'The Magic of Ireland' to play at the Bradley on Feb.25

By Denise Coffey
Killingly - posted Mon., Jan. 31, 2011
The performance is scheduled for Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. The show includes traditional Irish music, dancing and songs. - Contributed Photo

The Bradley Theater in Putnam will host “The Magic of Ireland” on Feb. 25.  The show captures the romance and mysticism of the Emerald Isle through an evening of traditional music.
The show brings traditional Irish and Celtic music to the stage in an evening filled with fast and graceful dance steps, authentic music and enchanting songs, enhanced with traditional Irish and Celtic instruments.
This production is comprised of a young and talented group of dancers and musicians dedicated to re-creating the ambiance, moods and emotions associated with this Irish and Celtic music. The troupe’s energy, enthusiasm and precision have drawn praise from audiences across North America and in Europe.
Nova Scotia’s Troy MacGillivray, who won the 2009 ECMA Award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year, will showcase his fiddle playing and step dancing capabilities. McGillivray’s commitment to Celtic heritage allows him to play songs that celebrate harvest celebrations and family get-togethers, songs that are as much a part of Ireland’s culture as are the legends of leprechauns.
Exciting new cast member Julie Fitzgerald is an accomplished fiddle player and step dancer from Bancroft, Ontario.  She is a Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, and Ontario Open Stepdance Champion.
The Magic of Ireland is unique because every sound you hear is live. Every note, every lyric, every tap is performed live and presented without the use of recorded elements to fill out the sound. Since this is the case, each performance is different from the next. The most exciting thing about the show is the spontaneity the performers bring to the stage.
Storyteller Jonathan Lynch and actor Kevin Kennedy bring a mature presence to the stage.
Hardly a traditional storyteller, Lynch celebrates language through verse and monologue, ever mindful of that Irish reverence for the power and magic of the word.
Irish born singer and actor Kennedy has been hailed as a singer of great passion and storytelling. Rooted in Ireland’s cultural heritage, his rapport with an audience makes every performance intimate and unique.
The Magic of Ireland plays at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25. All seats are $35, and tickets are available online at: www.thebradleyplayhouse.org or at Wonderland Books or Victoria Station Café, both on Main Street in Putnam. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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