The annual ‘A St Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn’ returns! Make it a celebration that is more than about having corned beef and cabbage and a pint. With WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan at the helm, revel in the excitement of Ireland’s history and Celtic traditions, soak in the storytelling, and enjoy the annual concert with a slew of musical guests from all over the map.
In its 11th year, ‘A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn’ will stop at three locations and it all kicks off on Thursday, March 17 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester and closes at the Sanders Theatre, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Sunday, March 20. By popular demand, additional shows have been added and WGBH members get a discount. Click here for more information and for tickets! Click here for an closer look at the upcoming performances.
Taking the stage this year is award-winning singer and guitarist Matthew Byrne from Newfoundland. He first performed at Brian O’Donovan’s ‘Branches and Roots’ concert in Lowell and his debut album won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year. Returning to the stage is Boston-based Uilleann piper Joey Abarta. His sound is a unique blend of contemporary and traditional Irish music.
Award-winning Irish dance veteran Kevin Doyle is a busy man. In 2014, he received the National Heritage Fellowship for Irish Dance from the National Endowment for the Arts and last year was invited to perform at the White House. He has been dancing for over 50 years and will take the stage at ‘A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn.’
Hailing from Smithfield, Rhode Island, The Miller Family are traditional Irish dancers who have toured and competed in dance competitions from Montreal to Rhode Island. Winners at the World Irish dancing championships, the Miller Family are happy to share their upbeat rhythms.
With their new album ‘Light up the Dark,’ the Outside Track, a young and lively pan-Celtic band, returns to ‘A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn!’ Their band members hail from Ireland, Scotland, and Cape Breton and added to the mix at these special performances is Cape Breton fiddler and step dancer Emerald Rae.
Acclaimed traditional young fiddler Haley Richardson will make her debut performing on this exciting tour and returning Music Director Keith Murphy will also take the stage. ‘A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn’ makes its first stop at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge Street in Worcester, Massachusetts on St. Patrick’s Day Thursday, March 17. On Friday, March 18, their next stop will be at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase Street in New Bedford, then off to the Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street at Memorial Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts Saturday, March 19 and concluding on Sunday, March 20. Follow ‘A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn’ on Facebook and click here to listen to ‘A Celtic Sojourn’ hosted by Brian O’Donovan Saturday afternoons on 89.7 FM WGBH from 3 – 6 p.m.