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Celtic Christmas with Caitlin Downie
International Opera Singer Returns for Fourth Celtic Christmas
Celtic Christmas returns for its fourth year with opera singer, Caitlin Downie, performing at two new London venues and extending the tour to Hertford and
Margate. This festive and intimate music experience promises carols passed down from generation to generation, sung in an authentic way. This magical evening of yuletide song is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood.
“Caitlin Downie gives a striking vocal performance. ” Duncan Grindall, BroadwayBaby
Having both an Irish and Scottish heritage, Downie created Celtic Christmas to celebrate authentic Celtic music. She performs well-known festive carols, but with their original sound and using instruments used in years past (including the bouzouki, bodhran, low whistle and Uilleann pipes).
“There’s so much history and legacy in these songs because they’ve been with us for generations… you can’t help but love them”, Downie tells us.
Downie’s talent and love of music has also been passed down through the generations. Her grandmother, Marion Studholme, was a stalwart of Sadler’s Wells
Opera and a regular on television and radio during the 1950s. As was her husband, Andrew Downie; a successful director, singer and actor.
“The highlight of the concert is the music, but also getting to work with my talented band, sing in some wonderful venues and meet the audience afterwards”, Downie says.
Downie’s band includes Tad Sargent (performed with Joglaresa, Kate Rusby and at The Globe Theatre), Dominic Henderson (from Teyr), and Jonathan Pease
(composer, conductor and runs the East London Evensong Choir).
Downie has already experienced success herself, with her app, Sopranotron, reaching the Top 5 in the UK iPad charts and the Top 10 in the US. She’s performed
on the Cabaret Stage of London Pride, had a sold out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, opened the SS14 Ted Baker Catwalk Show and sung at the Sugar
Plum Fairy Foundation fundraising ball.
Celtic Christmas isn’t Downie’s only performance this festive season. She’s also performing as “the Opera Singer” in the new Sink The Pink Christmas show, How
to Catch a Krampus.
Six Celtic Christmas tracks from the tour will be released in mid-December.
About Caitlin Downie: http://caitlindownie.com
Celtic Christmas Venues:
(Detailed listings and ticket links here)
Wednesday, 12th December, 2018
Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph
Thursday, 13th December 2018
Tom Thumb Theatre
Saturday 15th December 2018
Theatre of Wine
Thursday 20th December 2018