Celtic Christmas music for the holiday season


The annual production expanded its arc to Worcester and Providence last year, and once again shows are scheduled for Friday the 11th in Worcester at the Hanover Theatre (877-571-7469) and a Saturday matinee in Providence at Veterans Memorial Auditorium at 3 p.m. (401-421-2787) before the show moves to its home base in downtown Boston.

The Cutler Majestic Theater near Boston Common in the theater district has seven shows lined up, which gives an idea of the show’s popularity as the 1,200 seat venue usually sells out all the shows thanks to a very loyal WGBH listenership for the weekly radio show that spawned this Christmas spectacular (www.wgbh.org).

The show dates and times at the Cutler are Sunday the 13th and Saturday the 19th at 3 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday (17-19) at 8 p.m.; Sunday the 20th at 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets can be ordered at Telecharge 800-233-3123.

West Nyack resident and Woodlawn native Eileen Ivers returns with her An Nollaig tour to Bay Shore, Long Island at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Arts on Friday, December 11. Call 631-969-1101 or visit www.boultoncenter.org for tickets.

The tour brings her as far as Alaska and the Midwest, and more details at www.eileenivers.com.

Ivers will also make a guest appearance as part of the big Andy Cooney extravaganza at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, December 8, at 8 p.m. The popular showman from Long Island has a big night planned, with country star Crystal Gayle as another special guest along with the Christmas Festival Orchestra, Fordham University Choir and the Festival Youth Chorus and young Ryan Cooney following in dad’s footsteps, all produced and directed by Eily Patterson. Visit www.carnegiehall.com.

There seems to be a little less starch and more animation in the threesome calling themselves the Celtic Tenors (Martin Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson), who seem to have more fun in crossing over from the classical repertoire to Irish ditties and folk songs and popular American hits.

Their Celtic Tenors Christmas tour hits three local venues with two being in New Jersey with Englewood’s Bergen Performing Arts Center (December 3 at 8 p.m. 201-227-1030) and Red Bank’s Count Basie Theater on the 4th at 8 p.m. (732-842-9000).

On Sunday, December 6 at 8 p.m. they hit the Great White Way on 42nd Street at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Popular and versatile entertainer Gabriel Donohue heads to Philadelphia with a group that recently formed for a gig at the Wildwood Irish Festival. Gabe joins Caitlin Warbelow, a Fairbanks fiddler living in New York, and singer Marian Makins for show entitled "Once Upon a Winter’s Night" on Sunday, December 6 from 5-9 p.m. at the Commodore Barry Irish Center in Mount Airy. For more info visit www.theirishcenter.org.

NYU Irish language lecturer Pádraig Ó Cearúill hosts his Airneal na Nollaig at Glucksman Ireland House on Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. featuring Irish music and song from his students and also the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra.

In addition on Saturday the 5th from 1-6 p.m. he will partner with Ashley Davis to lead a Gaelic song and traditional singing techniques workshop to explore repertoire, technique and pronunciation within the context of the Irish song/language. Prior knowledge of the Irish language is not essential. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration via phone or email is required. RSVP to 212-998-3950 or ireland.house@nyu.edu.

Finally, though it doesn’t have a Christmas connection this Saturday, November 26 out in Rockaway, New Jersey (www.iaanj.com) is the combination workshop/concert/session with visiting guests artists, tunemeister Paddy O’Brien on accordion and his Chulrua partner, Pat Egan, guitarist and vocalist minus the third Pat (Ourceau) who is busying looking after new twins Clement and Emile. Contact irisnevins@verizon.net.