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Emmy® nominee, Michael Londra, the Irish singer best known as the voice ofRiverdance on Broadway and for his own US TV special, “Beyond Celtic”, presents an evening, bringing you “Christmas from Ireland” told in song, dance and the festive stories of his youth.
The evening features traditional, heartwarming Irish carols like Winter, Fire and Snow and Gaelic versions of Christmas songs you will love such as “Oiche Ciuin” (Silent Night). Michael will also sing Celtic songs of a new Ireland including his own popular carol “Beyond the Star” recorded and performed by choirs worldwide. The famed tenor sings many carols more familiar to international audiences like O Come Emmanuel and The First Noel but sung in a Celtic more traditional style by one the “greatest Irish singers of our time”.
Irish musicians join Michael onstage to perform age-old Celtic airs on the haunting uilleann pipes, fiddle, low whistles and the national drum of Ireland, the bodhran. They thrill the audience with their own frenetic traditional jigs and reels. The musicians are some of the most popular traditional players in Ireland, playing festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Rounding out the evening are the breathtaking Celtic Christmas Irish dancers, built from Michael’s connections to Riverdance. They perform traditional and modern dances that reflect the two worlds that Ireland lives in. The dancers are some of the best in the world, performing with Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and many more productions but come Christmas they present breathtaking steps especially choreographed to celebrate the season and dances traditionally danced during the holiday season.
Coming from a large musical family, Michael tells the tales of his grandmother and the Christmas traditions of her home such as “The Wren Boys” where locals dress in unusual garb on St. Stephen’s Day (December 26th) gather at the crossroads and on to wander the village, singing in the streets. He also tells the story of “Oiche Nollaig namBan” (Ladies Christmas) and many other Celtic traditions at Yuletide. Hear the stories of ancient times in rural Ireland and how customs of the day evolved. Michael will tell the tale of how the famed “Wexford Carol” was born and reputedly found in a churchyard in the 12th century in his home county. Michael’s recording of this carol is featured on Jim Brickman’s “Christmas from the Heart” and is considered one of the most popular recordings of the piece.
Come and find yourself spending the evening in the warmth and the glow of Christmas in Ireland. An evening guaranteed to send you out into the winter’s night warmed by the spirit of a Celtic Christmas.
Michael Londra Press Quotes
“I just listened to your version of DANNY BOY and sat here crying my eyes out. Just beautiful. Your voice is a diamond.” Julie Gold – songwriter – From A Distance by Bette Midler
Michael and troops were wonderful! The audience had a great time….7,000 attended. Cissy Segal Davies, Miller Outdoor Theater, Houston, TX
“Entertaining and heartwarming and enchanting.” – Napa Valley Register
“a soaring voice that is both deeply emotional and tremendously expressive, transporting you into an amazingly beautiful world” – Irish Edition
“ethereally clarion vocals that are almost angelic” – Theatermania.com
” one of the best recordings of Danny Boy of all time” – Irish Emigrant
“a pure tenor climbing up into ranges pretenders can only dream” – Irish Herald
“a voice as pure as a crystalline stream” – Houston Chronicle
“Michael Londra is one of Ireland’s top tenors, having made unique contributions of major significance to Celtic music.. His enormous contribution to Irish Arts is acknowledged as is his vital role in spreading Irish culture internationally. He is also to be congratulated for the significant role he plays as international ambassador for the Irish charity, Concern Worldwide, using his position of influence to which his dedication has brought him to seek to assist those persons in society, the world over, who exist on the margins and in the most vulnerable positions.” – Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
“one of the greatest Irish singers of our time” – CapitalCeltic.com
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