2/Thursday/7:15 pm – Songs and Stories for Harvard Folklore Symposium. I’ve been invited to share a very brief program of songs, harp, and stories (about 15 minutes) as part of this truly wonderful event, and I’m just delighted. Folklore puts on the very best symposia – human-scaled, thought-provoking, and inspiring. If you’re interested in attending this two-day symposium, check in with Holly in the Folklore Department. The Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA.
3/Friday/7 pm – The Celtic Kates in Concert! We had so much fun in December 2015 that we’re doing it again! We’re the Celtic Kates: Katie O’Neill, Cait Sargent, Katie Mahoney, and me. We hope you’ll come out for another awesome evening of song, laughter, and Irish spirit! Hibernian Culture Center, 19 Temple St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604. Tickets are $15 before the day and $20 at the door. Visit http://bit.ly/CelticKates to get your tickets for this fun, uplifting show!
10/Friday/6 pm – Irishy Celebration at The Cozy Tea Cart. We are so lucky to have The Cozy Tea Cart in this neighborhood. I mean – a tea master, right here in central MA/NH: what are the chances? Come see us for a fun evening of Irish mischief, laughter, and a touch of green sentiment. We will be so happy to see you! General admission $10 includes delicious tea samples; arrive around 6:30 and show runs 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The Cozy Tea Cart, 104 Route 13, Brookline, NH 03033. http://www.thecozyteacart.com/
14/Tuesday/8am – Skyping in to Seachtain na Gaeilge at the Waterford Institute of Technology! I’m honored and pleased to be invited to speak to other Irish-language learners and enthusiasts about my love for the language, and to share a song and a story as part of their celebratory concert. The fact that a woman in Massachusetts can take place, trans-Atlantically, is these festivities is nothing short of a MIRACLE.
15/Wednesday/6:30 pm – St. Patrick’s Celebration of Irish Songs and Stories. SO lovely to be invited to share some Green Cheer in St. Patrick’s Week at the Westfield Athenaeum. FREE, and guaranteed to raise your Shamrock-y Spirits during this wonderful week of celebration! The Athenaeum is under construction, so the program will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 60 Broad Street, Westfield, Ma. 01085. 413-568-7833. Visit http://www.westath.org/ for more info.
18/Saturday/7 pm – Shamrock ON at the Lawrence Public Library! Come for a festive program at this most Irishy time of the year. Come for songs and stories, harp and flute, sweetness and mischief. We will sing, laugh, remember, and revel in this GORGEOUS performance space! 7-9 pm, FREE, and refreshments served. Deluxe – can’t wait to see you! Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463, 978.433.0330 – http://www.lawrencelibrary.org/
23/Thursday/6:30 pm – Irishy Celebration at the Moultonborough Public Library. What a pleasure to offer a program in this beautiful library in the Lakes Region of NH – and in a room that is perfect for songs and stories! Free and open to all. 4 Holland Street, Moultonborough, NH. For more info, please visit Moultonborough Public Library.
26/Sunday/2 pm – Songs and Stories, Harp and Flute at the Princeton Arts Society. On the heels of the Vernal Equinox, we gather to celebrate Spring, Irishy-life, and hope. I am honored and excited to share some of my very favorite songs and stories in such a beautiful place. Come join us! First Congregational Church, 14 Mountain Road in Princeton, MA. Visit http://princetonarts.org/
7/Friday/10:30 am – Songs, Stories, and Poems for a STEAM Day! Absolutely THRILLED to return to Belmont, NH to meet a new crop of 7th graders and spark their genius, poetry, and hilarity again this year! These days were once called STEM Days – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – but happily, someone added an A which is large enough to hold group poem-making, storytelling, and imagination: Art. I’m grateful!
20/Thursday/6:30 pm – Music Guest on “For The Love of Words” TV program. I’m honored to be invited to take part in this exciting series, and even more to be paired with Irish poet, Johnny Flaherty! The program airs on Easton Community Access Television and can also be accessed on the website: http://www.eastoncat.org. The program is hosted by poet Rich Berg, and co-hosted by George Comeaux & John Holgerson.
7/Sunday/3 pm – Beltane Celebration at the Lunenburg Public Library! Come celebrate the Celtic start of Summer – or the Massachusetts start of Spring – with us at the Lunenburg Public Library. Irish tradition is bursting with wonderful songs and stories that mark this joyful time of abundance, creativity, beauty, magic, and enjoyment. Yes, this is a fairy-time, and tradition tells us the fairies move to their summer homes now. Songs, stories, harping, whistle, Irish flute, and a poem or two: Let’s revel! Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462 (978) 582-4140.
4/Sunday/1 pm – Traveling Bardic Academy returns to Castle Hill: book-making and haiku workshop! Last year’s visit resulted in many good things: new poems, new friends, beautiful hand-made books, and a lot of good laughs. I’m delighted and honored to be invited to come back for more fun and creativity. 1-5 pm, includes yummy refreshments, and all the materials you’ll need to create your own books and haiku. Will post here soon with details on how you can register, but for now, just put it on your calendar – and start dreaming of a lovely June day in one of Massachusetts’ most breath-taking places. Check out http://www.thetrustees.org/ for inspiration while you wait!
28/Wednesday/6 pm – Harping for Cocktails at Castle Hill. Yes, friends, I’m the luckiest person in the world to have TWO good reasons to enjoy and create at the beautiful Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. Cocktails from 6-8 pm. More info to come, but in the meantime, do visit http://www.thetrustees.org/.
18/Monday/7 pm – Solstice Celebration for Seanchie Nights! So happy and grateful to return to that enchanted room upstairs in Bull Feeney’s Pub to visit with my Maine friends and family and fan the festive fires! 375 Fore Street, Portland, ME. Admission: $9 suggested donation. Email Lynne Cullen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-253-0288 for further details.