2017 Heart of Ireland Tour: Ancient East May 15 – 25, 2017

LandscapeOur May 2017 tour, Ireland’s Ancient East, begins on the majestic river Shannon at Athlone Castle and the 6th century monastic site of Clonmacnoise. We also visit Loughcrew passage tomb, one of the Boyne valley’s historic gems that pre-dates the Egyptian pyramids. We explore Viking Waterford, medieval Kilkenny and Cahir Castle, a stronghold of the Butler family in Elizabethan times.  An aristocrat’s play cottage, the oldest working lighthouse in the world and the Leviathan, Ireland’s famous 19th century telescope are among the fascinating sites we will see. The spectacular Rock of Cashel, Lough Gur crannog, and Ireland’s largest stone circle round out our eclectic mix of historical and cultural delights. All that and music every night! For more info go to CelticaTours.com.

Upcoming Celtic Christmas Concerts

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This year’s Celtic Christmas Concerts will kick off on December 1st at the Chatham Fiddle company. The wonderful fiddler, Rose Clancy will be joining me for all the concerts. This celebration of the mid winter season has a distinct Celtic flavor and extends from the little known Kilmore carols of Wexford to the Irish-American vaudeville stage. We will explore both the Christian and Pagan traditions surrounding the Winter Solstice in a mixture of songs, spoken word and instrumental pieces in a delightful musical tapestry to celebrate the season.

Dec 1 – Chatham Fiddle Company, Chatham, MA

Dec 3 – The Homegrown Coffeehouse, Needham, MA

Dec 10 – The Circle of friends Coffeehouse, Franklin, MA

Dec 16 – Linden Place, Bristol, RI

More information about all the concerts can be found at my Calendar.

Upcoming Concerts

I finally updated my concert calendar for the rest of 2016 and into early 2017. There are lots of interesting gigs coming up, including the Joanie Madden’s Folk’n Irish Cruise February 4 – 11, 2017, with an unbelievable number of Irish musicians, singers and dancers. All the details can be found at: http://www.robbieoconnell.com/calendar

Upcoming Concerts

I’m looking forward to participating in one of the Imagining Home concerts in Dublin on 28 March with Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane and Athena Tergis.

Inspired by the 1916 Proclamation, Imagining Home is a series of seven concerts to take place from Monday the 28th of March to the 3rd of April 2016 that speak of Ireland’s cultural journey over the last 100 years, its place in the world today and its shared future.

Details of all upcoming concerts and tours can be found at http://www.robbieoconnell.com/calendar and at http://www.celticatours.com/

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My Celtica 2016 Tour, The Wild Atlantic Way is now available for booking at http://www.celticatours.com

View from Dun Aengus, Inis MorThe Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s rugged and spectacular west coast, forms the basis of the 2016 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour. We begin in Sligo with its castles, lakes, woods and ancient sites that so inspired the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats. In Mayo we explore a seven thousand year old Neolithic site and the panoramic views of Achill Island.

We visit the stunning vistas of the Connemara mountains followed by a tour of the medieval lanes of Galway City. We ramble through the unique Burren in County Clare and sail to the Aran Islands where we experience the majesty of the ancient cliff fort of Dun Aengus perched high above the crashing Atlantic waves.

We finish up at the top of the famed Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s number one tourist attraction. All this and much more including traditional music sessions every night. Space is limited so please book early.

Find out more about this wonderful tour at http://www.celticatours.com or call me at 800-299-CELT (2358)

Lots of new concerts in the Calendar!

Check out the Calendar page to see all the concerts coming up this fall!

The 2015 Celtica “Heart of Ireland” Tour is also posted – this year’s tour filled up fast so if you are thinking about joining me next June, don’t delay — take a look and get your booking in soon!

Best — RO

Just fixed the Email problem!

For some reason, the forms I have been using to get email from this website were’t doing the job the last few weeks.

We’ve fixed it now… sorry if this meant you didn’t hear back from me.

Happy Thanksgiving

Season’s Greetings! There are several Celtic Christmas Concerts coming up in the next few weeks. I’ll be joined by Aoife Clancy, George Keith and Erik Wendelken at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on December 1 and at the Cape Cod Cultural Center in South Yarmouth, MA on December 8. Details of these and other shows can be found on my calendar.

Is Ireland on your Bucket List?

The 2013 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour, from May 24 to June 2, is now available for booking. This time we will explore the Southwest of Ireland, starting in Dingle and winding our way through the most scenic parts of Kerry, West Cork and Clare – some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see. We will visit all the interesting sites by day and have a great traditional music session every night. Please don’t leave it too late if you want to be part of this unique experience of Irish music, culture and fun.

Christmas is coming!

Irish Music makes a great Christmas present. You can find a wide selection of CD’s at Celtica Music Shop. Clean Cabbage in the Bucket, the book I co-authored a couple of years ago is now available as an eBook from Amazon.com. If you prefer a paperback version, it’s available at Celtica Music Shop. Filled with fascinating and funny stories of Irish musicians on the road, it makes a wonderful Christmas present for the Irish music fan in your family. As an early Christmas present to you all, there are 3 FREE MP3s of my Christmas songs available at robbieoconnell.com. There is also a video of the Wren Song on Facebook from the 2010 Christmas Celtic Sojourn at the Emerson Majestic Theater in Boston.

All the best, Robbie

Barney McKenna R.I.P.

I was saddened yesterday to hear of the death of Barney McKenna, the great banjo player and founding member of the Dubliners. It brought back a memory of hearing Barney play Roisin Dubh in my parents house when I was about twelve years old. He put so much emotion into the tune that the tears flowed freely down his cheeks as he played. Whenever I heard Barney’s name over the years, I always saw that picture in my mind.

Upcoming Concerts

Happy New Year! I have some unusual shows coming up in the next few weeks, starting on Friday, January 13 in Cumberland, RI when I get together with two of my favorite singers, Dan Milner and Ed Miller for an evening of Irish, Scottish and Maritime songs. It’s at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St. at 8:00 PM. Info 401-725-9272

Then on Saturday, January 14, Dan Milner and I are doing an afternoon concert of Sea songs at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 896 Main St. (Rte 6A) in Brewster, MA at 2:00 PM. Reservations required.
Info 508-896-3867 ( Mon-Fri 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

I will be in my hometown of Bristol, RI on Saturday, January 28 at the Stone Church Coffeehouse, 280 High St. 7:30 PM

On February 2, I will be in Leicester, MA at the Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse at Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St. 7:30 PM

Then on February 25, Aoife Clancy, George Keith and I will be in Reading, MA at the Ivy Chord Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 239 Woburn St. at 8:00 pm

Details of these and other shows can be found on my calendar.

The May 2012 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour is available for booking. This time we will explore the Northwest of Ireland, starting in Donegal and winding our way through Sligo, Mayo, Connemara, Galway and Clare-some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see. We will visit all the interesting sites by day and have a great traditional music session every night. Please don’t leave it too late if you want to join us for the trip of a lifetime.

Clean Cabbage in the Bucket, the book I co-authored a couple of years ago is now available as an eBook from Amazon.com. If you prefer a paperback version, it’s available at Celtica Music Shop.

You can find a wide selection of CD’s at Celtica Music Shop.