in partnership with

The First United Methodist Church, Richardson


A Celtic Christmas

Saturday, December 8th ~ 7:00pm


Solas is the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the US today. Fifteen years ago, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to clichés. Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), Solas is rounded out by Mick McAuley (accordians, low whistle, concertina, vocals), Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and newest member and lead singer, Niamh Varian-Barry. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward.

“A Celtic Mass,” a moving work that will debut at “A Celtic Christmas” is the original work of local composer and musician Rick Holt. A choral Mass is a sacred musical form, based on the Eucharist liturgy. Although the text is in traditional Latin, the five sections included in “A Celtic Mass” - Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei -- will be very familiar to most people who have sung Christmas carols and other church hymns. The music itself embraces the rhythms, melodies and harmonies of the popular Celtic genre. A 25-piece orchestra with an organ and chorus will bring the piece to life. Also featured will be three distinctively Celtic instruments: the uillean pipes (Irish bagpipes), the Irish whistle and the Celtic harp.

Richardson composer Rick Holt, a percussionist, composer and member of the local Irish band “5 Second Rule,” started his 40-year drumming career at an early age and was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. Since graduating with a degree in music education from Troy University in Alabama, he has been performing in bands and as a freelance percussionist in rock, jazz, blues, country and classical performances. Holt brings a unique and diverse musical style to 5 Second Rule, utilizing the African djembe, Celtic bodhran, and other percussion instruments.

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