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!  

Annual Benefit For Somerville Homeless Coalition
Wednesday Dec 2nd @ 7:30pm

Our annual 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.  

The line up is still being set but last year it included Robbie O'Connell & Aoife Clancy, Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Deadstring Ensemble, Ry Cavanaugh, Maeve Gilchrist with Nic Gareiss, Cat in the Moon, Danielle Miraglia & Tom

Somerville Homeless
Bianchi....so that give you an indication.  This will sell out rapidly so get tickets now.  Again, 100% of everything goes to Somerville Homeless, so please be generous.'
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Lunasa & Caren Casey (two Shows)
Thursday Dec 17th @ 7:30pm & 9pm
Lunasa has played a few times in the series & sold out each time putting in epic performances. For one time front woman of Solas, Karan Casey, this will be her first time in the new incarnation of the series. But that this power-house combo has decided (like so many others) to play the intimate Backroom Series as opposed to a big theatre in Boston, says something about the atmosphere that has been created there. So this is a rare opportunity. Both shows will sell out in a flash. 7:30 & 9:30. Grab your access while you can.
Lunasa & Karen Casey
See left for a sample. of what they sound like together (& Sarah Watkins with them as well).
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Ten Strings & A Goatskin
Wednesday Feb 17th @ 7:30pm
Ten Strings & a Goat Skin

Introducing new groups to the Boston audiences is one of the joys of this series.  Ten Strings & A Goatskin, are from Prince Edward Island.  They take the trad influences of Scotlish/Irish/French/Bluegrass & make it into their own unique mix. Youthful, adventurous, a little wild and yet with the welcoming spirit of the gorgeous & storied Island they grew up on!  

Take a listen below:

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More shows coming up....stay tuned!