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One of the highlights of New England's holiday performance calendar, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn once again returns to Boston, Worcester, Rockport, and New Bedford and, for the first time since 2012, to Providence, RI. 

Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for 28 years. For the last 14, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season. First launched in 2003, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program.

For the past three years, in celebration of the second decade of the concert series, one of the shows at the beautiful Cutler Majestic Theatre in downtown Boston has been radio broadcast nationally. This year will see a new Public Radio International-distributed special featuring the 2015 program.

With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world and beyond poised to take the stage together, this year’s show again promises to build its reputation as one of the chestnuts of live holiday music in the region.


Music director Seamus Egan returns with members of his legendary group Solas. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Johnny Connolly from Dublin on accordion, and Eamon McElholm from Co. Tyrone on guitar will be supplemented by returning stalwart Chico Huff on bass and Steve Holloway on percussion. The show is delighted as well to welcome back harpist/singer Maeve Gilchrist from Edinburgh in Scotland and virtuosic cellist Natalie Haas. And in this year’s exciting exploration of the deep kinship among Irish, Scottish, and Acadian music, we welcome the truly extraordinary Vishten featuring twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island and Magdalen Islander Pascal Miousse.

Eilís Kennedy from Dingle (and of Lumiere fame) will be with us this year as a featured singer, and the wonderful voices of Vishten will combine with those of host Brian O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, Eamon McElholm, and Maeve Gilchrist to bring strong choral and harmony singing to this year’s show, along with individual performances throughout.

Cara ButlerDancing
Internationally renowned Cara Butler has been named Dance Director for 2016. Cara danced in the show in 2012 and 2014 and recently choreographed A Celtic Sojourn at The Boston Pops to much acclaim. We are proud to once again present her stellar lineup and spectacular choreography. She will be joined by long-time dancing partner Nathan Pilatzke of the dance show The Stepcrew. And of course, as is the tradition, The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole returns to bring their Christmas joy.

And then … there are the surprises! There are always surprises at Christmas! 

Christmas Celtic Sojourn Dancers

Artistically directed again by Paula Plum for the fourteenth straight year, this promises to be one of the most exciting A Christmas Celtic Sojourn concerts yet.

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Dec. 9 - Dec. 21, 2016

2016 Venues

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016; 7:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016; 3pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016; 1pm and 5pm

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016; 7:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016; 3pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016; 1pm and 5pm

Wednesday Dec. 21, 2016; 3pm and 7:30pm



Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016; 4pm and 8pm



Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016; 7:30pm



The Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016; 7:30pm



Veterans Memorial Auditiorium, Providence, RI

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016; 7:30pm