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December 10, 2001

Celtic Christmas set for Dec. 14-15

By Deb Hammacher


The Ninth Annual Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, produced by the W. B. Yeats Foundation, has been called “a rollicking yet reverent experience” by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. This year’s show will get rollicking Dec. 14 and 15 in Glenn Auditorium.

Featured performers are tenor James Flannery, The Buddy O’Reilly Band, fiddlers Barbara Panter and Maura Nelligan, the Appalachian folk group Nonesuch, the Gateway Christmas Mummers and harpist Kelly Stewart. Some of Atlanta’s top Irish stepdancers and Scottish country dancers also will be performing.

The concert combining music, dance, poetry, stories and song demonstrates the connection between the Christmas traditions of both the Celtic lands and the American South.

“The combination of spirited jigs and reels, the meditative poems combining Christian and pagan imagery, and the haunting slow airs that capture the Celtic tradition help illustrate this connection,” said Flannery, Winship Professor of Arts and Humanities and producer of the event.

Some of the institutions thought of as purely Southern, such as country fiddling, bluegrass and clogdancing, actually have their roots in the Irish and Scottish cultures, Flannery said.

Both the Dec. 14 and 15 shows begin at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17.50 at the door. Children under 12 get in for $5. To purchase tickets, call the Emory box office at
404-727-5050 or send e-mail to Tickets can also be purchased at Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead or at DeKalb Musicians Supply in Decatur.

For more information, call 404-727-6180 or check the W. B. Yeats Foundation website at


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