Fiddler & Folk Singer Emerald Rae has played the series before, riveting audiences with her range.
Hailing from the historic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with her sophisticated approach to rhythmic and percussive fiddling. Her direct and intimate style of singing infuses her songs with a powerful immediacy while her extraordinary chops transform the fiddle into anything from bagpipes to flamenco or electric guitar, slap bass or ukulele. Her voice, alternately high and honeyed then gutsy and soulful, delivers a vocal range that encompasses both wind and sea, animal and etheric.
Opening for Emerald Rae (and likely collaborating with her for a song or two) will be Luke Concannon. Luke is an English singer-who writes deeply crafted, soulful poetic songs. Currently best known for being a central influence on the now mega star Ed Sheeran, who was a fan of Lukes duo Nizlopi, an underground, independant act that topped the charts in the UK and Ireland with The JCB Song in 2005. Luke writes about people power, poverty, intimacy, and his grandmas. He moved to America for love in 2016, and is thrilled to be sharing songs from his new album. He loves to include and engage folk, so hell be teaching the audience lyrics to the songs and inviting them to sing share and dance.
Check him out below:
The Burren Backroom series is now well established as one of the most sought-after boutique series of trad presentation in the world. It has already created already dozens of memorable, intimate, informal presentations held in a truly atmospheric space which was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.
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.
Ticket prices vary and there is a $5 discount for WGBH Members. If you are a member, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org 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