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'Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas' being performed Dec. 9 in Lemmond Theater
11-11-13

Marcus Donnelly performs in the 'Celtic Christmas.'
Marcus Donnelly performs in the 'Celtic Christmas.'

Considered a master of the Irish narrative, storyteller Tomáseen Foley will offer the best of Ireland’s rich cultural heritage with an evening of Celtic music, song and dance when Misericordia University presents, “Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas” on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

Foley was born on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland at a time before there was television and when only one or two neighbors had a radio. On Christmas Eve, the community would gather to celebrate the holiday and the communal way of life.
 
Joined by some of the most gifted Celtic musicians, dancers and singers performing today, he will recreate the joy and innocence of those celebrations with a mix of Irish stories, traditional Irish Christmas carols and high-kicking dance for an evening of fun that enlivens the Christmas spirit.
 
Under Foley’s direction, “A Celtic Christmas” has been performed at packed concert halls nationwide for the past 15 years. It is unique in that it is the only nationally touring Celtic show that has storytelling at its center.
 
The Celtic Christmas cast includes Kathleen Keane, featured on vocals, fiddle, flute, whistle and dance; Patrick D’Arcy, on uilleann pipes (the national bagpipe of Ireland), whistles and flute; Samantha Harvey on accordion and dance; Marcus Donnelly on dance; Alice Ryan on vocals and dance, and musical director William Coulter, on guitar and vocals.
 
Foley has released two CDs, “A Celtic Christmas: Parcel from America,” and a live recording, “The Priest and the Acrobat.” The Oregon Cabaret has developed a hit musical from his story, “Parcel From America.”
 
Tickets for the concert are $10 for general admission, $5 for alumni, senior     citizens and children 12 and under, and free to Misericordia students. Tickets are available by calling the Misericordia Box Office at (570) 674-6719.
 
 Additional information about upcoming cultural events at Misericordia University can be found at www.misericordia.edu/theartsandmore. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.