For the past decade, the A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn concerts have introduced a wide range of new and familiar musicians alike to audiences eager to celebrate the holiday in true Irish style. This year, WGBH presents the twelfth annual A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan in four venues.
This year is sure to bring a lively, varied, and engaging concert in four of the most delightful theatres in the region. “Last year, we expanded to five shows in three venues around the region. We are so looking forward to our first time touring to Beverly’s Cabot Theatre, a gem that is growing into one of the regions’ premiere venues. We will also be returning to the Hanover Theatre where the Worcester audiences have always been so welcoming. In what’s become tradition for us, we’ll also perform at the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. And we always look forward to the beautiful theatre and packed house at stunning Sanders Theatre on Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge. I am very excited to present wonderful Irish musical and dance connections in such terrific spaces. These theatres play host to our show so beautifully and we are looking forward to our now-annual return to each,” added O’Donovan.
This year’s cast showcases exquisite musicianship from two leading lights of Irish music, Karan Casey and Liz Carroll, alongisde emerging stars Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul, with dancers to be announced shortly!
The Karan Casey Band
Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative, provocative, and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. A founding member of the seminal band Solas, she has also appeared in concert and on albums with folk legends like James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, Mick Moloney and The Dubliners, and Imelda May as well as with Lunasa, Tim O’Brien, and Capercaillie’s Karen Matheson. Karan brings with her to A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn her touring band composed of her husband Niall Vallely on concertina and low whistle, Caomhin Vallely on keys, and Robbie Overson on guitar.
Regarded as one of the finest traditional fiddlers in the world, Liz Carroll burst on the music scene when she was 18 with a win at the Senior All-Ireland Championship. Since then, Liz and her fiddle have been wowing audiences around the globe. In recent years, she has been honored with many accolades, including 2010 Grammy nomination with John Doyle for their duet album, "Double Play." In April of 2011, Liz became the first American-born composer to be honored with Ireland's most significant traditional music prize, the Cumado´ir TG4. We are delighted that she will be returning to A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn this year.
Jenna Moynihan & Mairi Chaimbeul
Harp and fiddle duo par excellence! Rooted in traditional Celtic and Appalachian Old-Time music, Jenna and Mairi have developed a sound which celebrates and explores beautiful melodies from both cultures. The pair met while studying at Berklee College of Music and are a product of the thriving and rich Boston music community. Jenna and Mairi are heavily steeped in tradition, but their arrangements push boundaries with original compositions and breathe new life into old tunes.
Keith Murphy, Music Director
Named music director for A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn in 2012, Keith Murphy is a native of Newfoundland and a founding member of Nightingale, a trio that broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. He is a mainstay of the Boston fiddle extravaganza Childsplay and has also worked extensively with Tony Barrand on the early twentieth century song repertoire of the Atwood family from Dover, Vermont. He also appears in concert frequently with his wife, fiddler Becky Tracy.
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