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February 15, 2017

WGBH’s A Saint Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan Returns for 12th Year

Irish holiday show returns to Worcester, New Bedford, Cambridge and for the first time tours to Beverly, March 15-18

BOSTON, February 15, 2017 – WGBH’s A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn returns for its 12th season this March with performances in Worcester, Beverly, New Bedford, and Cambridge. In the footsteps of the popular 89.7 WGBH radio program A Celtic Sojourn and its holiday counterpart A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, this year’s program proves to be the most dynamic yet.

“I am always very excited to present wonderful Irish musical connections in such terrific spaces, especially this time of year,” says producer and host Brian O’Donovan. “It’s an excellent opportunity to share the beauty of our musical traditions with our community while we celebrate this joyous holiday of St. Patrick’s Day!”

Host O’Donovan will be joined again by music director Keith Murphy, who has been with the series since 2012. The 2017 line-up features a robust group of talented performers, including the Karan Casey Band, featuring lead vocalist Karan Casey, founding member of Irish supergroup Solas. Casey has been called “one of the most provocative and innovative voices” in Irish music. Casey and her band will be joined by world-renowned fiddler Liz Carroll and celebrated young harp and fiddle duo Jenna Moynihan & Mairi Chaimbeul.

The Miller siblings, Ruby May and Samuel from Smithfield, Rhode Island, will round out the cast as the show’s dancers. The Millers have been dancing and competing for more than a dozen years with the Goulding School of Irish Dance in Medford, MA and Cranston, RI. They have represented their school in national and international contests, most recently in Glasgow at the 2016 World Irish Dancing Championships where Samuel captured 5th place earning his fourth world medal. They joined A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn last season sharing with audiences the toe-tapping rhythms of traditional dance.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a time to explore a culture that traces its origins back thousands of years. With A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn, we strive to bring audiences a show that is both modern and true to its ancestral roots,” O’Donovan shares. “We sing, we dance, we celebrate. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this day with us in true Irish style!”

A full schedule of WGBH’s A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn performance locations and times is below. Tickets available at www.wgbh.org/support/stpatrickssojourn.cfm for $20-$45; WGBH member discounts apply.

Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA

Wednesday, March 15, 2017; 7:30pm

Cabot Theatre, Beverly, MA

Thursday, March 16, 2017; 8pm

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA

Friday, March 17, 2017; 8pm

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Saturday, March 18, 2017; 3pm and 7:30pm                                                                       

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn is produced by WGBH.

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