Moya Brennan in concert at Skye Theatre Dec. 4

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Moya Brennan
Moya Brennan

SOUTH CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present Celtic legend Moya Brennan at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec 4. Curtain is at 7 p.m. A pre-show jam session starts one hour prior to curtain.

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of seasonal music from the Emerald Isle, featuring Irish icon Moya Brennan. As lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning group Clannad, Moya helped introduce Celtic music to a worldwide audience with an infectious mix of traditional melodies and New Age pop. This festive program offers the timeless, soulful atmosphere of her music in a special holiday show of celebration and reflection. Drawing on a rich selection of classic Irish songs and carols, as well as her own solo material, Moya and her band will warm the heart with the spirit of the season.

Grammy award-winning musician Moya Brennan is on tour in the U.S. with her Christmas show “An Irish Christmas.” Brennan is set to re-release her popular Christmas concert album, with bonus tracks recently recorded. She has been admired around the world as the voice of Clannad, of which she has been the lead singer since 1975. She has released 18 albums with the group, and two with her world-famous sister Enya. Called “The First Lady of Celtic Music,” Moya has simultaneously embarked on an incredible solo career, with seven albums to her name. Overall her career to date includes over 20 albums, numerous film scores, and performances with such artists as The Chieftains, Robert Plant, Shane MacGowan and Bono.

“When I recorded ‘An Irish Christmas’ in 2007, I had no idea of the reaction it would get and the fact that, unlike other studio albums, it is timeless,” she said. “Every year since then it has been heard and I have developed an atmospheric Christmas show with the songs. Between then and now I have come across a number of seasonal songs and carols which I wanted to record, and the results are here on the new album.”

For some tracks, Moya said, “I have drawn on my native Irish tongue, but there is also a beautiful, original song which was written for me by Cape Cod based songwriter, Tom O’Neill called ‘Noel Noel.’ I think it’s given my take on Celtic Christmas music a new lease on life.” In addition to “Noel, Noel,” the bonus tracks are the Gaelic tunes “Dia do Bheatha” and “Codail a Leanbh,” and the classic “We Three Kings.”

Skye Theater is located 3 miles West of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Rd and US Rt. 2 in South Carthage. Ticket price is $25 adult, 15 and under $15 cash or check at the door. This concert is by reservation only, for reservations at Skye Theatre call (207) 562-4445. For more information:

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