200 New Boston Drive Canton, MA
Sunday, June 3rd 2018
ICC Marquee Tent & Patio
Mass followed by Irish breakfast in the 1st floor function room
Ceili Mor with Ceoltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Dunleavy Boyle Bremer Academy of Irish Dance
Irish Tenor Ciaran Nagle
Kenny Academy of Irish dance
Ballroom of Romance with Erin’s Melody
Hansen Keohane School of Irish dance
Events at The Cottage
An American Wake
11:30am to 1:30pm (30 minute re-enactments)
Thirty minute reenactments will take place during this period.
First Show: 1:30 pm, Second Show: 2:00 pm, Third Show: 3:00 pm, Final Show: 3:30 pm
Stop by and wish the young emigrants farewell as they get ready to leave for America (and usually never return). Have a drink, have a chat, dance a set outside the old cottage. Become part of the show, don your britches and scally cap, your hair fastner or favorite shawl and come dance the siege of Ennis with our actors. Featuring Irish dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish dance.
Noon to 5pm
Located adjacent to the ICC cottage. Our bartender and musicians will be agcaint as gaelige (Speaking Irish). We will have a cheat sheet for you there so you can speak a cupla focal (Irish words). Live traditional Irish music from noon to 2pm with Cliodhna Field and Billy O’Neill.
Irish Crafts at the Cottage
Noon to 3pm
Noon: Irish bread-baking demonstration
Kids can take turns kneading bread and learn about traditional Irish baking techniques.
Crochet & Knitting demonstration
Learn about the art of the Irish knit pattern!
Colin McGhee, thatcher extraordinaire, will be on hand with a display of his thatching instruments, materials and miniature thatched cottage. Kids and adults can try their hand working on the weave.
Building a Cock of Hay
Learn about the sugan and watch as one of our “farmers” rakes the hay into a cock of hay
Making a St. Brigid’s Cross
Learn how you can make your own symbol of Ireland’s Saint Brigid of Kildare
Plus: all-day tours of the cottage
5 pm on the Festival field
Pick up a team form at the ICC membership tent.
Viking Martial Arts Show
1 pm and 4 pm on the Festival Field
11:30 – 1:30 pm – all ages on Field B
12:30 – 5:30 pm – mini consults in the Main Building
Ladies Auxiliary Tea House
Serving the best of home baked goods including brown bread, scones, apple tarts and an assortment of breads. Come in for a cup of tea, stay for a chat!
Noon: Located on the first floor function room, the Auxiliary will be serving a full Irish breakfast until 12:30pm.
12:30pm-5pm: Serving home-baked scones, apple tart and an assortment of delicious breads, teas and coffee.
Located beside the ICC pub, serving hotdogs, chicken sandwiches, Irish bangers, burgers and fries all day long.
The Corner Shop
Find your favorite Irish candy or bag of tayto here. Located on the patio.
Located near the Irish Cottage
Serving the best pint of Guinness in town topped off with a shamrock. Live music throughout the day.
Purchase tickets at the ICC membership tent located beside the marquee tent.
Bruins memorbilia, Red Sox tickets, $200 Gift basket of KerryGold Cheese, 4 tickets to TreeTop Adventures, Family membership ($130 value) + $50 gift certificate to ICC Pub &restaurant, Gift Basket full of Irish goodies
Marquee Tent: 11:30 am
Ceoltas Ceolroiri Eireann Boston will host the Ceili Mor (Which means a big dance!)
3:15 MSFC: Aidan McAnespies v Galway
2:30 OB: Boston Shamrocks v Connacht Ladies
3:45 MSFC: Wolfe Tones v Donegal
5:00 MSFC: Shannon Blues v Connemara Gaels
2:00 MJCHC: Hartford v Portland
All Day Activities
Display of vintage tractors
Our computers will be lined up on the first floor of the building, sharing space with the coffee shop. Come and find out more information about your ancestry!
On the Main Stage
Direct from Galway, the traditional Irish super-group ‘BackWest” celebrates the true essence of music, song and dance from Ireland and other countries. Sibling duet on fiddle and button accordion, Maureen and Brendan Browne are the lead instrumentalists and fluent Irish speakers while Galway’s own ‘Lord of the Dance’ Peter Vickers brings his unique interpretation of percussion and dance. The final element to the mix is legendary virtuoso PJ McDonald on guitar, vocals and whistle.
Playing a blend of traditional Irish music mixed with bluegrass and Americana, JigJam hails from the Irish Midlands. They have managed to blend their musical influences into a multi-award winning style now known as ‘CeltGrass’ and their onstage energy and musical skill has made them a perennial favorite at Irish musical festivals around the world.
Born and raised in Derry, Ireland, Christian McNeill is a mighty force of psychedelic folk-tinged alternative rock and soul. He plays his acoustic guitar like a drum and is renowned for gritty, passionate live shows and songs with memorable lyrics anchored in infectious melodies. If you trace his career arc back to his early days with post-punk band, Schtum, to his most recent project, Sea Monsters, you will hear an engaging style of singing and songwriting that is ever-evolving. The uncompromising honesty of the song “Zero” recently caught the ear of The E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, who in turn placed two songs from McNeill’s album “Everything’s Up For Grabs,” in heavy rotation on his globally broadcast, Underground Garage.
The multi-national, Celtic juggernaut known as Gaelic Storm grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is now a true force to be reckoned with. With their latest release, Go Climb a Tree, their music has never sounded more representative of themselves as musicians and as live performers.