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WGBH presents A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

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Sunday, March 17
3:00 pm
Doors Open:
2:00 pm
$28.50 – $48.50
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The Cabot
286 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915 United States

WGBH presents the 12th annual A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan in a matinee show at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly on St. Patrick’s Day itself, March 17th.

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’s cast showcases exquisite musicianship from groups and individuals representing the core tradition as well as the wide range of connections to Irish music around the world. The amazing Friel Sisters, Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme, Keith Murphy, and Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman, with more guests and dancers to be announced shortly!

“This will be an indepth sojourn with Irish influences on folk music and traditions around the World” says host and producer Brian O’Donovan. “From the Scottish-born, extraordinarily talented, multi-instrumentalist sisters, Anna, Sheila & Clare Friel with their deep Donegal roots, thru the Cape Breton and Galician influences of Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman, to the Quebecois and French exuberance of Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme, to the deep Irish Newfoundland roots of Keith Murphy, it will be such a celebration of the true essence of St. Patrick’s Day.”

Since 1986, local, regional, and national broadcasts of O’Donovan’s radio program A Celtic Sojourn have proven extraordinarily popular. This concert follows the established format of the long-running A Christmas Celtic Sojourn production, which played to over 15,000 people in Boston, Worcester, Rockport, Providence, and New Bedford this past December.

The Friel Sisters

Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in Co. Donegal in Ireland. As sisters, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire. 2018 has been a very exciting time for the girls as they released their new album ‘Before the Sun’ This was launched to a sold out crowd at Celtic Connections 2018 in Glasgow. http://frielmusic.com/

Katie McNally and Neil Pearlman

Often referred to as “The new face of Scottish Fiddling in the US,” Katie McNally has made waves in both theAmerican folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, ‘Flourish’, in 2013. Her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman, and together they explore the music of Scotland, Cape Breton, New England, Galicia, and beyond. https://www.katiemcnally.com/

Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme

Yann & Pascal started their musical journey 20 years ago, busking on the streets of Montréal. They have since played over a thousand shows in twenty countries with the Quebecois trio Genticorum, and they now return as a duo to present an intimate show based on the close musical bond forged by years of touring together. Yann and Pascal are both master entertainers, and this format provides plenty of space for their musical personalities to shine. Pascal’s fiddling, Yann’s guitar accompaniment, and the duo’s vast repertoire of traditional songs and tunes are all presented with elegance and effortless musicianship. http://www.falquetgemme.com/

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. http://www.blackislemusic.com/

“St. Patrick’s Day – indeed the whole month of March – is a time for many in the Irish diaspora to celebrate their own roots,” says Brian O’Donovan, producer and host for the concert series. “For many others with no ethnic connection to the country, it is a time to explore a music and dance culture that is at once sophisticated and accessible, while tracing its origins back centuries. Come join in the fun – everyone is welcome at our St.Patrick’s Day party!”

This year is sure to bring a lively, varied, and engaging concert in Beverly. Invitational, celebratory, adventurous, participatory, moving; all words that describe how Brian O’Donovan likes to approach his programming. Plenty of traditional sing-alongs, wow-eliciting dancing, and spectacular musicianship and vocals are his trademark building blocks. Hope you can be a part of it!