Celtic Christmas closes autumn season

Rural Lancashire audiences are in for a festive treat when a renowned folk duo bring their Christmas themed show to the county.

Chris Newman and Máire Ní Chathasaigh will bring “Celtic Christmas Strings” to Croston Old School on Friday 9 December at 7.30pm. They will then tour to Grindleton Pavilion on Saturday 10 December at 8pm, followed by a performance at Church of the Good Shepherd in Tatham Fells on Sunday 11 December at 2.30pm.  

Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages eight and above, can be booked directly from the venues. For the Croston show call either 01772 603600 or 01772 600142, for Grindleton the number is either 01200 441113 or 07765 240405 and for Tatham Fells call either 015242 63095 or 015242 62648.

The shows bring to a close Spot On Lancashire’s autumn season of touring, taking professional arts events to rural venues and libraries across the county.

There’s something magical about harps, and particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris’s alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times.

Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music. The duo have brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in 22 countries on five continents.

Their Christmas show features a breath-taking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice. Their arrangements are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and are performed in their characteristically spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

Speaking ahead of the Lancashire gigs, Máire said:

“A Christmas show in a village hall is always a very special and joyful experience. It’s such a delight for us to be part of a community’s Christmas and we always have a wonderful time! We’re so much looking forward to bringing our show to Lancashire.”

For more information or to see the full Spot On season programme, visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk, call Sue Robinson on 01254 660360 or email hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk.