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WGBH presents the 11th Annual Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Broadcast from Boston's Cutler Majestic Theater
December 21, 2013


Direct from the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, a Celtic celebration of the season, with top-flight traditional singers and instrumentalists, and a story or two from host Brian O’Donovan.

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Every year, WGBH's A Celtic Sojourn host Brian O'Donovan assembles some of the best musicians, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic world. Music director Seamus Egan and his ground breaking group Solas will be back on stage as well. Since its birth in 1996, Solas has been loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band to ever emerge from the United States. The virtuosity of Winifred Horan on fiddle, Mick McAuley from Kilkenny on accordion and guitar, and Eamon McElholm, from Co. Tyrone will be supplemented by a new percussionist Steve Holloway, and the returning stalwart, Chico Huff on Bass.

Steve Hickman, who wowed the audience with his use of body percussion (hambone!) and fiddling in 2007, is back again. And Maeve Gilchrist brings her harp wizardry from her native Scotland as well as the new influences of her years at the Berklee College of music. This year, some of the distinctive music of Norway will also be incorporated as Mariel Vandersteel joins the cast with her 8-string Hardanger fiddle, named after a musically vibrant and distinct part of the country. Joining Mick McAuley, Brian, and his wife, Lindsay O’Donovan on vocals will be the lead singer of the acclaimed group Voco, Moira Smiley. Moria is joined by Scottish singer and star of the PBS special, Highland Heartbeat, Maureen McMullan, as well as Maeve Gilchrist.

Produced by Benjamin K. Roe, WGBH
Distributed by Public Radio International

And then of course, there are the surprises! There are always surprises at Christmas! Here is a gift Winifred Horan gave to the audience at the 2012 Christmas Celtic Sojourn:  "A Daisy in December."