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Matthew Byrne and Allan Byrne, with Falquet, Heaton and Keith
The Burren Backroom
Somerville, MA
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Matthew Byrne and Allan Byrne, with Falquet, Heaton and Keith
Matthew now regularly plays the series but this time he will be with his brother Allan.  Together, they bring a unique family history and love of their unique Newfoundland roots to a night of storytelling and songs.  (Opening, will be a new trio that I am hugely excited by:  Longtime friends combine forces for a new collaboration of flute, fiddle, and guitar. Massachusetts Artist Fellow Shannon Heaton (flute) and Boston fiddle anchor George Keith offer rich, driving tunes with acclaimed Quebecois guitarist Yann Falquet. Stellar Irish music with a slight Boston accent.)

Matthew was with us for our St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn in 2016, and our audiences have grown to LOVE his voice.  He is from Newfoundland and from what is essentially musical royalty there.  A lot of Irish influence with a distinctive Maritime's influence, makes him a unique artist indeed.  Just listen to his cover below of Norman Blake's True Love knows no Season.  Kind of like, wow...

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 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



Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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