Club Passim

The 21st annual Boston Celtic Music Festival (BCMFest) returns to Club Passim and Harvard Square, with added venues like the Crystal Ballroom, The Burren, and The Rockwell on January 11-14, 2024. The festival will showcase Greater Boston's deep tradition of music, song, and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic communities.

Dead to the Core, a rotating collective of singer-songwriters led by musician/author Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers brings an acoustic celebration of the Grateful Dead to Club Passim on Saturday, July 1st. Joining Rodgers (guitar and Strumstick) are Jefferson Hamer (guitar), Wendy Sassafras Ramsay (flute, clarinet, and accordion), and Steve Roy (upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and ukulele).

Passim’s School of Music is back with more than two dozen classes including a pair of classes examining the music of Bob Dylan & The Band and Bonnie Raitt. This semester half of the classes will be held online, while the rest remain in person. All classes will begin remotely for the first two weeks, and then in person classes will return to the Passim School of Music in Harvard Square. The weekly courses start next week. A complete list of courses can be found passim.org/school-of-music.

Passim has awarded $40,000 to 23 musicians through its Iguana Music Fund. The Iguana Music Fund provides these grants annually to musicians for career building projects and for projects that provide community service through music.

"Sometimes you’re hanging with your friends in Mandolin Orange after their show. Sometimes people get a little bored and decide to throw the Frisbee around. Sometimes tragedy strikes but there is a drunkenly happy ending. Sometimes you write a song about it.

Passim has awarded $40,141 to 24 musicians through its Iguana Music Fund. The Iguana Music Fund awards gifts annually to musicians for career building projects and for projects that provide community service through music. Established in 2008 after an anonymous donor approached Passim with the idea to start a program to support local artists’ career growth, the fund provides grants from $500 to $2,000 for musicians with a strong New England connection.

Club Passim will stream a special 50th-anniversary celebration of two iconic Grateful Dead albums. Dead to the Core will perform Workingman's Dead on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 PM and then follow it up with a special stream of American Beauty on Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 PM. Both streams will be available at Passim.org and at Passim’s Facebook page.

Club Passim is launching the Passim Persists Festival streaming Wednesday, June 24 through Tuesday, June 30. The festival will wrap up the non-profit’s Spring fundraiser, themed “Passim Persists,” and include performances by Dar Williams, Aoife O’Donovan, Vance Gilbert, Dietrich Strause, Margaret Glaspy, Rose Cousins and more. The artists will be performing in-the-round, allowing them to interact with one another and share their personal experiences about why Passim must persist.

Club Passim has announced a new series of streaming concerts to help everyone cooped up at home. The concerts began with recent performances by The Ivy Leaf, Kris Delmhorst and Antje Duvekot and continue Tuesday, March 24 with singer-songwriter Will Dailey, live from his living room. Fans will be able to view the concerts through a link on Club Passim’s Facebook page. Club Passim will be taking donations during the shows to help support the musicians and the club.

The current streaming schedule includes:

Grammy-award winner Patty Griffin, Josh Ritter, Dar Williams, and special guests Peter Wolf, Rose Cousins and Sol Y Canto with Alisa Amador helped celebrate the 60th anniversary of Passim last night (Thursday, November 14th) before a full house at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

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