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Golden Bough – Friday, December 17 at 8 pm



Golden Bough
Christmas in a Celtic Land

Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza & Kathy Sierra

Christmas has long been celebrated as a time for family and friends to gather and share the joy of the season. For over 40 years the Celtic music group Golden Bough has been providing an opportunity for loved ones to join together in song and celebration with their concert program, Christmas in a Celtic Land

An Old World carol states, “Good fortune attend each merry man’s friend to do the best that he may, forgetting all wrongs in carol and song to drive the cold winter away.” With that in mind, Golden Bough created a special program for the whole family. Celtic songs of Christmas and Winter are inter-mixed with their own compositions written especially for the Yuletide season.

No newcomers to the current Celtic trend, Golden Bough (founded in 1980) has been bringing their Winter Concerts to family audiences far and wide. These modern-day minstrels have traveled the world over performing their own brand of Celtic music They have drawn from the rare carols of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall for their Christmas in a Celtic Land program. 

Their Holiday Concert is the perfect setting in which to enjoy Golden Bough’s rare carols and songs of celebration for the Winter Solstice and the New Year. With lively instrumental pieces, haunting ballads and humorous sing-alongs, the band creates an atmosphere in which the listener is transported to another place and time. Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza and Kathy Sierra capture the essence and joy of traditional music on a wide variety acoustic instruments, including; Celtic harp, penny-whistle, guitar, accordion, violin, viola, mandolin, and bodhran (a hand held drum, particular to the Celtic culture).

Golden Bough’s three Yuletide CDs; Winter’s Dance, Christmas in a Celtic Land and When Winter Comes, are distributed worldwide, and have received enthusiastic response from music fans and critics alike. Rock & Reel Magazine in England had this to say about their 2nd Christmas offering; “A vibrant and multi-faceted collection, Christmas in a Celtic Land sees Golden Bough at their musical and creative peak.” You can find out more about Golden Bough, their recordings, concert schedule and history by visiting their website at

This joyful Celtic Christmas Concert is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to gather together to celebrate and drive the cold winter away with Golden Bough’s unique Yuletide presentation. You’ll be hard put to sit still once the fire of Celtic music is flamed by these fine musicians. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!

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