Irish Christmas In America – Saturday, December 14 at 7:00 pm
Irish Christmas In America
Saturday, December 14, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32 regular, $38 premium (SPPAC Members save 10-20%.)
Family 4-Pack: $120; extra tickets $30 each includes tax.
CAPTIVATING! - Irish Music Magazine
Irish Christmas in America will enchant the whole family with a joyful performance celebrating Irish holiday traditions through music, story, song, and dance with some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians.
Now in its ninth season, the 2013 tour brings back acclaimed vocal duo Lumiere, featuring the angelic voices of Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Kennedy, accompanied by renowned guitarist Donogh Hennessy. The Irish Times calls their harmonies “spellbinding,” and the BBC says “absolutely superb”!
Séamus Begley, named Ireland’s 2013 Traditional Singer of the Year (TG4), joins in with his stunning vocal prowess and charming wit. Award-winning Irish step dancer Samantha Harvey dazzles with her fancy footwork. The all-star band also includes Gráinne Hambly’s beautiful harp playing, Sean Gavin on flute and uilleann pipes, and Oisin Mac Diarmada, the show’s producer and the brilliant young fiddler with the Irish group Téada. Mac Diarmada created the show to bring some of Ireland’s lovely yet lesser-known holiday traditions to American audiences. Music, singing, and dancing were intrinsic to the season in Ireland, and also for the many Irish that found themselves in America. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”
Lumiere is Éilís Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon, two exceptional vocalists from Dingle , Co. Kerry, accompanied by renowned guitarist Donogh Hennessy (a founding member of Lunasa). Éilís (Ay-lish) Kennedy is known for her natural and genuine interpretations of songs, both old and new, sung in her native Gaelic and in English. Pauline is an award-winning singer who follows in the tradition of Irish female voices from Sinead O’Connor to Enya. Their new CD is “My Dearest Dear,” produced by legendary record producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, U2).
Oisín Mac Diarmada – Producer/Fiddle
A graduate in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin, Oisín (oh-sheen) has been described by The Irish Echo’s Earle Hitchner as “one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today.” Founder of noted group Téada, Oisín is also a regular solo performer, having appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the US along with an extensive recording history. He has recently been appointed Chief Examiner of the SCT Irish Traditional Music Examination System, administered by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
Séamus Begley - Vocals, Accordion
Séamus Begley comes from the Irish-speaking region of West Kerry and is a member of one of Ireland’s most musically-acclaimed families. Famous for his heartfelt singing, Séamus is equally brilliant on the accordion, which he plays with astonishing energy and spontaneity. In 2013, Séamus was honoured with the hugely prestigious Traditional Singer of the Year award from TG4 (Irish television).
Samantha Harvey - dancer
Hailing from greater Los Angeles, Samantha Harvey is a young champion Irish dancer, as well as an award-winning pianist and accordionist. From a young age, Celtic music and dance have been her passion. She is current eastern regional Fleadh champion in both piano and accordion, performs with various bands, and is pianist for Ireland-The Show. Samantha is a graduate of the University of Dallas in Economics and Music, and a T.C.R.G. with the world- renowned Claddagh School of Irish Dance. She brings enthusiasm and charm to the stage with her positive energy, impeccable timing, and musical mastery.
Gráinne Hambly - harp
From County Mayo in the West of Ireland, Gráinne Hambly is an internationally recognized exponent of the Irish harp. In 1998 she completed a Masters Degree in Musicology at Queen’s University Belfast, for which her main research topic was music collections and the harp in 18th-century Ireland. Since then, Gráinne has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States, giving concerts, workshops and masterclasses, and has performed with ’Irish Christmas in America’ since 2005.
Sean Gavin - flute, whistle and uilleann pipes
Sean Gavin’s playing on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong immersion in traditional Irish music. Sean learned from his father Mick as well has having studied the uilleann pipes with teacher Al Purcell—himself a student of famed piper Leo Rowsome. Currently residing in Chicago, he’s been strongly influenced by flute legend Kevin Henry. He tours regularly with the acclaimed groups Bua and NicGaviskey as well as performing often with his family.
Irish Christmas in America is presented through a generous sponsorship by People’s United Bank and in support of The Vermont Foodbank. A portion of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Vermont Foodbank to assist the 17% of our neighbors who go to bed hungry. The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center invites guest to visit the lobby to see a “Can Castle” constructed of items collected for the Vermont Food Bank. Please help support this effort by bringing a personal care or non-perishable food item to the donation box in the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center’s lobby or to Stowe Area Association’s Welcome Center lobby during the first two weeks of December.
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