Strings on Strings

Last summer’s groundbreaking debut concert with this theme was such a success that we have made it a permanent part of the festival.  We will again bring together the best of the best in both traditional and classical string worlds and also incorporate our Scandinavian cross-over themes.  We have invited back the acclaimed 13 piece chamber orchestra Palaver Strings who will form a backdrop for many of the pieces.

In this year’s concert, we’ll hear new arrangements of traditional tunes, Baroque-era repertoire from both sides of the Atlantic as well as cutting-edge new music that will present traditional instruments in an entirely new light. The bringing together of two worlds – classical and trad – which historically have rarely met –  will be adventurous and exciting.  Thr concert’s theme represents a musical hand-shake between two rich traditions with mutual curiosity and respect. You don’t want to miss this unique event!


Strings on Strings Artists

Maeve GilchristBrian O’Donovan
Palaver Strings (13 piece orchestra)

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Cathy Jordan (Dervish)

Eamon O’Leary (Murphy Beds)

Dan Trueman

Louise Bichan

Joey Abarta


About the Rockport Celtic Festival

Brian O’Donovan & Maeve Gilchrist, artistic directors
For over three decades, Brian O’Donovan has been hosting A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH, a program exploring traditional and contemporary music from around the Celtic world. He’s also well known for his live concert series A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, as well as many other presentations around New England.  In partnership with Rockport Music and working in close collaboration with fellow Artistic Director, Edinburgh-born harpist/composer Maeve Gilchrist, Brian is proud to return with his 2nd annual Rockport Celtic Festival- Exploring Celtic Roots and Branches. Featuring a wide and quite extraordinary variety of new and familiar musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers, the weekend will focus on the genre’s broad and vibrant range with a strong emphasis on crossover and collaborative work between musicians from different genres including classical, jazz, and American Traditional. This will be a dynamic and interactive weekend featuring mainstage concerts, workshops, intimate salon-style sessions in our third floor space, and much more.

In addition to Maeve and Brian, the Festival weekend will feature: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Palaver Strings (full 13 piece chamber orchestra), Dan Treuman, Cathy Jordan and Eamon O’Leary, Louise Bichan, Joey Abarta, and more.

This will be a gathering rarely, if ever, seen before.

Thank you to our Celtic Festival Corporate Partners!