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.
Music director Seamus Egan of Solas and Assistant Music Director Maeve Gilchrist from Edinburgh lead a phenomenal fiddle section of Liz Knowles, Jenna Moynihan, and 15-year old phenom 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 with A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, along with fellow first-timer and celebrated guitarist Owen Marshall. The show is delighted to welcome back the extraordinary cellist Natalie Haas to complete the Christmas Celtic ensemble.
SINGINGMairi 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 a truly 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 be with us fresh off their high-impact release of a new album of songs of social struggle. These wonderful voices combine with those of host Brian O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Maeve Gilchrist, to bring particularly strong choral and harmony singing to this year’s show, along with individual performances throughout.
DANCINGKevin Doyle has been named our Dance Director for 2017. Kevin received a National Fellowship from the NEA in 2014 and has regularly performed with the show. We are proud to once again present Kevin’s stellar lineup and spectacular choreography. He will be joined by Teelin Irish Dance Company director and choreographer Maureen Berry. And of course, as is our tradition, the Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole returns with their special brand of Christmas joy.
And of course, more to come…but you’ll have to join us to find out! Artistically directed again by Paula Plum for the fifteenth straight year, this promises to be one of the most spectacular A Christmas Celtic Sojourn performances to date.