Michael Londra's "Celtic Fire" featuring An Dochas and the Haran Irish Dancers
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Price: $35 general $30 students seniors military.
Born in the capital of song in Ireland, Irish tenor, Michael Londra and his show have journeyed around the world from small beginnings. The show, bathed in the traditional culture of song and dance in Ireland has been seen in every corner of the planet. With 100% live music, dance and song, while respecting the culture and ancient history, the show generates an electric atmosphere that sweeps audiences away to Ireland, its culture, its land, its pubs, its music and its heart. From a tiny spark, Celtic Fire now travels the world in many forms.
The music is traditional at its core, with all of Ireland’s national instruments, the fiddle playing frenetic reels, our great drum, the bodhran beating out the driving rhythms of the band, the plaintive uileann pipes calling back to days of yore with beautiful and haunting slow airs. The dancers take the stage with brilliant flashes of speed, youth and exuberance. All of our dancers while young, have performed from an early age having won many Irish dance championships and performed around the world. Their jigs and reels performed are a joy to watch and many audiences want to get to join in… many actually do!
Irish dance has enjoyed a spectacular revival in recent years with shows like Riverdance; however, Celtic Fire doesn’t rehash the art form, but strips it to its bare essentials. By presenting traditional dance the show has a vital feel; cast members are more creative and dynamic, audiences are more engaged and everyone leaves the show feeling they have been more involved and have had more of an insight into what Ireland and its country really is. Irish music and dance has learned to mix with other culture to create new and innovative dances and sounds but at its core, this is what Ireland is all about. It is the real thing!
The choreographer, Claire Worley has a wealth of experience as a dance teacher, choreographer and performer. After touring the world with the show, Claire wanted to create a more essential, vital and exciting style of Irish dance for the US audience. She has choreographed traditional pieces that merge perfectly with the live on stage sound that the band creates. The intricate group numbers are complimented by looser solo spots which are the hit of the night.
Featured dancer Owen Barrington is Senior Men's World Champion 2008. Originally from Alaska, Owen performs globally with Riverdance and as a soloist with many of the world's leading Celtic acts. He can be seen in MIchael's PBS special as a featured performer. He recently qualified as an Irish dance teacher and plans to open a school in the near future.
The Musical Director, Mellad Abeid has worked with Michael for several years as musical director of his solo concerts but now is working on the new music for tonight's performance. His band An Dochas are widely recognized as one of the most innovative Irish bands in North America.
Producer, director and the show's primary vocalist, Michael Londra is a driving force in Irish arts worldwide and is described as "one of the greatest Irish singers of our time" by Capitalceltic. As lead voice in Riverdance on Broadway and as a recording artist performing worldwide, Michael’s tenor voice has played on the world’s biggest stages, from Madison Square Garden to Radio City Music Hall, from the Kremlin Palace in Moscow to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Michael is the creator of Radiocelt, the biggest online Irish radio station. His recording of The Water is Wide features on the Universal Records release Arias Ancora with Andrea Bocelli, Pavarotti and Il Divo. His version of Danny Boy has been viewed by 5.2 million people on Youtube. In March 2011, Michael taped his first PBS special "Beyond Celtic" featuring some of tonight's cast and which aired over 300 times, nationwide. There are plans for more specials in the coming year. He is loves to Facebook and Twitter…and expects to hear from you!
Michael is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide having advocated for their programs in Haiti for the past 5 years. A film of his last trip can be seen on his "Beyond Celtic" DVD or by going to his own website www.michaellondra.com
He is involved in the Visit Wexford program working with his home town to encourage people to visit the Sunny South East of Ireland. For information on his lovely country, go to www.visitwexford.ie
The show is fun, relaxed and most importantly, LIVE. The program varies from town to town but you are guaranteed reels, jigs, slow airs, gorgeous songs to break your heart and solo dance routines to make you want to get up and have a go yourself. You will also learn a little Gaelic. A performance of pure Celtic magic.
Tenor : Michael Londra
Guitar/ Music Director : Mellad Abeid
Bodhran / Drums : Steve Holloway
Piano : Peter Storms
Fiddle : Jenny Anne Mannan
Pipes / Whistles : David Schulz
Choreography / Dance Captain : Claire Worley
Lead Dancer : Owen Barrington
The Haran Irish Dancers Troupe: Gunnar Nelson, Jadyn Young, Katie Frederickson, Rachael Rossbach
Stage Manager : Ashley Evanson
Sound : Jeremy Oswin