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Sunday, December 11 at 9:30 p.m. Christmas with the Celts

(Rochester, NY) Christmas with the Celts is an uplifting, spirited holiday celebration hosted by the international Irish music group The Celts. They are joined by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh from the world famous Donegal group Altan, Riverdance/Lord of the Dance piper Ivan Goff, The Gael String Orchestra, The Nashville Irish StepDancers, and the Children’s Celtic Choir. Filmed at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Christmas with the Celts airs Sunday, December 11 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Described as “modern meets ancestral,”Christmas with the Celts combines fiery new arrangements of modern seasonal classics, including John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas,” with ancient carols discovered by producer/musical director Ric Blair — some dating as far back as the 12th century and with shockingly relevant lyrics, presented on PBS for the first time.
The show has the energy of a rock concert, combining a brilliant nine-piece band, smoking-hot fiddling and piping from the world’s best – electrifying drums, moving and dramatic vocals, spirited Irish dancing, a rousing string orchestra, and a children’s choir.

Christmas with the Celts includes the following songs:

  •  “Farewell to Ireland”
  • “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”
  • “Little Drummer Boy”
  • “Baloo Lammy/Foxhunter’s Jig”
  • “Treble Reel Dance”
  •  “The Wexford Carol”
  • “Palm Sunday/Atholl Highlander”
  • “Don Oiche Ud i mBeithil (To That Night in Bethlehem)”
  • “Toss the Feathers”
  • “The Greatest Gift”
  • “What Child Is This”
  • “O Holy Night”
  • “Happy Christmas”


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