The Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert, an Emory hallmark over the holiday season, reaches a larger audience this year when it will be aired by Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sunday, December 23, at 8pm.
Produced by the W.B. Yeats Foundation at Emory and directed by James Flannery, the Concert celebrates in music, dance, poetry, song and story the high spirits and mystical beauty of the Irish and Scots-Irish Christmas traditions and their connections with the traditional culture of the American South. Last year’s show won the 2012 Southeast Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment. Featured artists include three Grammy Award winners:
- Moya Brennan, known as “the First Lady of Celtic Song,” performing a number of familiar and lesser-known Christmas carols;
- Riverdance composer Bill Whelan with a beautiful choral setting of a 7th century Irish prayer poem, “Quis Est Deus”; and
- Alison Brown, one of the great five-string banjo players in the world and the first woman ever to win the Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, performing bluegrass music with close ties to the Celtic lands.
Also featured in the concert are the soulful harmonies of Rising Appalachia, a dynamic duo winning applause with their innovative interpretations of traditional Southern music. Other crowd-pleasing performers are percussionist Joe Craven, renowned Irish balladeer John Doyle as well as stellar uillean piper John Maschinot, old-time fiddle trio the Rosin Sisters and some of the top traditional musicians of the Southeast.