Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn
Roots and Branches Festival

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Saturday August 22, 2015 7:30 PM
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WGBH Radio host Brian O'Donovan will present A Celtic Sojourn Roots and Branches Concert featuring traditional and contemporary artists from around the Celtic World in what promises to be one of the highlights of the series and indeed a highlight of the summer's Celtic calendar in New England.

Local, regional, and national broadcasts of O'Donovan's radio program, A Celtic Sojourn, over the past 28 years have proven extraordinarily popular. This concert will follow the format established for the still growing Christmas Celtic Sojourn series of concerts which, during this past December, played to over 12,000 people, and A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn which in 2015 expanded from its multiple shows in Cambridge, to New Bedford and Worcester. This year, he also will host two concerts with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, as well as producing and hosting the hugely successful ongoing Burren Backroom Series in Somerville.

"Live Music is where it's at," O'Donovan is fond of saying. "I love to invite audiences into the heart of the music, and there is nothing like seeing and hearing it in person," he said. "Each Saturday on air at WGBH and with a growing world-wide audience on the web, we explore and celebrate the roots and branches of Celtic music. This concert will do just that, presenting the following performers in an up-close and personal format."

Cherish The Ladies
Celebrating over 30 years of music-making, Cherish the Ladies, rank up there with the Chieftains as the true, international ambassadors of Irish Music. The Boston Globe says: "It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do." The Washington Post adds a simple description: "An astonishing array of virtuosity." In assembling such diverse musicians and presenting such a variety of music, song, and dance, they have become one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music.

Socks in the Frying Pan
Representing the young approach to traditional music and representative of an exciting trend in Ireland of stretching the edges of the music, this dynamic trio consists of two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo and Aodan Coyne on guitar and vocals. Reared in the musical mecca of Country Clare, the boys blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. As for the inevitable question of where the name originated? This is yet to be disclosed! But maybe we'll get it from them when they are with us in Lowell! This exciting group have been receiving many accolades for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music. This, combined with an acoustic musical interplay, three-part harmony and an obvious love for live performance, compliments the traditional essence of both tune and songs in a fresh and entertaining way.

Matthew Byrne
Brian O'Donovan has been totally impressed by this singer for the quality of voice and repertoire and a unique approach. "Great male singers in the Celtic genre, are very hard to come by. There are many good singers, but very few great singers. Matthew is one of the latter," says O'Donovan. Following a family legacy of Newfoundland music makers, Byrne is strongly influenced by his unique musical lineage. He knows the tapestry of traditional songs equally weaves a great story with a beautiful melody. Stripped down, his live show offers powerful honesty, polished guitar work, masterful storytelling, and a voice that transports time, place, and oceans.

The McCarthy Family
Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello are traditional musicians well known in Ireland and the US. They are also known in this area as the affable owners of the Burren Pub in Somerville itself a destination for traditional musicians from all over the world. With deep family histories connected to the music of Co. Clare and Co. Galway as well as the teeming Irish emigrant communities of mid-twentieth century London, they bring a richness of experience and personal history to pure-drop performances. For this Celtic Sojourn Concert, they will be joined by their fiddle playing daughter, Rose, and her first cousin, Peader Giles, on the Uilleann Pipes.

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