About

CCÉ Boston Music School, founded in 1997, is sponsored by the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving traditional Irish music, song, dance, language, and culture through providing the highest standard of professional musical instruction in the traditional instruments.  Over the past years, the School has enjoyed an affiliation with Boston College through our partnership with the St. Columbkille school.  

In addition to offering music classes, CCÉ Boston affiliates also host a number of performances, house concerts, and social dances throughout the year. This past year, we have hosted such performers as Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Ciaran Ó Maonaigh, Conal Ó Grada, Isaac Alderson & Dylan Foley of The Yanks, Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor, Antoin Mac Gabhann, Kevin Rowsome, Nathan Gourley & Laura Fedderson, and many others. 





Our school also provides a "Trad Youth Exchange" program that matches our young musicians with other youngsters in Ireland for a musical and cultural exchange.  This past year, we were very lucky to have partnered with Mary MacNamara from Tulla, co. Clare, in Ireland and the TulÓg Music Group. This exchange culminated in the children performing in Boston and Ireland, and the release of the album "From Tulla to Boston: Live at the Burren," available through Lisa Coyne at CCÉ Boston. 

 Interested members of CCÉ Boston can participate in the local and international "Fleadh Cheoil," or competitions featuring Irish traditional music and dance. Not all students are interested in participating in fleadhanna, and join our classes for many reasons, including improving their playing, making friends, and enjoying a sense of community with other musicians. However, over the years, our school has nurtured many fleadh medalists and champions who have gone on to compete in Ireland.  This year, we are very proud of our champions, Realta Geala, or the "Rising Stars," who won first place in the U-15 Grupa Cheoil (ensemble competition) at the Mid-Atlantic fleadh.

Now under the direction of Lisa Coyne, Executive Director, and Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Chairman Tara Lynch, the CCÉ Boston Music School was founded for the express purpose of preserving and cultivating the rich cultural treasure that is traditional Irish music, by  providing the opportunity for students at all ages and levels to develop their skills under expert instructors.