The Burren Backroom Series, launched in October of 2011, has firmly established itself as one of the premiere series, focusing on traditional music, in the world. A new CD featuring tracks from the first three years, was released in January of 2015 to much acclaim. The shows are now well known for their intimacy, pristine sound, and affable audience and the unique atmosphere created by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello.

Hosted by Brian O'Donovan of "A Celtic Sojourn”, these gatherings feature core performers from many aspects of traditional Celtic music as well as special guests, and conversations around the music. They are broadcast regularly on WGBH radio in Boston on Saturday afternoons, and on the internet at www.wgbh.org/celtic.

Tickets prices vary, with a $5 discount for WGBH Members. If you are a member, send an e-mail to celtic@wgbh.org to get the discount code.

Upcoming Shows...

  Seating is VERY limited and most shows sell out in advance, so get your tickets today!
The 1916 Rising Commemorative Concert
Saturday Oct 29th @ 7pm

Presented by Rosemary Caine's Wilde Irish Women, this commemorative concert will remember the 1916 Rising, perhaps the most important event in Irish 20th century history.  An armed conflict that ended in tragedy, it was the spark for Ireland's eventual independence from Britain.

Through music, song, image, and story, the piece commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Rising.  You will hear these tales of past glories, and failed rebellions as they resonate with the politics, poetry, and music of the time.

Relive Patrick Pearse delivering the Proclamation of the Irish Republic from the steps of the General Post Offic, a speech that inspired a nation - and ended in death and destruction and the execution of the leaders of the Rising - but not its dream.

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The Dardanelles with Matthew Byrne
Wednesday Nov 2nd @ 7:30pm

The Dardanelles have over the past 8 years, established themselves as one of the most exciting groups ever to play Newfoundland Traditional Music on the global stage. Their lead singer, Matthew Byrne has performed as part of our Roots and Branches concert at Lowell Summer Music, and most recently wowed our audiences over five concerts of A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn.

They play traditional music not out of some 
duty or nostalgic obligation, but because they think its great music. The Dardanelles are a new breed of folk musician with a wide sense of the world, out to show that Newfoundland traditional music is alive, vibrant, and powerful.  Check them out in full-flight below.  
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Galen Fraser PLUS Mairi Chaimbeul & Jenna Moynihan
Saturday Nov 16th @ 7:30pm


What a double bill this is!  

Galen Fraser is from Scottish fiddling royalty being the son of famed Alasdair Fraser. Galen is himself an accomplished fiddler & composer with a love for improvisation, collaboration and spontaneity. His music combines the cultures of his upbringing, American/Scottish, with a love for pop & rock n' roll resulting in exciting & unique modern Celtic music. Now Based in Boston, he plays with the high energy Galen Fraser Quartet & the groovy afro-celtic funk band, Soulsha. See below for a great sampling of his playing.

The other half of this extraordinary double-bill will be the truly innovative harp & fiddle duo of Mairi Chaimbeul & Jenna Moynihan. Màiri, from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, & Jenna, from Lakewood, NY, combine to make contemporary music rooted in the melodies of Scotland & Appalachia. The pair met in 2012 whilst studying at Berklee College of Music & are a product of the thriving & rich Boston music community. Jenna & Màiri have both been heavily steeped in tradition, but their music breathes new life into old tunes & merges their wide-ranging influences into a sound that is at once grounded & adventurous.  See below....

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Fourth Annual Benefit For Somerville Homeless Coalition Wednesday Nov 30th @ 7:30pm

This is always a sell-out & features the best in eclectic music & some Christmas Sing-Alongs as well.  Now a Boston-area tradition & for such a good cause.  I would get tickets NOW if I were you!  

This event sells out quickly..  Always on the first Wednesday of December features feature a wide variety of local and visiting talent.  The purpose is to raise funds for the Somerville Homeless Coalition while celebrating the diversity of live music in this wonderful space.  

Again, 100% of everything goes to Somerville Homeless, so please be generous.'

The Burren Backroom series creates create intimate, informal presentations held in the atmospheric space created by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello in Davis Square, Somerville, Masachusetts.  

Because this is a charity event, no discounts apply.

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


Somerville Homeless Coalition2015 performerss

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Robbie O'Connell
Wednesday Feb 15 @ 7:30pm


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Robbie O'Connell made his Burren Series debut four years ago and since then, his yearly appearances have been among the most looked forward to.  His story telling, wit, song-writing ability, and a personality that exudes warmth will again make this February evening in his company something to drive the winter chill away.

One of my favorites songs of Robbie's below, a re-working of an old song.  Keg of Brandy.bie O'Connell made his Burren Series debut four years ago and since then, his yearly appearances have been among the most looked forward to.  
His story telling, wit, song-writing ability,

Runa PLUS Skipper's Alley
Wednesday Mar 1 @ 7:30pm

Fast gaining recognition as one of the finest voices in traditional Irish music in America, Shannon Lambert Ryan fronts Runa, who are also building huge popularity on the Festival circuit.  Her husband, Fionnan DeBarra from Ireland, is also a part of Fiddler's Bid and a members of one of the first families of Irish music. This will be Runa's second visit to the series and with some new recordings in the interim, promises to be a triumphant one.  See some new video below.    

Sharing this bill, Skippers Alley the 7-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered wide critical praise and been featured on stages across three continents, will be making the Boston area debut.

With a sound described as from unaccompanied song through to full Chieftains frenzy (Folk World), the Dublin-based group arrange and interpret traditional Irish folk music on Uilleann Pipes, Harp, Fiddle, Whistles, Bodhrán, Banjo and more, taking influence from such early bands as Planxty, Dé Dannan and The Bothy Band.  Take a listen...


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Teada with Seamus Begley
Wednesday Mar 8th @ 7:30pm

TEADA! Yesss.... Teada is just a GREAT band! Simple as that. They have been around for quite a while and have recorded several albums. A few years ago, they were with us for our St. Pats show at Sanders and New Bedford and really wowed the audiences. Top notch individual players who come together seamlessly.

Add in Seamus Begley and you have a combination of accordion player, dancer, raconteur, and rogue. Oh and by the way, one of the sweetest, purist, old-style singing voice you will come across. Add a repertoire of the great Gaelic and English songs from his native Kerry and you are in for a treat indeed. This promises to be again, a great night.

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  Stay tuned....more shows to be announced....