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Magical Strings Celebrates 35 Years of Celtic Yuletide Concerts!

Enter the timeless realm of Celtic Yuletide celebrating the Light that shines in the darkness with a gala of Irish music and dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs of the season bringing warmth and joy into the heart of winter!  The Boulding family is joined by Tara Academy’s champion Irish Dancers, lively Canadian fiddler Jocelyn Petit, Colleen Raney with her irresistible voice accompanied by Dublin guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh; and Matt Jerrell with his impeccable percussion binds it all together with the enchanting sounds of Philip and Pam's Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer.  See complete schedule and ticket information below.

 “Uplifting”  “Brilliant!”  “Enchanting”
Magical Strings

This year’s Yuletide Performance Dates include:

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Sunday
Dec 1

3:00 PM

Kingston
Redeemer United Methodist Church
9900 NE Shorty Campbell Rd

Tickets
800 838-3006
Online

Sunday
Dec 8

3:00 PM

Kent
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
10020 SE 256th St.

Tickets
253 856-5051
Online

Friday
Dec 13

7:30 PM

Tacoma
Urban Grace Church
902 Market St.

Tickets
800 838-3006
Online

Saturday
Dec 14

7:30 PM

Seattle
Town Hall
1119 - 8th Ave

Tickets
800 838-3006
Online

Sunday
Dec 15
3:00 PM

Mt. Vernon
The Lincoln Theatre
712 S 1st St.

Tickets
360 336-8955
Online

Monday
Dec 16
7:00 PM

Bellevue
The Theater at Meydenbauer
11100 NE 6th St.

Tickets
800 838-3006
Online

Wednesday
Dec 18

7:30 PM

Portland
Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St.

Tickets
503 764-4131
Online

Saturday
Dec 21
Time changed to 7:00 pm

Leavenworth
Icicle Creek
The Snowy Owl Theater

Tickets
877 265-6026
Online

 

A Joyous Festival of Music and Dance

With Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, concertina, strings and more, Philip and Pam Boulding and their five grown children along with granddaughters are joined by the lightning feet of the Tara Academy Dancers. Soulful Irish songs sung by actress/singer Colleen Raney will grace the hall.  Son Brenin’s soulful cello graces every Yuletide show, while daughter and brilliant violinist Brittany will offer her special solo in Seattle; you might also witness sparks of dueling percussion amongst the 3rd generation with drum and hard shoe dance! Also featured is a magical tale from the Celtic tradition, providing a glimpse of another world through story, verse and eurythmy.  The audience becomes a key part of the festivities, with members invited to don a costume and follow the processional through the aisles with the musicians, and join in the caroling near evening’s end.  The hall resounds in glorious harmony as we close singing “All Through the Night.”

About Magical Strings

Philip and Pam Boulding founded Magical Strings in 1978, the same year that they began the tradition of Celtic Yuletide Concerts with their family. They have performed throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and Japan, toured and recorded with Dan Fogelberg, appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and recorded 18 albums on four labels.  Often referred to by local media as the "Von Trapps of the Northwest", their love of music is embraced by all five of their grown children, who each year return home from the east coast to join the band for the final weekend of Yuletide Concerts.  Their daughter Brittany, a virtuoso violinist, moved from New York City back to the Northwest where she plays with the Seattle Symphony, is Associate Concertmaster of Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, concertmaster of both the Northwest sinfoneta(SP) and Auburn Symphony.  She is also a member of the acclaimed Finisterra Trio, which will be featured at this year’s Seattle show at Town Hall.  Philip and Pam also design and build Celtic harps, run the School of Magical Strings, and host the Magic Hill Summer Harp Camp, and Summer Fairy School on their beautiful 5-acre home overlooking the Puget Sound.

About Colleen Raney

Colleen Raney

Colleen Raney is among the best young Celtic singers of her generation, inspired by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes she grew up with, both as a member of the multi-talented Raney family, and alongside Magical Strings. With a gorgeous voice accompanied by some of the best acoustic musicians in the Northwest, Colleen breathes new life into the old songs. Collaborator and master guitarist Colm MacCárthaigh often plays in duet with Colleen, and they toured extensively in the United States and Ireland following the release of their acclaimed album, Cuan, in late 2011.  Dublin born MacCárthaigh is an in-demand session guitarist and bouzouki player who has played with musicians worldwide including Seattle luminaries Tom Creegan, Dale Russ and others—and he joins Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide for the third time.  Raney is currently touring an exciting new CD recorded in Ireland with top Irish traditional musicians, called Here This Is Home.  She makes her home in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at
www.colleenraney.com

 

 

 

 

About Jocelyn Pettit:

Jocelyn Pettit

 

Jocelyn Pettit is a vibrant fiddler, step dancer, singer, and composer from Canada's West Coast, who met Philip and Pam while performing on the Celtic Music Cruise Alaska in June 2012.  Leading her band with original, contemporary and traditional repertoire, Jocelyn's high-energy, uplifting performances have ignited stages and delighted audiences across Canada, the USA, Scotland, and Malaysia.  Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee 2010 – “World Artist of the Year” and “Young Performer of the Year”.

 

 

 

Comments from Yuletide attendees:
“It’s not Christmas till the Yuletide Celebration.”   NG, Kirkland
“What a joy and delight. My heart was stirred, and my feet were tapping. Enchanting!”  PD, Centralia
“A fantastically warm concert. This is the beginning of a new tradition for me and my family.”  BM, Gig Harbor
“Sets my feet a dancin’ and my hear soaring! I’m 67 now…you make me feel young again!” LJ
“We brought cousins visiting here from Limerick, Ireland who declared the program 'brilliant’”.    MP,
“You guys rock!”  CU, Tacoma
“I feel deep joy listening to the music – ancient stirrings of something warm and familiar. Thanks!”  DH
 “Wonderful!  This will be our annual tradition.”  FJC, Woodinville
“Absolutely beautiful!”  AH, Issaquah
“Fabulous!  We’ll be back next year!”  CF, Olympia
“This is our family tradition—wonderful!”  BB, Lynnwood
“I find myself transfixed and in awe of where the music takes me.”  EE, Seattle
“With no power for a week, you have warmed my heart for this holiday season and the year to come.”  SW, Bellevue
“There is no doubt that you already embody the joy and priceless recognition of this soul-inspired season.  Your concert last weekend was my most favorite ever experience.  The genuine love and inclusive outreach to the community was straight from the heart.  I love the spirited selections as well as the lullaby for your granddaughter.  To be a member of your family or even an extended member would be a real honor for anyone…Thank you for your outpouring of love and fabulous music.  The McKassons were amazing, as was the juggler and the woman with the angel’s voice.  My husband couldn’t get over the young dancer who clicked her heels midair. We’ll be back next year.  Thank you for the inspirational evening and for making these concerts a tradition.  In gratitude,”   SK, Portland, OR
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