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WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn ONLINE with Brian O'Donovan

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

12/16 7:30 PM

Two 40 minute halves with a five minute intermission
Appropriate for all ages

Event Description

For 17 years, WGBH and Brian O'Donovan have presented A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, a gathering to celebrate on stage during this darkest time of the year. Each December it draws on Celtic, pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the season.

As with so many long-established traditions in cities, towns and homes around the world, we will not be able to join with each other in person this year, and that makes us sad. Our preference clearly would be to gather in person, as we did last year when so many of you clapped your hands and sang along in those lovely theatre seats. However, in this pandemic year, an in-person gathering won’t be possible. Instead, WGBH and Brian O'Donovan created something new and extra special!

This year’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn will be online for you to enjoy, gathered with loved ones in the safety of your own homes. Our goal is to be there virtually for you, singing together our familiar songs, dazzling, as always, with musical creativity, visiting with some of our musicians around the world in their homes, while sharing their holiday traditions.  

Brian O'Donovan hosts live, introducing the artists, chatting with them about their lives, reading some of his favorite poetry and bringing you a special story of remembrance and musings from his own West Cork Christmas.  

Being online this year also opens up possibilities of bringing back some of the amazing performers who have joined A Christmas Celtic Sojourn since 2003.

Our Christmas Celtic Ensemble: Seamus Egan (Banjo, Whistles), Maeve Gilchrist (Harp, Piano), Chico Huff (Bass), Owen Marshall (Bouzouki, Harmonium), Jenna Moynihan (Fiddle, Voice), Conor Hearne (Guitar, Voice), and Maura Shawn Scanlon (Fiddle, Voice, Viola).

Guest Musicians/Dancers/Singers: Cathy Jordan (Sligo, Ireland), Eilis Kennedy (Dingle, Ireland), Mairi Campbell, Siobhan Miller, and Hannah Rarity, (Edinburgh, Scotland), Aoife O’Donovan and Eric Jacobsen, (New York), Cara Butler, (Canada), Nic Gareiss (Michigan), and Windborne (Vermont).

Tune in for even more surprises!   

Tickets start at $52.50, with bonus Patron Level and Sponsor Level packages available. Your event pass includes access to a virtual Celtic Sojourn. The stream will be available starting 30 minutes before show time. In addition, your purchased ticket/pass will give access to the program again in its entirety and on-demand from December 21 at Noon - January 2. On purchase through the web site, event passes will come in the form of an access link. Each access link can be used on any device (laptop, desktop, tablet, or phone).

Access to the event, plus access to the video on-demand from December 21 - January 2.

This gives two access codes, one for your own household and one to perhaps gift to a family member or friend anywhere in the world for you to gather virtually. It is your way to share in the joy of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Your Patron level will also give access to An O'Donovan Christmas, a virtual gathering place that will include Christmas recipes and Brian O’Donovan’s readings of special stories and poems. Plus, receive access to a brand new album of songs and tunes, "The Very Best of Christmas Celtic Sojourn, 2003 – 2019." This will be available to you as a download and/or a stream for you to enjoy throughout the season. Specific instructions and email updates will be directly to the address you chose between now and the event.
You will identify yourself as a true supporter of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn in this challenging year of 2020. In addition to two Patron Level accesses as described above, we will thank you by name in the credits at the end of our broadcast. We will offer the opportunity for you to submit a family Christmas photograph, which will be featured in the video preamble to the broadcast starting 20 minutes before actual air-time. And, when this pandemic is by us, and in the first December we are back in the theatres, we will thank you by name in the program booklet for all performances. If you need to know more, please send an email to