Irish Christmas in America
Thursday, Nov. 29, 7-9 pm
at First Baptist Church (700 E. Olive St., Marshalltown)
Tickets are $25
Now in its 14th year, the Irish Christmas in America show features special guest musicians and dancers from Ireland performing a spectacular Christmas program. The hugely popular holiday show is a fascinating combination of music, song, dance and stories of seasonal Irish traditions rich in humor and boundless energy. The 2018 tour features special guest singer Niamh Farrell, a Sligo vocalist who has toured with UK singer/songwriting star David Gray. Niamh teams up with legendary West Kerry singer Séamus Begley, famous for his charming wit and stunning voice.
This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. You’ll take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2018.
The holiday show was first conceived in 2005, with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus & Méabh Begley, Teresa Horgan, Lumiere (Pauline Scanlon & Eilis Kennedy), Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada promotes the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States.
“One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is immigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council, the Crane Group, and the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation. Irish Christmas in America is also doing a half-hour “mini-concert” at the Iowa Veterans Home earlier in the day, thanks to support from the Arts Midwest Touring Fund.
We anticipate that tickets will be available for purchase at the door on Nov. 29, but seating is limited to the FBC sanctuary, and there’s lots of interest in this performance. To be assured that you have a seat, call Bob or Tammy ahead of time and reserve tickets in your name. You get get your tickets at Will Call and pay when you arrive.
Directions to the venue
Please note that this concert is at First Baptist Church, 700 E. Olive St., just four blocks east of Marshalltown High School. Ample parking is available.