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Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello, CD Release and Celebration
The Burren Backroom
Somerville, MA
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THIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. NO TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. PLEASE CONSIDER GIVING TO THE SOMERVILLE HOMELESS COALITION DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF BURREN SHOWS DURING THE YEAR. Get on the mailing list and don't be caught short in future. Buy in advance. To receive advance notifications of what exactly is going on in the Backroom Series, send an e-mail to


Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello, CD Release and Celebration
Tommy McCarthy met Louise Costello in Boston in the early 1990s.  Since then they have made much music together, founded the now iconic Pub and Restaurant in Somerville known as The Burren, hosted countless musicians and other travelling artists, raised a daughter - Rose  - who has followed the deep musical roots of her parents and extended family, written and produced plays, played with the Chieftains, and Altan, and Dervish, and Lunasa and yes, failed to record a single album of their own music!!!  

Well, that's all changed and their new first CD, Grace Bay is done and dusted and ready to be celebrated at the Burren on December 4th.  Tommy, Louise and a slew of guests will make this a night to remember.  Guaranteed.  But it will sell out fast, so buy tickets now. Guests are already lining up to be a part of it.

In keeping with what they have been doing in the community for years, the door receipts will be donated to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.  So, go for it.  See you there.  

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

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


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