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For the last 40 years, Barnes & Hampton Celtic Consort have delighted DMV residents with their classic sounds of Celtic Christmas music. Each year the Celtic Consort leads audiences on a lovely journey through poetry and folk music. They will take you from the cold of winter to the warmth of the fireplace in your own home with the ever present Christmas themes. A lovely journey indeed. And you are invited to join in this annual community Christmas celebration.
Celtic music is the music of the Celtic people who settled in the Celtic nations – Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwell, Isle of Man, Brittany and Galicia.
Traditional Celtic music is usually performed on Celtic instruments, which include the fiddle, bagpipes, bodhran, mandolin, flute, Uilleann pipe or harp. Numerous Celtic instruments have been added to the mix, including the guitar, tenor banjo, the bouzouki, mandolin, lute, recorder, concertina, percussion, autoharp and more.
There are many definitions of what constitutes real Celtic Christmas music. But I think most would agree that it is a fusion of the Celtic culture and the spirit of the Christmas season.
Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton have been performing together for over forty years. Mr. Barnes plays the lute, cittern, guitar, harp-guitar and Uilleann pipes. Ms. Hampton plays a variety of Celtic harps.
They have appeared at the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center, the Folger Shakespearean Library, the Dumbarton Concert series, many of the Washington Embassies and more. They have made many appearances on both Washington and national radio and television
Also in Celtic Consort is Joseph Cunliffe who plays flutes and recorders and Steve Bloom on percussion instruments.
Robert Aubry Davis produces and hosts Millennium of Music which is heard on public radio stations nationwide. He will be the narrator for A Celtic Christmas.
A Celtic Christmas was described by the Washington Post as “…a Washington institution.”
A Celtic Christmas will be coming to Dumbarton Church on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at 4 pm.
Are you looking for a way to save money on A Celtic Christmas? Of course, you are. Book your ticket here and you can save $18 (38% discount) on each ticket.
If you’d like to read more about Celtic music, try this book:
- “Celtic Music: A Complete Guide” by June Skinner Sawyers