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Boston’s Celtic Music Fest Coming up Jan 8 & Jan 9

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Bonston Celtic Music FestBoston, MA -- The Boston area’s annual homegrown celebration of Celtic music and dance, BCMFest marks 13 years on January 8th and 9th, 2016 at Club Passim and other locations in Harvard Square. The family-friendly festival draws performers of all ages from around Greater Boston, presenting music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions.

BCMFest begins on Friday January 8th with the Roots & Branches concert in Club Passim, offering a sample of the innovative, dynamic sounds to be heard in Boston’s Celtic music community today. Roots and Branches will showcase After the Morning, a program of “chamber trad” for Irish flute, voice and strings led by Shannon Heaton; singer/guitarist Lindsay Straw, whose repertoire spans Scottish, Northern Irish and Irish traditions; and the Irish traditional music trio of Nathan Gourley (fiddle, guitar), Laura Fedderson (fiddle) and John Coyne (bouzouki).

Boston Urban Ceilidh, BCMFest’s popular Celtic dance party on Friday night at The Atrium features participatory and social dances from the Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton traditions, all with live music. No experience is necessary – and all dances will be taught.

Festival performances continue on Saturday, January 9th with BCMFest’s Dayfest, starting with children’s and family entertainment in the morning, at Club Passim and on three different stages in First Church, Cambridge and continues with programming all afternoon. Dayfest is noted for its special collaborations and workshops, in which performers often unite around a particular theme or focus. Highlights of day fest ranging from “Sliabh Luachra,” a sampling of the unique music tradition from the west of Ireland, with The Rushy Mountaineers and the duo of Caroline O’Shea and Tim Buckley to “Singing Along in The Attic,” a perfect session to get warm on a cold winter’s day with singing some good songs, with fun, spirited performers like Oran Mor and The Kelly Girls to lead the way.

The festival’s crowning event, the BCMFest Nightcap finale concert, takes place Saturday night at First Church, Cambridge. Alba’s Edge (Neil Pearlman, keyboards and mandolin; Lilly Pearlman, fiddle; Doug Berns, bass; Jacob Cole, drums and percussion) a quartet that creatively weaves Scottish fiddle music together with funk, jazz and Latin influences, will lead the Nightcap with a number of special guests.

BCMFest is a program of Passim, a Cambridge-based non-profit seeking to build a vibrant music community through its legendary listening venue, music school, artist grants and outreach initiatives.

Performers confirmed to appear at the festival include: Lindsay Straw; Nathan Gourley, Laura Fedderson and John Coyne; Joe Deleaut; Fresh Haggis; Nancy Bell; Scottish Fish; Realta Geala; Elizabeth and Ben Anderson; the Friends of Kyte MacKillop; Mari Black; Gus LaCasse; Buttons and Keys; Molly Pinto Madigan; Fellswater; Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Boston; Oran Mor; Soulsha; The Kelly Girls; Jigs and Saws; Kieran Jordan; Colleen White and Sean Smith; After the Morning; Liz and Dan Faiella; Corsa; The Rushy Mountaineers; Caroline O’Shea and Tim Buckley; and Highland Dance Boston. Additional performers will be added to the lineup.

Passim’s School of Music will once again offer a series of classes taught by festival performers on Saturday as part of BCMFest. Information and registration will be available via the festival website at (BCMFest classes are not included in the full festival pass.)

Individual prices for BCMFest 2016 are:

  • “Roots and Branches” concert – $28, $25 for Passim members
  • Boston Urban Ceilidh – $15 in advance, $20 at the door
  • Saturday “Dayfest” – $15, $13 for Passim members
  • BCMFest Nightcap – $25, $20 for Passim members

For additional info check out the BCMFest Blog here. Ticket information, performer updates and other details about Passim’s BCMFest are available at

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