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Christmas with the Celts
- Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
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About Christmas with the Celts
Christmas With The Celts is the brainchild of music producer Ric Blair. Mr. Blair
reigns as one the country’s most respected purveyors of Celtic music. American born, he credits the popularity of the Christmas With The Celts concert presentation and the nationwide broadcasting of the show as a PBS-TV special to his unique blending of modern Christmas standards and sounds with the spirit and sounds of Celtic roots.
The 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 casinos. The Celts have shared the stage with a diverse range of special 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 to name a few.
The 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, drums, bass, mandolin, a children’s choir, lush string arrangements plus always crowd pleasing Irish step dancers.
Ric Blair was a promising jazz major at the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious College Conservatory of Music until a chance encounter changed the entire course of his life. “A buddy of mine said “Hey there’s this Irish group playing tonight,” American-born and Nashville based Blair remembers. It took a little prodding, but he agreed to give the concert a shot. “I opened the doors, and people were literally dancing on the tables,” says Blair. “The music was so happy. As soon as I heard the pipes and Irish whistle, something in my blood hit me and said ‘this is what I want to do’.”
Today, Blair reigns as one of the country’s most respected purveyors and historians of Celtic music. “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 merging the two cultures.”