You are invited to a special fundraiser at the Ivoryton Playhouse for 2 performances only

December 8th at 3pm and
December 9th at 7:30pm

A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN CONCERT
with the New Haven Symphony orchestra

Starring
KATHLEEN TURNER
as Scrooge
and
JAMES NAUGHTON
as Marley and the ghosts

A special event in partnership with New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ivoryton Playhouse

In December, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Ivoryton Playhouse will partner to present a very special production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winner Kathleen Turner in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tony award winner, James Naughton, as Marley and the Ghosts.

Inspired by spoken on-air radio performances that were popular in the early 20th Century, this new imagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale will feature an original score by John Forster performed by musicians of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The script is by Arthur Yorinks and the performance is conceived and directed by Elliott Forrest.

The cast also includes Ivoryton Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard, as well as Erik Bloomquist, Collin L. Howard, Josh Powell, Sarah Jo Provost and Tess Santarsiero. Fred Newman of A Prairie Home Companion, will be the on stage Foley artist, lending his creative talents to add mystery and atmosphere to this well-loved holiday classic.

Performances will be at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Sunday, December 8th at 3pm and Monday, December 9th at 7:30pm.

VIP seating is available for both performances (details below). General admission tickets are $75 and all funds will be used to purchase a new sound board for the Playhouse.

A limited number of center aisle and front row balcony seats are available priced at $100 for the Monday evening performance.

Call the box office at 860.767.7318 to book your tickets now for this very special holiday performance.

A limited number of VIP and sponsorship tickets are available for the Sunday matinee which will include a private reception with the cast. Contact Jacqui at jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org for more details.

Other performances include:

December 13 at 7:30pm at the Lyman Center at Southern Connecticut State University
December 14 at 7:30 at the First Congregational Church of Madison.  For tickets and information call 203 787 4282 – NewHavenSymphony.org

December 15 at 3pm at Sacred Heart University.  For tickets and information call 203 371 7908 – EdgertonCenter.org

 

 126 years after its inaugural performance, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) continues its legacy of artistically excellent performances, award-winning education programs, and innovative approach to community engagement. The fourth-oldest orchestra in the United States, the NHSO, under the leadership of Music Director Alastair Neale, as well as Principal Pops Conductor Chelsea Tipton, performs for more than 50,000 audience members per season and the NHSO’s education programs reach more than 20,000 students each year.

To learn more about the NHSO, visit NewHavenSymphony.org.

 

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AN ACTOR’S CAROL
by Charles Evered

Burned-out actor Hugh Pendleton, not-so-fresh from playing Scrooge one too many times in the backwater community theatre where his once promising career has met its unglamorous end, is surprised to encounter three spirits of his own in this quirky and compelling ode to the holiday classic.

“The Triumph of Charles Evered’s An Actor’s Carol is that it takes an old story and makes it seem new….his modernized take on Dickens’ ubiquitous holiday parable takes the Ebenezer Scrooge story out of Pre-Industrial revolution London and plops it in a squalid Playhouse where season after season of no-budget theater has been subsidized by the holiday cash cow that A Christmas Carol has become. It works, because Evered’s even handed, light hearted reinvention of the source material not only delivers Dicken’s original story of human redemption, but also adds some very relevant ideas about tolerance, including and the theater.”
– Michael C. Moore, Kitsap Sun

“If A Christmas Carol restores our love of Christmas, An Actor’s Carol restores our love of Christmas AND theatre!” – Hal Linden, Tony Award-winning actor

“Shines a 21st century light on an age old tale with cleverness, wit and charm!”
– VJ Hume, CV Independent

Friday, December 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 14 at 2pm
Saturday, December 14 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 15 at 2pm
Wednesday, December 18 at 2pm
Thursday, December 19 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 21 at 2pm
Saturday, December 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 22 at 2pm

Please call the box office at 860.767.7318 to reserve your seats.

Individual ticket prices are: $35 adult; $32 senior; $20 student; $15 child. Group price for parties of 10 or more is $30.

Tickets for Thursday, December 19th performance are $18 after 6pm (available at the box office only – limit 4 per person).

Make our holiday show part of your family tradition. Come and visit Ivoryton with it’s display of 500,000 lights throughout the village and one of state’s largest living Christmas trees. Ivoryton is one of the most festive (and brightest!) villages in Connecticut!

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SOUTH COURSE – MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2019

 

The Fifth Annual Ivoryton Playhouse Fall Golf Classic at Lake of Isles – South Course
a private club of distinction for an elevated golf experience
In memory of Mark C. Yellin

Registration: 10:00am
Putting Contest following registration
Shot Gun Start: 12:00noon

This is a unique golfing opportunity. The South Course at Lake of Isles is a members only course and not open to the public.

Since opening in 2005, Lake of Isles has consistently been ranked as one of the top golf facilities in the country. The Rees Jones designed layout gives guests the ultimate golf experience. Guests will enjoy exclusive access to the challenging, private South Course which features rolling terrain, island greens and tees and extraordinary views from every hole.

Lake of Isles is in picturesque southeastern Connecticut, adjacent to Foxwoods Resort Casino.

 

Owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, two courses North (public) and South (members only), wind their way through 900 acres of wooded Connecticut countryside and around a 90-acre lake. Managed by Troon, the worldwide leader in upscale golf course management, Lake of Isles offers the ultimate golf experience. In addition to superior service and impeccable course conditions, amenities include a 50,000 sq. ft. clubhouse.

Funds raised benefit the community and educational programs of the Ivoryton Playhouse. Funds also support Ivoryton Village Alliance projects.

Sponsorship packages are available here: Fifth Annual IPH Golf Sponsorship

Just Golf! registration forms are available here: Fifth Annual IPH Just Golf Registration form

Just Golf! reservations include a round of golf on the exclusive, private, members only South Course at Lake of Isles, carts, box lunch in carts at start of play, a buffet dinner and awards ceremony at the end of play and a chance to win raffle and silent auction items.

 

Tournament limited to 88 golfers. Call 860.767.9520 x 205 to book your foursome today.

Sponsorship packages are available here: Fifth Annual IPH Golf Sponsorship

Tournament Sponsor $5,000
Four golfers with preferential tee placement
Two tickets to a show at Ivoryton Playhouse for each of your golfers (subject to availability)
Recognition as a Tournament Sponsor in all press releases and color logo on all event literature, etc. (Exposure 70,000+)
Color logo on event banner hung on the day of the tournament
Company logo or name listed on all golf carts used during event
Two additional invitations to Buffet Dinner after tournament and half page ad in tournament program
Acknowledgment on the Ivoryton Playhouse website with link to your company

Gold Sponsor $2,000
Four golfers with preferential tee placement
Recognition as a Gold Sponsor in all press releases and event literature (Exposure 70,000+)
Color logo or name on event banner hung on the day of the tournament
Company logo or name listed on all golf carts used during event

Silver Sponsor $1,000
Two golfers with preferential tee placement
Recognition as a silver sponsor in all press releases and event program (Exposure 70,000+)
Company name listed on all golf carts used during event

Tee Sponsor $250 (does not include golf)
Company name on a sign located on one tee

Tournament, Gold and Silver sponsorship reservations include a round of golf on the exclusive, private, members only South Course at Lake of Isles, carts, box lunch in carts at start of play, a buffet dinner and awards ceremony at the end of play and a chance to win raffle and silent auction items.

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Check out our video for SHEAR MADNESS! Patrick Noonan and Lisa McMillan talk about this hilarious show on stage now until Sunday, October 6th. And when we say hilarious – we mean it!! Shear Madness is one of the most popular productions in the world and it’s so amazing to hear so much hearty laughter in our house each night! Don’t miss!

Our thanks to Overabove for producing our great videos!

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SHEAR MADNESS at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – Shear Madness, one of the most popular comedy productions in the world, is opening in Ivoryton on September 18, 2019. This iconic production was first produced in Boston in 1980 and has been delighting audiences ever since with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.

This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

Voted “Best Comedy of the Year” seven times by the Boston Globe and recipient of the title “Best Play of the Year” by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer, Shear Madness has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade.

Shear Madness is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the history of the USA. The flagship Boston company has given birth to 50 productions in the U.S. and Shear Madness has been translated into 23 foreign languages, playing worldwide in a host of cities including Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Paris, Rejkavik, Rome, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Johannesburg and Seoul. Over 12.5 million people worldwide have joined in the fun.

The production features veteran performers Jordan Ahnquist*, Patrick Noonan*, and Lisa McMillan* who have performed these roles many times – most recently in the off Broadway production. They will be joined by Ivoryton Playhouse alum Bill Mootus* and Siobhan Fitzgerald* and Lev Harvey will be making his Playhouse debut.

The production is directed by Robert Lohrmann with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Liz Saylor.

Shear Madness opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on September 18th  and runs through October 6th, 2019. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

 (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. Discounted tickets after 6pm on Thursday evenings – get half price adult ticket (subject to availability). Six-Tix are only available at the Playhouse Box Office window and do not apply to special events.  Limit 4 Six Tix per person.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after September 20, 2019

Picture courtesy of Shear Madness
Patrick Noonan and Jordan Ahnquist

*denotes member of Actors Equity

 

Tickets are available now by calling our box office at 860.767.97318 or purchase on line.

 

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David Lutken talks about WOODY SEZ: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

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WOODY SEZ:  The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie
at the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE, the internationally acclaimed West End and Broadway hit, opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Wednesday, October 23rd. The tumultuous, touching, tragic and joyful tale of “America’s greatest folk poet” told in his own words and featuring Bound for Glory, Pastures of Plenty, The Ballad of Tom Joad, This Land is Your Land, and two dozen more of Woody Guthrie’s indelible protest songs, is brought to vivid life with an award winning cast including creator David Lutken* as Woody, with Darcie Deaville, David Finch*, Maggie Hollinbeck* and Andy Christopher*.

This show is a celebration of one of the giants of American music. A joyful, uplifting narrative about a difficult man’s difficult life during difficult times, WOODY SEZ is a tale of struggle, activism, patriotism, and commitment. Guthrie’s songs have become ambassadors of the best of the American spirit.

Introduced at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007, WOODY SEZ has played in over 50 cities in the US, the UK, the Middle East and across Europe.

Lyn Gardner, theatre critic for The Guardian, WROTE OF THE London performance – “This low-key, high-spirited celebration of Guthrie’s life and music knocks big West End biopics into a heap of dust” Peter Marks of the Washington Post wrote, “ The musicianship is first class; the cast effortlessly adapts to the rousing spirit of the songwriter’s heartland balladeering and protest music. It’s pleasant to be reminded that, once upon a time in America, raising one’s voice in dissent could make for some beautiful music.”

This production is directed by Nick Corley with Sherry Lutken, musical directed by David Lutken, set design by Luke Cantarella, costumes by Jeffrey Meeks, lighting by Marcus Abbott and sound design by Ray Smith and Tate Burmeister.

The performance, in the folk tradition is unamplified and authentic. (The show and the musical arrangements incorporate over 20 acoustic instruments). Hootenannies will follow Sunday matinees – check our website for more details.

WOODY SEZ opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on October 23rd and runs through November 10th. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. There will be one Thursday matinee on October 24th.

Tickets are $55 adult / $50 senior / $25 student / $20 children 12 and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates and subscriptions are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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elephant_circle-right-150x150-DDThe last of our Summer Children’s Theatre performances are this Friday – for children of all ages!

The Ivoryton Playhouse brings you another summer full of fun and educational programs all geared towards children! The Playhouse is proud to present some new and exciting live performances featuring some of Connecticut ’s most popular, professional artists. Performances are for children of all ages. Help your child discover the magic of theatre this summer at The Ivoryton Playhouse.

All tickets $14.00.

For more information, please call 860.767.7318. To purchase tickets on line, please follow this link.

 

August 23rd
Paper Heart Puppets presents:

11:00am – * NEW * I LOVE TACOS!

There is joy in the world, and it comes wrapped in a tortilla!

Join White Nosed Coati and a cast of amazing Mexican wildlife in three original stories celebrating tacos and the place they were created. Each story is packed with exuberant humor, and colorful characters. So get ready for magical Qeutzal birds, taco monsters and the mystery of the volcano rabbit and his ultimate salsa!


2:00pm CARDBOARD EXPLOSION!

With a simple snip of the scissors, adventures unfold for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion’” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. In each story audience members help puppeteer, Brad Shur, transform simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters right before your eyes.

 

 

 

Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. Recommended for ages 4 and up

TWO SHOW SPECIAL: buy tickets for both Paper Heart Puppet shows for $25. Bring your lunch to have on our patio between shows and enjoy complimentary lemonade.  Coloring activity and hand puppets to play with as well.  Join us!

 

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Laiona Michelle who plays Donna and Stephanie Gomerez playing Sophie talk about the hottest ticket in town – MAMMA MIA! at the Ivoryton Playhouse!

Our thanks to Overabove for providing us with great video clips for each show!

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The Broadway sensation comes to Ivoryton!

MAMMA MIA!
At the Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – On June 26th, the Ivoryton Playhouse will transform from an historic New England theatre to a Mediterranean island, filled with the music we have loved for over 40 years! Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show!  Set on a Greek island paradise, the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

Laiona Michelle* and Stephanie Gomerez

On the eve of her wedding, Sophie reads her mom’s diary, only to discover that the father she has never met, could be one of three men! The wedding invitation brings Sophie’s three dads to the Greek Isles in search of the life that could have been with Sophie’s mother, Donna. Filled laughter, heart and 22 hit songs including “Super Trouper”, “Lay All Your Love on Me”, “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Thank You for the Music”, “Money, Money, Money”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Voulez-Vous”, “SOS” and the title track.

As of 2018, the show has productions in London’s West End, where it is the seventh longest-running show in West End history, as well as various international productions. Its Broadway incarnation closed in September 2015 after a 14-year run, making it the ninth longest-running show in Broadway history.

Prepare to have the time of your life at Mamma Mia! and take a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!  Get swept away by the infectious music, uplifting story, and dazzling dance numbers that have made Mamma Mia! a worldwide phenomenon.

Cooper Grodin*, Dane Agostinis*, Stephanie Gomerez and Billy Clark Taylor*

The production stars Laiona Michelle* as Donna. Laiona was seen on Broadway as Nanna in Amazing Grace and in The First National Tour of The Book of Mormon.  Most recently she starred as the legendary jazz icon in the world premiere of Little Girl Blue – The Nina Simone Musical.  Joining her as her best buddies and the other 2 members of the band are Jessie Alagna* as Rosie and Carly Callahan as Tanya. Carly was last seen here in THE FANTASTICKS and THE IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS HOUR. This is Jessie’s debut in Ivoryton. Cooper Grodin*, Dane Agonistas and Billy Clark Taylor* take on the roles of the dads and Stephanie Gomerez and Jack Kay play the young lovers, Sophie and Sky. Evan Benjamin, Kelley Davies, Nico DiPrimio, Mark Gilchrist, Nicholas Gonzalez, Nigel Hall, Aliah James, Amanda Lupacchino, Melissa McLean, Ana Yi Puig, Carolina Santos Read*, Nathan Russo, Cameron Khalil Stokes, and Audrey Wilson complete this talented and energetic cast.

The production is directed and choreographed by J.R. Bruno and musical directed by David Madore with set design by Glenn Bassett, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Saylor.

Carly Callahan, Laiona Michelle* and Jessie Alagna*

MAMMA MIA opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on June 26th and runs through July 28, 2019. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, July 6th and July 20th at 2pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

(Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after July 5, 2018

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Steele

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Katie Mack (Sally Bowles) and Sam Given (Emcee) talk about CABARET at the Ivoryton Playhouse.
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CABARET
At The Ivoryton Playhouse

Ivoryton – “There was a cabaret and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world … and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep.” So begins the international classic musical and winner of 8 Tony awards – CABARET – opening in Ivoryton on Wednesday, August 7th. Join us at the Kit Kat Club as the Emcee takes us back to those tumultuous times with unforgettable musical numbers including, “Wilkommen,” “Cabaret,” and “Maybe This Time.”

This Broadway classic is set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power. CABARET focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, as the world spins out of control. The original 1966 Broadway production became an instant hit, winning eight Tony Awards in 1967 and four in 1998. The show has inspired numerous subsequent productions in London and New York, as well as the 1972 film of the same name.

CABARET is an unusual musical that has changed many times over the past 50 years to reflect the changes in the world, but the musical’s implicit warning about the temptations of fascism, nationalism and prejudice — the way they can sneak up on you when you’re having fun — has never seemed dated or irrelevant.

“It’s such an important piece of theatre, in what it says about the world and how quickly things can change,” says Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqui Hubbard. “I think it is even more relevant today than when it was first performed over 50 years ago. Underneath the humor, the sex and the fabulous music is a constant alarm sounding, telling us to pay attention.”

The production stars Sam Given* as the Master of Ceremonies. Sam has appeared in Ivoryton in Godspell, A Chorus Line, I Hate Musicals: The Musical and in his own one-person show with his alter ego, Millie Grams. He has recently been seen as Ziggy Stardust in Rebel Rebel: The Many Lives of David Bowie. Katie Mack* as Sally Bowles and Andy Tighe* as Cliff will be making their Ivoryton debuts. The cast also includes Will Clark, Carlyn Connolly*, Corrie Farbstein, Taavon Gamble*, Jade Genga, Aliah James, John Little*, Amanda Lupacchino, Amani Pope, Carolyn Popp*, Renee Sutherland, Emerson Valentina, Max Weinstein and Jayke Workman.

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Katie Bunce.

CABARET opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on August 7th and runs through September 1st, 2019. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.  Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, August 17th and August 31st at 2pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

(Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Members of the press are welcome at any performance after August 8th, 2019.

Photos courtesy of Jonathan Steele

*denotes member of Actors Equity

 

 

 

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Boogie in July and Céilí in August!

MONDAY NIGHT CABARET EVENTS THIS SUMMER!

Tickets for all cabaret events: $25 adults; $20 students. After show music and cash bar in the tent.

Call the box office (860.767.7318), book tickets online or visit the theatre to secure your seats.

 

Monday, July 15th
BOOGIE NIGHTS –
SOUNDS OF THE ’70s

Put on your leisure suits, halter tops, and platform shoes and get ready to boogie down through 10 years of ground-breaking music! Boogie Nights is a fast-paced musical cabaret featuring the music of Gloria Gaynor, The Carpenters, The Village People, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, and more! A Baby Boomer’s dream come true – play that funky music!

 

 

Monday, August 12th
A Summer Of Tall Tales and Music – A Night of Irish Music and Stories!

From Ireland’s Greatest Hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill, to the Magic Of Ireland’s Shamrocks. Take a journey with us as we sing such great songs as, “The Rocky Road To Dublin”, “That’s An Irish Lullaby”, “Star Of The County Down”, “Kerry Dance”, “Danny Boy” and many more!

Let the mischievous Pookas and Stories Of Fairies carry us into the last of the long days of summer!

Featuring:
Billy Bivona – Guitarist
Celeste Cumming – Cellist
David Jarkey – Pianist
Michael McDermott – Vocalist
Kathleen Mulready – Vocalist
Andrew Thomson – Bodhran and Ullieann Pipes
Victoria Wepler – Violinist/Fiddler

 

 

 

 

 

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