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Burren Backroom Series

Somerville, MA

The Burren Backroom series is now well established as one of the premiere trad series in the world, and looks to create intimate, informal presentations held in the atmospheric space created by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello 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.  Shows are usually recorded for broadcast.

Karan Casey: Two Shows

May 22, 2019 7:30 PM - May 22, 2019 10:00 PM

One of our favorite singers, ever...
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Back West, with Tommy and Louise and special friends

May 29, 2019 7:30 PM

Galway's newest Super Group returns. What an IMPACT last year.
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Clare Horgan: A Singer Apart

June 02, 2019 4:00 PM

A wonderful voice to us from Co. Kerry.
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Cillian Vallely with David and Patrick Doocey

June 05, 2019 7:30 PM

A terrific trio of musicians on top of their pure-drop game.....
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Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna: "The Coral Suite"

June 12, 2019 7:30 PM

Irish Tunes mirroring changes in our environment.
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June 19, 2019 7:30 PM

Enchanting music from Connemara and beyond
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Tommy Sands

June 26, 2019 7:30 PM

One of the truly great singer/story tellers of our time.
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August 07, 2019 7:30 PM

"A Full Bodied Pipe and Whistle Extravaganza"
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SON (Susan O'Neil)

August 14, 2019 7:30 PM

Something totally new and truly gifted and intriguing from Clare.
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September 04, 2019 7:30 PM

The Return... This big impact young band continuing to make waves on both sides of the Atlantic.
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September 08, 2019 4:00 PM

A truly extraordinary band with a dizzying array of influences.
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September 25, 2019 7:30 PM

The return of this amazing young band steeped in trad Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton music
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The Jeremiahs

October 02, 2019 7:30 PM

This amazing edgy trad band from Ireland returns
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The Ashley Davis Band w Colin Farrell & Dave Curley

October 16, 2019 7:30 PM

An evening with vocalist and songwriter Ashley Davis accompanied by the returning multi-instrumentalist Colin Farrell, (Lunasa) and vocalist and guitarist Dave Curley presenting newly composed traditional Celtic and Roots music.
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Genticorum and Friends....

October 27, 2019 4:00 PM

A celebration of Quebecois/Celtic Connections
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Winifred Horan

October 30, 2019 7:30 PM

"The Memory of Magic" CD release concert
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Jamie Laval returns...

November 06, 2019 7:30 PM

Powerful Scottish, Irish, Breton fiddle
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Annual Benefit For Somerville Homeless Coalition

December 04, 2019 7:30 PM

A beloved tradition for a GREAT cause.
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Lunasa: Two Shows. Use the drop down menu on the left to choose.

December 11, 2019 7:30 PM - December 11, 2019 10:00 PM

What else needs to be said. Its Lunasa for goodness sake!!
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Burren Backroom Series
Brian O'Donovan

247 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144



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