Boston Celtic Music Festival

It's BCMFest's 15th Anniversary!
January 18-21, 2018
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workshops, sessions, Celtic Brunch, Finale Concert...



 

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THURSDAY EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE
featuring MAGGIE MACPHAIL, NATASHA SHEEHY, SAILBOW
FRIDAY ROOTS & BRANCHES
featuring FODHLA, MOLLY PINTO MADIGAN, ALLISON DE GROOT & NIC GAREISS
FRIDAY URBAN CEILIDH
featuring CAPE BRETON CEILIDH BAND, SUGARFOOT, BOSTON URBAN CEILIDH BAND
SATURDAY DAYFEST
featuring ELIZABETH & BEN ANDERSON, COPLEY STREET, THE KELLY GIRLS, PUMPKIN BREAD and more

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

featuring NICOLE RABATA, ERIC McDONALD, DAN FOSTER, GUS LaCASSE and MAX NEWMAN

SATURDAY FESTIVAL CLUB
featuring NIC GAREISS, DAYMARK, LAURA CORTESE & FRIENDS!
SUNDAY DAYFEST
featuring SCOTTISH FISH, LINSDAY STRAW & JORDAN SANTIAGO and more

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

featuring LINDSAY STRAW and RACHEL REEDS

SUNDAY FINALE
"FROM SPARK TO FLAME"
featuring NATASHA SHEEHY, MOLLY PINTO MADIGAN, PUMPKIN BREAD, CAPE BRETON SHOWCASE (Rachel Reeds, Jake Brillhart, Janine Randall), SAILBOW, "FROM MEDFORD TO COPLEY STREET" (George Keith, Matt Heaton, Nathan Gourley, Joey Abarta)... hosted by NEIL PEARLMAN

with dancing from Jackie O'Riley, Jen Schoonover, and Rebecca McGowan



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It's BCMFest's 15th Anniversary!
January 18-21, 2018
 

BCMFest Expands to Four Days January 18-21

Programming Added at The Sinclair

 

Cambridge, MA – November 13, 2017 – Celebrating its 15th anniversary, BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Festival), the annual showcase for Celtic music and dance in Greater Boston, returns to Harvard Square January 18-21, 2018. This year, the all-ages festival will expand to four days and add programming at The Sinclair, one of Cambridge’s most popular nightspots. Tickets for the 15th Anniversary BCMFest go on sale this Wednesday, November 15th at 10:00A.M.

 

Changes in the 2018 festival will bring a fresh energy to BCMFest as it continues its mission of celebrating the variety of music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions found in the Greater Boston area.

 

BCMFest 2018 offers the perfect mix of new and old, kicking off at Club Passim on Thursday, January 18th with the Emerging Artists Showcase. This program spotlights the young performers and new or recently established acts that continue to revitalize Celtic music. On Friday night at Club Passim, the Roots and Branches Concert will offer a sample of the innovative sounds and contrasting styles to be heard in Boston’s Celtic music community.  

 

Also on Friday, will be one of BCMFest’s most popular features, the Boston Urban Ceilidh, which will take place at The Atrium at 50 Church Street.  The Boston Urban Ceilidh features participatory and social dances from the Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton traditions with an engaging array of live music.

 

BCMFest's Saturday Dayfest will offer 12-plus hours of entertainment, from mid-morning to the evening, presenting all manners of Celtic music, from traditional to more contemporary sounds. BCMFest will introduce Festival Club on Saturday, with late-night performances that provide festival artists the opportunity to engage in special collaborations and push the envelope of what’s expected. The festival will roll out a BCMFest Brunch on Sunday at Club Passim before the first-ever Sunday Dayfest picks up where Saturday Dayfest left off with more sounds and styles from Boston’s Celtic music scene.

 

For those festival-goers who want to do more than watch or listen, there will be music sessions during Saturday and Sunday Dayfests at The Sinclair and other nearby venues. Sing-alongs and participatory dancing will also be on the schedule. Festival performers will lead workshops at The BCMFest Academy on Saturday and Sunday in Passim’s main building at 26 Church Street in Harvard Square. 

 

For the finishing touch, the BCMFest Nightcap concert at The Sinclair will pull together festival performers and special guests for an extravaganza that attests to the special qualities of Celtic music and dance in Boston.

 

This new vision for the festival, according to Sean Smith, one of the festival organizers, “will enhance the BCMFest experience for performers and audiences alike while retaining the character of BCMFest as a grassroots community event for Celtic music lovers of all generations.”

 

 

A note from the festival's founders


BCMFest is celebrating 15 years, and we’re making some exciting changes to improve audience and performer experiences. What remains is our initial passion for bringing Irish, Cape Breton, and Scottish communities together.
 
Growing up with traditional music, we know how much each tradition is distinct. We also know that we all really value community, inclusivity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We are proud and inspired by the high level of music that is happening in Boston’s trad music communities.
 
Because we often collaborate and grow from those collaborations, we wondered what would happen if we provided a space where our communities could come together and find cross-genre connections. We also wanted to let greater Boston music lovers in on the secret of the underground trad scene.
 
AND we wanted to work with important venues in our community, who are already making these important connections. Above all, Passim has held our hand throughout.
 
Over the last 15 years, we have seen an overwhelming show of support and care. The Boston traditional music community has embraced our initial vision. And with the stewardship of Ellery Klein, Emily Luce, Michael Boyle, Susie Petrov, Sean Smith, Leanne McNally, Rachel Reeds, Mariel Vandersteel, Club Passim, the Folk Arts Center, and so many invaluable volunteers—and a LOT of late nights and pizza boxes—BCMFest has given a stage for performers who have come of age through our festival, and have launched their own careers. 
 
We are incredibly honored and excited to watch this festival as it continues to grow for the next 15 years.
 

 


 

Thanks to all who attended!
3rd ANNUAL SUMMER BCMFEST 


 

 

 

 

 







 

Listen to Passim's executive director Jim Wooster talk about BCMFest in a recent appearance on Cambridge Community Television (CCTV)

 
 

 

        

 



History

BCMFest was born after Laura Cortese (Scottish fiddle) and Shannon Heaton (Irish flute) realized that recently they had seen many great, traditional Celtic music acts playing it the area; they thought it would be exciting if more of the Boston-area trad players worked with local folk music venues like Club Passim, the Burren, Johnny D’s, and the Canadian American Club. Soon after their talk, Laura and Shannon began planning a weekend-long showcase of local traditional talent—a Boston Celtic Music Fest to celebrate the rich, diverse pool of traditional music and dance in the Boston area.

The festival has become a hub for generating ideas, energy, and community support for local, traditional Celtic music and dance performers. In 2011, BCMFest became an official program of Passim. Today, many BCMFest performers appear at Club Passim throughout the year as part of the club's regular concert schedule, and some also teach in the Passim School of Music.

Our committee and artists are out to make this year's BCMFest stronger than ever, with a renewed vision for the future. By presenting touring professionals, tradition-bearers, and young performers, the festival offers a variety of music not found anywhere else. The list of performers and fans involved in the festival continues to grow, a sign that BCMFest is a vital addition to the Boston music community.