On December 16th at the Blue Ridge Theatre and Event Center in West Jefferson you are in for a special treat! Christmas with The Celts isn’t just a concert; it is a celebration of the holiday spirit, people, community and common connections. It’s about bringing young and old together to celebrate this special time of year. Show producer Ric Blair says, “You can't listen to Celtic music and not be happy. It is a music of the people."
About the Nashville Celts:
The Nashville Celts are led by musician/songwriter/producer Ric Blair. Ric Blair, is also the founder of their two popular concept shows, Roots of Great American Music and Christmas with The Celts.
In 2010, Blair produced the national PBS show Christmas with The Celts which was filmed in front of a sold-out audience at the original Grand Ole Opry, (voted top venue by Pollstar) the world-famous Ryman Auditorium. The show aired on 222 PBS channels across the U.S., Canada and on the BBC in Ireland for three years. This successful TV show was the initial spark, which created a huge demand for the group, bringing them into major venues.
Today, The Nashville Celts pack concert halls around the world including The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, The Lincoln Center, and many other Performing Arts Centers, Theaters and large Casinos. The Nashville Celts have shared the stage with a diverse range of specials guests and artists including Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh of Altan, Vince Gill, Irish singer Cathy Jordan of Dervish, Ricky Skaggs, Riverdance piper Ivan Goff from Dublin, Patty Loveless, Braveheart/Titanic piper Eric Rigler, and Tim O’Brien just to name a few.
The Nashville Celts lineup features founder Ric Blair on vocals, guitars, bodhran, and piano, Laura McGhee from Dundee, Scotland on vocals and fiddle plus an ensemble of world class musicians playing uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums and always crowd pleasing Irish step dancers.
The music of The Nashville Celts is uniquely original. When asked about their musical tyle Blair says, "I’m proud of my Irish/Scottish roots, but I am equally proud of my American music roots. So, our music has become a product of blending the two." Blair credits the group’s popularity to their melding of modern American hit songs and sounds with organic Celtic instruments as well as the success of their PBS-TV specials.
When: December 16, 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Blue Ridge Theater and Event Center
9331 NC Highway 16 N • West Jefferson, North Carolina 28694
Cost: Tickets $40 general admission, $47 VIP (limited seating) - all tickets include a pasta supper. Group discount - bring your church family! Buy 9, get the 10th free!
For more information, visit: https://www.blueridgetheater.com