Traveling musicians find home away from home in Canton

The Irish Cultural Centre located in Canton, MA is a mecca for touring Irish musicians, dancers and up and coming Irish band. At their recent festival they hosted Ireland’s leading bluegrass group “JigJam” and Super trad group from Galway “BackWest.”

Knowing that Irish bands will have a home when they travel and a ready-made audience is encouraging for Irish groups making the trip across the Atlantic to try and break into the American music scene. Depending on the type of music we can host the traveling musicians either in one of our function rooms, our marquee tent (to cater to a larger audience) or in our authentic cottage (capacity of about 60 people) for a more intimate affair
We recently launched our 2018 concert series in our marquee tent with a performance by Byrne & Kelly stars of the Celtic Thunder Group.
Upcoming events include the following:

Hermitage Green
Sunday, August 12th
A five piece band from Limerick, recently signed with Sony Records, have played to critical acclaim throughout Ireland and are now bringing their tour to the US to captivate the American audience.
“It is a special feeling. The moment you discover a band you love which has failed to come under your radar, until now. I felt this in a crowded, smoky part of Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Friday night. Two brothers – former rugby player Barry and Dan Murphy – are at the forefront of this folk rock band, backed up by two drummers and a keyboardist.”
Ross, Alex (4 February 2017). “Hermitage Green, O2 Academy, Birmingham - REVIEW.” Express & Star.
Kern – Saturday, August 25th
Kern is a contemporary folk band from County Louth, Ireland, made up of Brendan McCreanor(uilleann pipes), SJ McArdle (voice and guitar) and Barry Kieran (fiddle).
“Trad music that crosses over into singer/songwriter territory … top-shelf playing with great songwriting and interpretation”
- Irish Echo
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride
& Frances Morton
September 9th
Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride, an award-winning (Oireachtas na Gaeilge) sean-nos singer from Gweedore, Co. Donegal, who plays accordion and uilleann pipes will be touring with a flute player, Frances Morton.
Scottish musican Frances Morton accompanies Doimnic on flute and tin whistle. Frances began playing traditional music at a young age and went on to win several titles throughout Scotland, Ireland and England on tin whistle and flute.
In 2004 Doimnic released his first album, Saol na Suáilce, of which was said: ‘in the musicality of his singing and his innate understanding of the Donegal sean-nós idiom, he is a breath of fresh air.’ ‘the album marks the debut of a great new traditional talent.’
– Claddagh Records
Altan – September 14th
The iconic Irish string band Altan has achieved legendary status in a genre that has been equally shaped by the band’s influence and genius. Audiences from Ireland to Japan to Australia to Europe have embraced their heartwarming, dynamic live performances which run from touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs. The band has been going strong for 35 years and is as relevant as ever: their newest release, “The Gap Of Dreams,” came out this year on FreshGrass partner Compass Records, and fiddler, singer, and founding member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh was the recipient of the Gradam Ceoil/Traditional Musician of the Year in 2017, one of the highest honors in Irish music.
– The Boston Globe:
“The hottest group in the Celtic realm these days”
“Altan’s tireless touring has won them a loyal following especially in America, and helped them make impressive inroads on world music charts”
– Billboard

Joshua Tree – September 15th
This New England Goup are a phenomenal tribute to U2. The Joshua Tree pride themselves with their ability to generate a unique musical experience that does not lend itself to impersonations.
Sephira – October 20th
Sephira - The Irish Violin Duo are undeniably one of the world’s most exciting musical talents having appeared with Andrea Bocellli, Kanye West, Michael Buble and Enya. This was all followed by a two-year engagement as dancing violinists for the show, “Celtic Thunder.” Sephira have appeared extensively on PBS television in the US and have entertained luminaries across the globe including: Prince Albert of Monaco, Muhammad Ali, Priscilla Presley and none other than their biggest fan, the late Larry Hagman. After a period of being musical ambassadors for their country, Sephira were invited to give a dazzling performances at the pre-premiere of the Bond movie, Skyfall, in NYC.
The sisters play powerful music with stirring melodies and their energetic performances and harmonies have earned them international recognition… Last year, they performed four huge concerts with hip hop star Kanye West.