Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for.
Brand new to the show this year, on her first US tour, is Ciara Cullen, accordianist and Irish dancer. Ciara is a former British champion under-18 piano accordian player and award-winning traditional Irish dancer from Glasgow, Scotland, now living in Galway in the west of Ireland.
Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas features internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar William Coulter. Brian Bigley brings the magic of his uilleann pipes, whistles and flute , as well as world-champion level Irish dancing. Multi-instrumentalist Kathleen Keane plays Irish fiddle and whistle, vocals and dance (The Chicago Tribune calls her “one of the world’s finest Irish fiddlers”) and Himself -Tomáseen Foley, native Irish storyteller.
Press Release 2012
“In the tradition of the great Irish storytellers...
Tomáseen Foley is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture.”
Tom Horan, Rego Irish Records
“Foley . . . is doing what his ancestors have done for years long before "The Nutcracker" or "It's a Wonderful Life." He is carrying on an ancient tradition.. . for the audiences that pack theaters across the United States every winter to see it.”
Mail Tribune, Medford OR
“. . . it's such a joy to experience “Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas,” a unique blend of master story-telling, traditional music and dance that captures the heart and soul of Ireland in an evening of nostalgic holiday memories as only the Irish can share.”
Times-Standard, Eureka CA
"Like a pint of Guinness, Tomaseen Foley’s
A Celtic Christmas is going down rich
and smooth with . . . another packed
house . . . at the Keith-Albee Performing Art Center. ”
The Herald-Disbatch, Huntingdon WV
2000 seats sold out!”
Weider Center for the Performing Arts, Green Bay, WI.
“We had to move the performance to a venue
with twice as many seats . . . the mix of
stories, music and dance was perfect.”
Rockport Opera House, ME.
“Move over, Garrison Keillor. As a presenter
of the performing arts who’s always looking
for a sure bet, I assure Tomáseen delivers.
He deserves a world stage.”
Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, Medford, OR.
" Bringing traditions from holidays past in
Ireland, Tomáseen Foley and his troupe
charmed a sold-out house at the Lied Center
for the Performing Arts.”
Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln NE
“The most popular performance this year.”
Mellon Art Center, Wallingford, CT