Celtic Crossroads an Irish music show will make its Cleveland premiere on Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. and on Monday, March 30,at 7.30 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.
Just when you think that you have seen the best that Irish music has to offer, a fresh new show from Ireland appears and takes the art form to an entirely new level.
Celtic Crossroads presents Irish music like never before, set to do to Irish music what Riverdance has done to Irish dance. Three outstanding seasons of performances in Galway, Ireland saw Celtic Crossroads enjoying standing ovations every night. The show has received numerous accolades in its hometown and country:
“Elevating Irish music to an exciting and electrifying dimension,” wrote "The Galway Independent."
With this success under its belt, Celtic Crossroads has traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, and is unleashing its sensational talent on the American market. The first US tour in September 2007, playing a number of shows, mainly in the northeast, saw unprecedented ovations not only during the bows but also mid-performances.
As expected, the show’s fresh sound is successfully revitalizing the image of traditional Irish music around the world. In all, 2007 saw Celtic Crossroads performing over one hundred concerts in Ireland and the USA, and included the show’s first European tour.
The name Celtic Crossroads originates from a time in Ireland when neighboring communities met at the crossroads between towns and villages to socialize – long before the pub tradition began. With a focus on keeping the tradition of Irish music alive, each performer in the production nurtures this bygone concept, but by virtue of their young age and raw talent, they high-kick this tradition into the 21st Century. True high-kicking from some of Ireland’s best-respected Irish dancers also intensifies the pulsating rhythms of the show.
The live concerts are a spectacle of talent, displaying how Irish music influenced the global birth of a multitude of musical genres. This show is redefining Irish music by going right to the heart of its rhythms. The inventive arrangements and bass- driven grooves are steering Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. On its first American visit, word-of mouth alone led to a sold-out tour.
The show itself, incorporating seven world-class musicians, playing over twenty instruments on stage, is a fantastic spectacle. From start to finish you are captivated by a wonderful fusion of musical genres, such as eastern European Gypsy, North American Bluegrass, world Classical and Jazz, and the various forms of Celtic music from around Europe and the rest of the world.
One of Irelands most well respected composers and conductor, Frank McNamara, originator of the Irish Tenors, has said that the live show is “Without a doubt, the most exciting music show to come out of Ireland in 20 years.”
For more information on ticket sales, please contact the Bologna Performing Arts Center at (662) 846-4626 or visit our website at www.bolognapac.com.