NEWBERRY — Imagine Christmastime in Ireland: A warm turf fire on a cold night, a rousing sing-along by the hearth, favorite Christmas songs and hymns, laughter as everyone gathers for a sampling of Irish wit and wisdom, and the joyfulness of youthful dancing in celebration of the holidays.
Sound inviting? Then allow Tony Kenny, Ireland’s premier entertainer, and his all-star cast to take you there at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday at the Newberry Opera House.
Kenny is an icon in the world of Irish music, receiving dozens of awards for his stage and television performances. He has entertained millions of people, touring the United States countless times to packed houses.
Christmastime in Ireland will have you singing, clapping, and laughing from beginning to end and is sure to be the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season.
The self-deprecating humor of George Casey, Ireland’s King of Blarney, tempered with his Irish brogue, has won over audiences across the country. Casey’s humor is always in good fun and gets the audience involved.
Kathy Durkin from Co. Cavan, is one of Ireland’s leading female entertainers and three-time Irish Recording Artist of the Year. Durkin has had a prolific output of singles and albums during her career.
The Dublin Trinity Band is one of Ireland’s best folk bands. From busking on O’Connell Street to playing at the National Concert Hall, this group has wowed audiences of all sizes for years. The Dublin Trinity Band features Sarah Rodgers on violin and guitar; renowned Irish pianist and composer Andreas Durkin on vocals and keyboard; David Hayes, recognized as one of the finest musical directors in Ireland, on piano; and Ireland’s best accordion player, Peter Brown, on button accordion.
Added into this mix of Irish artists are the Jury’s Irish Dancers. Tapping and spinning their way across the stage, these precision musical athletes will take your breath away.
For tickets, call the Newberry Opera House Box Office at 276-6264 or visit www.newberryoperhouse.com.