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!  

The Pride of New York
(Joanie Madden, Billy McComiskey, Brian Conway & Brendan Dolan)

Saturday, Jan 17th @ 7:30pm

Battlefield Band

What a quartet of trad musicians.  So lucky to have them stopping by.  Each of the musicians steeped in traditional music.  Each born in the US and highly accomplished world-wide. While playing music with each other throughout their lives, they came together only a few years ago for what has become a big impact album.  This will be a special night of music indeed.  Not to be missed.  


(New young sextet from Ireland)

Wednesday, Feb 11th @ 7:30pm

One of those bands who are making a big impact around Ireland and here in the US. Six brilliant traditional musicians and singers who have deep roots in traditional Irish music but are always seeking new ways of interpreting and whose sources of material are very broad.  This will be one of those special "discovery" nights for many of our Burren crowd.  We take particular delight in that. Battlefield Band
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Robbie O'Connell

WEDNESDAY, Feb 18th @ 7:30pm

Crawford Valelly

How do you describe a great night of songs and stories, warmth, camaraderie, sing-alongs, and stories? Well, you might simply say Robbie O'Connell.  This will be Robbie's third appearance in the series, and the concert sells out quickly.  So get in on this now.  




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Sean Tyrrell
Wednesday April 1st @ 7:30pm

Battlefield Band

Sean Tyrrell is no stranger to the Burren Backroom or indeed, this series.  In the past, he has wooed the audience with tales and songs about Irish American Heroes, Ghostly Hunters, crazy bombers, lonely lovers, and broken hearted travellers.  Last year in this series, he celebrated his recording of some of the "big" Irish songs that, to paraphrase Yogi Berra, were so popular, nobody sang them any more.  

One patron a few years agao, described him as "the Robert Johnson of Ireland."   Can't wait to have him back with us.

Click on the Video to the left to listen to a unique and brilliant reinterpretation of The Rising of the Moon.

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Martin O'Connor Trio
Wednesday, April 15th @ 7:30pm

This is something to look forward to indeed.  AND one of those events that doesn't come around too often.  Máirtín O'Connor is recognized as one of the foremost proponents of the accordion or "the box" as it is affectionately and more widely known these days.  Add in fiddler, Cathal Hayden, and singer/guitarist Shamie O'Dowd, and you have what can only be described as a super-trio of traditional music.  

Little more for me to say, cept WOW!  This will be gone in a flash.  Simple as that.  
Battlefield Band
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Open The Door For Three

WEDNESDAY, May 6th @ 7:30pm

Crawford Valelly

"Road-tested, audience-approved, high-octane, fist-in-glove, laughing-out-loud trio of Irish musicians" is how this new trio has been described and if their new CD is any indication, this will be one of the great nights of music in the Backroom Series this year.  

Each individually is well known in their field;  Liz as one of the best and most diverse fiddlers, Ciaran as a well travelled Piper (who was a star of the 2011 edition of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn btw), and Pat Broaders multi instrumentalist specializing on bouzouki, singer, and Dublin raconteur.  

Coming together as they have in a trio named after a well known Irish jig, a most interesting and entertaining concert of music, songs and wit is on tap with this one.

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Alba's Edge (CD Release Party)
Wednesday May 20th @ 7:30pm

I have gotten to hear Alba's Edge a number of times now in concert and must admit to being very impressed indeed by the innovative, unbridled, and adventurous approach to new and traditional tunes alike.  But its the phenomenal level musical chops and sheer energy they bring to their performances that has most impressed.

This will be a CD release so expect lots and lots of great and enthusiastic guests some of which you will already know of!!  
Battlefield Band
"Alba's Edge is a tapestry of cultures: the expressive Scottish and original fiddle melodies are woven together with jazz improvisation and harmony, funk bass lines and the rhythms of Latin America to form a cohesive and singular musical experience. Fiddle, piano, drums and bass come together seamlessly in a new sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called "a wonderful concoction".  Fresh off a US State Department funded tour of Mexico, Alba's Edge performs and leads clinics across the US and internationally at venues ranging from house concerts to festival stages."



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More shows coming up....stay tuned!