The Winter Solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, falls on December 21. Hawaiʻi’s premier Irish band, Celtic Waves, celebrates this time of renewal of faith in the face of cold and darkness with a spirited evening of traditional Irish tunes and a few original compositions on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.
While Irish music is often thought of as “pub music,” the tunes were originally created and played in peoples’ kitchens, living rooms and barns. HPR's Atherton Studio is a wonderfully intimate setting in which to hear this music the way it was intended: up close and personal, with family and friends.
Reservations for this Celtic Winter Solstice concert may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID; service fees are applied to online orders. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open a half hour before the performance. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged as the house is frequently sold out before the performance date.
The Irish band Celtic Waves plays traditional and contemporary folk music from the Celtic cultures of Ireland and Scotland. They are well known in the local Irish scene for their lively blend of jigs, reels, and hornpipes along with songs and an occasional haunting aire. Their music is a festive blend of fiddle, old Irish flutes and whistles, guitar and bodhran (Irish drum).
Celtic Waves members are Kevin Craven (fiddle, vocals), Clark Ratliffe (flutes, whistles, vocals), Abby Brown (flutes, whistles), Tom McCabe (guitar, vocals), and Susan Reinhart (bodhran, bass, vocals).