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 years show will
get rollicking Dec. 14 and 15 in Glenn Auditorium.
Featured performers are tenor James Flannery, The Buddy OReilly
Band, fiddlers Barbara Panter and Maura Nelligan, the Appalachian folk
group Nonesuch, the Gateway Christmas Mummers and harpist Kelly Stewart.
Some of Atlantas 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
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 email@example.com.
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 www.emory.edu/COLLEGE/WBYEATS.