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Niall and Cillian Vallely
The Burren Backroom
Somerville, MA
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Niall and Cillian Vallely
The brothers Vallely.  From one of the great families of traditional Irish music and culture, these boys (well, they have grown a little!) embody all the power of the North with the sensibilities and humor of Cork.  The family is originally from Armagh but has become enmeshed in the quirkiest of Irish counties.  

Cillian now lives in New York and is the Uileann Piper in the supergroup Lunasa.  Niall, husband of Karan Casey, is one of the great concertina players in the world and is known for stretching the limits of the instrument.  He was a member of the ground breaking group Nomos, and of Buille which saw him together with yet another brother, Caoimhin. Together in this duo, Niall and Cillian present a unique approach to traditional - its purist drop - as well as the contemporary edges of Irish music.

Opening for Niall and Cillian will be the very special Scottish singer, Maureen McMullan who is now a resident of Boston having completed her studies at Berklee College of Music.  Maureen is also delighted to announce that along with fellow Scot Maeve Gilchrist, and the multi-talented Moira Smiley, she will be in a starring role on this year's Christmas Celtic Sojourn series of concerts in December!  

The Burren Backroom series launched in October of 2011 but has already created many memorable, intimate, informal presentations held in a truly atmospheric space which was created by well-known traditional musicians Tommy and Louise McCarthy in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. DeDanann, Dervish, Teada, The Teetotalers, Lunasa, Robbie O'Connell, Sean Tyrrell, the list is building and building, and the radio recordings have become a feature of the weekly Celtic Sojourn radio broadcasts.  A series of CDs "Live from the Backroom" is being planned.

Hosted by Brian O'Donovan of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH radio, these gatherings feature core performers from many aspects of traditional music as well as special guests, and conversations around the music.  Regularly, there are "openers" artists presenting three or four pieces often in contrast to the "main" offering.  This has seen some spectacular new and often unexpected talent being presented on stage.  

Tickets are $23 in advance, with a $5 discount for WGBH Members.  If you are a member, send an e-mail to and we will send you the code.

Seating is VERY limited and these events have been selling out, so get your tickets today!



The Burren Backroom (View)
247 Elm Street, Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
United States


Music > Celtic
Music > Folk

Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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