(Boston, Mass., Thursday, November 8, 2018) – WGBH’sA Christmas Celtic Sojournwith Brian O’Donovanreturns for its 16th season this December with performances in Boston, Worcester, Providence, New Bedford and Rockport. Based on the popular 89.7 WGBH radio program A Celtic Sojourn, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program plus the excitement of a live show.

“It is a tremendous honor to return to New England for our sixteenth year, as this program is quite special,” O’Donovan said. “The Christmas story is about strangers, travellers, and refugees to a large extent. While we draw on these themes in previous shows, it will have special significance in this year’s program when the world refugee crisis seems to be widening and inspiring the creation of various songs and spoken word pieces. We can’t wait for you to see it!”

Music Director Seamus Egan leads the ensemble along with Assistant Music Director and harpist Maeve Gilchrist. Cellist Natalie Haas returns to the instrumental section alongside guitarist Owen Marshall as he comes back for his second year. Concertina player Brenda Castles from Co. Meath in Ireland and Canadian folk quartet The Fretless will both make their A Christmas Celtic Sojourn debuts, joining a talented cast of performers.

On the eve of the release of her new CD, BBC Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year Hannah Rarity joins the cast as featured singer. Four-part harmony group Windborne also returns for their second year to A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, joining their voices with O’Donovan, his wife Lindsay, Gilchrist, and Castles, who also sings.

Kevin Doyle serves as Dance Director, joined by featured dancer Joe Duffey, TCRG, acclaimed Irish dance performer, choreographer and instructor from Washington, DC. And of course, as is the tradition, the children fromThe Harney Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole will bring their Christmas joy. The show is artistically directed for the sixteenth-straight year by Paula Plum.

A full schedule of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan performance locations and times is below. Tickets available at www.wgbh.org/celtic for $25-$85; WGBH member discounts apply.

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018; 7:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018; 3pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018; 1pm and 5pm
Friday, Dec. 21, 2018; 7:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018; 3pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018; 1pm and 5pm

Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018; 4pm and 8pm

Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018; 7:30pm

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018; 7:30pm

Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018; 7:30pm

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan is produced by WGBH.

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