The goal of A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn each year is to explore the impact of Irish traditional music, song, and dance around the world. This regularly brings us to Scotland and Wales, but often much further afield, to Cape Breton and Newfoundland, to Quebec, various parts of the US, and of course, back to Ireland itself where the music continues as a living, breathing and vibrant part of the culture. This year, once again, our line-up reflects that principle.
(Please note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, the exact line-up can change. With restrictions around travel, testing protocols, etc. we are aware last minute adjustments might be necessary We have contingencies built in, of course, and are confident that the show we will stage on each of these occasions will be spectacular.)
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Keith Murphy Music director for A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn since 2012, Keith Murphy is a native of Newfoundland and founding member of Nightingale, a trio that broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. He is a mainstay of the Boston fiddle extravaganza Childsplay. He has also worked extensively with Tony Barrand on the early twentieth century song repertoire of the Atwood family from Dover, Vermont. He also appears frequently in concert with his wife, fiddler Becky Tracy.
Ship in the Clouds Laura Feddersen, and Nathan Gourley, such a part of the lively Boston scene, performed with A Celtic Sojourn in 2020 and 2021. Accordion player Natasha Sheehy is from Abbeyfeale in Co. Limerick and steeped in the style known as Sliabh Luachra after the culturally rich area surrounding that small town in the southwest of Ireland. And Anna Colliton, who lives in New York, is considered one of the most innovative percussionists/bodhran plates playing today.
Dominique Dodge Dominique is a harper and singer who grew up in the White Mountains and now divides her time between New Hampshire and Cape Breton. She has a passion for melody-driven dance music and responsive, rhythmic accompaniment, as well as for Gaelic songs, airs, and 18th century harp tunes. A former Fulbright Scholar, she is a graduate of the University of Limerick with an MA in Irish Music Performance. She is an avid student of the Gaelic language, and has expanded her repertoire to include songs from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton.
Alasdair White Alasdair White is an exceptional exponent of west coast Scottish music and is widely regarded as one of the foremost Scottish fiddler players of his generation. He was born and brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and was a member of Scotland’s seminal Battlefield Band for over 16 years, touring extensively in that time throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Now resident in New York, Alasdair has performed and recorded as a guest with many of the best-known names in Scottish, Irish and Breton traditional music including Kathleen MacInnis, Julie Fowlis, Eddie Reader, Allan MacDonald, Manus Lunny, Nuala Kennedy, and Arnaud Ciapolino.
Torrin Ryan Torrin Ryan is a multi-instrumentalist based near Providence, RI, who specializes in Irish traditional music on the Irish Uilleann pipes, flute, and tin whistle. In addition to Irish trad, he loves to play older forms of folk music from Norway, Canada, and Appalachia. Torrin was with A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn in 2020, and managed to get in one performance with the show in Rockport before the world shut down. We are delighted to have him back to complete that run.
Ashley Smith-Wallace Ashley will once again join the cast of A Celtic Sojourn in this production as dancer and choreographer for this year’s run of shows. Ashley was born and raised in Boston, and started dancing at the age of three. She took lessons from her father and mother, owners of the Smith-Houlihan Irish Dance Academy. After years of training, Ashley was crowned the World Irish Step Dancing Champion in Belfast, Ireland in 2004, being the youngest American female ever to win the world title. Ashley won two more World Championship titles, as well as four All Ireland Championship titles. Ashley is excited to return home to the Celtic Sojourn family, and is honored to be Directing and Choreographing the dance portion of the show this year.
Ye Vagabonds: We were so excited to have Diarmuid and Brian MacGloinn with us. Unfortunately, we just were informed that the US Embassy is backed up on visa appointments since the onset of the pandemic, and their visa will not be issued in time for them to join us this year.