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Posted on: February 13, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Celtic Night

Celtic Night 2017

Lift your spirits with harpist and vocalist Sarah Copus, Welsh performer Chris Grooms and Irish dancer Jason Purcell at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Allen Public Library.  

Bagpiper Wayne Terrell opens this free program with a lively processional.  Wayne is also a member of the Allen Community Band.

Irish dancer Jason Purcell takes the stage with rocket-speed leg and foot movements.  A former Allen High School student, Jason was the Irish Regional Dancing Competition champion for 2012 and 2013. 

A professor of English at Collin College, Dr. Grooms contributed the song “Blodeuwedd: Song of the Flowers” to a new archive of traditional Welsh music for Smithsonian Folkways.  Dr. Grooms was the only American invited to contribute to this anthology of native Welsh music.

Sarah Copus has been featured as a soloist in concerts through the Gaelic Youth Chorus with major touring artists like Celtic Woman, with whom she has performed 3 times, and The Irish Tenors. In July, she sang a duet with Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder during his performance in Dallas. She has also opened for Irish musical sensations Téada during their Irish Christmas in America tour.

Sarah's latest CD is Celtic Fairy Lullaby, a collection of timeless songs from ancient lands. Harps, flutes, piano, and subtle orchestration by the band 2002 accompany delightful lyrics in Irish Gaelic, Welsh and English performed by Sarah. Eleven of 2002’s albums have made the Billboard Charts during its 24-year career. In May 2015, Sarah accepted the award for "Best Vocal Album" at a live presentation at the Zone Music Awards Show in New Orleans for 2002’s album Trail Of Dreams.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free. Call 214-509-4911.

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