Celtic Crossroads will bring its groundbreaking fusion of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy and jazz, set to the exciting rhythms of Irish dance percussion, to Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center on March 25.
The show, known internationally for its explosion of youthful energy and dazzling musicianship, is to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dvorak Concert Hall.
Celtic Crossroads features seven world-class musicians playing more than 20 instruments, including uilleann pipes, whistles, low whistles, Irish harp, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, mandola, bouzouki, guitar, flute and a variety of percussion.
The inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves, which illustrate how Irish music influenced the global birth of a multitude of musical genres, are accompanied by high-kicking from some of Ireland's best-respected Irish dancers.
Celtic Crossroads is "elevating Irish music to an exciting and electrifying dimension" (The Galway Independent) and "without a doubt, the most exciting music show to come out of Ireland in 20 years" (Frank McNamara, originator of the Irish Tenors).
The show's musical director is Irish-Australian Michael McClintock. McClintock is originally from Dublin, but like so many Irish, he emigrated to Australia at an early age. In 2005, McClintock arrived in Galway, Ireland, on a mission to share, based on his experiences through his travels, how Irish music influenced musicians throughout the world.
For more information, including video and audio clips, see the Web site at www.celticcrossroads.ie.
Seating is reserved. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for seniors and EIU employees; and $7 for students. For tickets and information, or to arrange accommodations for persons with special needs, contact Doudna Fine Arts Patron Services (217-581-3110 or email@example.com) or visit the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office.
The Doudna Fine Arts Center is a division of the EIU College of Arts and Humanities. For more information, please see http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.