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!
Cassie & Maggie MacDonald with Whelan/Foley/Cohen
Wednesday May 17 @ 7:30pm

"2016 Live Ireland Radios SINGERS OF THE YEAR Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie are lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional & contemporary Celtic Roots music. Exciting and innovative, they have found a perfect balance between musical integrity, & sheer entertainment. While staying true to their Nova Scotia Celtic roots, they have explored & tested the boundaries of traditional music. Take a listen below.

John Whelan has had a huge impact on Irish traditional music here in the US since coming here from England in the 1980s. He has decided to move from his long time East Coast base to the pacific northwest, and has put together a short tour to say farewell! Dylan Foley and Flynn Cohen with join John on stage. I love all of John's playing but particularly attracted to his slow airs. Listen to one below. 

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Caleb Klauder Band returns....
Wednesday June 7 @ 7:30pm

These guys just rocked the place when they played with us back last sumemr. Well, tho a little outside of our normal Wednesday night trad offerings, but then again, I'm prone to that, and will be more, AND I just love Country. So Caleb Klauder is coming back! Yeah!!

If you attended Christmas Celtic Sojourn in 2014, your have seen Foghorn Stringband as we traced, in a fun way, the links between Celtic and Appalachian music.

Well Caleb Klauder was a big part of that band and he is returning to Boston with his six piece, all-star country band including the wonderful harmonies of Reeb Willms who was also with Foghorn at that magic series of Christmas shows.

If you don't believe in reincarnation, try listening to Caleb Klauder's music and singing below. There's little other explanation for why a small island Washingtonian can write, play, and sing music that sounds like it should be rolling out of a Great Depression honky-tonk. Born from the heart of Portland, Oregon's red-hot music scene, and recently featured on A Prairie Home Companion, Caleb Klauder's music continues to challenge and transform how we think about roots music in America.

And what a celebration of country, gospel, swing, old-time, and bluegrass this promises to be. As they say in my area of Co. Cork: the height of craic! Take a listen below:

The Jeremiahs WITH Andrew Finn McGill and Nathan Gourley
Wednesday Jul 5th @ 7:30pm

This will be a fun evening of youthful exuberance arising out of two different sides of the music. One Ireland based the other U.S. Roots and Branches - in the case of Finn, the actual names of his two last recording projects you can hear described in the video below.

The Jeremiahs combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of Urban Folk music. Since founding in 2013 they have trailblazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and Festivals. Click below for a good sample of their dynamic sound.

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Colin Farrell, Johnny B. Connolly, and Cary Novotny
Wednesday July 12 @ 7:30pm


What a trio this brings together! Colin Farrell (regularly touring with Lunasa), Johnny B. Connolly (most recently of Solas) and Oregon-based guitarist, Cary Novotny. A great night of tunes and songs.

Jesse Smith, Sean Gavin, and John Blake
Wednesday July 19 @ 7:30pm

Touring to support the release of their new CD, Music from a Lost Continent, this trio of musicians bring a sensibility and sensitivity to their music that is second to none.

Jesse Smith and Sean Gavin are American born but from traditional music royalty, and John Blake, a multi-instrumentalist from London Irish background is one of my favorite accompanists - not to mention his formidable skills on the flute. This will be just a lovely night. Take a listen below to the wonderful blend of Jesse's fiddle and Sean on flute below. Outstanding...

Annual Benefit For Somerville Homeless Coalition
Wednesday Dec 6 @ 7:30pm

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

It will feature as always 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.

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