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Now in its second decade of concerts around New EnglandA Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan is returning to stages in Boston, Worcester, New Bedford, and Rockport, MA.

Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for 28 years. For the last thirteen, 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 two 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 2014 program.

With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world and beyond poised to take the stage together, this year’s show promises to be one of the most dynamic. 



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2015 Performance Dates and Venue Information

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 at 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 at 1pm and 5pm
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 at 8pm 
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 at 1pm and 5pm

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Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA (SOLD OUT.)
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 at 4:30pm and 8pm

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Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 at 7:30pm
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The Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at 7:30pm
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About the Show



Music director Seamus Egan will be returning with his legendary group Solas. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, with Mick McAuley from Co. Kilkenny returning after a year’s hiatus, and Eamon McElholm from Co. Tyrone on guitar with stalwart Chico Huff on bass. The show is delighted as well to welcome back harpist/singer Maeve Gilchrist and cellist Natalie Haas. And in this year’s exciting exploration of the deep kinship between Irish, Scottish, and Scandinavian music, the truly extraordinary Nordic Fiddlers Bloc featuring Shetlander Kevin Henderson, Olav Luksengård Mjelva from Norway, and Anders Hall from Sweden. Rounding out the group, Eamon Murray, the bodhran player and all-round percussionist from Beoga, will keep a steady beat.


We are so thrilled – and I mean thrilled – to have finally convinced Dervish lead woman Cathy Jordan to join us this Christmas. From Co. Sligo and recognized as one of the purest traditional voices singing today, Cathy will bring a broad approach to the tradition from her years with the super group as well as material from her solo CD (which coincidently was produced by a Swede and carries a lot of Scandinavian influences).


Internationally renowned Cara Butler has been named Dance Director for 2015. Cara danced in the show in 2012 and 2014 and recently choreographed A Celtic Sojourn at The Boston Pops to much acclaim. Cara is joined by Declan McHale, an award winning step-dancer from England, and will be looking to add more to the dance program in the next few months. The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole will also be returning.



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

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

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