Boston's Celtic Music Festival
January 13-15, 2017
Artist Applications for the 2017 Festival are now open and have been extended to August 1st!
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Are you a Celtic musician or performer who is looking for a great three-day-long festival to showcase your talents and connect with other musicians and performers in the Cambridge and Greater Boston area? Apply to perform at BCMFest 2017 today! Please note, in addition to knowing more about who you are as an artist, we are looking for input from applicants about their "vision" for BCMFest. We want to hear from you about things you would like to be included in our nightcap concert, reflections from past BCMFest performances that can help our committee improve this year's festival, and more.
BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Fest), a program of Passim, showcases Greater Boston’s best musicians, singers, and dancers from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. BCMFest hosts an annual weekend-long festival in January that features more than 100 performers.
Throughout the year, BCMFest organizes the Celtic Music Cruise, Boston Urban Ceilidh, and monthly Celtic Music Monday Sessions at Club Passim, which spotlight local Celtic musicians and singers.
Laura Cortese, Shannon Heaton, Leanne McNally, and Sean Smith head the BCMFest committee. Please contact them with any questions about the festival.
To produce locally-based Irish, Scottish, and Cape Breton music and dance in an upbeat and friendly environment.
To bolster appreciation for traditional Celtic music and dance among youth and the Greater Boston community.
To support a living, changing tradition by encouraging cross-genre collaborations and innovations among dancers and musicians of all generations.
To produce a variety of collaborative projects and performances for the Greater Boston community.
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Very special thanks to all who came out to support this year's Second Annual Summer BCMFest! It was an amazing, high energy day in Harvard Square and a delightful evening. We want to particularly thank the BCMFest Committee, Mass Cultural Council, the artists, volunteers, and patrons for coming out.
BCMFest was born after Laura Cortese (Scottish fiddle) and Shannon Heaton (Irish flute) realized that recently they had seen many great, traditional Celtic music acts playing it the area; they thought it would be exciting if more of the Boston-area trad players worked with local folk music venues like Club Passim, the Burren, Johnny D’s, and the Canadian American Club. Soon after their talk, Laura and Shannon began planning a weekend-long showcase of local traditional talent—a Boston Celtic Music Fest to celebrate the rich, diverse pool of traditional music and dance in the Boston area.
The festival has become a hub for generating ideas, energy, and community support for local, traditional Celtic music and dance performers. In 2011, BCMFest became an official program of Passim. Today, in addition to the annual festival in January, audiences and artists can enjoy monthly concerts at Club Passim that feature a broad selection of Boston-based Celtic music and dance acts.
As BCMFest enters its tenth year, the festival is stronger than ever, and its vision is more refined. By presenting touring professionals, tradition-bearers, and young performers, the festival offers a variety of music not found anywhere else. The list of performers and fans involved in the festival continues to grow, a sign that BCMFest is a vital addition to the Boston music community.