One of the true highlights of New England’s holiday performance calendar!
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 line up 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 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.
We are absolutely thrilled that young Scottish phenom Hannah Rarity will be the 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. The four-part vocal harmony group Windborne made a huge impact last year, so much in fact, that they are returning. 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.
Kevin Doyle has been once again been named dance director for 2018. Kevin received a National Fellowship from the NEA in 2012 and has regularly performed with the A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Kevin is currently in Ireland scouting dancers, 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. And Joe Duffey, TCRG, acclaimed Irish dance performer, choreographer, and instructor from Washington DC, will also be joining the cast as the featured dancer.
Tickets are $45, $54 and $62 depending on seat locations. Discounts are available for members, groups of 10 or more, children and students. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.