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WGBH presents
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
with Brian O’Donovan

Monday, December 18, 2017

This performance includes live music on the Mighty Wurlitzer before the show!

Event Description

Brian O’Donovan’s "A Celtic Sojourn" has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986.  Now celebrating a decade and a half of holiday performances, the Christmas-time live version of the show draws on Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season.  A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program, plus the excitement of a live show featuring the Celtic world’s best performers. The 2017 iteration of the show promises once again to be one of the chestnuts of the region’s Christmas offerings.
The performers:
Music director Seamus Egan of Solas and assistant music director, Maeve Gilchrist from Edinburgh, lead a fiddle section that includes Liz Knowles, Jenna Moynihan and 15-year old phenomenon Haley Richardson. In the rhythm section, percussionist Ben Wittman rejoins the cast after a three-year hiatus and Chico Huff returns on bass. Virtuosic Uilleann piper Joey Abarta makes his debut, along with fellow first-timer and celebrated guitarist Owen Marshall, and the show welcomes back extraordinary cellist Natalie Haas.
Mairi Cambell from Scotland performs as featured singer in the 2017 edition of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. As one of her country’s most sought-after singers, Mairi gained fame as the voice for an extraordinary version of the new year classic “Auld Lang Syne” in the movie “Sex and the City.”  The four-part vocal harmony group Windborne will also join the show. These wonderful voices combine with those of Maeve Gilchrist, host Brian O’Donovan and his wife Lindsay to bring particularly strong choral and harmony singing to this year’s show, along with individual performances throughout.
Dance director Kevin Doyle received a national fellowship from the NEA in 2014 and has regularly performed with the show. He will be joined by Teen Irish Dance Company director and choreographer Maureen Berry. The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole also returns with their special brand of Christmas joy.
The show is artistically directed by Paula Plum for the fifteenth straight year.
Tickets are $45, $52 and $59 depending on seat location. Discounts are available for members, students, children and groups of ten or more. Please contact the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.