West Allis guitarist Randy Gosa will be one of the musicians joining internationally acclaimed harpist Kim Robertson at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center to celebrate the joy of a traditional Celtic Christmas during a concert on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. The ICHC is located at 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
Flute/tin whistle player Brett Lipshutz will perform with Gosa as a duo. The Madison a cappella group Navan, who call their music “Celtic language harmonies, and champion dancers from the McMenamin Irish Dance Academy, are also part of the concert festivities.
An Irish Christmas craft fair in the ICHC Parlour will begin at 4 p.m. and remain open during the concert and intermission.
Considered a pioneer in the folk harp movement, Robertson combines an improvisational spirit with a passionate sense of tradition, thereby bringing a contemporary touch to the centuries-old instrument. The Wisconsin-born Robertson tours throughout North America and Europe and has more than 20 album projects, 11 volumes of published harp arrangements, and instructional videos and international workshops to her credit.
“…lyrical, heart-touching music, played with delicacy, grace and skill…” - Heartbeats
Navan says that they love to bring the beautifully worded “dusty hidden songs out for people to enjoy and learn.” Although the group shares the songs’ meanings with the audience, they sing them in the Celtic languages of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. Since variations in words and tunes developed over hundreds, if not thousands of years, Navan sometimes incorporates those variations into one song. For example, they may sing verses in the sean nós (“old style”) and then move to the exuberant rhythms of an early American hymn which the “old style” inspired.
Gosa and Lipshutz have been involved in Milwaukee’s Irish music community for several years. In addition to playing as a duo, they are members of the innovative Celtic quartet Myserk. Both men also teach at the Irish Fest School of Music. A review of their CD Night and Day, by the online European music publication FolkWorld stated that, (they) “ are a class act and deserve to be widely heard.”
The Milwaukee based McMenamin dancers have performed around the world and competed in national and international Irish dance competitions.
Tickets for the show are $19 in advance and $23 the day of concert with discounts for students and groups. To order online, visit www.ichc.net. Tickets may also be ordered by calling (414) 345-8800
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