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Harry O'Donoghue to bring 'Celtic Christmas' to Averitt stage on Dec. 9


December 07, 2016

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Harry O’Donoghue is no stranger to the stage. He’s been in the business we call “show” for more than 30 years. During that time, he’s become a well-known singer, songwriter and teller of tales. 
 
O’Donoghue performs with his guitar and bodhran, an Irish frame drum. His easygoing onstage manner, coupled with his sweet and gentle voice, has become his trademark. He’s known for his songs telling the story of Ireland’s past and present. 
 
Add to that his sharp wit and you have an engaging show you won’t want to miss.
O’Donoghue, along with Carroll Brown on guitar and Marci Shone on the fiddle, will present “Celtic Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
 
According to his website, O’Donoghue was born and raised in Drogheda, Ireland, on the banks of the River Boyne, just three miles inland from the Irish Sea. He began his career at the tender age of 20, performing at folk masses and for the Irish Wheelchair Association. He’s a founding member of the group Terra Nova, which was signed in the mid-1980s to Polydor Records. He went solo in 1987.
 
O’Donoghue has called Savannah, Georgia, home since 1987. He is the host of The Green Island Radio Show, which broadcasts live each week on Georgia Public Broadcasting. It’s also streamed live online at GPB.org, and he is the creator, co-producer and host of the show, which features interviews with touring artists and airs new Celtic music. 
 
O’Donoghue performs throughout the U.S. and Ireland, and hosts singing workshops. He has performed with the Savannah Symphony and the Savannah Philharmonic, and has shared the stage with artists such as Cathie Ryan, Mary Black, Danny Doyle, The Fureys, Natalie McMaster, Joanie Madden and Gabriel Donohue. O’Donoghue has recorded more than a dozen albums, many of which were critically acclaimed. He also performs, on occasion, on Irish-themed cruises. He is on the advisory board of the Centre for Irish Studies at Georgia Southern University. 
 
Tickets for the family-friendly event at the Averitt Center for the Arts will be $18 (adults) and $20 (box) for Friends of the Arts. Non-members may purchase tickets for $21 (adults) and $24 (box). Tickets for youths are $10 for members and non-members alike. Purchase tickets by calling (912) 212-2787 or go online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org.

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