Patrick Ball performs for Charlotte’s Web Feb. 25

Celtic harpist Patrick Ball will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 406 N. Main St., Rockford. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts presents Patrick Ball, Celtic harpist, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 406 N. Main St., Rockford.

With his Celtic harp combined with his resonant voice, Ball weaves a cloak of leprechaun lore around us. Whether in the stronghold of a Galway chieftain in the years before history began, or yesterday in the snug corner of a pub in Dublin, the Irish have always delighted in storytelling. And always, amidst the storytelling, there was music with jigs, reels and haunting airs.

First among Irish instruments and the most honored was the legendary Celtic harp. With its crystalline, bell-like voice and lavish resonance, it would soothe its listeners and lead them deeper into the realms of the imagination. In Celtic Harp and Story, Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling.

Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken-word albums, which have sold well more than one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

Along with Celtic Harp and Story, beguiling blend of music and spoken-word concerts, Ball has written and performs two acclaimed solo musical theater pieces: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, which brings to the stagethe legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O’Carolan, and The Fine Beauty of the Island, a musical journey to Ireland’s legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it.

Ball also presents an ensemble performance, The Flame of Love, a spoken word and Early Music retelling of the greatest of medieval legends, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at: Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both Postal Shoppe locations: Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940 and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903; Nikki’s Café, 604 Pleasant St., Beloit, Wis., (608) 207-3101; or by mail: send a check and SASE to P.O. Box 765, Rockford, IL 61105-0765. Indicate artist or performance date on check. Credit card payment accepted only at via PayPal. A $1 ticket processing fee is included. Print your receipt. Info: Call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the Feb. 22-28, 2012, issue

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