December 2017 Ceolta Notes
By Rodger Hara
The Christmas Revels return to the Gordon Gamm Theater in the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. in Boulder with an Irish-themed program of music, songs, dance and revelry that imagines the journey of Irish immigrants aboard the RMS Carpathia as they seek a better life in America. There will be audience sing-alongs, a Mummer’s Play, step-dancing and an appearance by The Lord of the Dance. Featured musicians will include Adam Agee, Jon Sousa and Margot Krimmel. Last year’s shows sold out, so two additional shows have been added this year with performances on the 22nd at 7 PM, 23rd at 2 and 7 PM, 26th at 2 PM and 27th at 7 PM. Arrive 45 minutes before curtain time to hear a presentation about the script and stories behind some of the music. Tickets at https://tickets.thedairy.org
The Irish Dance Theatre, a joint venture of Martin Percival and Ciara Sexton, presents two performances of “Seó na Nollag: A Celtic Christmas Celebration” on the 18th at 7:30 PM in the Newman Center, University of Denver; tix are $20-52.50 at www.newwmantix.com and on the 20th at 7:30 PM at the Lincoln Center in Ft. Collins; tix at www.lctix.com. A donation will be made to Firefly Autism For each ticket sold.
Kindred Spirits presents their 7th annual Winter Spirit concert with special guests Eric Olson and James Messerich on the 2nd at 7 PM in the Tuft Theater at the Swallow Hill Music Hall in Denver – tix $15, $2 less for members and on the 9th at 7:30 PM in the St. Frances Cabrini Music Room Theater in Littleton – tix $10. Info at www.thekindredspirits.com.
The 32nd Annual Winter Solabration, a community celebration of music and dance, happens on the 23rd from 6 PM – midnight in the Joyful Ballroom, 3695 W. 72nd Ave., Westminster. The night features a Mummer’s Play, Maroon Bells Morris Dancers, the High Country Dancers, Bryan Connolly Extreme Juggling, Storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak, Solstice Sword Dancers, Breathless in Berthoud, Abbot’s Bromley Horn Dance and traditional American community dancing. Tix $25 in advance at www.wsolstice.org, $32 at the door, teens $19, children 6-12 $9.
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Father Joseph P. Carrigan Division present their 7th Annual Family Irish New Year’s Celebration on the 31st at The Celtic on Market, 1400 Market Street, Denver. The family celebration is open to the public, with a $10 cover charge for entry and party favors. The event includes traditional Irish music from session players, entertainment from Juice O’ the Barley and The Celtic Friends, bagpipes from the Michael Collins Pipe Band and Irish step dancing. There will be a specially priced menu from The Celtic on Market kitchen, party favors and entertainment for kids of all ages with a countdown to New Year’s leading to a Jameson Irish Whiskey toast at 5 PM with a Bagpipe New Year’s salute and singing of Auld Lang Syne. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Catholic Samaritan House, Purple Heart homes, Annunciation Catholic School and other Carrigan AOH-backed charities and projects.
Brian Clancy takes the stage at Jack Quinn’s Alehouse and Pub in downtown Colorado Springs at 7:30 PM on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.
Take Down the Door performs at the Chief Theater in Steamboat Springs, 813 Lincoln Ave, on the 15th and 16th from 7-9 PM.
Chancers Hooley inaugurates Scruffy Murphy’s new live music happy hour in The Ballpark Neighborhood of LoDo on the 1st from 5:30 to 8:30.
Eric Crawford does the Scruffy’s happy hour on the 8th from 5:30-8:30 PM.
Colcannon takes their Christmas show to New Jersey on the 2nd then returns home for a production with the Broomfield Symphony — the orchestral version of their Christmas show — on the 16th at 7.30 PM and the 17th at 3 PM. They head to Nissi’s in Lafayette sans orchestra for the final offering of their Christmas show on the 19th at 7:30 PM
Star Edwards offers her lovely harp playing on the 22nd at the Cherry Creek Library, 305 Milwaukee St. in Denver from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, the Smiley Library, 4501 W. 46th Ave. on the 23rd from 1 to 3 PM and at the Unity on the Avenue Church, 4670 E. 17th Ave. Parkway in Denver at 5:30 on the 24th.
Wild Mountain kicks off the Bridging the Music Awards program on the 6th at 7 PM in The Oriental Theater in west Denver and entertains the patrons at Clancy’s Irish Pub in Wheat Ridge on the 15th from 7:30-10:30 PM.
Keith Harkin, one of the lead soloists for Celtic Thunder appears on the Soiled Dove Underground stage at 8 PM on the 16th. Tix $35-$55 at www.ticketfly.com .
Avourneen provides the music for the Denver Contra Dancers on the 8th at 8 PM in the Highlands Masonic Center, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver. Tickets start at $8. On the 9th, they liven up Ned Kelly’s Irish Pub, 5686 S Sycamore St. in Littleton at 9 PM. Free admission.
Adam Goldstein does his solo Irish song and guitar act at the Clocktower Cabaret for the late-night shows on the 2nd, 16th, 23rd and 30th.
Big Paddy does a Holiday Show on the 8th at 10 PM in the Bohemian Biergarten on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder.
The McDeviants are on the Jack Quinn stage in Colorado Springs on the 2nd from 8:30 PM to 12:30 AM and have the early show on New Year’s Eve at Jack Quinn’s from 4 to 7 PM.
Tim Baldwin aka CaraTrom performs his Irish/bluegrass/fusion at The Laughing Goat in Boulder on the 7th from 8 to 9 PM.