DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

December 13, 2012

Stockbridge hosts 'Christmas Celtic Sojourn'


Derry News

---- — DERRY — The Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy hosts a Christmas concert featuring a sharing of holiday songs, dances and stories.

“A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” will be presented Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge. It celebrates its 10th anniversary of holiday shows featuring Brian O’Donovan and an ensemble cast of musicians and entertainers.

For O’Donovan, coming to Derry is appropriate for the season.

“It is really fitting that we are bringing ‘A Christmas Celtic Sojourn’ to the heart of the Merrimack Valley, where there is such a great Celtic heritage,” O’Donovan said. “Londonderry and Derry, originally called Nutfield, are among the first areas in the new world settled by the Scotch-Irish in 1719.”

Celtic Pagan and Christian traditions have a strong link to holiday music. Building on this, O’Donovan and his cast bring a mix of traditional music, Irish dancing and storytelling to share holiday images of years past.

Musicians include harpist Catriona McKay, fiddlers Chris Stout and Winnifred Horan, Natalie Haas on cello, Chico Huff on bass and Ben Whitman on percussion.

Scottish singer Alyth McCormack, who often sings with the Chieftains, will make her debut at the Derry show along with the group Navan returning with unique four-part harmonies.

Dancers taking the Stockbridge stage include Irish dancers Jon and Nathan Pilatzke and Cara Butler. Young dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance will also join the professionals on stage.

O’Donovan is the host of the weekly radio show “A Celtic Sojourn” on WGBH in Boston.

Tickets for the show range in price from $35 to $48 and are available at wgbh.org/celtic, by calling 437-5210 or through the Stockbridge Theatre box office.