Boston Irish Festival returns to Canton this weekend

, Staff

The Boston Irish Festival will return to Canton this weekend as the Irish Cultural Center of New England hosts their annual celebration of Irish music and culture. This year’s three-day lineup boasts an array of artists including Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Black 47, Atlantic Steps and more.

The festival will kick off with a concert from Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul on Friday. Tickets for the show, which will also feature The American Rogues, can be purchased through the festival’s website for the advance price of $20 or at the gate for $25.
 **Update: This show has been postponed to Friday, August 2. All tickets will be honored at the new date.**

On Saturday, the festival will kick into high gear with performances from Black 47, Searson, The Gobshites and more. Sunday’s lineup includes performances from Albannach, The Shantys, Tom Lanigan Band and more.

Saturday and Sunday’s musical offerings will also include a second stage with a variety of New England-based traditional Irish favorites, as well as various sessions throughout the festival grounds. The festival schedule with estimated set times for each of the stages is available below.

On Saturday, the festival will host its second annual 5k run/walk. The race will start at 9 a.m. and participants of all ages are welcome. The entry fee is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of and will include free entry to the festival. Organizers plan on gathering all redheads for a big photo on Saturday at 2 p.m. in hopes of breaking the world record. Also on Saturday, the Boston Irish Festival will hosts its first Feis, an Irish dance competition, while a Irish Bread baking competition is scheduled for Sunday.

And if all that is not enough for you, the Boston Irish Festival will also host an Irish Films tent, an Author’s tent, Gaelic Football and Hurling matches, Genealogy Consultations, Irish Step Dancing, crafts, food, amusement rides and much more.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are available for in advance for $10 or at the date for $15 per a day. Current ICC members can purchase discounted tickets for $7.50 per a day.

The festival will take place on the grounds of the Irish Cultural Center of New England at 200 New Boston Drive in Canton, Massachusetts.

For more information on the 2011 Boston Irish Festival, please go here.

2013 Boston Irish Festival – Music Schedule

Friday, June 7

Emerald Stage
7:00 – The American Rogues
9:00 – Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul

Saturday, June 8

Emerald Isle Stage
11:00 a.m. – Séamus Begley & Oisín Mac Diarmada
1:00 – The Auld Locals
3:00 – Erin’s Guild
5:00 – The American Rogues
7:00 – Searson
9:00 – Black 47

Celtic Music House
10:30 a.m. – The Ivy Leaf
12:00 – The Rebel Kellys
2:30 – The Shantys
4:30 – Yoke Shire
6:30 – The Gobshites

Sunday, June 9

Emerald Isle Stage
10:30 a.m. – The American Rogues
12:30 – Albannach
2:30 – Atlantic Steps
4:30 – Ciarán Nagle & Tara Novak

Celtic Music House
11:00 a.m. – Corvus
1:00 – Rakish Paddy
3:00 – Tom Lanigan Band
5:00 – Devri

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