The 16th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival, known as BCMFest, returns to Harvard Square January 17-20, 2019. Presented by Passim, a Cambridge-based non-profit that supports a vibrant music community through Club Passim, the Passim School of Music, artist grants and outreach initiatives, the 2019 festival will showcase Greater Boston’s deep tradition of music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic communities.
All BCMFest 2019 performances will take place in Harvard Square, at Club Passim, located at 47 Palmer Street, The Sinclair, located at 52 Church, and The Atrium, located at 50 Church Street. Highlights of the festival include:
- The First Round concert on Thursday, January 17, offering an introduction to Celtic music in Boston through a mix of long-time and recently-arrived local performers.
- The Roots and Branches Concert on Friday, January 18, presenting a taste of the dynamic sounds and different styles to be heard in Boston’s Celtic music community.
- The Boston Urban Ceilidh, Friday, January 18 at The Atrium. This perennially popular Celtic dance party features social dances from Celtic traditions, all with live music. No prior dance experience is necessary!
- Dayfest offering 12-plus hours of Celtic music, classic traditional to contemporary sounds. Dayfest takes place on Saturday, January 19 at both Club Passim and The Sinclair.
- The late-night Festival Club on Friday and Saturday bringing together festival artists in special collaborations.
- The BCMFest Brunch at Club Passim, featuring fine food in a relaxed live Celtic music atmosphere on Sunday, January 20.
- Saturday night’s BCMFest Nightcap at The Sinclair will feature headliners Carroll and Henderson as well as various festival performers for an extravaganza that showcases Boston’s prominence in Celtic music and dance.
- Festival workshops on Sunday at The Passim School of Music
All festival details, including individual performance times and ticket information, can be found at https://www.passim.org/bcmfest/.