Summer BCMFest: Boston's Celtic Music Festival

JULY 4, 2015, 1-9PM

at Club Passim

 

Club Passim will present a star-spangled sampling of local Celtic music at the first-ever Summer BCMFest on July 4, with informal music sessions all afternoon, and an evening concert that features performances by guitarist Flynn Cohen, uilleann piper Joey Abarta and the trio Ceol Corvus.
 
The event is a warm-weather version of the annual BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Fest), a weekend festival held each January to celebrate the Greater Boston area’s richness of music, song and dance from the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic traditions.  
 

Lunchtime sessions 1-5pm (free)

Summer BCMFest will kick off at 1 p.m. with an afternoon of sessions led by outstanding Boston area Celtic musicians, open to any and all participants who want to bring along an instrument, contribute a song, or dance along to the music. Admission is free, and lunch will be served from the recently opened Club Passim kitchen.
 
1-3PM: Scottish Session with Elizabeth & Ben Anderson
3-5PM: Irish Session with Natalya Kay & Dan Accardi
 

Evening concert 7-9PM (buy tickets)

The evening concert, which runs from 7-9 p.m. (leaving plenty of time afterwards to go see fireworks), will spotlight the diversity of sounds found in Boston’s Celtic music community:
 
• Flynn Cohen is one of the most accomplished and in-demand guitarists to emerge from the Boston folk and acoustic music scene. Equally adept at playing melody and rhythm, Flynn has continually explored the many connections between the music traditions of Ireland, the British Isles and America. In addition to his own band, Low Lily (formerly known as Annalivia), he’s worked with a host of prominent musicians, including Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Skip Healy, Joe Derrane and Frank Ferrel, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Tony Watt & Southeast Expressway, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese and Mark Simos, among many others.
 
• Joey AbartaDanny Noveck and Lindsay Straw - Joey Abarta is widely recognized as a master on that iconic Irish instrument, the uilleann pipes, and he’s spent the better part of the last decade touring as a performer and teacher in North America, Europe and Asia. Danny Noveck is a noted multi-instrumentalist and well-known dadgad guitar accompanist, and composer of the tune "Sligo Creek". Lindsay Straw is a singer, guitarist, and Irish bouzouki player who performs traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles. Originally from Montana, she began to explore Boston’s Irish and folk music scenes while studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music. Her debut solo album My Mind From Love Being Free was released on May 1, 2015.
 
• Ceol Corvus is a trio that plays mainly traditional Irish tunes and songs on a somewhat unlikely but pleasing combination of instruments: Emily Peterson (concertina, whistle); Steve Levy (mandolin, banjo, bouzouki); Sean Smith (guitar, bouzouki, bodhran). They blend the classic energy and vibe of the Irish session with influences from the modern Irish folk revival, delivered in an easy-going, affable manner. Approaching its fourth birthday, Ceol Corvus has appeared at the winter BCMFest three times and at events including the Club Passim Campfire, Boston Irish Festival, Dorchester Irish Heritage Festival, Feile Cheoil Boston and St. John’s Coffeehouse.