Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series: Recordings at the Burns Library

Gaelic Roots flutes pipes fiddle, Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert.

Flutes, pipes and fiddle – some of the traditional instruments of Irish Music. Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert.

The fall season of Boston College’s Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop, and Lecture Series will showcase musical traditions from various regions of Ireland. Under the direction of ten-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Séamus Connolly (Sullivan Family Artist-in-Residence, Center for Irish Programs), the Gaelic Roots series brings world-renowned performers and presenters to Connolly House and to other Boston College venues.

In an ongoing collaboration with the Center for Irish Programs, the Burns Library Irish Music Center records most of these events for its Irish Music Archives, documenting Irish music in America. The list of Gaelic Roots series recordings includes online audio and video recordings. The center updates these lists regularly as recordings are created and reformatted for use.

For more information about the Gaelic Roots recordings or other music collections at the Burns Library, please contact the Irish Music Center at The center’s archives include commercial and field recordings, video, sheet music, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, musical instruments, books about music, and other items. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Elizabeth Sweeney, Irish Music Center Librarian, Burns Library

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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