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GBH presents A Virtual St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan

Thursday, March 11, 2021

03/11 7:30 PM


Appropriate for all ages

Event Description

For 17 years, A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened audiences throughout New England during the month of March. A magnificent lineup of musicians, singers and dancers from around the world share Celtic, Pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. This year’s A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn goes online for performances you can enjoy with loved ones in the safety of your own homes. We hope you can join us for a time filled with poetry, sing-alongs, recipes and the treasured St. Patrick’s Day ensemble.

Read a personal note from Brian O'Donovan.

The 2021 Cast: 

Keith Murphy. A long-time resident of Vermont, Keith has deep musical roots in Maritimes, Quebecois, New England and Celtic music. He has been music director for A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn since 2012. 

Singer Matthew Byrne joins from his home in Newfoundland. 

Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen are two of America’s most highly regarded young players of traditional Irish music. Their playing is steeped in lifelong study of the Irish tradition and is at the same time colored by their American roots. 

Hanneke Cassel and Yann Falquet combine the music of Scotland, Cape Breton and Quebec with a fresh new approach and several originally composed tunes. 

Joey Abarta is one of the most admired uilleann pipers in the world today. 

Acclaimed Irish musicians each in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh have joined forces to create one of traditional music’s most impressive acts. The pair’s spirited music and dance is rooted in tradition, brimming with soul and life. 

Emma O’Sullivan is from Connemara, Co. Galway in the west of Ireland. An All-Ireland Champion in the sean-nos (old style) of traditional dance, she has toured the globe with many of the top names in traditional Irish music and has an online fame based on wonderful videos recorded in Galway and elsewhere in the west of Ireland. 

Rasa String Quartet was formed in 2019 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA and consists of Irish-American violinist Maura Shawn Scanlin, Japanese-American violinist Kiyoshi Hayashi, Spanish-Vietnamese violist Claudia Do Minh Ramos and Korean-American cellist Eunghee Cho. The Rasa String Quartet is quickly emerging as one of New England’s finest young ensembles. In 2020, Brian O'Donovan commissioned Rasa to resurrect a mid-20th century Irish classical composition, "Meath Pastoral," by Arthur Duff.  This will be one of their contributions to this year's St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn.

Tune in for even more surprises!     

Livestream Options: 

Tickets for A Virtual St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan start at $42.50 for one household pass. Additional options are available for a Gathering ($95, includes 3 household passes) and A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn Party ($185, includes 5 household passes, plus special St. Patrick's Day playlists). Please note: Each household access code will be emailed to the purchaser for distribution to friends and family.

Virtual passes are only available through ShowClix. For more information on how to watch the livestream, please visit the Celtic Sojourn website.

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