Celtic Yuletide - "A Christmas from Ireland""A Christmas from Ireland" told in song, dance and classic stories. You will hear traditional, heartwarming Irish carols like Winter , Fire and Snow and Gaelic versions of Christmas songs you will love such as "Oiche Ciuin" (Silent Night) and "Suantrai na Maighdeana" (The Maiden's Lullaby.) The evening will also feature Celtic songs of a new Ireland including Michael's popular carol "Beyond the Star" recorded and performed by choirs worldwide. Michael sings many carols more familiar to US audiences like O Come Emmanuel and The First Noel but sung in a Celtic more traditional style by one the most pure voices out of Ireland.
Travel Party is scalable from 14 to 16 (Michael Londra, 5 musicians, 1 Sound Engineer, 1 Production/stage manager, and 6 to 8 dancers)
I just listened to your version of DANNY BOY and sat here crying my eyes out. Just beautiful. Your voice is a diamond. - Julie Gold - songwriter - From A Distance by Bette Midler
"ethereally clarion vocals that are almost angelic" - Theatermania.com
"a pure tenor climbing up into ranges pretenders can only dream" - Irish Herald
Michael Londra, the Irish tenor best known as the voice of Riverdance on Broadway, presents an evening of "Christmas from Ireland" told in song, dance and the classic stories of his youth. You will hear traditional, heartwarming Irish carols like Winter , Fire and Snow and Gaelic versions of Christmas songs you will love such as "Oiche Ciuin" (Silent Night) and "Suantrai na Maighdeana" (The Maiden's Lullaby.) The evening will also feature Celtic songs of a New Ireland including Michael's popular carol "Beyond the Star" recorded and performed by choirs worldwide. Michael sings many carols more familiar to international audiences like O Come Emmanuel and The First Noel but sung in a Celtic more traditional style by one the most pure voices out of Ireland.
Irish musicians join Michael onstage to perform age-old Celtic airs on the haunting uilleann pipes, fiddle, low whistles and the national drum of Ireland, the bodhran. They thrill the audience with their own frenetic traditional jigs and reels. The musicians are some of the most popular traditional in the US, playing festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Coming from a large musical family, Michael tells the tales of his grandmother and the Christmas traditions of her home such as "The Wren Boys" where locals dress in unusual garb on St. Stephen's Day (December 26th) gather at the crossroads and on to wander the village, singing in the streets. He also tells the story of "Oiche Nollaig na mBan" (Ladies Christmas) and many other Celtic traditions at Yuletide. Hear the stories of ancient times in rural Ireland and how customs of the day evolved. Michael will tell the tale of how the famed "Wexford Carol" was born and reputedly found in a churchyard in the 13th century in his home county. Michael's recording of this carol is featured on Jim Brickman's "Christmas from the Heart" and is considered one of the most popular recordings of the piece.
Rounding out the evening are the breathtaking Celtic Fire dancers from Michael's dance spectacular of the same name. They perform traditional and modern dances that reflect the two worlds that Ireland lives in. The dancers are some of the best in the world, performing with the Celtic Fire tour through the year but come Christmas they present breathtaking steps especially choreographed to celebrate the season and dances traditionally danced during the holiday season
Come and find yourself spending the evening in the affection and the glow of Christmas in Ireland. An evening guaranteed to send you out into the winter's night warmed by the spirit of a Celtic Christmas.
Londra has been described as "one of the greatest Irish singers of all
our time." Since his breakthrough role as the Voice of Riverdance on Broadway, Londra has become one of the top international soloists. He has recently appeared in the headlines for his PBS special "Beyond Celtic" receiving two Emmy nominations and for being invited to perform at the 50th anniversary of JFK's visit to Ireand. (more info here) His recording of "Danny Boy" is now regarded as "one of the best recordings in history," with over 6 million views on YouTube. Michael was nominated for two Irish Music Awards for Best Solo Performance and Best Irish Tenor in which he won Best Irish Tenor at the 2012 Irish Music Awards.
Chicago based Celtic singer, Michael Londra is from the opera capital of Ireland, a small town on the South East coast called Wexford. He decided in the early 90s to follow his heart and started singing professionally. His leap of faith was rewarded when he soon became a leading man in musical theater in Dublin playing many roles. US director and choreographer, Larry Fuller asked Michael to play Bobby Kennedy in the world premiere of "JFK" where he was noticed by the producers of Riverdance. He went on and sang lead in first Riverdance tour of North America in 1998 as well as Riverdance on Broadway 2000 and 2001.
Londra has been featured on the Universal Records Arias Ancora project with Luciano Pavarotte, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. He is the creator of Radiocelt, which is part of Accuradio Network, one of the top ten internet radio stations. He also produces and stars in the touring Irish shows and is an ambassador for Concern Worldwide.
As a concert performer Michael is highly sought after worldwide. He sang the role of Jesus in the US premier of The Passion of the Christ Symphony written by John Debney and has sung as concert soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Over the past few years year alone he has performed his shows in 20 countries and also tours as lead voice and producer of the Irish spectacular, Celtic Fire, the Irish spectacular.
Most recently, He co produced his own TV special for PBS TV which aired over 400 times nationally in North America. He has been a guest singer with Irish super groups De Dannan and Teada. His holiday album Beyond the Star was a huge success featuring the title song, now a Christmas classic on AC radio.
"a soaring voice that is both deeply emotional and tremendously expressive, transporting you into an amazingly beautiful world" - Irish Edition