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Passim to Host 2nd Annual Summer BCMFest July 3rd

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Bonston Celtic Music FestCambridge, MA -- Club Passim will once again bring Celtic music to Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. For the second year, Club Passim will host Summer BCMFest, Boston’s Celtic Music Fest, during Boston’s Independence Day weekend on Sunday, July 3. This year’s Summer BCMFest will include a free afternoon outdoor concert on Palmer Street at 2:30 P.M. followed by a ticketed concert at night in the club.

Summer BCMFest is a warm-weather version of the annual BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Fest), a weekend festival held each January to celebrate the Greater Boston area’s richness of music, song and dance from the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic traditions.

Taking over Palmer Street to kick off the second annual Summer BCMFest are Step About Boston, Boston University’s Irish Dance Club and the Afro-Celtic fun band Soulsha, bringing together Scottish and West African music with a vibrant, infectious big-band energy that includes fiddle, bagpipes, electric bass, keyboards, percussion and horns.

The ticketed evening concert at Club Passim will showcase the diversity of Celtic sounds in Boston with innovative fiddler Mariel Vandersteel accompanied by Owen Marshall. And The Coyne Family Band.

Mariel Vandersteel has connected with folk music in a variety of ways, whether exploring traditional music archives in Ireland, studying the hardanger fiddle in Norway, firing up fiddle tunes from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or finding inspiration through touring places like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India and Bangladesh. She creatively bridges new and old worlds, melding the styles and sounds of the various fiddle communities in which she’s traveled.

Mariel will be joined by Owen Marshall (guitar, bouzouki), who has frequently appeared at BCMFest in various collaborations. Owen also is a member of the acclaimed Maine-based traditional Irish music trio The Press Gang.

The Coyne Family Band embodies the enduring appeal of traditional Irish music across generations. Husband and wife John (bouzouki) and Lisa (flute, whistle) are among the most active and appreciated musicians in the local Irish scene. Their children Josie (fiddle) and Rory (accordion) already are accomplished players. Together, the Coynes present the “pure drop” brand of Irish music with verve and a healthy respect and love for the tradition.

Passim has also announced that the 14th Annual Winter BCMFest will take place January 13-15, 2017. Artist applications for the 2017 festival are now open until July 14th.

Tickets for the Summer BCMFest evening concert with Mariel Vandersteel and Owen Marshall, as well as the Coyne Family Band are available online at, by phone at 617-492,7679 (9:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Monday – Friday) or at the box office 60 minutes prior to the start of the show. Club Passim is located in Harvard Square at 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The Summer BCMFest is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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