Connecting the 70M Irish Diaspora, To Be Irish At Christmas 2021 continues until the 23rd of December with an expanded programme now featuring over 200 celebratory festive events (in-person, hybrid, and online) in Ireland and around the world and extraordinary stories from Irish at home and abroad, all available on www.ToBeIrish.ie
The Sounds of Home
Tune in for Have A Good One, presented in partnership with Hotpress, a series of intimate performances evoking the spirit of the season, whether you’re at home thinking of Ireland – or away and dreaming of it. Featuring Wallis Bird performing the original ‘I Don’t Mind Christmas Time’ (Thu 16 Dec), Lea Harte performing ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ (Sat Dec 18), Fia Moon performing ’Silent Night’ (Mon 20 Dec) and Aimée performing ‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?’ (Tue Dec 21).
An evening of songs and stories is coming to Clonacody House in Tipperary, presented by Mike Hanrahan and featuring guests Emma Langford and Síve (Tue 21 Dec), and at the Wexford Arts Centre, Pierce Turner (Thu 23 Dec) returns for an evening of show stopping music. Enjoy a rendition of Christmas classics, The Wexford Carol and Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil performed by Soda Blondes lead singer Faye O’Rourke and Patrick Dexter (Tue 14 & Thu 23 Dec ). At The Everyman, well-loved Cork songwriter John Spillane & Friends Christmas Concert (Sun 19 Dec) returns for the 23rd year in a row and joined by his usual array of ‘mystery guests’, will perform a selection of old favourites as well as songs from his beautiful new album ‘100 Snow White Horses’. For those inspired to learn our musical traditions for themselves, you can learn from the best with free online music courses from Alison.com. Take fiddle lessons with Doireann Ní Ghlacáin, sean-nós singing with TG4 Gradam Ceoil winner and singer Nell Ní Chróinín, guitar with Michael McCague, and more.
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