Club Passim is back in person with a 4th of July tradition in Cambridge’s legendary listening room, the Summer Boston Celtic Music Festival (Summer BCMFest).
The one-day festival will feature four of New England’s best Celtic bands, including Hanneke Cassel and Keith Murphy, Calico, Copley Street and Rakish. It will be a hybrid event, with a limited number of in-person tickets available and the show available to stream online. Rakish and Copley Street will perform live on stage, with Calico and Hanneke Cassel & Keith Murphy showing pre-recorded performance videos for this event. All four acts will be visible to an in-person and virtual audience. The Summer BCMFest will start on Sunday July 4 at 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available on Passim.org.
Passim’s Summer BCMFest is designed after the annual BCMFest, a gathering held annually in January to celebrate Greater Boston’s richness in Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic music, song and dance. Like its winter counterpart, Summer BCMFest showcases the vast array of sounds and styles found in Boston’s Celtic music community.
The Summer BCMFest program includes:
Hanneke Cassel and Keith Murphy
Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and songwriter with a career spanning more than two decades. His style merges influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with American grooves and musical innovations, creating cutting-edge acoustic sound that maintains the integrity and spirit of Scottish tradition. Hanneke’s music is a blend of contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as “exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and irresistible playfulness.”
Born in Newfoundland, guitarist Keith Murphy began to absorb his native musical languages - folk songs, ballads and dance music – from an early age. A competent multi-instrumentalist, he has long applied considerable energy to the rhythmic side of music, becoming a valued member of the group and a much sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion.
With its unique blend of lively cello, 12-string guitar and plenty of foot percussion, Calico brings a touch of fiery flair to violin music from Quebec and New England. Whether they’re playing twisted archival tunes or new compositions, Casey Murray, Jesse Ball, and Eric Boodman create a happy sound of their own. They will definitely make you want to get up and dance!
Flute player Uilleann Joey Abarta and fiddler Nathan Gourley are two of the great young traditional American musicians, who have been playing music together daily since 2013. Their debut duet album, Copley Street, with Owen Marshall on Greek bouzouki, has a chemistry undeniable and demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the other’s play. Their music includes quirky arrangements of famous tunes and beautiful pieces that seem to languish in the dark. “Copley Street” is a wonderful album by two stunning young players that adds to Boston’s rich traditional Irish music history.
Violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Conor Hearn unite to form “Rakish”. The duo derive their namesake from the traditional Irish song Rakish Paddy, an origin that suits the duo and their shared experience in traditional Irish and Scottish music perfectly. Yet ‘racy’ itself also suggests something remarkably unconventional about his appearance, and Maura and Conor knowingly embrace this wealth of connotation in their music, taking inspiration from the music they grew up with and playing it with their own. own inclination.
Rakish has performed on Front Row Boston, Brian O’Donovan’s “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” 2020, the Burren Backroom series, and they can be heard on GBH’s “A Celtic Sojourn” shows. They have appeared at renowned festivals including the Boston Celtic Music Festival, Bellingham Irish Music Festival, and Rockport Celtic Music Festival. Rakish is the recipient of the 2019 Iguana Fund grant generously supported by Club Passim.
All staff and performers will be fully vaccinated and all staff will wear masks. Passim strongly encourages clients to get vaccinated and clients are encouraged to wear a mask. Disposable masks will be available at the door.
The summer BCMFest will take place on Sunday July 4 at 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available now on Passim.org. The show will also be broadcast live on Passim.org/summerbcmfest.