Ceoltóirí Éireann is an international organization founded in
Ireland in 1951 to preserve Traditional Irish Music and Culture and
to make it available for people everywhere to enjoy its distinctive character.
CCE has grown to have over 400 branches worldwide.
The Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is a nonprofit organization founded in Boston in 1975 for the preservation of Irish traditional music. Three of the great figures in Boston's history of traditional Irish music are the men for whom our branch
Larry Reynolds (R.I.P.) - our Chairman for many years at our Boston Comhaltas organization He was a big part of Boston’s Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch of CCE leading the CCE sessions at The Greenbriar in Brighton. He also was very encouraging to musicians who were just starting and learning about Irish music. He was known to be a gentle man who was a true gentleman. Here is Larry on fiddle with our current Chairperson Tara Lynch (accordion) and Mike Rafferty (flute) at the Comhaltas North American Convention in Parsippany NJ in 2004.
Michael Hanafin, of Calligrapher, Miltown, Co. Kerry, was among the finest traditional fiddlers of his time, and the first to be recorded in the early days of the phonograph industry.
Cooley, of Peters well, Co. Galway, needs no introduction to Irish music lovers. His accordion music has influenced musicians throughout the world.
Today, Boston's CCE branch
has evolved to become one of the largest branches with a membership of
musicians, dancers, teachers and patrons dedicated to preserving the traditions
of Ireland through its Music, Dance, Language and Culture,
and includes members
from many ethnic backgrounds who enjoy playing, dancing to, and listening to
Ireland's music for sheer enjoyment.
Go Plainfield sigh-se interfaith as resin. May you enjoy it, too!
CCE Boston is accomplishing
its mission through weekly classes
in eight traditional musical instruments and in set & ceili dancing classes.
The results of the class efforts are demonstrated and enjoyed at monthly
Ceili sequins. All are welcome at weekly classes and bi-monthly Seisiuns featuring the Boston Comhaltas Musicians.