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Ye Vagabonds, with Adam Agee and Jon Sousa

The Burren Backroom
Somerville, MA

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Ye Vagabonds are a sibling duo  BrĂ­an and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn  from Carlow, fifty miles south-west of Dublin. Really hard to describe how impactful their sound has been. On the one hand its retro, bringing to mind the too-often used comparison to Paul Brady and Andy Irvine, but its also new and edgy, with a punch like that of fellow label musicians, Lankum, and Lisa O'Neil.  

While the brothers have frequently collaborated with these groups, according to a recent review on UK Folk radio, "YV has a brand of folk music that defies alignment with any wider musical movement. Their aesthetic is more rural than that of their peers, and their sound often has a subtler, more haunted quality. In their hands, even the most familiar of songs feels as if it has been freshly prised from the earth."

Honestly, I can not recommend this night of music more highly.  Seriously.  

Opening for Ye Vagabonds will be Adam Agee and Jon Sousa whose journey through the Irish idiom on fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo, has been enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean for over a decade. Adam & Jon put down musical roots in County Clare, where they lived together, and now make frequent visits.  Their connection to their instruments and the transcendent energy in their music is guaranteed to captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.  Check them out below...

The Burren Backroom series is now well established as one of the most sought-after boutique series of trad presentation in the world.  It has already created already dozens of memorable, intimate, informal presentations held in a truly atmospheric space which was founded by well-known traditional musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts.  

Hosted by Brian O'Donovan of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH radio, these gatherings feature core performers from many aspects of traditional music as well as special guests, and conversations around the music.  As is the custom of the Burren, it is anticipated informal and dynamic post concert sessions will be a feature.

Ticket prices vary and there is a $5 discount for WGBH Members.  If you are a member, send an e-mail to and we will send you the code.

Seating is VERY limited and these events have been selling out, so get your tickets today!

No refunds 48 hours before event-start time.

  The Burren Backroom
247 Elm Street, Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
United States
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Start: Wednesday Feb 05, 2020 7:30 PM
End: Wednesday Feb 05, 2020 9:30 PM


Who: Burren Staff

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