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band inquiries: Bill Black 508.540.5324 - email necb@earthlink.net or bill@capeirish.com

January 29-31, 2016
guest artist Rosemary Flanagan

"I had a great time and look forward to next year.  I appreciate all the time and effort that went into making the weekend special.   You played a good selection of dances that appealed to all."

More about band members

Guest Artists photo album



Formed in June of 2004, the NECB is comprised of musicians from the Boston and New York areas who have played together extensively in the past, and who appreciate ceili band playing as a particular skill within the broader spectrum of Irish traditional music.
In addition, the members of the NECB appreciate one another both as musicians and as individuals. The love and respect of the band members for one another is clearly manifest at every NECB performance, and of course infuses the band's music as it is experienced by the dancers fortunate enough to be in attendance at an NECB ceili.

The NECB prides itself on being responsive to the desires of its dancers -
don't tell you whatthe next ceili dance or set is going to be, you tell us!




Cape Cod Ceili Weekend XIII
January 29-31, 2016
Cape Cod Irish Village
special guest Rose Conway Flanagan (fiddle)


THE PAST . . .
 January 2015
CCCW XII: We manage to get a mostly snow-free weekend before one of the
worst Februaries this area has ever seen. Tara Lynch helps out at the
Friday night ceili and Rosemary Flanagan is our "guest artist"
for the weekend. It was terrific having these two "great ladies
of traditional music" on stage together with Pat, Larry Jr.,
and Kevin. Great music and dance once again under the
watchful eye of new owner Tommy MacCormaic!

January 2014

CCCW XI: The weather holds up and we have another great weekend with
Willie and Siobhán Kelly to help out. (Thanks also to Bob Dunlavey for assisting on
box in place of Kevin Killeen.)

January 2013
CCCW X: Old friend and master uilleann piper Jerry O'Sullivan joins us
once againAs is becoming a custom for the NECB, keyboardist/singer Paul Kenneally
adds his considerable talents to the Saturday evening lineup!

January 2012
CCCW IX: Guest artist for the weekend was the legendary accordion champion and
recording artist John Whelan; fiddler Mark Oien filled in for an ailing Seán Reynolds.
On Saturday night, the NECB was joined by members of Carraroe and on keyboards
by our good friend Paul Kenneally.

Paul Kenneally

January 2011

CCCW VIII: first ceili weekend at the "New" Irish Village - big success!
NECB is joined by members of Carraroe (Kevin Daly, box; Mark Oien, fiddle;
Torrin Ryan, pipes) and keyboardist Paul Kenneally for a memorable Saturday
night ceili

February 2010
CCCW VII: great weekend as old friends and new assemble to do what they love

February 2009

CCCW VI a great success - dancers in abundance, musicians as always ready to
tear away at the tunes, weather as good as February will ever supply on Cape Cod.

Memorial Day weekend 2008
CCCW V - NECB joined by guest fiddler Brendan Bulger
Always room for more dancers but the ones that attended had a great time!

January 2008
CCCW IV - great time had by all (despite bogus fire alarms and blizzard threat!)

October 2007
NECB appears at a Gertie Byrne "#1 Irish Weekend" at the Falls View
Hotel in the Catskills


June 2007
Midsummer Ceili at the Irish Village

Jan 2007
CCCW III - the best yet as lads are joined by Rosemary and Maeve Flanagan and dance
workshop instructors Aidan Maher (ceili) and Barry and Pat Callahan (sets)

June 2006
Cape Cod Celtic Festival IV

Jan 2006
Cape Cod Ceili Weekend II - great time had by all!

Sept 2005
NECB returns to its second Newport Irish Festival

July 2005
NECB performs as part of the Cape Cod Celtic Festival

May 2005
Memorial Day weekend ceili at the Irish Village


Jan 2005
first annual Cape Cod Ceili Weekend (or "CCCW I"). Great weekend in spite
of un-Cape-like weather (30+ inches of snow on the ground)

Sept 2004
Band appears at the Newport Irish Festival

June 2004
NECB makes its debut to universal approbation and amazement (or vice versa)
at the Cape Cod Celtic Festival


Larry Reynolds Jr - Mark Oien (2012)

band inquiries: Bill Black 508.540.5324 - email capeirish@earthlink.net

Present band members


Bill Black - banjo, bouzouki, guitar

Senior member of the band, Bill also handles publicity on behalf of the group. Bill did his Irish traditional apprenticeship in New York in the early 1970's and became an active member of the Boston scene when he and his family moved to Cape Cod in 1979. Bill is active in the Cape Cod session scene, founded and performs in the local traditional group "Cape Tradition", and also does classical and choral composing and arranging as well as traditional  tune composing, web archiving, production, song writing etc. Bill's web home page is www.capeirish.com.

Seán Reynolds - fiddle
Larry Reynolds Jr - accordion
Pat Reynolds - drums

Two brothers (Sean and Larry) and a cousin (Pat) who have been intimately involved in the Boston traditional scene all their lives, which is only to be expected when the late Larry Reynolds is your dad (or, in Pat's case, your uncle!) Seán is a rock-solid fiddler, Larry is a first-class accordion player, and Pat is certainly one of the top three ceili band drummers in the U.S. All live in the Boston area, and in November 2002 Seán and Pat were inducted into the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) Hall  of Fame for their efforts on behalf of traditional music in general and ceili music in particular over the years.

Kevin Killeen - accordion

Kevin is the New York-area representative in the band, and brings a wealth of ceili playing experience to the group. He has been an active teacher and performer in the New York trad scene for years. Kevin and banjo player Bill Black first shared tunes at various CCE conventions starting in the 1980's, and in the meantime Kevin became acquainted with (and appreciated by) the Reynolds brothers for his solid technique and command. His accordion playing style blends very well with the style of Larry Reynolds Jr to create a distinct and powerful sound for the band.

Guest Artists
Our thanks to the following great musicians who have joined us in the past
(and we hope will do so again)!

john-w rose maeve

jerry bren2 carra