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Sliabh Notes
The Burren Backroom
Somerville, MA
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Sliabh Notes
Sliabh Notes(pronounced Sleeve) is Matt Cranitch (fiddle), D√≥nal Murphy (accordion), and Tommy O'Sullivan (vocals, guitar).  It is a dynamic grouping of musicians each of whom is well known in various iterations around Ireland and beyond.  While the music reaches far, its focus is squarely on the rich traditions of Cork and Kerry.  The name is taken from Sliabh Luachra (The mountain of the rushes) which describes a place, but also a culture; a repertoire of tunes and a style of playing them.  The mixture of tunes and songs makes for a virtual trip into that ancient and culturally blessed part of the province of Munster.  

JUST ADDED:  Fellswater will open the show.  Fellswater is a four piece Celtic ensemble that plays a wide range of music from traditional to modern compositions, and draws from the heritage of all the Celtic country, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Some great instrumentalists with this band on whistle, flute, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki,violin, smallpipes and border pipes.

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, Masachusetts.  

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.  As is the custom of the Burren, it is anticipated informal and dynamic post concert sessions will be a feature.

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

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


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