St. Clair Productions presents “A Winter Gift” an evening of Celtic legends, and Irish and English literature woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music performed by Celtic harpists Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter. “A Winter’s Gift” takes place on Saturday, December 12, 8 p.m., at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, $10 for teens 12-17 and free for 11 and under. Tickets available at www.stclairevents.com, 541-535-3562 or the Music Coop in downtown Ashland.
The tales include: A Child’s Christmas in Wales; a chapter from The Wind in the Willows; and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and Thomas Hardy. The stories are mingled with beloved and original pieces of seasonal music performed on three Celtic Harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Fiddle, Bandura, Bouzouki and more.
Patrick Ball is an American master of the Irish harp and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over a half million copies internationally, winning national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Patrick’s critically acclaimed concerts and solo theatrical productions have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and the UK, and have been awarded grants by the California Arts Council and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association
Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic Harp. She is widely acclaimed for composing memorable and heartwarming melodies on the Windham Hill/Sony music labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 & Top 20 on the Billboard New age music charts. Lisa tours year round performing at large US festivals and performing art centers. Her work in Therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta and numerous newspaper and magazine articles including Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is heard throughout the award winning PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” amongst many other soundtracks for commercial television and independent films. Lisa was recently selected by Los Angeles Magazine as one of 50 most inspiring women.
Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi- instrumentalist who went from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic Music. He began with Classical violin at the age of three, his early studies and successes led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres. Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments bowed and plucked and most recently the rarely seen Swedish Nyckelharpa. His uncommon approach to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his numerous critically and commercially successful albums have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist of extraordinary talents and abilities.