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BIR’S Calendar- upcoming Irish/Celtic music events

A look at some of this month’s Irish/Celtic music-related doings in the area:

• The first week of June offers an opportunity to see a dynamic new Celtic band with ties to the Boston area – and to support a good cause – when Fàrsan comes to the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. The quartet performs instrumental and vocal music and dance from Scotland and Cape Breton, marrying the traditions embodied by fiddle, pipes and whistle, and Gaelic-language songs, to contemporary-minded accompaniment and arrangements. The members are Boston-area native Katie McNally, who has become one of the highly regarded young fiddlers in the US; Neil Pearlman, known for his innovative, enervating piano and accordion accompaniment; Elias Alexander (pipes, whistle, percussion), a member of the Celtic-Afro-Caribbean fusion band Soulsha and an occasional resident of Boston; and Màiri Britton, an Edinburgh native now living in Nova Scotia who sings in the Gaelic tradition and shares step dancing duties with Pearlman.
Donations from the concert will go to the American Diabetes Association. Go to for further details.