Photo by Steven Bichimer

Colleen White (vocals, whistle, flute) and Sean Smith (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran) are of different generations, but find common ground in their love of the music of Ireland and the UK. Their repertoire includes traditional songs and instrumentals as well as material from contemporary singer-songwriters like Kate Rusby, Karine Polwart, Steve Tilston and Tommy Sands, presented with pleasing vocal harmonies and solid accompaniment.
Colleen is a native of New Jersey, but moved at a young age to Elk River, Minn., and it was there she first started playing Irish music, in ceili bands and at the odd wedding gig, as well as at the Center for Irish Music in Minneapolis. She has studied flute and whistle under Kate Dowling and Jimmy Noonan, and has spent time in Ireland doing music research and also attending the famous Willie Clancy Summer School of traditional Irish music.
Sean spent most of his youth in the Hudson Valley of New York, moving to Massachusetts in 1981. Largely self-taught, he got stuck on Irish, Scottish and English traditional music in high school, and during college spent a year on an independent study of the folk music revival in the UK and Ireland. Over the years, he's played in various bands and collaborations in the Greater Boston area, and at such venues and events as Club Passim, the Boston Irish Festival, the Nameless Coffeehouse and BCMFest (Boston's Celtic Music Fest).
Colleen and Sean met via Boston College, playing various formal and informal gigs on campus -- including at the annual BC Arts Festival and the yearly Boston College Irish Dance show -- as well as in Boston over the past several years. In the spring of 2014, they began to explore their musical partnership in earnest after-hours amidst empty BC classrooms, and subsequently appeared at the Dorchester Irish Heritage Festival and BCMFest (Boston's Celtic Music Fest). Even as they continue to seek out more performance opportunities, wherever there is practice space on the BC campus, there they will be.

Contact us at [email protected].

Want to know more about Colleen and Sean? Here's an interview we did in 2015 prior to our gig at the Peabody Institute.


Photo by Steven Bichimer

Gigs, Past and Future (check back for updates)

January 18-21, 2018 15th Annual BCMFest, Harvard Square, Cambridge

October 29, 2017 The Bebop, 5 p.m., 1116 Boylston St., Boston

September 9, 2017 Opening for singer-songwriter Reggie Harris, St. John's Coffeehouse, 7 p.m., Arlington, Mass.

August 17, 2017 Newton Free Library, 7 p.m., Newton, Mass.

BCMFest 2015, 2016 and 2017

"Love, True and/or False: Romance and Courtship in Traditional and Contemporary Folk Song," Newton Free Library, Newton, Mass.

Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain

Dorchester Irish Heritage Festival, Dorchester, Mass., 2014 and 2015

Peabody Institute Library Summer Concert Series

Music Samples

Colleen and Sean at the 2015 Dorchester Irish Heritage Festival (videos courtesy of Liam Hart and Mark Delaney)