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WGBH presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Running time 2 hours

Event Description

Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for twenty-eight years. For the last fourteen, 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 national radio program. 

With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world and beyond poised to take the stage together, this year’s show again promises to build its reputation as one of the chestnuts of live holiday music in the region. 

Music:  Music director Seamus Egan returns with his legendary group Solas. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Johnny Connolly from Connemara in Galway on accordion, and Eamon McElholm from Co. Tyrone on guitar will be supplemented by returning stalwart Chico Huff on bass. The show is delighted as well to welcome back harpist/singer Maeve Gilchrist from Edinburgh in Scotland and virtuosic cellist Natalie Haas. And in this year’s exciting exploration of the deep kinship among Irish, Scottish, and Acadian music, we welcome the truly extraordinary Vishten featuring twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island and Magdalen Islander Pascal Miousse

Singing:  The wonderful voices of Vishten combine with those of host Brian O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, Solas member Eamon McElholm, and Maeve Gilchrist to bring strong choral and harmony singing to this year’s show, along with individual performances throughout. 

Dancing:  Internationally renowned Cara Butler has been named Dance Director for 2016. Cara danced in the show in 2012 and 2014 and recently choreographed A Celtic Sojourn at The Boston Pops to much acclaim. We are proud to once again present her stellar lineup and spectacular choreography. And of course, as is the tradition, The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole returns to bring their Christmas joy. 

And then … there are the surprises!  There are always surprises at Christmas!

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

Tickets are $46, $52 and $58 depending on seat location. Discounts are available for members and groups of 10+. Please call the box office at 877.571.SHOW (7469) for more information.