living Irishness”: topics can include pop culture, cross-culture, new materialisms, the everyday, and representations of what it means to live or perform Irishness. Featuring a keynote address by Angela Bourke (Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, UCD) and a presentation by Richard Kearney (Philosophy, BC), the day-long event will also include a panel presentation and a “unconference” roundtable. Comhfhios Boston College will conclude with a reception and special performance.

February 24

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Connolly House, first floor

Contact
Joan Reilly (joan.reilly@bc.edu)

Gaelic Roots concert featuring "Open the Door for Three"

Gaelic Roots concert featuring "Open the Door for Three"

They mine tune books, collections, and recordings for old and new tunes and songs. They add to those discoveries fiddler Liz Knowles’s compositions, harmonies, and arrangements, Kieran O’Hare’s encyclopedic knowledge of tunes and the uilleann piping tradition, and the rhythmic bedrock bouzouki and world-class singing of Dublin-born Pat Broaders.

March 22

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Cadigan Alumni Center

Contact
Joan Reilly (joan.reilly@bc.edu)

Fall 2017

The Press Gang

The Press Gang

Thursday, November 2
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Theology & Ministry Library Auditorium
Brighton Campus

The Press Gang
A bold new sound has emerged in New England’s traditional music scene. The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute-player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The quartet blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that these musicians pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. The result is a unique sound, at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent.

Nórín Ní Riain with sons Owen & Mícheál Moley Ó Súilleabháin

Thursday, December 7
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cadigan Alumni Center
Boston College Brighton Campus

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS
Celebrate the Song, Soul, and Joy of the season!

Join world-renowned singer and keeper of Irish culture Nórín Ní Riain with her sons Owen and Mícheál Moley Ó Súilleabháin for an evening of song and story, celebrating the wisdom, charm and wit that the Celtic tradition holds in store for us all. Described by Angelica Houston as Ireland's jewel of soul and song.

"This is an invitation, from my family to yours, to join us at Boston College, for a great gathering of song, spirit, and a bit of fun too!" - Nórín Ní Riain

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at Celtic Christmas

The Celtic Imagination

Monday, December 11
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Connolly House
300 Hammond Street

The Celtic Imagination
A day-long conference of art, music, literature, philosophy and spirituality.

11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., "The Art of Saint Brigid" with
Sheila Gallagher, Artist & Director of Studio Art, Boston College
Fanny Howe, poet & novelist, Man Booker nominee, National Book Award winner
Nóirin Ní Riain, singer, musician, and theologian
Simon Sleeman, liturgist, director of Sacred Rituals of Transition Project
Discussion on Celtic spirituality

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00-4:00 p.m., The Celtic Thought of Eriugena: Philosophy and Theology
Dermot Moran, Boston College Philosophy Dept.
Richard Kearney, Boston College Philosophy Dept.
Joseph Prabhu, Cal State Los Angeles, Philosophy Dept.
Robert Bamford, authority on Celtic spirituality and Eriugena

4:00-5:00 p.m. Reception

5:00-7:00 p.m., Plenary: The Celtic Imagination
Patrick Hederman, theologian, philosopher, and author of, most recently, The Opal and the Pearl. Book signing to follow.