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Episode #1:
St. Patrick’s Day Edition
Apollo’s Fire Goes Irish!

Video selections and program notes from 3 favorite Celtic programs – a cozy St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Part 1

Jeannette Sorrell’s celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes. A colorful band of bagpipes, flutes, strings and Celtic harp joins the exquisite Apollo’s Singers and Canadian ensemble La Nef. This program sold out in Northeast Ohio for 5 years! Chosen by BBC Music Magazine for the “Top 20 Concerts in North America.”

“Magical… an exquisite program, adroitly mixing joy, solemnity and the sacred.” – AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

[box]DOWNLOAD PROGRAM NOTES: At the Crossroads of Art & Tradition – by Jeannette Sorrell[/box]


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Part 2

AF’s most popular tour program has enchanted audiences from the Irish National Concert Hall in Dublin to Belfast Castle to the National Gallery in Washington. Long ago, the sparkling fiddle tunes and haunting ballads of the British Isles came across the water, taking root in the hills of Virginia. They mingled with Southern hymns and African spirituals – creating the soulful music we call Appalachian. The people of the mountains raise their voices in celebration of daily life – LOVE, SINGING, DANCING AND PRAYER.

“A rich tapestry of the dark, the joyful, the sad, and the humorous… an absolutely joyous achievement.” – CLEVELANDCLASSICAL.COM

[box]DOWNLOAD PROGRAM NOTES: The People of the Mountains Raise Their Voices – by Jeannette Sorrell[/box]


Two nuggets from Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration

“Riveting… spectacularly performed and deeply moving.” – SEEN & HEARD INTERNATIONAL



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