The Center for the Arts Presents: Irish Christmas in America

Irish Christmas in America Show in Grass Valley

Friday, December 20th

The Center for the Arts OnTheGo presents Irish Christmas in America on Friday, December 20th at the Amaral Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for a special 1:00 pm matinee show.

The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 15th season, features top Irish music, song, and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2019 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo’s Niamh Farrell.

This family-friendly performance features Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes, and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Catch a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland take you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2019.

The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus Begley, Teresa Horgan, Méabh Begley, Lumiere, Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan, and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”

The group’s latest album is called “Last Night in Chicago.” It’s a live album from a couple of recent Christmas tours and is available on Bandcamp.com.

A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season. Tickets are available at thecenterforthearts.org and at The Center for the Arts box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.

This show is a part of The Center’s OnTheGo series and will be held at the Amaral Building at Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Concessions will be provided by The Ham Stand. This is a 1:00 pm matinee performance and the doors will open at noon.

WHAT: Irish Christmas in America the Show
WHEN: Friday, December 20th 2019 1:00 pm Show, Doors open at noon.
WHERE: Amaral Center at The Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Rd. Grass Valley, CA
WHO: The Center for the Arts Presents Irish Christmas in America
ADMISSION: $15 Student 12 & Under, $35 Members, $45 Regular http://bit.ly/19220-IrishChristmas
PUBLIC CONTACT INFO: thecenterforthearts.org 530-274-8384.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.