New England’s beloved holiday tradition returns online,
and with partner venues, Dec. 15-20

(Boston, Mass., November 19, 2020) – GBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan is making its return virtually this year, December 15-20.

This year, A Virtual Christmas Celtic Sojourn has partnered with many of the venues that would normally present the holiday shows, with a unique performance being presented virtually for each audience. A portion of every ticket purchased will go to the specific partner theater. O’Donovan returns as the host for each performance, introducing artists and sharing some of his favorite poems and stories. Each show will be livestreamed in real time, but will also be available on-demand from December 21 until January 2, 2021 for those who purchase tickets.

“Initially, we thought we’d go dark this year, perhaps reminisce about these past 17 years of Christmas Celtic Sojourn,” Brian O’Donovan said. “But in talking with our musicians, staff, and the theaters, we realized that would not be enough. Our goal this year is to be there virtually for our supporters, singing together familiar songs, dazzling as always with musical creativity, visiting with some of our musicians around the world in their homes while sharing their holiday traditions.”

This year’s line-up of musicians brings together veterans of shows past: Seamus Egan will be returning as Music Director, along with harpist Maeve Gilchrist as Assistant Music Director; Owen Marshall on bouzouki and harmonium; Conor Hearn on guitar; Jenna Moynihan and Maura Shawn Scanlin on fiddle. Some artists will be joining in from across the globe: Mairi Campbell, Siobhan Miller, and Hannah Rarity will be joining from Edinburgh, Scotland; Eilis Kennedy will be joining from her family pub in Dingle, County Kerry; Cathy Jordan will be opening the show from Sligo Cathedral in the West of Ireland; dancer Cara Butler will be joining from Canada. Aoife O’Donovan, daughter of Brian O’Donovan, will also be joining.

A full schedule of A Virtual Christmas Celtic Sojourn is below.

Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020; 7:30pm

Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020; 7:30pm

Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020; 7:30pm

Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
Friday, Dec. 18, 2020; 7:30pm

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston, MA
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020; 7:30pm

GBH, Boston, MA
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020; 4:00pm

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

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Updated: April 03, 2024
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