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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 2017 GAELIC ROOTS EVENTS

Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Concordia University, Montreal
Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Concordia University, Montreal

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Connolly House
300 Hammond Street


Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin presents Flowing Tides: History & Memory in an Irish Soundscape

Professor Ó hAllmhuráin is a leading authority on Irish traditional music. A cultural historian, anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, he holds All Ireland titles on concertina, uilleann pipes, and is a member of the Kilfenora Céilí Band. His book Flowing Tides: History and Memory in an Irish Soundscape was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Find further information about Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin at:   www.drgearoid.com

This event is free and open to the public but please register to attend at:  Flowing Tides

 

Kieran Jordan
Kieran Jordan

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100
Irish Céilí

All are welcome to attend this Traditional Irish Céilí Dance in Gasson Hall at Boston College! Easy to perform social dances will be taught by Boston College dance instructor, Kieran Jordan, a renowed dancer in her own right. Come with or without a partner and no experience is ncessary! Live music will be performed by Sheila Falls Keohane with Irish Studies students and friends.
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
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


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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.