Upcoming Events

updated 2022/11/08
Lúnasa will be at Reston Comm. Center on Dec 17

Events in the local area

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Nov 25 at 8 pm – CD Release: Marc Glickman & Dennis Botzer (new)
Tonal Park
7014-C Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park, MD

Two album releases and a night of traditional Irish tunes on fiddle and piano from two masters.
Nov 26 at 8pm – Charm City Junction and Brad & Ken Kolodner
The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue
Owings Mills, MD

Two of the finest acoustic roots music ensembles — Charm City Junction and Brad & Ken Kolodner — reunite for a spectacular evening of Bluegrass, Old Time and Irish music at the Gordon Center for their annual Post-Thanksgiving Concert!
Nov 27 at 3 and 8 pm – Eileen Ivers
The Barns at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, VA

Ivers and her band celebrate the glorious story of Christmas, thoughtfully, uniquely, and with pure unbridled joy! Ivers’ Irish and American roots shine throughout the evening’s beautiful mix of traditional, story-filled, age-old Wren Day songs, poems, and of course, foot stomping and hollerin’ roots music.
Nov 27 at 5 and 7 pm – The Irish Inn Mates
The Old Brogue Irish Pub
760-C Walker Rd.
Great Falls, VA
Dec 2 at 8 pm – Christmas with the Celts (sold out)
The Barns at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, VA
Dec 2 at 730 pm – Irish Traditional Music and songs from the mid-Atlantic
Cellar Stage™ Timonium
Timonium United Methodist Church
2300 Pot Spring Road
Timonium, MD

Billy McComiskey, Laura Byrne, Joanna Clare, Donna Long, and Eileen Estes
Dec 3 at 8 pm – Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy – A Celtic Family Christmas
George Mason University — CANCELLED —
Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA
Dec 4 at 4 pm – A Celtic Christmas with Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton
Dumbarton Arts & Education
3133 Dumbarton Street NW
Washington, DC

A happy homecoming with old friends bringing together the evocative sounds of the Celtic harp, lute, pipes, bodhran, flutes, and recorders. The Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort has brought A Celtic Christmas to Dumbarton for 27 years, but in fact Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton have made music in the church since the Dumbarton Concerts began over 40 years ago.
Dec 4 at 3pm – EducArte’s Irish Céilí Dance at Glen Echo Park (new)
Ballroom Back Room
Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo, MD

Join us for an Irish social gathering filled with traditional music and dance! We will learn some basic Irish dance steps and beginner friendly group dances, accompanied by live music by some of the region’s best Irish musicians. The caller will be dancer Kate Spanos
Dec 6 at 8 pm – Christmas with the Celts
Rams Head On Stage
33 West Street
Annapolis, MD

The original national PBS show Christmas With The Celts aired on over 200 PBS channels across the U.S., Canada and on the BBC in Ireland for three years. This successful TV show was the initial spark, which created a huge demand for the production bringing them into Performing Arts Centers, Theaters, and large casinos every year.
Dec 7 at 1030 am – LLI: A Celtic Christmas with Sea´n Heely
George Mason University
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Jacquemin Family Foundation Rehearsal Hall
Lifelong Learning Institute
Manassas, VA

Join U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion Sea´n Heely as he takes you on a tour through the beautiful music of Scotland & Ireland. You will hear different types of dance tunes, songs, and stories in relation to the Christmastime and year round traditions of the British Isles. You will hear how the rhythm and flow of the Scottish Gaelic language is very important to the way the music relates to the instruments and also to the dance! Some of the older traditions are well-preserved in these songs, and the history is fascinating.
Champion fiddler and singer Sea´n Heely is one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. He is a U.S National Scottish Fiddle Champion as well as an award-winning Irish fiddler, singer, and harpist in the folk and Gaelic traditions of Scotland and Ireland.
Dec 9 at 730 pm – A Traditional Christmas Concert
Cellar Stage™ Timonium
Timonium United Methodist Church
2300 Pot Spring Road
Timonium, MD

Lynn Hollyfield and her daughter Keely Hollyfield, with
and Dave Abe, Steve Wolf & Jimmy Brink
Dec 9 at 8 pm – Irish Christmas in America (new)
The Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 West Patrick St.
Frederick, MD

produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada
Dec 10 at 7:30 pm – Helicon: Winter Solstice Concert (new)
Dumbarton Arts & Education
3133 Dumbarton Street NW
Washington, DC

Thrilling Celtic and American roots folk music and dance to celebrate the winter season
Dec 11 at 4 pm – LLI: A Celtic Christmas with Sea´n Heely (new)
George Mason University
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Jacquemin Family Foundation Rehearsal Hall
Lifelong Learning Institute
Manassas, VA
Dec 11 at 4 pm – A Celtic Christmas with Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton (new)
Dumbarton Arts & Education
3133 Dumbarton Street NW
Washington, DC
Dec 12 at 7:30 pn – IMT presents Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner and Elke Baker (new)
Institute of Musical Traditions
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd
Rockville, MD
Dec 14 at 7:30 pm – IMT presents NORDENSONG with special guest Andrea Hoag (new)
Seekers Church
276 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Dec 17 at 7 pm – Lúnasa with special guest MALINDA
The CenterStage at Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA

Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Rising star MALINDA will open for these Irish music giants, delighting with her effervescent voice and touching song writing. Also joining will be Dave Curley.
Dec 17 at 7 pm – Helicon’s Annual Winter Solstice Concert (new)
Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Rd.
Towson, MD

Ken Kolodner, hammered dulcimer and fiddle; Chris Norman, wooden flutes, smallpipes and whistles; Robin Bullock, guitar, cittern, mandolin and piano; with special guests Charm
City Junction, Rachel Eddy, Elke Baker and Jonathon Srour
Dec 31 at 4 pm – First Night Alexandria (new)
the Irish Breakfast Band (with dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance)
and the Whiskey Before Breakfast Band (Whiskey Before Breakfast Band is a new Irish instrumental group based in Northern VA.)
Jan 1 at 4 pm – GWCC New Year’s Day Ceili (new)
The Lyceum
17801 Meeting House Rd
Sandy Spring, MD

Featuring easy dances and crowd favorites; music from Ellis Island. Includes pot-luck dinner.
Jan 29 – Feb 5 – Andy Cooley’s Cruise of Irish Stars (new)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Feb 4 at 7 pm – MacMillan Pipe Band (new)
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Main Stage
12901 Town Commons Dr,
Germantown, MD

The world’s most famous bagpipe band performs ‘Bagrock’ at BlackRock!
Feb 16 at 730 pm – Gaelic Storm
The Birchmere
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria VA

This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is 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.
Mar 2 at 730 pm – Skerryvore
Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD

Scottish music’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ brings a musically expansive, high energy show that excites and captivates audiences.
Mar 4 at 3 and 7 pm – Teelin Irish Dance Company – Celtic Journey
The Carroll Arts Center
91 West Main Street
Westminster, MD
Mar 4 at 7 pm – Blackthorn Ceili (new)
McCathran Hall
300 Grove Ave.
Washington Grove, MD
Mar 5 at 3 and 7 pm – Cherish the Ladies
The Barns at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, VA

This Irish-American supergroup’s shows are always a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. The Boston Globe raves, “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.”
Mar 5 at 4 pm – Irish Music, with the Good Folk (new)
Resurrection Catholic Church
3315 Greencastle Road
Burtonsville MD

Celebrating Women Artists in Irish Traditional Music, featuring Laura Byrne on Flute, Joana Clare on fiddle, Donna Long on Piano, Agi Kovacs with old style Irish dance/foot percussion, and Eileen Estes on vocals/bodhran/guitar.
Mar 7 at 7:30 pm – Enter the Haggis (new)
The Hamilton Live
600 14th St. NW
Washington, DC

For the better part of two decades, Toronto’s Enter The Haggis has combined bagpipesand fiddles with a rock rhythm section to create a distinctively eclectic sound, praised byThe Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. Their songsoffer singalong melodies and deep, meaningful lyrics which tell the stories of everydayhard working people, often faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Mar 10 at 8 pm – Seamus Egan
The Barns at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road
Vienna, VA

From his start as a teen prodigy, to founding the Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, Seamus Egan has inspired generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today. He is now one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition.
Mar 10 at 8 pm – Gaelic Mishap
The Carroll Arts Center
91 West Main Street
Westminster, MD

Baltimore-based Celtic Rock Band Gaelic Mishap features six musicians that span generations, each bringing a unique musical influence to popular traditional and contemporary Irish music. The band takes pride in their ability to entertain a diverse fan base from family friendly festivals to the rowdy pubs of Baltimore where Irish music thrives!
Mar 11 at 7 pm – Teelin Irish Dance Company – Celtic Journey
Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, experience the brilliant energy of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography, thundering beats and graceful beauty.
Mar 19 at 4 pm – Dervish (new)
George Mason University
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchants Hall
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA

For more than 30 years, the sextet from the Emerald Isle has reigned as one of the leading names in traditional Irish music. The internationally-acclaimed ensemble includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, including Cathy Jordan (vocals and drums), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin), Tom Morrow (fiddle), and Michael Holmes (bouzouki).
Mar 24-25 – GWCC Spring Fling (new)
War Memorial Building
Shepherdstown, WV

this is a slightly smaller, more relaxed event that offers our members and friends a chance to celebrate the changing of the seasons. We dance in the historic War Memorial Building in the heart of Shepherdstown, on the nice wood floor of the second floor ballroom: a ceílí on Friday night, two workshops during the day on Saturday, and a ceílí on Saturday night.
Mar 24, 25 at 7:30 pm – The High Kings (new)
The Birchmere Music Hall
3701 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA
Jun 29-Jul 2 – Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) 50th Anniversary North American Convention
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel
5701 Marinelli Rd.
Rockville, MD

Registration is now open