Irish Christmas in America
Have you begun thinking about Christmas yet? You may want to: in just a few weeks the men of the Irish traditional band Téada (and on iTunes) are bringing their Irish Christmas in America show back to the States this holiday season, with their own high energy music and contributions from top flight guest artists as well.
The program offers an evening of Irish tradition and family stories, going back into history and up into immigration days and into the present day. Christmas is a family time in Ireland still, and that’s part of the feeling that unfolds as the musicians invite you to join them through an evening of song and story which includes a mix of serious,funny, lighthearted, and reverent aspects of the season. There’s also the feeling of keeping connection through the changes of emigration. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home,” says show producer and Téada bandleader Oisin Mac Diarmada
Exceptional Irish Musicians
Over the five years it has been going, the show has featured artists including Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, and Cathie Ryan. This year, top Irish singer and accordion player Séamus Begley from West Kerry rejoins cast for the second year in a row. For a show in Washington DC on December 10, Kerry vocalist Éilis Kennedy will also join in.
Harp player Grainne Hambly and piper Tommy Martin will add their talents, along with Irish dancer Brian Cunningham. Tristan Rosenstock will narrate and play bodhrán, Seán McElwain will handle bouzouki and guitar, and producer Oisín Mac Diarmada is an ace fiddler. Local Irish dancers will join as well in many cities along the tour.
Irish Christmas in America tour schedule:
November 26 – Portland, OR – Hollywood Theatre
November 27 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kuumbwa Jazz Club
November 28 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage
November 30 – Ojai, CA – Matilija Auditorium
December 1 – San Diego, CA – Acoustic Music San Diego
December 2 – Prescott, AZ – Trinity Presbyterian Church
December 3 – Tucson, AZ – Berger Performing Arts Center
December 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum
December 5 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theater
December 7 – Unity, ME – Unity Center for the Performing Arts
December 8 – South Carthage, ME – Skye Theatre
December 9 – Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square
December 10 – Washington, DC – National Geographic Grovenor Auditorium
December 11 – Lakewood, NJ – The Strand Theater
December 12 – Mount Airy, PA – Commodore Barry Irish Center
December 16 – Cincinnati, OH – The 20th Century Theater
December 17 – Dayton, OH – University of Dayton Kennedy Union Boll Theater
December 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Antonian Hall at Carlow University
December 19 – Columbus, OH – Lincoln Theater
Want to make Irish Christmas in America part of your holiday celebration? You do — I’ve been to the show and it’s a very fine family evening of music and story. To learn more, contact the venues above about tickets and visit www.irishchristmasinamerica.com.
Kerry Dexter writes about music, travel, the arts, and Ireland for publications including Strings, Ireland and the Americas, Wandering Educators, Perceptive Travel and Music Road.