Meet the Band!

Boston Blackthorne has stayed on top of the New England folk and Irish circuit for more than 20 years by delivering exciting shows and solid recordings. Their first self-produced and directed CD, Better Late than Ever won the award for best local album from the Springfield Newspapers in 2007. The song “Back When the Craic was Grand” has won several songwriting awards including first place in the International Narrative Songwriting Contest in 2008.

In 2010 the band released the CD, County Kerry to Kerry Park. The album was recorded in the Spring of 2010 at Signature Sounds recording studio with noted engineer Mark Thayer at the controls. Boston Blackthorne is unique in that several members of the band are award-winning songwriters writing about contemporary subjects in the context of traditional music as it has been played for centuries. The theme running through the new CD is the transition of traditional music as it followed the Irish diaspora from County Kerry, Ireland to Kerry Park in Holyoke, MA– where thousands of Irish immigrants, including songwriter Jim O'Connor's family made their home.

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Jim O’Connor

Jon Lees

Jim “Chetz” Keegan

Peter McAvoy

Dale Monette
Traditional Irish Music

with a

Rock and Roll Heart