Emmy® nominee, Michael Londra, the Irish singer best known as the voice of Riverdance 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 Fire 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 na mBan” (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.
As a concert performer Michael is highly sought after worldwide. He sang the role of Jesus in the world premier of The Passion of the Christ Symphony written by John Debney and has sung as concert soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Over the past few years year alone he has performed his shows in 20 countries and also tours as lead voice and producer of the Irish spectacular, Celtic Fire. He co-produced his own TV special for PBS TV which aired over 400 times nationally in North America and earning 2 Emmy@ nominations. He was the lead voice of Riverdance on Broadway. He has been a guest singer with Irish supergroups De Dannan and Teada. In 2013 he performed with Judy Collins for the Kennedy family at the JFK 50 celebrations to honor President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Ireland in 1963. His version of Danny Boy is described as “one of the best recordings of the piece in history” and has been viewed over 7 million times on Youtube.
He, along with authors Colm Toibin, Eoin Colfer and TV presenter Dermot O Leary is an official ambassador of his home county, Wexford and is a proud advocate of Concern Worldwide. www.concernusa.org
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.
Kearney, NE 68847