Celtic Christmas Festival to run Dec. 16
December 4, 2006
Concert celebrates Celtic music.
The Irish have a saying:
"Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last."
As an early Christmas present to the Lubbock community, performers from Texas Tech
University School of Music and beyond will bring some of the best singing, dancing
and storytelling from the Emerald Isle and the highlands of Scotland to the plains
of West Texas.
The Fifth Anniversary Celtic Christmas Concert begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at Hemmle
Recital Hall, located in the Music Building on the Texas Tech Campus.
Christopher J. Smith, associate professor of musicology and director of the Vernacular
Music Center, said the concert has become a holiday tradition for the Lubbock community
in the past five years.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Caprock Early Music Association and
Caprock Celtic Association sponsor the event.
"The idea behind this concert has always been to present a family friendly show that
makes use of the diverse talents of a whole range of musicians, singers and dancers
that we have on the South Plains," Smith says. "It’s a very big, very joyous undertaking.
It’s become quite popular quite swiftly in the last five years. It grew in a very
organic way. Most of the advertising has been word-of-mouth."
Smith says this year’s event will include traditional Scottish, Irish, and Breton
dancing as well as Gaelic- and English-language traditional songs, instrumental dance
tunes and slow airs.
The much-loved fear an tí ("man of the house") Tom McGovern returns as host.
Other performers include featured tenor Nat Cooper with special guest saxophonist
Brad Leali; Lubbock’s trad-Irish band Last Night’s Fun; Scottish bagpipe musician
Patrick McLaurin; the Sweet Peas and TTU Celtic Ensemble; Roger Landes and Chipper
Thompson of Taos, N.M., performing "Appalachified" Christmas songs; Irish vocalist
Michael Black of the legendary Black; and fiddler Heather Gilmer from Austin.
The event will be previewed on KOHM – FM’s "Celtic Shores" program at 9 p.m. Dec.
15., and broadcast live at 8 p.m. Dec. 16. The shows can be accessed at 89.1 FM or
"Really, the Celtic Christmas is an event to experience in person," Smith says. "You
don’t really know what the event feels like unless you’re part of that big circle.
But, some people might be homebound, so we thought it would be nice to make it available
Tickets to the event are $5 for students, $8 for senior citizens and $10 for the general
public. VIP seating with pre-show event is $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling
Select-A-Seat at 770-2000 or at the door.
CONTACT: Christopher Smith, associate professor of musicology, director of Vernacular
Music Center and TTU Celtic Ensemble School of Music; (806) 742-2270 ext. 249; firstname.lastname@example.org.