Cathie Ryan


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Celtic, Holiday | Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 | 7:30 PM | $27-35

Cathie Ryan

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As the vanguard of Irish music for over twenty-five years, Cathie Ryan is renowned not only for the purity of her voice but also for her captivating storytelling. Her tales about her Irish parents, her childhood in Ireland, and her humorous take on Irish culture add depth and breadth to her music.

Her band has built a loyal following by touring internationally and singing “songs of the heart” at performing arts centers, festivals, folk clubs, and with symphony orchestras. They have been featured on national and public television throughout the world. Their radio highlights include NPR’s Mountain Stage and Thistle and Shamrock, PRI’s The World, BBC in England and Northern Ireland, Radio Scotland, and RTÉ and RnaG in Ireland.

The acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band celebrate a traditional Irish American Christmas with The Winter’s Heart®. Featuring Cathie’s heart stirring vocals and the virtuoso musicianship of Patsy O’Brien (from Cork, now living in Minneapolis!) on guitar and vocals, Patrick Mangan (Riverdance) on fiddle, and Kieran O’Hare (Celtic Legends) on uillean pipes, flute, and tin whistle, this musical celebration of the holidays is sure to warm the heart.

From ethereal hymns to exuberant jigs and reels, The Winter’s Heart revels in the wealth of Irish Christmas traditions including leaving a candle in the window to light loved ones home, hunting for the wren on St Stephen’s Day, Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas) and more. The rituals of the Winter Solstice, for centuries considered a sacred time in Ireland, will also be honored in this beautiful program.

The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas is a holiday event sure to kindle the warmth and joy of the season.

“Anyone wondering what constitutes excellence in Irish American singing today need only attend a Cathie Ryan concert.”
The Wall Street Journal

This event will be in the Studio Theater and has Reserved seating. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Patron Services team by emailing info@blackrockcenter.org, or calling 240-912-1058. See our full list of ticketing policies here.

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