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!
Robbie O'Connell
Wednesday Feb 15 @ 7:30pm


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Robbie O'Connell made his Burren Series debut four years ago and since then, his yearly appearances have been among the most looked forward to.  His story telling, wit, song-writing ability, and a personality that exudes warmth will again make this February evening in his company something to drive the winter chill away.

One of my favorites songs of Robbie's below, a re-working of an old song.  Keg of Brandy.bie O'Connell made his Burren Series debut four years ago and since then, his yearly appearances have been among the most looked forward to.  
His story telling, wit, song-writing ability,

Runa PLUS Skipper's Alley
Wednesday Mar 1 @ 7:30pm

Fast gaining recognition as one of the finest voices in traditional Irish music in America, Shannon Lambert Ryan fronts Runa, who are also building huge popularity on the Festival circuit.  Her husband, Fionnan DeBarra from Ireland, is also a part of Fiddler's Bid and a members of one of the first families of Irish music. This will be Runa's second visit to the series and with some new recordings in the interim, promises to be a triumphant one.  See some new video below.    

Sharing this bill, Skippers Alley the 7-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered wide critical praise and been featured on stages across three continents, will be making the Boston area debut.

With a sound described as from unaccompanied song through to full Chieftains frenzy (Folk World), the Dublin-based group arrange and interpret traditional Irish folk music on Uilleann Pipes, Harp, Fiddle, Whistles, Bodhrán, Banjo and more, taking influence from such early bands as Planxty, Dé Dannan and The Bothy Band.  Take a listen...


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Teada with Seamus Begley
Wednesday Mar 8th @ 7:30pm

TEADA! Yesss.... Teada is just a GREAT band! Simple as that. They have been around for quite a while and have recorded several albums. A few years ago, they were with us for our St. Pats show at Sanders and New Bedford and really wowed the audiences. Top notch individual players who come together seamlessly.

Add in Seamus Begley and you have a combination of accordion player, dancer, raconteur, and rogue. Oh and by the way, one of the sweetest, purist, old-style singing voice you will come across. Add a repertoire of the great Gaelic and English songs from his native Kerry and you are in for a treat indeed. This promises to be again, a great night.

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