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 eleventh annual A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan in three venues.
“St. Patrick’s Day – indeed the whole month of March – is a time for many in the Irish diaspora to celebrate our roots,” says Brian O’Donovan, producer and host of the concert series. “For those without an ancestral connection to the Celtic world, we invite you to join us in exploring this sophisticated yet accessible culture of music and dance. All are welcome at our St. Patrick’s Day party!” This year is sure to bring a delightful concert to three gorgeous theatres around the region.
Our cast showcases world-class musicianship from groups and individuals representing a wide range of contemporary and traditional approaches in Irish music. The performances will feature Open the Door for Three, Brenda Castles, Keith Murphy, and Maeve Gilchrist, with more musicians and dancers to be announced shortly.
Open the Door for Three
Fiddle player Liz Knowles, Uilleann piper Kieran O’Hare, and Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player Pat Broaders make up Open the Door for Three. Their music is a rare combination of unearthed tunes from centuries-old collections, newly composed melodies, fresh arrangements of songs old and new, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the unmatched energy of a trio of good friends playing great Irish music together.
Edinburgh-born harpist and composer Maeve Gilchrist has been credited as an innovator on her native Celtic Harp (Clársach) due to her uniquely rhythmic and improvisational approach to the instrument. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Maeve tours internationally as a solo artist and with projects including a duo with percussive dance master Nic Gareiss, an electronics-based collaboration with Nashville-based bass player and composer Viktor Krauss, and as part of the multi-disciplinary quartet Edges of Light. She has performed and recorded with luminaries including Darol Anger, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser, and Solas. Gilchrist is an Adventure Music recording artist.
Brenda comes from a rich tradition of music in Ireland’s County Meath, having learned concertina from Rena Traynor and concertina maestro Mícheál Ó’Raghallaigh. She has several All Ireland Fleadh titles to her name both in solo and group competitions. Music has brought her around the world to far-flung destinations including Hong Kong, Mongolia, and Iceland. Brenda is currently based in Dublin, where she regularly performs and teaches music.
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.
We look forward to sharing information on this year’s stellar lineup of dancers with you shortly!
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