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Gaelic Roots ®

Music, Song and Dance 
Summer School 

June 15-21, 2003

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Gaelic Roots 2004

Gaelic Roots: A Proud Tradition in Tradition
by Earle Hitchner

In 1993, I was fortunate to emcee the first Gaelic Roots. The music and dance I introduced on stage in Boston College's Gasson Hall were some of the finest I had ever encountered--anytime, anywhere.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Gaelic Roots has grown in scope and stature well beyond that inaugural year. It has blossomed into one of the world's most prestigious and popular summer schools and festivals devoted to Celtic traditional music, dance, and other culture. Under the astute guidance of founder Séamus Connolly, director of the Boston College Irish Studies Music, Song, and Dance Program, Gaelic Roots annually invites top national and international talent to teach the traditional arts of singing, instrumental playing, and dancing. The emphasis is on acquiring techniques, tunes, songs, steps, knowledge, and confidence in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.

The week also features instruction in Irish language and lore, various guest lectures, a course in preparing for the Irish dance commission examination (TCRG/ADCRG), formal concerts in both Gasson Hall and Robsham Theater, informal music sessions on and off campus, outdoor dinners and barbecues, exhibitions, and a Wednesday night Boston Harbor boat cruise buoyed by multi-deck musicmaking and dancing.

Is it any wonder why registration for Gaelic Roots fills up so fast each year?

Add in the campus beauty of 140-year-old Boston College, the important archival work of the Irish Music Center at the John J. Burns Library, and the Brian O'Donovan Alumni Music Scholarship launched last year to allow a promising musician from Ireland to attend Gaelic Roots, and you begin to realize how deep the commitment is to preserve and promote the most valued aspects of Irish and other Celtic culture.

Perhaps musician and scholar Mick Moloney, who taught banjo at last year's summer school, summed it up best when he noted in Gaelic Roots, a two-CD recording produced by Séamus Connolly, that audiences "have come to expect the very best and Gaelic Roots gives them just that."

If you've attended before, you know what Mick means. If this is your first time, welcome to a week unlike any other you've experienced.

Cheers to the past 10 years, and here's to the next 10 (and more) of great music, dance, learning, and fun from Gaelic Roots!


Called "the dean of American Irish music writers" by Dirty Linen magazine, Earle Hitchner has written on Irish music and culture for The Wall Street Journal, Irish Echo, Billboard, Reader's Digest, New Choices, Irish Music (Dublin), and Sonicnet, MTV's on-line music magazine. His music articles have also appeared in The Oxford American, Details, Irish America, Treoir, An Gael, and Rhythm Music magazines.


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Boston College

300 Hammond St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3930

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