Festivals Collaborate for Online Concert on Tuesday 15 December
McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle Christmas at Home
Emsworth-based arts organisation WemsFest has combined with
Wickham Festival, and The South Downs Folk Festival (Bognor
Regis) to present a virtual concert by power folk trio
Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, and John Doyle.
Best known for their work with Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler and BBC Transatlantic Sessions, as well as artists including Solas, Capercaillie, and Kate Rusby, the multi award-winning trio have recorded a 45 minute set full of Christmas tunes as well as some firm favourites which will be streamed into the homes of people the length and breadth of the UK linking with venues and festivals from the Highlands of Scotland across the sea to Belfast and on to the far South of England.
Their inaugural Christmas concert features a diverse mix of classic Christmas melodies, traditional and contemporary songs and tunes. Whether performing material such as the medieval based song ‘Curoo Curoo’, John Shehan’s hauntingly beautiful melody ‘Christchurch’ or the majestic ‘O Holy Night’, their decades of renowned musical expertise creates a magical and lasting impression.
Each show is different and at the end, questions submitted from the audiences of each venue and festival make for some unique moments. All ticket buyers will be given the opportunity to submit a question for their own unique event.
Band member Michael McGoldrick explained “We felt we wanted to connect with people at this time of year and had been looking for a way to do this. This November we were supposed to be performing in Switzerland and the Czech Republic and John Doyle had flown over from his home in the US. The tour was cancelled at short notice and so we thought, this is our chance to use the time to record something special”
Ticket sales will be split between the artists and the individual venues/festivals, so you can be confident that your purchase will not only support McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle at Christmas, but also the local venues, promoters and festivals.
WemsFest Artistic Director, and co-ordinator with the 3 regional festivals, Mark Ringwood explained “The Trio are hugely popular with audiences for all 3 festivals and we enjoy a great relationship with them so it’s a great opportunity to support them as well as provide something which will hopefully bring some Festive cheer to many when we most need it.”
To access the concert go to https://myplayer.uk/christmasathome and buy a ticket for Tuesday 15 December to ensure that the 3 Festivals also benefit from your purchase. Once you’ve bought you will receive an email with information about how to watch the show in the comfort of your own home. The concert will begin at 7.30pm which your confirmation will state. Each ticket will allow one more screening within a 7 day period and everyone within your household can enjoy it. Tickets are only valid for one device at a time and cannot be shared. Tickets are now onsale.
Plans are also afoot for a February virtual concert by award-winning Scottish band Breabach which features original music accompanied by a BAFTA winning Animator which is set to create a new dimension in online music presentation. Details regarding this will shortly be available.