Jefferson and Eamon O’Leary to perform at WGBH Presents: A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan

I’m excited to play with Eamon O’Leary (of the Murphy Beds) and some great musicians for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan. Eamon and I are currently working on an album of traditonal songs, and we’ll be playing some of them at these shows.

Saturday, March 17th at 8:PM
Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MA,

Saturday, March 24th at 8PM
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA,

Tickets: $20 – $45, (WGBH member discounts apply)

Tickets on Sale Through: Sanders Theatre Box Office.
Zeiterion Theatre Box Office

WGBH will present the seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian
O’Donovan in two locations again this year. Last year, the show sold out quickly at
the beautiful Sanders Theatre in Cambridge and also for the first time at the Zeiterion
Theatre in New Bedford. This year, each theatres is again slated to present the show.

For the past six years, St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn Concerts have introduced a wide
range of new and familiar musicians alike to audiences eager to celebrate the holiday in
true Irish style.

Local, regional, and national broadcasts of O’Donovan’s radio program, A Celtic
Sojourn over the past 25 years have proven extraordinarily popular. This concert follows
the format established for the burgeoning Christmas Celtic Sojourn series of concerts
which, during this past December, played to almost 10,000 people in Boston, New
Bedford, Worcester, Rockport, and Portsmouth, NH.

These March concerts, called A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn, were first produced
in 2004 and reflect the easy, relaxed and diverse offerings of O’Donovan’s weekly

Artist Line-up:

“One of the strongest, most expressive voices to have come out of
Ireland” is how the Boston Globe describes Dublin-born Susan
McKeown who will join this year’s line-up. She will be accompanied
by newcomer and rising star Michael Brunnock who recently recorded
songs for Sean Penn’s newest movie This Must be the Place.

The Bee Eaters have been turning heads and ears over the past four years and will
bring the string talents of Tristan and Tashina Clarridge and hammer-dulcimer player
extraordinaire, Simon Chrisman to the stage. Simon wowed audiences around New
England this year with his mastery of the instrument as part of A Christmas Celtic

Jeremy Kittel has been called “One of the most accomplished and
gifted string players of his generation” and as part of a generation
known for innovation and excellence in roots music, that’s saying
something! His new CD, Chasing Sparks has been getting a lot of
attention from listeners to Brian’s weekly show, and so he thought of
inviting him in. Jeremy also regularly collaborates with the Bee

Jefferson Hamer and Dublin man, Eamon O’Leary

make up two thirds of the group, the Murphy Beds who

were part of a memorable Guest Street

Session with Brian during this past year. Jefferson

has also collaborated extensively in the past with
the Bee Eaters, and Eamonn with Susan McKeown.

Kieran Jordan, a long time Dancer Director for Christmas Celtic
Sojourn and frequent collaborator with O’Donovan, will return with a
group of hand-picked dancers to bring variety and percussive spice to
the gatherings. She will be joined by Jackie O’Riley and Kristen
Kelly. And local fiddle phenom Tina Lech will be joined by Uilleann
Piper Joey Arbata, and founding member of the band Touchstone,
Mark Roberts. add the required touch of “pure drop” playing to the
evening’s activities.

“St. Patrick’s Day – indeed the whole month of March – is a time for many in the Irish
Diaspora to celebrate roots” says Brian O’Donovan, producer and host for the concert.
“For many others, with no ethnic connection whatsoever to the country, it is a time to

explore a music and dance culture that is at once sophisticated
and accessible, while tracing its origins back hundreds, even
thousands of years. Everyone is welcome to our party on St. Patrick’s

This will be a lively, varied and relaxed concert in two of the most delightful theatres in
the region, each hosting so many great concerts over the years.

“Last year, we sold out both Sanders and the Zeiterion and we are so much looking
forward to returning to each. (The Zeiterion also sold out quickly for the Christmas
Celtic Sojourn concert in December, so South Eastern Mass definitely supports what
we do at WGBH!) I am very excited to present the wonderful Irish musical connections
in such hallowed spaces. These theatres perfectly suit our needs and we are looking
forward to making this series of concerts a tradition in each” added O’Donovan

More information and ticket details:

Michael Brunnock

Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary


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