Concerts & Events

Saturday, December 1, 2018  ·  5:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Irish Christmas in America

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

Celebrating its 14th year, the hugely popular holiday show “Irish Christmas in America” brings a fascinating performance of music, song, dance, and stories of seasonal Irish traditions.

Produced by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humour 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. 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.

“Captivating” - Irish Music Magazine

“Lively and reflective…a powerful evocation of the season” - Folk Wax

“Irish Christmas in America admirably refuses to pander to the lowest common denominator. By doing so, they all convey the spirit of the season with uncommon taste and integrity.” - Irish Echo

“Full of exceptional music and dance, relaxed good humor, and interesting historical commentary, "Irish Christmas in America is one of the few standouts. It was as relaxed and enjoyable as any Irish Christmas-themed concerts I've ever attended.” - Irish Echo

Niamh Farrell – vocals

Niamh Farrell, a talented young singer from Sligo, came to attention in 2014 during a 10-month world tour with English singer-songwriting star David Gray. The tour highlight for Niamh was performing at the Ryman Auditorium, the home of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. She has recently become lead singer with the new Irish group Project West. Niamh brings to Irish Christmas in America a magical voice and stage presence, invoking the warmth and charm of an Irish Christmas evening.

Séamus Begley – vocals / accordion

Séamus Begley comes from the Irish-speaking region of West Kerry and is a member of one of Ireland's most musically-acclaimed families. Famous for his heartfelt singing, Séamus is equally brilliant on the accordion, which he plays with astonishing energy and spontaneity. belting out jigs, slides and polkas with rapid sprays of ornamentation. Séamus was awarded the prestigious TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year award in 2013.

Oisín Mac Diarmada – producer / fiddle

A graduate in Music Education from Trinity College Dublin/RIAM, Oisín has been described by The Irish Echo's Earle Hitchner as "one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today." Founder of noted group Téada, Oisín is also a regular solo performer, having appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra (USA) and Würtembergische Philharmonie Orchestra (Germany) along with an extensive recording history.

Gráinne Hambly – Irish harp /concertina

Gráinne Hambly from County Mayo in the West of Ireland is an internationally recognised exponent of the Irish harp. In 1998 she completed a Masters Degree in Musicology at Queen's University Belfast, for which her main research topic was music collections and the harp in 18th-century Ireland. Since then, Gráinne has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States, giving concerts, workshops and masterclasses.

Samantha Harvey - dance / piano

Samantha Harvey is an award-winning step dancer, pianist and accordionist. She has performed throughout the world. Most recently Samantha performed in RTÉ's Centenary 2016, broadcast live from the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin and with the Omaha Symphony in A Celtic Journey.

Sean Gavin - flute / uilleann pipes

Sean Gavin's ornate and driving style on the flute and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong immersion in traditional Irish music. Despite his young age, he is already an accomplished performer having toured extensively on three continents. Currently residing in Chicago, he remains firmly dedicated to playing and teaching traditional Irish music. Sean is a member of the groups Bua and Nic Gaviskey, and often performs with his family.