We are now accepting applications for the Boston Celtic Music Festival 2024, taking place Jan. 11-14. Applications will be open from Aug. 1 – Sept 29. Please apply HERE.
BCMFest 2023 (past) festival below as an example of programming:
Boston Urban Ceilidh: Friday Jan. 13 at Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theater @ 7:30pm – $20
The Boston Urban Ceilidh features participatory and social dances from the Irish and Scottish traditions, all with live music. No experience is necessary – all dances will be taught and with an in-time caller. Closing out the night with a free-dance to Celtic EDM master Ramblxr (Elias Alexander)
– Irish Ceili: Medford All-Star Ceili Band (Ellery Klein, George Keith, Matt and Shannon Heaton, John, Josie and Rory Coyne, Helena Delaney, Tina Lech, Ted Davis, Jeremy Ball and more!); caller Rebecca McGowan
– Scottish Ceilidh: Loud Weather (Alasdair White, Elias Alexander, Eamon Sefton, Neil Pearlman, Anna Colliton); caller Summer McCall
– Ramblxr: Ramblxr (pronounced “rambler”) is the electronic dance music project of Elias Alexander. Weaving together melodies from the Scottish and Irish traditions with tasty beats influenced by disco, house, and bass music, Ramblxr speaks to themes of belonging, connectedness, and liberation. The Ramblxr live show finds Elias alternating between bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, whistle, and keyboards, while using Ableton Live and a variety of foot and hand controllers to effortlessly lay down loops, mix in samples, and build energy. Sampling the voices of elders and poets, Ramblxr paints a story about growing up in our settler colonialist society, disconnected from land and roots, and the vital search for belonging, connection, and healing through music.
Dayfest: Saturday, Jan. 14 at Club Passim & The Sinclair (plus sessions at First Parish Church). Tickets for full day access are sold through The Sinclair’s website (seen below)- $28
Limited Dayfest: Saturday, Jan. 14 at Club Passim & sessions at First Parish Church. Does NOT include access to The Sinclair. – $20
– Club Passim @ 11am – 6:00pm
* Livestream link– $5/free for members
11am Elizabeth and Ben Anderson
11:45am David Healy, Nathan Gourley, and Eamon Sefton
12:30pm Sarah Collins & Jonathan Vocke
1:15pm James Kelly & Ryan Douglas
2:00pm Carroll Sisters Trio
2:45pm Kate Gregory & Brendan Hearn
3:30pm David McKindley-Ward
4:15pm Trad By Request with Matt & Shannon Heaton
5:00pm Casey Murray & Molly Tucker
5:30pm Leland Martin and Friends
– First Parish in Cambridge @ 12pm – 5pm
12pm Beginner session – School of Music with Kat Wallace & Ben Roberts
1pm Scottish/Cape Breton Session – Rachel Reeds and Conor Hearn
2:15pm Song Session – James Kelly & Ryan Douglas
3:30pm Irish session – The Irish Cultural Centre Presents the Irish Session with Aoife Griffin, David Healy & Adam Hendey
Nightcap Finale: Saturday, Jan 14 at The Sinclair @ 8pm – $28
– “Boston Celtic All-Stars”: Ensemble Director Katie McNally (fiddle), Louise Bichan (fiddle), Shannon Heaton (flute), Sheehy (accordion), Bethany Waickman (guitar), and Janine Randall (piano), with Irish and Scottish traditional dancers Rebecca McGowan and Christine Morrison
As a celebration of some of the leading musicians in the Boston Celtic scene, these effervescent all-star players will perform as a full ensemble as well as smaller collaborative groups that highlight the varying genre specialties of each of the members.
Brunch and Tunes: Sunday Jan. 15 at Club Passim @ 10am-2pm – FREE
Brunch returns to Passim in 2023! Join us for a delicious live music brunch.
– Mrs. Wilberforce (Sean Smith & Kyra Davies)