Boston is known for offering an eclectic variety of entertainment options. Among these is a celebration that has been growing increasingly popular as it gains more recognition throughout the city: Boston’s Celtic Music Fest.
Celebrating Celtic Style
Boston’s Celtic Music Fest showcases the area’s singers, musicians and dancers who specialize in Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish and other Celtic traditions. Taking place every January for one weekend, the festival features more than 100 performers.
The festival is part of the Boston’s Celtic Music Fest mission to produce locally-based Cape Breton, Irish and Scottish music and dance in a friendly environment while also bolstering appreciation for traditional Celtic music and dance. The mission also involves supporting, encouraging and producing cross-genre collaborations among musicians and dancers of all generations.
History of Boston’s Celtic Music Fest
Now in its 10th year, Boston’s Celtic Festival was started after two musicians noticed that there were many excellent, traditional Celtic musicians in the area. Laura Cortese, who plays the Scottish fiddle, and Shannon Heaton, who plays the Irish flute, thought it would be fun to get these musicians together to perform at local folk music venues. They soon started playing in venues such as Johnny D’s, the Burren, the Canadian American Club and Club Passim.
Soon after, Cortese and Heaton began planning weekend-long showcases of area talent. This evolved into Boston’s Celtic Music Fest, which now serves to celebrate a diverse pool of talent from the Boston area. In addition to showcasing musicians and dancers, the fest has become a hub for generating ideas and community support for local, traditional Celtic musicians and dancers.
As of 2011, Boston’s Celtic Music Fest has been an official program of Club Passim. In addition to the annual festival, Club Passim also offers monthly concerts featuring a broad array of Boston-based Celtic music and dance acts. Boston’s Celtic Music Fest committee, which is headed by Cortese and Heaton as well as Leanne McNally, Jackie O’Riley and Sean Smith, also organizes Boston Urban Ceilidh and the Celtic Music Cruise.
The 13th Annual Boston Celtic Music Fest will take place January 8th and 9th. The event kicks of on Friday with a parade and a concert in Harvard Square. Music and traditional dancing will then take place at the Atrium, with music continuing through Saturday at several of the area’s nearby venues. The event will conclude with a concert of music and dance on Saturday night. The Red Line/Harvard Square is the closest T station to the event. Ticket prices range from $15 to $28 per event, or $55 for a weekend pass. A full line-up of performers and performance times can be accessed at the Passim website.
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