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Musical ‘Celtic Christmas Celebration’ in Marble Falls About Togetherness

The Here & Now of Austin will perform Irish and Christmas music during ‘Nollaig: A Celtic Christmas Celebration’ at Uptown Sound Studio in Marble Falls on Dec. 9. Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — The beauty of an Irish Christmas doesn’t lie in a picturesque landscape draped in snow. It is in how it draws people together for almost the entire month of December.

That’s what people can get a taste of during the upcoming “Nollaig: A Celtic Christmas Celebration” on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Uptown Sound Studio, 218 Main St. Doors open at 7 p.m.

“There’s a real sense of togetherness,” said Niamh Fahy, a fiddle player with The Here & Now, which is performing during the show. Fahy grew up in Ireland and recalled how, during December, people would gather wherever they could, whether in a pub or a home or even outside.

“The run-up to Christmas is just as important as the day itself because that’s when everyone would visit with each other,” she added.

Music often served as part of the gathering, but it wasn’t as much “performing for” as it was “playing with.” Musicians often got together and just played, even encouraging those listening to join in through song.

That’s what The Here & Now along with Celjun, a Cajun/Irish quartet, and the Nollaig Irish Dancers hope to bring to the stage during “Nollaig.”

“Irish music is about playing with people, bringing them together,” Fahy said. “That’s the reason we’re bringing Celjun along — that and it’s friends getting together.”

During the concert, the bands will include the audience in this journey to an Irish gathering. The Here & Now and Celjun will get the audience singing right along during some numbers.

“Last year, we had a rousing rendition of ‘Silent Night,’” Fahy said.

While there are some Celtic Christmas concerts in the United States, most of these are in larger cities and venues and featured highly produced shows. Fahy and bandmates thought they could bring a Celtic Christmas to smaller communities such as Marble Falls.

“And it’s not an overly produced show at all,” Fahy said. “Ours is very organic, just like you’d find stepping into an Irish pub.”

A portion of ticket proceeds benefits the Phoenix Center in Marble Falls, which provides high-quality mental health care to children and families in need. Funding will help support the center’s music therapy program.

Go to em-direct.com to purchase tickets, which are $20 for general admission and $35 for premium seating.

This is a family-friendly event.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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