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Now going into its second decade of concerts around New England, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan is returning to stages in Boston, Rockport, and Worcester, MA, along with Derry, NH.

89.7 WGBH host Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic world, and beyond!

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Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH
Saturday, December 14, 7:30pm
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Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston
Sunday, December 15, 3pm
Thursday, December 19, 8pm
Friday, December 20, 8pm
Saturday, December 21, 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, December 22, 1pm and 5pm

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Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
Monday, December 16, 4:30pm and 8pm

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Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
Tuesday, December 17, 7:30pm
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» About the show

A Christmas Celtic SojournMusic
With music director Seamus Egan returning, his ground-breaking group Solas will be back on stage as well. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Mick McAuley from Kilkenny on accordion and guitar, and Eamon McElholm, from Co. Tyrone will be supplemented by a new percussionist Steve Holloway, and the returning stalwart, Chico Huff on Bass. Steve Hickman, who wowed the audience with his use of body percussion (hambone!), and fiddling in 2007 will return. And Maeve Gilchrist will bring her harp wizardry from her native Scotland as well as the new influences of her years at the Berklee College of music. This year, some of the distinctive music of Norway will also be incorporated as Mariel Vandersteel joins the cast with her 8 string Hardanger fiddle, named after a musically vibrant and distinct part of the country.

A Christmas Celtic SojournSinging
Joining Mick McAuley, Brian, and his wife, Lindsay O’Donovan on vocals will be the lead singer of the acclaimed group Voco, Moira Smiley. Moria will be joined by Scottish singer and star of the PBS special, Highland Heartbeat, Maureen McMullan, as well as Maeve Gilchrist also known as an accomplished singer.

A Christmas Celtic SojournDancing
And finally, after six years of delivering the charming children and teenage dancers who have wowed audiences around New England, World Champion dancer and Riverdance star, Liam Harney has cleared his international touring schedule to choreograph and perform in this year’s edition of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. And what would Christmas Celtic be of course, without the young dancers from Liam’s Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole. They have truly become part of the tradition and will be back.  

And then of course, there are the surprises! There are always surprises at Christmas!

Artistically directed again by Paula Plum for the 11th straight year, these concerts promise to be one of the most exciting editions of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn yet.