Irish holiday show comes to Beverly and Cambridge, March 16-17

(Boston, Mass., February 19, 2019) – WGBH’s A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn returns for its 12th season this March with performances in Beverly and Cambridge. The production will kick off its run at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre in Cambridge for two shows on Saturday, March 16 and conclude on St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17 at The Cabot in Beverly.

In the tradition of the popular 89.7 WGBH radio program A Celtic Sojourn and its holiday counterpart A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, the show will celebrate Celtic culture and traditions through music and dance. Host Brian O’Donovan will be joined again by music director Keith Murphy, who has been with the series since 2012. The 2019 lineup features a dynamic group of talented performers from around the Celtic world, including the amazing Friel Sisters, made up of Anna, Sheila and Clare. The sisters achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire. Katie McNally, often referred to as “the new face of Scottish Fiddling in the US,” joins the lineup with pianist Neil Pearlman. Together, they explore the music of Scotland, Cape Breton, New England, Galicia and beyond. Quebecois duo Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme rounds out the cast, returning together to present an intimate show based on the close musical bond forged by years of touring.

“A trip around the Celtic world is on tap as we explore and celebrate the influences of Irish music and song across the globe this St. Patrick’s Day,” said O’Donovan. “We have a truly amazing and diverse lineup of musicians and dancers coming to Beverly and Cambridge, exploring both traditional and contemporary music, connecting musicians and audience members alike to Celtic musical roots.”

A full schedule of WGBH’s A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn performance locations and times is below. Tickets available at for $26-$48; WGBH member discounts apply.

Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, March 16, 2019; 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm

The Cabot Theatre, Beverly, MA
Sunday, March 17, 2019; 3:00pm

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan is produced by WGBH.

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