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Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/

Barry Finn 09 Jan 09 - 06:26 PM
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Subject: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/10
From: Barry Finn
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 06:26 PM

The BCM Fest (Boston Celtic Music Festival) starts tonight & continues thru Saturday, actually it's in Harvard Sq, Cambridge. This is a young folk's Celtic festival, showcasing many of the local youngsters that play Irish, Scottish & Cape Britton music. Last yr I just happened upon it when I dropped my wife off at work on a early Saturday afternoon & went to Harvard Sq for a lark & an ice cream cone. It was taking place at Passium's (the old Club 47) & the across the street at the First Parish Church (where the Nameless Coffeehouse is). This is a young folk's festival. Ever wonder where the young folks are that are into Trad, there here, by the hundreds. Most of the hoards of performers are under the drinking age which is probably why there no alcohol served at any of the venues but there's lots of drinking establishments all around. When I hung out there last yr I wondered where all these kids were coming from. It seems that there's at least or almost 2 sessions at the very least going on nightly in the Boston area & many of them are frequented by students of the hundreds of local schools both High Schools, Universities & Colleges. The level & quality of the talent is just unbelievable. When I looked at the performers list I probably recognized a few but what I wasn't prepared for was the background of these young players, most are national & international champs, award winning singers & musicians. Even the organizers are barely out of there teens a few a bit more than 20 something's but for the most part I'd have to say judging by last yr & what I read the majority of the age group here is anywhere between 15 to 25 (I did see a few old & older friends though), & the sessions, dances & concerts I attended where unbelievable, I mean they were great. Last yr our own Deb Cowan performed & she was probably one of the oldest there (sorry Deb) & she's kinda young (there Deb, does that make up that comment?).
So is anyone planning on going, I'm hoping to make a day out of it tomorrow & I know I'll just be treated to a very unusual display of delightfully young & special local talent.
I just wanna say that I've been going to sessions in the Boston area for 30+ yrs but have been away while I was raising a family & when I start coming back I was only frequenting an old timer's session where a few youngsters showed up (usually the BC crowd taking Irish studies) but lately I've been going to other sessions that are new or that I haven't been to in many yrs & I'm amazed at all the younger generations that are playing in them. Outside of the old timers sessions I'm usually by a long stretch the oldest player in the groups that I've been to (& I'm not too old either, younger than Big Mick, happy birtday Mick).

Barry


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Subject: RE: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/
From: Barry Finn
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 06:35 PM

There's a way that you can also pick this up off the radio, live I think. The info's somewhere in either their MySpace or on their web site

Barry


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Subject: RE: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/
From: Joe_F
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 09:20 PM

My desk is clear. Maybe I'll grundle around.


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Subject: RE: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/
From: DebC
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 09:55 PM

Thanks, Barry. No offense taken at all. :-) I won't be there this year, especially with a snowstorm forcast for tomorrow night.

Have fun, though if you go.

Deb


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Subject: RE: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/
From: Charley Noble
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 10:23 PM

Barry-

We expect a full report.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble, hunkered down in Maine for the winter


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Subject: RE: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/
From: Barry Finn
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 11:52 PM

If I get there, I'm still up in the air. Snow, 10", my wife says that's not much.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/
From: Barry Finn
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 10:00 PM

Well, it was a great "little" festival. It ended with a very hot tune session, happily I was 3rd from the oldest, I hope. Geeze there were loads of under age talent, incredible, I still just can't get over how much & how good. It focused mainly on Celtic music, lots of Cape Breton, Irish & Scottish music but they also included some old timey & Appalachian music that was what they called "fringe" along with some of what they refered to as Alt-Trad?. There were some acts that weren't young but compared to me they were all younger & better, I just don't know where the hell they all came from. There was some great dancing too. I'd say that maybe a quarter to a third of the festival included, again Celtic dancing with a bit of the rest thrown into the mix to (some real nice mountain clogging).
One of the strange things I noticed was that although the level & quality of the musicians was very, very high & plentiful, the singing was sparse in comparison, there was some singing but nothing like the music/tune side or even comaped to the dancing. And the level & quality of the singing among the younger set wasn't near the level of their playing. The older singers were good but only a few were great but for some reason the singing seemed to be out of wack when compared to the playing. Still that didn't really take anything away from the festival. It ended with 2 sessions one was an Olympic session (hey, that's what it was named in the program) where the goal & aim was speed & endurance, don't ask me I didn't go to that one. The other was just a regular (very good) session & that one wasn't for the faint of heart either but it wasn't an Olympic run. I don't think this festival was well publicized at all, a web site & a MySpace & word of mouth & some newspaper write ups (maybe cuz it's small & couldn't handle a large attendance?) thought IMHO it should get much more PR, cuz there were loads of folks that I didn't see that I'm sure would've loved it. I would love to see a bit more singing, especially a'accapella, most of the singing was done as part of group acts, and actually I don't think I heard any single singing or a'accapella acts at all. Not a big deal though & I focus on that too.
I will be going to this one for sure next year & looking foreword to it too.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/
From: Feadan
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 10:51 PM

Well...Michael O and I did do "The Snows" a cappella. And he and (unexpected special guest for that song)Jeremy Bell did "The January Man" a cappella as well. Oh, wait...maybe that was when I heard the very loud snoring from the stage-right side of the audience. Sorry...did we wake you? ;-)

Great to see you there, Barry.

Cheers,
Feadan


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Subject: RE: Anyone going to Boston's BCM Fest 9/9-9/
From: Barry Finn
Date: 11 Jan 09 - 07:34 PM

I wasn't sleeping, I was heckling. I stand corrected, yours was the only time I heard a'capella singing plus from one woman who sang 2 songs in Galic & those were the festival's highlights as far as singing goes. It's the one thing it could use more of but as I said it was a wonderful fest.

Barry


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