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!  

Frances Black with Aoife Scott & Eoghan Scott
Wednesday July 29th @ 7:30pm

Frances Black

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Frances Black has had a long and storied carreer to date. She is a member of the Black Family and her sister is of course, Mary Black. But the deep Dublin traditions have passed onto the next generation as well, and this will be on display on stage on this Wednesday night. Frances has also received a lot of praise for her performances recently and especially for the revival of a tour with Kieran Goss celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of what has become a classic CD.

This will be a lovely night of songs and celebration. Take a trip down memory late below with a special rendition of A Woman's Heart with her sister Mary, and Karan Matheson.

Lunasa: Two Shows
Wednesday Aug 5th @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm

They made a huge impact in their first go-round at the Burren Backroom Series two years ago. Now they are back. Just take a look at this video recorded that night & tell me if both of these shows will not sell out in a few weeks. I'd act immediately if I was you!

Lunasa has been wowing audiences around the world since 1997.  Called "the hottest Irish accoustic band on the planet" by the Irish times, this supergroup of traditional musicians never fails to please.   Taking the dance music of Ireland & beyond, as well as originally penned tunes, the effect if often mesmerizing.


To have them play in the intimate confines of Burren Backroom is a rare treat indeed.  Tickets will be gone in a flash, so if you a reading this ACT NOW!  

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Molloy/Carty/McGlynn Two Shows
Wednesday August 12th @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm


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Pinch us all collectively, but this is happening. Can you imagine: Matt Molly, flute. John Carty, Fiddle & Banjo, and Arty McGlynn one of the best guitarists evvaah. And they're coming to the Backroom. Is there much else to say. Cept these shows will sell out in a jiffy. Don't come looking for tickets when they are gone!

Finbar Furey
Wednesday Aug 26th @ 7:30pm

Finbar Furey is a multi-instrumental folk musicial from Dublin. With his siblings, he was part of the extremely successful group The Fureys who were formed in Ballyfermot, where they grew up. His father was a well known musician who played the pipes. Finbar went on to win 3 All Ireland Medals, The Oireachtas, and many Feisanna in fact he was the only piper ever to win the All Ireland, the Oireachtas medal and the 4 province titles in the same year.

His passion for his music, and the rich Traveler tradition he grew up with, make his performances unique experiences that combine the contemporary with the deeply historic.




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David Munnelly & Phil Masure, double bill with
The Fretless

Wednesday, September 23rd @ 7:30pm

Munnelly & Masure
I know. I know. I say this a lot but these two groups will rock the joint from top to bottom. If you come, I guarantee this as a major musical memory. (If you can honestly say it wasn't, I'll buy you & your guests a pint!)

Munnelly & Masure met at a session in Mayo in 1998. Philip's Flemish background & Munnelly's impeccable box style have created something unique. Click below to see a sample.
But wait, that's not all! I have been hoping to work with The Fretless for quite a while...
The Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. But here in Boston, they made a big impact on me, & now with Masure & Munnelly, they agreed to a Burren gig like no other. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes & folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements.

Click below for a sample.
The Fretless
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Archie Fisher & Garnet Rogers
Wednesday Oct 7th @ 7:30pm

Archie Fisher riveted the room the first time he played this series a little over a year ago. Now he teams up with his old partner for what promises to be an amazing evening of singing and, knowing these guys, story-telling.

Archie is from Scotland of course, and Garnett from a very musical family (his late brother was Stan Rogers) in Canada. These powerful combinations make for a terrific duo and a varied repertoire. Just take a listen to this recorded live....

Archie Fisher Garnet Rogers

To have them play in the intimate confines of Burren Backroom is a rare treat indeed.  Tickets will be gone in a flash, so if you a reading this ACT NOW!  

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Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Two shows
Wednesday Oct 21st @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm


So this is a rare opportunity. This will sell out in a flash. Two shows. 7:30 & 9:30. Grab your access while you can.
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Martin Hayes from County Clare is today one of the best known and sought after traditional Irish fiddlers in the world. His recordings & performances with Chicago native Dennis Cahill have become the stuff of legend, & now they have decided (like so many others) to play the intimate Backroom Series as opposed to the big theatre they would certainly fill.

See below for a sample. Starts with an air & develops from there. Keep watching to the end. Well worth it.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman
Wednesday, Nov 4th @ 7:30pm

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This will be one of those "special" nights at the Burren.  I guarantee it.  Máire is from a big musical family from my area of Ireland, West Cork.  (Nollaig Casey is her sister.)  Her husband Chris is just an outstanding, creative guitarist, & together they simply rock live performances.  

Take a listen below for an example: It starts as a gorgeous waltz, but watch til the end.  Worth it.


More shows coming up....stay tuned!