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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 twenty-eight years. For the last fourteen, 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. 




2016 Tickets on Sale starting August 27: $25-$85 

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2016 Performance Dates and Venue Information

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at 7:30pm 

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

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at 1pm and 5pm 

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

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Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

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

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Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA

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

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The Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA 

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at 7:30pm 

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Veterans Memorial Auditiorium, Providence, RI

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

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About the Show



Music director Seamus Egan returns with his legendary group Solas. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Johnny Connolly from Connemara in Galway on accordion, and Eamon McElholm from Co. Tyrone on guitar will be supplemented by returning stalwart Chico Huff on bass. 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. 


The wonderful voices of Vishten combine with those of host Brian O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, Solas member Eamon McElholm, and Maeve Gilchrist to bring strong choral and harmony singing to this year’s show, along with individual performances throughout. 


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. 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!

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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