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June 4-5

Boston Irish Festival of Music

Irish Cultural Centre of New England
200 New Boston Drive | Canton |

Featuring The Wolfe Tones, Tenor John McDermott, Andy Cooney (pictured), The Cunningham Family, Bartley O’Donnell & Mathew O'Donnell and The Whistlin' Donkeys Marian Ui Cheide Keady, Fenian Sons, Erin’s Melody, Pauline Wells, Noel Henry Irish Show Band, Erin’s Guild, Danny Gill & Old Brigade House, DJ Sean O’Toole, Stage MC’s, Curragh's Fancy, Ciaran Nagle and Tara Novak, Devri, Silver Spears, Boston's Erin Og, Inchicore, Jinty McGrath, Colm O’Brien, Denis O’Gorman, Bill Bailey, Boxty.

Buy tickets here  

June 18

Blackstone River Theatre: Summer Solstice Festival
Diamond Hill Park
Rte. 114 | Cumberland | RI

401 725-9272 |

11:00 am - 7:00 pm | $15 adults, $10 seniors, children $5, under-5 free!
Five entertainment stages plus food and craft vendors. Featuring: the Atwater-Donnelly Trio, Barrule (from the Isle of Man, pictured), Mari Black Trio, The John Doyle Band, Girsa, The Gnomes, Low Lily, Pendragon, Torrin Ryan, The Vox Hunters, Will Woodson & Eric McDonald, Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance. Food & Craft vendors, Set and ceili dancing stage and a children’s activities area! Then head back to Blackstone River Theatre for the evening session from 8:30-11:30 p.m. with select musicians from the festival. Just 80 tickets will be sold to the evening session.

June 25-26

4th annual Milton Music Festival

Governor Hutchinson's Field
Adams Street, Milton, MA
Sat: 5-10 p.m. | Sun: 1-7 p.m.
FREE | 617-433-7273
Refreshments available

The Milton Music Festival, organized by We Are Milton, is staging the 4th annual Milton Music Festival, a two day celebration. Saturday: Music & Fireworks. Sunday: Celtic Sunday. Check back for more details.

July 14

Cape Cod Melody Tent Presents: Eileen Ivers Connecting The Roots

Cape Cod Melody Tent
West Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Show: 7:30 p.m., Doors: 6:30 pm | 508 775-5630 |

Legendary fiddler Eileen Ivers new show takes the audience on a musical journey exploring the rich roots of American music and dance. Connecting the Roots highlights music from Ivers new album Beyond the Bog Road, and tells of the passage of the Irish immigrant, the story of their impact on America and Americas impact on them. Joining Ivers as the special guest opener is the Screaming Orphans. The all-sister band from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, is one of the most sought after Celtic bands with a powerful, award-winning sound combining their own original melodic old-school pop songs with their unique, take on traditional Irish music. The band is renowned for their four part harmony, which has led to many collaborations on recordings with artists such as Martin Furey, Afro Celt Sound System, Peter Gabriel and Joni Mitchell. 

July 16

23rd annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival

Look Park
300 North Main Street | Florence (Northampton) | MA

413 862-8095 or 862-4539 |
AD: $16.00 | CH: 6-12 $5.00 | Under 6: FREE
9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Parking: $3 | Rain or Shine
Entertainmnet until 9:30 pm

New 40' x 80' tent for entertainment and pub - stay out of the sun!! Shuttle service provided courtesy of East Mountain Country Club, Westfield. The 23rd annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is an all-day gathering of the clans, piping and athletic competitions. Massed Bands and Mass Fling at opening ceremonies - 11:30 am. Drum Major Competitions 11:45 a.m. Prices includes the evening concert. Featuring: Enter The Haggis, Albannach, Soulsha, Charlie Zahm, the Screaming Orphans (pictured left), and last, but not least - Fiddle, Banjo and Box.
See full music schedule here.

July 22-24

Newport Folk Festival

Fort Adams Park
Fort Adams, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI
7am: water taxis, 9am: box office & shuttles, 10am: gates open & food & crafts, 11am: music | Tickets | See Performance Schedule

Folk music has been a presence in Newport since 1959, when the Newport Folk Festival was founded by George Wein. The Festival became renowned for introducing a number of performers who went on to become major stars, most notably Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Fort Adams is situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage. The festival at the Fort features 3 stages of music, food & crafts, and a number of displays.

July 29, 30 & 31

Lowell Folk Festival - 30th Anniversary

Boarding House Park
40 French Street | Lowell
978 970-5200 | |

FREE | donations welcome. Please check back for full schedule - - coming soon!
Friday: Dance parade at 6:00pm, Boarding House Park Stage and the Tsongas Arena Dance Stage concerts: 7-10pm. Saturday: Noon-6pm on five stages, and 7-10pm on two stages. Sunday: Noon-7pm at five stages. Traditional ethnic music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children's activities. Performers will be announced soon.

August 19

Lowell Summer Music Series Presents:
Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn - Roots and Branches Festival

Boarding House Park
40 French Street | Lowell
7:30 pm | $35 in advance | $40 day of concert | $135 Premium Seats
978 970-5200 | Full details here |

WGBH Radio host Brian O'Donovan presents A Celtic Sojourn Roots and Branches Concert featuring traditional and contemporary artists from around the Celtic World in what promises to be one of the highlights of the series again and indeed a highlight of the summer's Celtic calendar in New England. This year's amazing line-up features: Girsa, Vishtèn (pictured), Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely, and Dancers:  Kevin Doyle and the Miller Family.

September 16-18

New Hampshire Highland Games

Loon Mountain
Lincoln | NH
603 229-1975

Join the largest gathering of Scottish musicians, dancers, pipers, athletes and cultural artisans in the northeast with over 60 Scottish clans and societies gather each year to celebrate their heritage.  Music, games, bagpipe bands and fiddle competitions.

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