WGBH, TV SPECIAL BROADCAST
This Program was first broadcast on WGBH 2 on Friday, December 18th, 2020
Christmas Celtic Overture
Alyth McCormack and Navan lead the opening of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston. Each year, music director Seamus Egan of Solas, creates a new "overture" which introduces the theme of Christmas and introduces the participants in the show. Watch to the end to see how this develops in surprising ways!
Christmas Celtic Sojourn: A Daisy in December, Win Horan and Solas
The exquisite fiddle playing of Win Horan, with Mick McAuley and other members of Solas. Add in Natalie Hass on cello and Shetlander, Chris Stout and you have the makings of a sound that is indeed unique. Win told us she wrote this tune after seeing a flower thriving alone and flowering thru the cracks of the harsh limestone escarpment of The Burren in Co. Clare. An emotional and inspiring piece indeed. Recorded at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston in 2012.
Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2013: Overture
One of the great overtures of Seamus Egan's assembling. These pieces that introduce the themes and flavor of the show to come are always adventurous and move in many different directions usually ending with spectacular dancing. Worth watching this through to the end.
Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2013: A Dance, and The Wexford Carol
The late and sadly missed Johnny Cunningham wrote a wonderful short poem called the Dark of Winter which introduced a group of young adult dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance. Then Maureen McMullen, Moira Smiley, and Maeve Gilchrist give us a John Renbourn variant of the Wexford Carol. Three part harmony. How lovely!
Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2013: Fiddle Fever
Our beginning of the second half of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is always of a type. Slow, reflective, sometimes wistful, often nostalgic. In this year we had Mariel Vandersteel who played hardanger fiddle from that particular region of Norway, and Win Horan who is of course, well Win Horan! This piece is by Norwegian Fiddle phenom Anbjorg Lien. This followed by a slip jig, a unique Irish dance always danced by women or girls. Here three amazing dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish dance make it their own.
Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2013: I am a Youth Inclined to Ramble
Moira Smiley sings I am a Youth Inclined to Ramble from the Ulster tradition of Irish singing. We first heard Paul Brady's version of this many years ago, and asked Moira to bring it to Christmas Celtic. And of course, she delivered, as she does, a unique take, her own version. Well worth checking this out.
Christmas Celtic Sojourn 2013: The Boys of Barr na Sraide
The wonderful song written by Sigerson Clifford about the town of Caherciveen in County Kerry, but more universally about the sense of home, and belonging. We included for those reasons in our Christmas Celtc Sojourn concert and with Moira Smiley's voice we know it was the right tone to set. History, nostalgia, sentimentality.