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Christmas with The Celts is a spectacular production hosted by the world renowned Irish music group The Celts, with music, dancing, theatrics, and Irish humor.  The music is a beautiful blend of ancient traditional Irish and Scottish Christmas Carols with American Christmas favorites, performed with Irish instrumentation. 


Christmas With The Celts is the brainchild of producer Ric Blair. Blair reigns as one the country's most respected purveyors of Celtic music. American-born he credits the popularity of Christmas With The Celts to both the nationwide broadcasting of the show as a PBS-TV special and the unique blend of Celtic traditions with 21st century songs and sounds.


The high-stepping spirited musical selections range from classic Irish reels that will have audiences clapping along, to some ancient hymns and lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics: Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy, Count Your Blessings, First Noel, I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas and John Lennon’s perennial Happy Christmas. "I'm proud of my Irish/Scottish roots, but I'm equally proud of my American roots”, explains Blair, “Our music is kind of a hybrid that's evolved between the two."


The Celts' lineup features founder Ric Blair on vocals, guitars, bodhran, and piano, Laura McGhee from Scotland on vocals and Scottish Fiddle, plus an ensemble of world class musicians playing uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, drums, mandolin, banjo plus the always pleasing Irish step dancers.


"Christmas with The Celts isn’t just a concert; it is a celebration of the holiday spirit, people, community and common connections. It’s about bringing young and old together to celebrate this special time of year”, says Blair.


Community is just what listeners can expect at The Celts' live show, an inter-active fan experience celebrating the warmth, joy, and magic of the holiday season. "Our goal is to have people forget about their problems for a while," adds Blair. "You just can't listen to Celtic music and not be happy.”

"One of my favorite songs is the ancient 16th century Scottish Christmas carol Balulalow, says Blair. "That song is sung in the broadscot dialect, which is a mixture of English and Gaelic." Other notable songs resurrected by Blair include the 15th century Scottish carol Da' Day Dawis and the 12th century Irish Wexford Carol, which the band performs alongside Celtic renditions of better-known Christmas tunes like I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Count Your Blessing (Instead Of Sheep), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Joy to the World and other crowd pleasers.


The Celts are known not only for their brilliant musicianship but they are equally known for their spontaneous, quick, Irish wit on stage and their playful yet unpredictable interactions with audiences. Stunning music, vocals, Irish dance, humor, and lively theatrical productions. The experience is pure entertainment.



Traditional Irish and Scottish Christmas Carols

with American Christmas favorites!

Christmas With The Celts’ is a spectacular production with stunning music, vocals, Irish dance, humor, and lively theatrics. The music is a beautiful blend of ancient traditional Irish and Scottish Christmas Carols with American Christmas favorites, all in celebration of the warmth, joy, and magic of the holiday season.

Saturday, December 2, 2017 8pm

Tickets: $29-$44

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