An Irish Christmas

Music, song, and dance at the Freight.


Courtesy of Freight & Salvage

Remember to leave some cookies and Guinness out for St. Nicholas when you head to bed Christmas Eve. That’s the traditional late-night snack left for the jolly old elf when he visits Irish homes on his annual global gift-giving spree. Christmas is the biggest holiday of the year in Ireland, and, with festivities like these, you won’t wonder why.

The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse holds Irish Christmas in America, a holiday soiree as it’s celebrated on the Emerald Isle—except without the mince pies in brandy butter and the plum pudding. See the traditional high-stepping dances made famous in the States by Riverdance, and hear festive yule songs performed on the fiddle, accordion, and the traditional Irish goat-skin frame drum called the bodhran.

Special guest singers Niamh Farrell (formerly of the deliciously named band Ham Sandwich) and Kerry singer/accordionist Séamus Begley make this annual celebration of Irish music, song, and dance especially beguiling. Other performers include fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada, harpist Grainne Hambly, and bodhran player Tristan Rosenstock of the popular Irish band Téada. Nollaig Shona Duit!

Dec. 1, 8 p.m., $23 advance, $25 at the door, Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley.


Published online on Nov. 28, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

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