Nollaig - great show this weekend!

Nollaig - great show this weekend!

If any of you are in Chicago over the weekend of December 18-19, consider attending this event, you’ll be helping to make a difference for those less fortunate.

Every year for the past 3 years bohola – a Chicago-based trio consisting of Jimmy Keane, Sean Cleland, and Pat Broaders - have played for an Irish Christmas concert called “Nollaig” at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago (www.oldtownschool.org). Check the website or call 773-728-6000.

This year’s concert is Saturday, Dec 18. As in previous years, a large part of the proceeds benefit two great Chicago institutions: Misericordia (www.misericordia.com) and the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls (www.mercyhome.org).

The show explores both the Christian and pre-Christian traditions surrounding the Winter Solstice in a mixture of song, spoken word, and instrumental pieces from Ireland, America, Scotland, Wales, England and Brittany. The songs extend from the ancient Kilmore carols of Ireland to the humorous songs of the Irish-American vaudeville stage. The joyous words of poets and writers such as Patrick Kavanagh, Dylan Thomas, and John B. Keane whisk the audience back to a childhood Christmas while the cheerful reels, jigs, marches, hornpipes, and polkas fill the air and set the feet a tapping. The featured performers, bohola, create a delightful musical tapestry to celebrate the mid-winter season!

The early show is sold out, there are still tickets available for the 10pm show!