Celtic Christmas Concert at Stronghold

Celtic Christmas Concert at Stronghold


OREGON, IL—The musical group Bohola will perform “A Celtic Christmas” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at Stronghold’s Brubaker Center.

The Celtic Christmas Celebration ranges from the little-known Kilmore carols of Wexford to the Irish-American vaudeville stage and includes songs, poems and instrumental pieces. The show includes the virtuoso musicianship of Jimmy Keane’s accordion, Sean Cleland’s fiddle and Pat Broader’s warm vocal and tasteful dordan and bousouki playing.

Bohola is a fairly new group made up of people who have played with other musical groups. They have been playing together for about a year and have a new CD called Celtic Christmas, which will be available for purchase at the concert.

To get to Stronghold, take Route 2 and follow it all the way through Byron to Mud Creek Road. Go on about three-quarters mile past the road. Stronghold is nine miles south of Byron, about two miles north of Oregon. The entrance to Stronghold is on the right-hand side, and you will see a sign around a curve.

Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Ticket price includes light refreshments. Tickets are available locally at The Tin Whistle, North Main and Auburn, at 963-0270.

As a bonus, the International Gift Shop, featuring unique items from developing countries, will be open from 6:30 p.m. until the concert is over.

For more information, call Stronghold at (815) 732-6111, or check out the web site at www.strongholdcenter.org.

Celtic Connections

Music from Scotland and Ireland along with a bit of Celtic history is being featured in a new radio program, Celtic Connections, on WNTA radio, 1330 AM from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday mornings. The show is hosted by Phyllis Stone of The Tin Whistle, who is committed to keeping Celtic history and traditions alive. The Tin Whistle, a Celtic gift shop located at 1414 N. Main St., is the program sponsor.

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