BCMFest is a community-oriented, grassroots festival. We want everyone to be given equal consideration for playing at BCMFest. So, no matter how well known or accomplished you may be, please take the time to fill out the application and tell us why you’re interested in getting involved; tell us about yourself and what you have been working on recently. Have you been working on some brand new material? Or have you been playing with a new band, accompanist, or melody player? If you fill out an application and tell us what you would like to perform at BCMFest (and include a sound sample), it will help us plan out the event.
Who can play at the festival?
BCMFest restricts itself to performers of Celtic music who reside or are active in the Boston Celtic music community. We are not currently booking acts from other geographic areas or musical styles for this festival. If your music fits in with our festival’s mission, then click here for information about how to apply.
We do not currently have a formal vendor area at the festival, but we are open to creative possibilities. Please email the BCMFest committee to discuss further.
Why are almost all of the venues alcohol-free?
With the exception of Club Passim, which offers beer and wine, we have gravitated toward alcohol-free venues so that our events can be open to all ages. Please note that although the venue serves alcohol, Club Passim does allow children to attend BCMFest events.
Why is BCMFest in January? The weather is awful!
Because we need something to look forward to during the winter, of course! Also, January tends to be a slow time for touring musicians, which means that many local artists will be in town. We’ve also come to believe that there’s something about bad weather that helps make good music.
I’d like to volunteer. How do I get involved?
BCMFest performers are paid a modest fee, but the organizers, staff, and board are all volunteers. Volunteers are needed in almost all areas of event production. If you're interested in volunteering for BCMFest, please send us an e-mail. We'd love to talk to you!
Please email the BCMFest committee.