BCMFest Finale Concert - "From Spark to Flame"
Hosted by Neil Pearlman, Natasha Sheehy, Molly Pinto Madigan, From Medford To Copley Street, Sailbow, Cape Breton Showcase, Pumpkin Bread
Sun, January 21, 2018
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
This event is all ages
This show is partially seated and seats are general admission on a first come, first served basis. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM.
BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Festival) is a program of Passim, a Cambridge-based non-profit seeking to build a vibrant music community in Harvard Square and beyond. The 2018 festival will mark the 15th year of BCMFest serving as the annual showcase for Celtic music and dance in Greater Boston.
For its 15th Anniversary, BCMFest continues its mission of celebrating the variety of music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions found in the Greater Boston area. For the finishing touch of the 4-day festival, the BCMFest Nightcap concert will pull together festival performers and special guests for an extravaganza that attests to the special qualities of Celtic music and dance in Boston.
Pictures tell a story, and so does music. Our nightcap concert will be devoted to the stories behind the music - performers will share the songs and tunes that hold special meaning for them and talk with our host about the people and experiences that provided the spark to light their musical flame.
Hosted by Neil Pearlman
Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. An accomplished Cape Breton step dancer as well, Neil grew up in the family band Highland Soles, led by father and mother Ed Pearlman and Laura Scott, both influential Scottish music and dance figures in the US
Natasha is a native of Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, an area known for its extensive repertoire of slides. Her biggest influences include her music accordion teachers Willie Larkin and Danny O’ Mahoney. In 2014 and 2015 Natasha was part of the Irish and British Comhaltas Tour groups playing banjo and bodhran. She has competed in solo and group competitions and has coached under age groups to All-Ireland success.
Molly Pinto Madigan
Hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions, Molly Pinto Madigan won first place in WUMB's Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and was named "Artist of the Year" at Salem State University, her alma mater. Since her debut as the lead singer for the teen bluegrass band Jaded Mandolin, Madigan has submerged herself in the dark, luscious world of ballads, drawn to their magic, and her original songs echo with the whisperings of the American and European traditional music.
From Medford To Copley Street
This Irish quartet has been put together exclusively for the 2018 BCMFest Nightcap concert! George Keith and Matt Heaton of the Medford All Star Ceili Band join Joey Abarta and Nathan Gourley of Copley Street!
Sailbow is a contemporary Celtic fiddle and cello duo featuring Emilie Rose and Casey Murray. The two met at Berklee College of Music in the American Roots Music Program. They compose and arrange original fiddle tunes and enjoy combining their musical individuality to bring a fresh perspective on traditional folk music.
Cape Breton Showcase
A Michigan native living in Boston, fiddler Rachel Reeds has immersed herself in the Cape Breton and Scottish musical traditions and has become a familiar face at sessions, camps, workshops, and house parties around New England. www.rachelreeds.com While helping his parents clean out his grandfather's house, Jacob found an old fiddle in the corner of a closet. The instrument was in decent shape, so at age eleven he began lessons with Vermont teacher Beth Telford, studying Cape Breton style fiddle music. Jacob soon fell in love with the music and began traveling to the Island of Cape Breton to study with masters such as Jerry Holland, Andrea Beaton, and Ashley MacIsaac.
Pumpkin Bread is a 5-piece band based in Boston, MA that plays original folk music flavored with Celtic fiddling, spirited improvisations, and relentless groove. With songs that range from pensive and heartfelt to driving and playful, every performance is dynamic and always gives you a sense of the band’s camaraderie and close knit friendship.