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The Burren Backroom Series, launched in October of 2011, has already created many memorable, intimate, informal presentations. These shows are held in a truly atmospheric space, created by well-known traditional musicians Tommy & Louise McCarthy in Davis Square, Somerville, Masachusetts.  

Hosted by Brian O'Donovan of A "A Celtic Sojurn" on WGBH radio, these gatherings feature core performers from many aspects of traditional music as well as special guests, & conversations around the music.  

Tickets are $23 in advance, with a $5 discount for WGBH Members.  If you are a member, send an e-mail to celtic@wgbh.org & we will send you the code.

 
Upcoming Shows...   Seating is VERY limited and these events have been selling out, so get your tickets today!  
 

Niamh Dunne & Sean Graham
with Cat and The Moon

WEDNESDAY, Sep 10th @ 7:30pm

With two members of the dynamic Beoga (Niamh Dunne & Sean Graham) along with Piping legend Micky Dunne and the new Boston Sensation, Cat in the Moon, this will be a night to remember.

Niamh Dunne is a highly accomplished singer, fiddler and composer from Co. Limerick, and has just released her debut solo song album, "Portraits". With master guitar player and producer Sean Og Graham, and a guest performance from Mickey Dunne, Niamh's father and world renowned piper, this is a one off performance not to be missed.
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Adding in the new band Cat and the Moon who are fast becoming a Boston sensation and we have an amazingly dynamic and far ranging evening of Celtic music and song.
Personally, I think this will be a highlight night in the series, & as I regard Fall
as a new year in New England, will kick off our new season with a bang!
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THE ALT (John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, Eamon O’Leary)
With David Doocey

WEDNESDAY, September 17th @ 7:30pm

The Alt

Ok.  Each of these musicians has played the Backroom Series before and so memorably!  But to think this new grouping will come together and be part of the new season is just thrilling.  What!  I can hardly imagine what this will sound like.  

John Doyle, undisputed, one of the great guitarist/song-writers/singers of our time; Nuala Kennedy, squarely part of the new generation of singers crossing between Irish, Scottish and contemporary music, and Eamon O'Leary, one half of the Murphy Beds who stunned the audience here last year

with their unique songs, close harmonies, & extraordinary string work.   This will be a Cirque moment in the series!  
David Doocey, a wonderful fiddler originally from Massachusetts, will open. He is an upcoming forces in traditional music and his first CD, has received a huge amount of positive attention.www.daviddoocey.com Buy Tickets

The April Verch Band
with Ashley Davis

WEDNESDAY, Oct 15th @ 7:30pm

long with this amazingly talented front woman who sings, dances & plays multiple instruments, The April Verch Band features world-class musicians Hayes Griffin on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo. Together, these three passionate musicians tour tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe & Australia. They have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor & boundless energy on stage.

Just added to this show is rising star Ashley Davis & renowned Irish harper, Cormac DeBarra.  This makes it certainly one of the highlight evenings of the series. Wow!
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The Battlefield Band (with Opener)
Wednesday, Nov 5th
@ 7:30pm

Battlefield Band Last time this band played at the Burren Backroom Series, they sold out, rock solid.  So this is the time to buy your tickets.  

I remember first seeing The Battlefield in Sanders Theatre opening up for Robin Williamson in or around 1981!  They stole the show. This was a period when I had just come to Boston and maybe ironically, was just getting exposed to the young dynamic approach to Scottish traditional music I had witnessed in Ireland from bands like, Planxty and the Bothy Band.  It was a revelation to me and when these gusy took the stage, boy! did they pack a punch.
Since then, individual band members have come and gone, and the band we will welcome back to the Burren doesn't have a single player from that winter's night in Cambridge.  But the concept behind the band - contemporary interpretations of Scottish traditional music and song, dynamic arrangements with deep respect for the tradition, all coming from immensely talented young and not-so young! musicians, still stands.  This will be an explosive night of music.   
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Cillian Valelley & Kevin Crawford (with opener)

WEDNESDAY, November 19th @ 7:30pm

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A subset of the group Lunasa, Cillian and Kevin are no strangers to the Burren or this concert series!   As a duo tho, there is something about their style, grace and repertoire that is an once intriguing and comfortably familiar.  With the wit, affability, and musicianship, this will be like coming home to a small, exquisite session on a winter's night.

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The High Kings

WEDNESDAY, Oct 15th @ 7:30pm

High Kings

As the Burren Backroom Series continues to go from strength to strength, many touring groups are electing to use its warm, intimate confines as opposed to bigger theaters.  Such is the case with The High Kings who regularly play theaters the size of the Schubert when coming through Boston.  Well, this should be a wonderful night of singing and will sell out rapidly.  Simple as that.  Buy your tickets immediately.

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More shows coming up...including:
"Sean Tyrell" & "This is how we Fly"....stay tuned!