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Irish Christmas in America" returns to Chicago with it's merry group of traditional musicians and dancers. The all-star Irish cast wrap up their 2017 tour on Sunday, Dec. 17th at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

The 7:00pm show sold out quickly, so a 5:00pm show has been added and is already filling up. And just announced, star sean-nos dancer Brian Cunningham will be appearing at both shows! Get tickets now at 773.728.6000 or visit www.oldtownschool.org.

"Exceptional music and dance...a standout performance!" says The Irish Echo

Now in it's 13th year, the holiday performance, "Irish Christmas in America" brings to stage the seasonal traditions of Ireland, where friends and family gather around the hearth or in pubs to share songs and stories. Called "captivating for all ages" by Irish Music Magazine, the show features lively Irish tunes, thrilling step dance, evocative carols in both English and Irish, and plenty of craic! (Good Irish fun!)

"Christmas is a massive holiday in Ireland!" says fiddle player and show producer Oisin Mac Diarmada of County Sligo. "People travel home to see families and share great food and lots of music. The country shuts down, apart from the bars!"

Brian Cunningham is the most exciting sean-nós or ‘old-style’ dancer to have emerged from Ireland. RTE calls him the "Michael Flatley of sean-nos dancing!" Hailing from Connemara where he learned the steps from his grandparents, the champion dancer has performed on Irish state visits to Japan and South Korea.

Niamh Farrell is guest vocalist again this year. A rising young singer with a crystal-clear voice, also from Sligo, she first gained attention touring with UK star David Gray. Farrell brings contemporary songs to the show including Norah Jones' "December" and Tom Waits' "Take Me Home."

County Kerry's Séamus Begley, named Ireland's "Traditional Singer of the Year," is legendary for his trove of traditional songs, as well as his exciting accordion playing and his famous wit. Champion step dancer Samantha Harvey lights up the stage with her footwork, and joins in on piano with Grainne Hambley on the harp and Seán Gavin of Bua on the uilleann pipes.

The show touches a chord with Americans, even those not of Irish descent, as many families can identify with being far from home.

"One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,"  says Mac Diarmada, referencing the millions of Irish who came to America over the centuries. "Music was a way that people stayed close to home."

An accompanying CD "An Irish Christmas Soundscape" is available.

A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season! For more information visit irishchristmasinamerica.com

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