Musicians Bring Celtic Christmas to Texas Tech in Annual Concert

The Caprock Celtic Christmas concert highlights traditional song and dance from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Hungary.

WHAT:                       The 14th annual Caprock Celtic Christmas concert, a gala celebration of seasonal songs, tunes, dances and stories from the Celtic people, performed by The Vernacular Music Center, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Caprock Celtic Association and the Roots Music Institute.

WHEN:                       7 p.m. Dec. 11

WHERE:                     Maedgen Theater, 18th Street and Canton Avenue

The annual Caprock Celtic Christmas concert features singers, players, dancers and storytellers performing traditional repertoires of the season, including traditional Irish, Scot and Cape Breton; Irish- and English-language traditional songs; American shape-note hymns; instrumental dance tunes and slow airs and much more. Special guests include Alabama Rick Cunningham, Roger Landes, Angela Mariani and Curtis Peoples. The Texas Tech Irish Set-Dancers will provide half sets, Cape Breton dances and “Hurry the Jug.” The Eagle's Heart Sisters will perform improvisational modern dance to traditional tunes, with choreography from Nicole Wesley; Caprock Morris dance team will perform the wild capers of the Border Morris, and the Texas Tech Celtic Ensemble presents Scottish fiddle music, Swedish polskas, Irish set dances, symphonic sean-nos songs, Hungarian marches and the Welsh mid-Winter hobbyhorse called Mari Lwyd.

The concert will include performances from poets and readers Daniel Hogan, William Gelber, Benjamin Robinette and Kathleen Blackburn, with selections from Dylan Thomas, Seanus Heaney, Ciarán Carson and William Butler Yeats.

Tickets, which raise funds for the Vernacular Music Center Scholarship at Texas Tech, are available via Select-a-Seat: 770-2000 or (general admission $11; seniors $5) as well as at the door. Students (with valid student ID) get in free.

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CONTACT:  James Hodgins, communications coordinator, School of Music, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-4829 or