Kevin Doyle | Irish Step Dance | American Tap Dance | NEA National Heritage Fellow



Performance Calendar



Sunday, August 26, 2018
Celtic Roots & Branches with Brian O'Donovan
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, MA 01966

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 incredibly popular live concert series, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, which he has presented at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for the past eight years. Additionally, for the past three years, O'Donovan has presented his Roots and Branches concerts at the South Shore Conservatory and Lowell Summer Music Concert Series where the overwhelming response has turned it into a beloved new summer tradition. Given the long-standing relationship with Rockport Music, it made perfect sense to bring this concert to the Shalin Liu Performance Center as well. For this year's concert, O'Donovan will curate and host a range of traditional and contemporary artists from around the Celtic world, including singers, dancers, and virtuoso instrumentalists. They'll be playing a mix of traditional tunes and more contemporary songs from the Celtic tradition, as well as some French Canadian, Acadian, Appalachian, Balkan, and American tap music. And of course there will be some surprises. O'Donovan loves the surprises!

Artist Lineup

Robbie O'Connell with Rose Clancy
The Boston Globe describes Robbie O'Connell as "a writer of timeless-sounding, emotionally powerful and often hilarious songs" and places him "among the most respected guitarists, singer and songwriters in Celtic music." Born in Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary, Robbie is a nephew of the famous Clancy Brothers with whom he played internationally for over two decades.  His original songs have been widely recorded and his warmth on stage has become a hallmark of his concerts. For this performance, Robbie will be joined by fiddler (and fiddle maker) Rose Clancy.

Keith Murphy
Keith is a Newfoundland native steeped in traditional Celtic music and song as passed through the emigrant prism and melting pots of Eastern Canada and New England. He is a multi-instrumentalist and arranger who has been Music Director for Brian O'Donovan's St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn series for the past 5 years. His recent CD "Land of Fish and Seals" has been receiving rave reviews in folk circles everywhere.

Joey Abarta
Held in high regard as one of the finest Uilleann pipers in America, Joey Abarta joins us from his home in Boston and brings a range of repertoire that is truly extraordinary.   The Uilleann pipes are a unique and complex instrument and at once capture the sounds of an ancient Ireland yet can inspire with the fresh energy of a rock guitar or saxophone.

Haley Richardson
Haley first took up the violin to learn Classical Music at age 3.  Soon afterwards, her mom brought he to see Kevin Burke – regarded as one of the best traditional Irish fiddlers in the World – and young Haley was hooked.  While still playing Classical music at a very high level, she has developed the skills and repertoire in Irish music that has some folks saying "the next Liz Carroll."  At this concert, you'll hear what they mean.

Kevin Doyle (dancer)
Doyle is a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. He achieved this highest honor awarded to an American traditional artist, as a dancer devoted to and inspired by steps brought to the United States by his Irish born mother in the the 1930s. Doyle is a delightful, compelling performer of old style traditional Irish step dance and American tap dance. A lifelong dancer and performer, Kevin was a U.S. Champion Irish step dancer in his early competitive years, and has been entertaining audiences ever since with his traditional style of "close to the ground" rhythms and intricate foot work as an artist, a choreographer, producer, and teacher.

Evelyn Miller (dancer)
Miller from Smithfield, Rhode Island, has been dancing and competing for fifteen years with the Goulding School of Irish Dance in Medford, MA and Cranston, RI. She has represented her school in national and international contests including the 2015 World Irish Dancing Championships in Montreal, Canada. Evelyn and her siblings have performed in a variety of venues in Rhode Island most notably The Blackstone River Theatre and The Providence Performing Arts Center. She joined A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn in 2016, sharing with audiences the toe-tapping rhythms of traditional dance.

And welcoming Rory Coyne (accordion), and Seamus Noonan (flute/concertina) who are award winning young traditional musicians born in Massachusetts of well known musical parents. The next generation is in the house!!!





Saturday, September 1, 2018
Irish Folk Music Concert & Ceili
King Park
Wellington Avenue
Newport, RI

A concert and dance will celebrate traditional Irish music with The Exiles (2:00pm), former members of RI's longstanding Pendragon folk ensemble, featuring Bob Drouin on vocals, fiddle, bouzouki and banjo; Kevin Doyle, national award-winning dancer and percussionist; Torrin Ryan on uilleann pipes and whistles; and Mike Fischman on guitar, bouzouki, banjo and vocals. Following is RI master fiddler Sheila Falls duo (3pm), and the Copley Street Quartet (4pm) from Boston with renowned uilleann piper Joey Abarta, fiddler Nathan Gourley and Owen Marshall on bouzouki, and with award-winning Irish dancer Jaclyn O'Riley accompanying the band. Everyone is invited to participate in a Ceili dance that continues until 6pm.

Free! Lawn seating, bring chair or blanket.  Preceding the concert from 1-2pm, the URI Master gardeners will offer a free lecture "Gardening Along the Waterfront" with best practices for sustainable gardening, located at the Pavilion near the newly installed Rain Garden. King Park offers beaches, shade trees, harbor walk, boat pier, playground, gardens, BBQ pavilion and restrooms. Doggies welcome, too!

Concert is weather dependent. Sponsored by the City of Newport and Friends of the Waterfront, made possible by support from the Isham Family Fund.  For more information, contact Newport Recreation Dept, 845-5800, City of Newport, or Waterfront Concerts at King Park on Facebook and Instagram.





Saturday, September 8, 2018
Shamrocks & Seashells...
An Evening of Irish Music and Fun at the Beach
Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom
Newport, RI 02840
Also, Traditional Irish Music by The Exiles including Kevin Doyle, Dance & Percussion. Presented by The Museum of Newport Irish History.





Wednesdays - Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24
Four Week Session of Beginner Tap with Kevin Doyle
(for beginner adults and teens)
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI 02864

This class is designed for total beginner adults and teens. Minimum of 6 students needed to hold class. Fee for the four-week class is $60. Any hard-soled shoe, whether taps or hard rubber or all leather, is fine for this beginner class. Also, please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Prepayment necessary!

Kevin Doyle received a National Heritage Fellowship Award, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, from the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC in 2014. He earned U.S. Irish Dance Champion honors and expanded his repertoire to include American tap, inspired by Fox Point famous son George M. Cohan. At age ten, Kevin began study at Pawtucket's famous Theresa Landry School of Dancing. Kevin performed for many years with Pendragon and has been the lead dancer and choreographer for WGBH's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn shows several times and a frequent performer with Kieran Jordan, Childsplay and many more.

So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.

If you are interested in the beginner tap class, please:

  1. E-mail to pre-register and then,
  2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to:
    Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864





Saturday, November 10-24, 2018 at 8pm
Childsplay — November West Coast Concert Tour
Kevin Doyle and dance partner Kieran Jordan will be the featured dancers again this year for this very special West Coast Tour of Childsplay!!!

More Info: Childsplay
Contact: Bob Childs

  • November 10, 2018
    San Juan Community Theatre
    Friday Harbor, Washington
    Tickets (available September 1)
  • November 11, 2018
    Nordstrom Recital Hall/Benaroya Hall
    Seattle, Washington
  • November 13, 2018
    Egyptian Theatre
    Coos Bay, Oregon
  • November 14, 2018
    Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center
    Corvallis, Oregon
  • November 15, 2018
    Aladdin Theatre
    Portland, Oregon
  • November 16, 2018
    Admiral Theatre
    Bremerton, Washington
  • November 17, 2018
    Lincoln Theatre
    Mount Vernon, Washington
  • November 20, 2018
    Somerville Theatre
    Davis Square
    Somerville, MA





Saturday, November 24, 2018
Blackstone River Theatre's 9th Annual Homecoming Concert and Silent Auction
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI
The concert features Atwater~Donnelly, Yacouba Diabate, The Exiles, Andrew McIntosh & Kyle Forsthoff, Torrin Ryan, Kim Trusty, and The Vox Hunters.
Admission is $20. For reservations or information call Blackstone River Theatre at (401) 725-9272 or visit





Kevin Doyle returns again this year as Dance director and Choreographer
for the 16th Annual Christmas Celtic Sojourn!!
December 12-23, 2018
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan

One of the true highlights of New England's holiday performance calendar, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn once again returns to Boston, Worcester, Rockport, New Bedford, and Providence, RI.

Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986. For the last 15 years, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. First launched in 2003, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly and national radio programs.

With a spectacular lineup of top-level musicians, singers, and dancers from around the Celtic world, the 2018 iteration of the show promises to once again be a favorite regional Christmas offering.

Music: Music director and multi-instrumentalist, Seamus Egan returns as well as assistant music director singer/pianist/harpist Maeve Gilchrist. Long-time collaborators Ben Wittman and Chico Huff return with percussion and bass respectively. Owen Marshall makes his second appearance on Guitar/Bouzouki/Harmonium. And Christmas would not be so without the cello gravitas of Natalie Haas. Making their debut on this year's program will be Concertina player extraordinaire, Brenda Castles from Co. Meath in Ireland, and the outstanding folk string quartet, The Fretless from Canada.

Singing: We are absolutely thrilled that young Scottish phenom, Hannah Rarity will be our featured singer this year. Hannah was named Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year by the BBC in February and announced Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival. Her new CD will be released in September. The four-part vocal harmony group Windborne made a huge impact last year, so much in fact, that we have asked them back. These wonderful voices combined with host Brian O'Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Gilchrist, and Castles (who both also sing!), will bring particularly strong harmony singing to this year's show, along with individual performances throughout.

Dancing: Kevin Doyle has been once again been named our dance director for 2018. Kevin received a National Fellowship from the N.E.A in 2012 and has regularly performed with the A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Kevin is currently in Ireland scouting dancers to join us in December, but of course, as is the tradition, the kids from The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole will return with their special brand of Christmas joy.

Some more musicians will be added. And then… there are the surprises! There are always surprises at Christmas!

Artistically directed again by Paula Plum for the sixteenth straight year, this promises to be one of the most exciting A Christmas Celtic Sojourn presentations yet.

Tickets: $25 - $85 (WGBH member discounts apply)
On-sale: Discounted sale (20% off) for WGBH members: August 12 – September 14
Public on-sale*: August 1, 2018

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 — 4PM and 8PM
    Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
  • Friday, December 14, 2018 — 7:30PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018 — 3PM and 7:30PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • Sunday, December 16, 2018 — 1PM and 5PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 — 7:30PM
    Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018 — 7:30PM
    Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 — 7:30PM
    Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI
  • Friday, December 21, 2018 — 3PM and 7:30PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • Saturday, December 22, 2018 — 3PM and 7:30PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • Sunday, December 23, 2018 — 1PM and 5PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA





Thursday, March 7, 2019
Atwater~Donnelly and Friends
(Cathy Clasper-Torch, Kevin Doyle, Benedict Gagliardi and Arman Aromin)
Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence, RI
Bank of America Arts Showcase Concert for Rhode Island high school students.

Kevin Doyle | Irish Step Dance | American Tap Dance | NEA National Heritage Fellow

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