Since 2004, Brian O’Donovan has presented a series of concerts called A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn. Set around St. Patrick’s Day, these have been light-hearted and lively concerts dedicated to exploring the various connections of Irish music and culture around the world, and have featured internationally acclaimed artists from both sides of the Atlantic. But as this pandemic continues, and as with so many long-established traditions in cities, towns, and homes around the world, a change was needed. This year, A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn will indeed continue, albeit in a virtual format.
As always, O’Donovan will be the host and will be introducing the artists, chatting about their lives, reciting some of his favorite poetry, and inviting you to raise your voices in a few special and virtual sing-alongs.
A note from Brian: “These are tough times for all artists and support folks working in the arts. Essentially, live music is on hold—most concerts and performances are temporarily suspended. Our goal this March will be to create a truly unique experience for you, and importantly, for all of us together. The shows will be built especially for this unique year, and in this unique style, so we hope you can join us.”
Keith Murphy A long-time resident of Vermont, Keith has deep musical roots in the Maritimes, and has been Music Director for A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn since 2012.
Singer, Matthew Byrne will join us from his home in Newfoundland.
Nathan Gourley and Laura Fedderson, are known for their great fiddle chops and particularly for their mastering of the old traditional of twin fiddling within Irish music.
Hanneke Cassel and Yann Falquet combine the music of Scotland, Cape Breton, and Quebec with a fresh new approach and a lot of originally composed tunes.
Joey Abarta is one of the most admired uileann pipers in the world today.
Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Caitlin nic Gabhann have appeared in A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn in 2014 and have since married, welcomed twins and moved to Co. Donegal, where Ciara has deep family roots.
Emma O’Sullivan is known internationally as one of the great exponent of the sean-nos (old style) traditional dance, and will join us from her home in Connemara, Co Galway.
Emerging out of one of the super class of musicians at the New England Conservatory in 2019, The Rasa String Quartet will add a new and innovative twist to our gathering. They. were with us last year in Rockport for the only performance of A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn before the word shut down as the pandemic took hold.
For more details about the broadcast, visit the St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn webpage.
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