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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

WEDNESDAY, Sep 10th @ 7:30pm

Niamh Dunne & Sean Graham are part of the backbone of the supergroup Beoga who have been touring and recording now for 10 years.  Niamh is part of the Dunne Family, one of the great musical families of Ireland, with a heritage stretching back many generations.  A terrific fiddler & singer, her repertoire is extensive & features many unique songs. From Portglenone, Co. Antrim, Seán Graham is one of Ireland's most dynamic young button accordion players. He has achieved numerous All-Ireland titles & is also a gifted, self-taught guitarist & fellow Beoga member.

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)

WEDNESDAY, September 17th @ 7:30pm

The Alt
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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, and extraordinary string work.   This will be a Cirque moment in the series!  

The April Verch Band (with Opener)

WEDNESDAY, Oct 15th @ 7:30pm

long with this amazingly talented front woman who sings, dances and 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 and 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 and boundless energy on stage.

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April Verch

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

Crawford Valelly

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