WASSAIL! An Irish-Appalachian Christmas
Directed by Jeannette Sorrell
December 21December 22, 2022
On Christmas night in Old Ireland, families and friends gathered for singing, storytelling, and plenty of wassail. From a caroling party through the streets of Dublin to a holiday barn dance in Virginia… this heartwarming program follows the hopes and fears of the Irish who bravely crossed the Atlantic. Irish singer Fiona Gillespie joins with fiddlers, medieval harp, hammered dulcimer, and bagpipes in this communal celebration of the American immigrant experience. The people of the mountains welcome Christmas with LOVE, SINGING, DANCING and PRAYER.

“Riveting… spectacularly performed and deeply moving.”
– SEEN & HEARD INTERNATIONAL (Review of Apollo’s Fire’s “Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas”)

Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 7:30PM
Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square, CLEVELAND
Thursday, December 22, 2022, 7:30PM
Allen Theatre, Playhouse Square, CLEVELAND
Featured Artists
Fiona Gillespie,soprano vocals
Bradley King,tenor vocals & Irish bouzouki
Brian Kay,lute & vocals
Anna O’Connell,harp & vocals
Ian Crane,bagpipes & vocals
Alan Choo & Emi Tanabe,fiddle
Tina Bergmann,hammered dulcimer
René Schiffer,cello
Elora Kares,soprano
Jeannette Sorrell,harpsichord & direction

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