Arts and Entertainment

•Brian Finnegan, “Hunger of the Skin” • Look, it’s pretty clear that many, if not most, music recordings dating from roughly late 2019 to now, and probably into next year, are going to have at least some pandemic-related association, explicit, overt, or... Read more
East Durham, NY, is the place to be Memorial Day Weekend •East Durham, NY, is a familiar place on the map for Irish music enthusiasts – it’s the home of the Catskill Irish Arts Week, which offers concerts, workshops and about a billion sessions every July... Read more
‘A clatter more’ from Andy Irvine Andy Irvine, “Old Dog, Long Road, Vol. 2” • When Irvine released “Old Dog, Long Road, Vol. 1” two years ago, he suggested the possibility of a follow-up: “If this album is well received,” he wrote in the liner notes, “... Read more
For years, Boston-area musician Julian Loida tried to find a way to properly commemorate the life of his beloved Irish grandmother Bridget Patricia Albright (neé Foody), who died in 2016, and what she meant to him. It wasn’t just the fact of her passing... Read more
Danny Diamond and Brian Miller, “Let Fly” • Besides possessing one of the most pleasantly alliterative names (which also sounds like a character from a 1940s Western ) in Irish music, Diamond has a multifaceted portfolio that encompasses the group Mórga,... Read more
•Boston-area musicians Joey Abarta and Alan Murray are among the performers/teachers at the annual Saint Louis Tionól, which takes place April 22-25. They’ll be joined by luminaries such as Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare and Pat Broaders (the members of the... Read more
Boston holds quite some significance in the life and times of Irish singer-songwriter Karan Casey. She lived in the area briefly during her 20s, and it was at The Burren in Somerville where she had her “first night out” with her husband-to-be, musician... Read more
by Sean SmithBoston Irish Contibutor Full Tilt, “Full Tilt Live” • Oh, my. This is one of those albums that hits so many buttons beyond the visceral pleasure of listening to it because of what is represented in the joining of these skills, talents, and... Read more
Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will stream “A Toast to the Irish: A Glass Full of Musicand Mischief” March 13 - 20 on its YouTube channel. Viewing links will be available on Reagle’swebsite and social media platforms. This virtual celebration of... Read more
By Sean SmithBoston Irish Contributor It took Celtic fiddler Jenna Moynihan a while before she realized she was making her first album as a singer. About four years ago, Moynihan – currently living in Gloucester but a habitué of Boston’s Celtic/folk music... Read more
“Virtual Celtic” explores online concerts, festivals, workshops and other events that feature or include Celtic music. By Sean SmithBoston Irish Contributor • Boston College’s Gaelic Roots concert series – which for almost two decades has hosted prominent... Read more
By Reporter Staff The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick will present a free virtual St. Patrick’s Day concert of music, song and dance in University Concert Hall on the holiday that will see performers from all over the... Read more
by Sean Smith Fresh from the success of the virtual “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” in December, WGBH broadcaster Brian O’Donovan and his dedicated production team, plus a cohort of accomplished music and dance performers – including some from Greater Boston... Read more
Boston, Mass., (March 1, 2021) – March wouldn’t be the same in Boston without the Irish Film Festival bringing the best contemporary Irish Film to its loyal audience. This year will be different, but followers of the festival will not miss out, and can... Read more
Friday, March 12, 7:30 pm EST - pre-recorded at Studio 9 Porches in North Adams, MA (Streamed) with a live artist Q&A immediately following the performance premiere.This performance will also be available for On Demand viewing for all ticket holders... Read more
Colum Sands, “Song Bridge” • It’s understandable to experience a twinge of sympathy for someone whose sibling is in the same profession as he or she is but far more well-known – and, simultaneously, render comparative judgment on their bodies of work.... Read more
When the coronavirus took hold last spring and intensified the transition of live music from physical venues to the Internet, the inherent message was of a hopefully temporary inconvenience: We’re sorry we can’t be together in person, but perhaps in... Read more
Boston-area resident Maggie Holtzberg’s job involves looking after one of Massachusetts’s most prized attributes: its folk traditions. As manager of the Folk Arts & Heritage Program for the state’s Mass Cultural Council agency, Holtzberg researches... Read more
“Into the mouth of the wolf, you’re never gonna take me down there’s still a beating heart beneath the ground.”   Hestia is the title track and second single from The Rumjacks the new album, relesed on March 12th.It is a song of vengeance delivered with... Read more
BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) will mark its 18th year this month by bringing some of Boston’s favorite Celtic music and dance performers to homes throughout the world – virtually speaking, that is.  The festival, which will take place January 14-18,... Read more