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Monday, November 28, 2011

Boston Fiddle Champion Brendan Bulger in the Irish Music Hall of Fame

 Brendan Bulger and Larry Reynolds
(Photos by Mary Hegarty Neschke)

Congratulations to Irish fiddle champion Brendan Bulger of Boston, who was one of five musicians and cultural leaders recently inducted into the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Northeast Region Hall of Fame.  The ceremony took place on November 4-6, 2011 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

Larry Reynolds, president of the Boston chapter of Comhaltas, was on hand to present the award to Brendan, who was joined by his brother Chris and Chris' wife Margaret, both musicians.

Bulger is one of just few American-born musicians to win the prestigious All-Ireland fiddle competition, which he won in the 18-Under Category in 1991 in County Sligo.  Brendan's music teacher was Seamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist in Residence at Boston College and head of the Gaelic Roots program there. 

He has recorded on numerous CDs, including the award-winning Music in the House in 2004, with Chicago musicians Marty Fahey and Katheen Gavin, which was named one of the Top Ten Records of the Year by the Irish Echo.

For a full story on the Hall of Fame weekend in Connecticut, read Earle Hitchner's article in the Irish Echo.

For more information on Irish music, dance and cultural activities throughout Massachusetts and the New England states, visit