The Irish Cultural Centre of New England presents the 23rd annual Boston Irish Festival


Black 47

Led by Irish author, playwright, and songwriter Larry Kirwan, Black 47 espouses an unblinkingly political and thoroughly Irish form of rock ‘n’ roll, with raucous, heartfelt, and intelligent performances of songs covering topics from the Northern Ireland conflict to civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. In the 1990s, Black 47 changed Irish-American music irrevocably when they burst onto the scene with their hit single, Funky Ceili.  Taking their name from the darkest year of the Irish Potato Famine, their music is laced with rock, reggae, hip-hop, New Orleans and modern jazz.  These outstanding musicians provide an energetic, dramatic show full of your favorite contemporary and classic songs.

Atlantic Steps

Atlantic Steps is an internationally touring adaptation of the Irish show Fuaim Chonamara. It tells the story of Ireland’s oldest dance form, portrayed through the music, song, dance and energy of the Connemara region. Centered around the joyful dance of Brian Cunningham, the show continues to move festival and theatre audiences to their feet, bringing sean-nós dance to its rightful place on the world stage. Brian, along with the rest of the performers, electrifies his audiences with a wonderful display of dance style, skill and athleticism.  Boston-based dancer Kieran Jordan joins Atlantic Steps as its choreographer and continues her role as a major figure in the revival of sean- nós dance in the US. A performance you won’t want to miss!