Arts and Entertainment

Heatons, McEvoy, Gaelic Storm top lineup By Sean Smith Special to the BIREleanor McEvoy Performances by Boston/New England acts Matt and Shannon Heaton, Lissa Schneckenburger and Annalivia, the return of popular Celtic rockers Gaelic Storm, and rare... Read more
Q. How do you make a concertina? A. Cross an accordion with a stop sign. It’s not as if the concertina has never gotten respect in the traditional Irish music world – maybe it’s just overlooked, in comparison with, say, the fiddle, uilleann pipes, flute,... Read more
BY MARY E. CHOPPA SPECIAL TO THE BIR First the disclaimer: I am the current president of The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA). If you haven’t heard of us, we’re a group of like-minded Irish genealogists who try to help each other find our... Read more
Two family-based bands with different approaches to Irish music will make appearances this month at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton. On Aug. 3, the ICCNE will feature Michigan quartet Finvarra’s Wren as part of the center’s Tiny Cottage... Read more
Dust off your dancing shoes, because several of the professionals from “Dancing With The Stars” are hitting the road and bringing the sizzle straight to New England. From the Samba to the Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Jive and more, the evening promises a... Read more
Devri, a band? Don’t tell them that – they’re too busy having a good time. OK, yes, Devri is in fact a band, for all practical purposes. But Devri also defies the conventional idea of the “Irish band from Boston” in a few ways: Start with the band’s name... Read more
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR It was a promising debut for Féile Cheoil Boston, as some 60 musicians and singers from greater Boston and eastern Massachusetts signed up to take part in instrument and vocal competitions among several different... Read more
BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR Where do tomorrow’s actors, directors, and theater professionals come from? Many teenage theater students start in programs such as that of Lyric First Stage. Lyric First Stage is a unique, five-week summer program... Read more
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR For some Boston-area Irish musicians, early summer might be called Between-the-Fleadhs season. It’s the period following the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil – the annual regional Irish music competition, which this year took... Read more
BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR From Hollywood to Broadway, the world has long romanticized the sinking of the Titanic. Further, the story of the 1912 tragedy has focused strongly on the ship being a luxury liner that took to its watery grave a... Read more
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR A New York City-based Irish band called The Yanks might seem a tough sell in the hub of Red Sox Nation, but Bostonians shouldn’t leap to conclusions: As fiddler Dylan Foley explains, he and his mates did not choose the... Read more
BY THOMAS O’GRADY SPECIAL TO THE BIR I am sitting on the terrace of a café in Paris—in Place de la Contrascarpe, to be exact. In 1921, when James Joyce was putting the finishing touches on Ulysses, he lived just around the corner, in a flat loaned to him... Read more
‘Everybody Matters’ mirrors an Irish woman and world humanitarian named Robinson By Peter F. Stevens BIR Staff “Everybody matters” – surely those are two words with which countless people agree. What truly matters, however, is how few live up to those... Read more
By Sean Smith Special to the BIR Even by Green Briar standards, it was a big crowd. “There’s more musicians here than people,” quipped one visitor, gazing at the various instrument cases in evidence among the throng that had filled the Brighton pub.... Read more
By R. J. Donovan Special to The BIR Karen MacDonald is one of Boston’s most accomplished and awarded actor-director-teachers. From the angst of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” through the struggle and survival of Brecht’s masterpiece “Mother Courage,” the... Read more
‘25 years of persevering and surviving, and enjoying it.’ By Sean Smith Special to the BIR Their name evokes a wild and whirling dance so frenzied and transformative that it cannot possibly last. But even with almost 25 years behind them, for Dervish the... Read more
A musical disaster en route to a picturesque island off the coast of Galway may seem an unlikely inspiration for a play, but these elements suited the imagination of long-time local Irish music personality Tommy McCarthy. A West Clare native, McCarthy is... Read more
As an Irish dancer, I work with traditional steps and rhythms that are hundreds of years old. Irish dance steps are usually not transcribed or written down, and there is little standardized terminology for the movements. Steps are passed on through live... Read more
The atmosphere is always lively at “A Little Bit of Ireland,” Reagle Music Theatre’s annual celebration of Irish music, dance and lighthearted comedy.  This year’s 15th edition takes place March 15 - 17 at Robinson Theatre in Waltham. Featured among those... Read more
By Chris Harding Special to the BIR Running through March 16, halfway through St. Patrick’s month (as it is known by our neighbors in Southie), the Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents the popular two-man Irish comedy, “Stones in His Pocket.” Savin... Read more

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