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The Boston Celtic Music Festival celebrates its 15th year.

By Necee Regis Globe correspondent 

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FESTIVAL CELEBRATES
ALL THINGS CELTIC

Calling all Celtic music and dance fans! To celebrate it’s 15th anniversary in Harvard Square, the all ages BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Festival) is expanding from two to four days, and will feature programming at The Sinclair in addition to Club Passim (Jan. 18-21). Festival goers can enjoy a variety of music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions found in the Greater Boston area. Includes traditional crowd-favorites such as the Boston Urban Ceilidh (participatory and social dances with live music); Saturday Dayfest (12-plus hours of traditional to contemporary entertainment); and new options like the Emerging Artists Showcase, Sunday Dayfest, and BCMFest Brunch. Those who want a more immersive experience can partake in sing-alongs and workshops happening throughout the weekend. Tickets per event: $5-$30; Passim members: free-$25. 617-492-7679, passim.org/BCMFest

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