Their piece is one of O’Donovan’s favorite moments from all 10 years of the show.
“We thought their new song was too obscure, but they wanted to play it onstage, and when they played it through it was amazing. After they finished, they got a standing ovation and I had not seen that before in the middle of the show,” he said.
There are also some new performers this year including Alyth McCormack, a Scottish singer who works with the Chieftains. Brothers Jon and Nathan Pilatzke, and Cara Butler will bring their unique approach to Irish dance, blending in much of the drama of the Ottawa Valley in Canada where the brothers were raised.
“Their style of dancing is very different, very exuberant,” O’Donovan excitedly shared, “I can’t wait for the audience reaction to them.”
Clearly this show is a labor of love for O’Donovan, who travels extensively to see each and every musician perform onstage before selecting them.
“We nurture a sense of camaraderie with the cast. My wife Lindsay and I invite everyone in, share some brown bread and cheese, so everyone feels a part of it,” he said.
O’Donovan promises all that backstage fun pays off for the audience, too.
“This show allows us to reach out and touch the community in ways we don’t often get to do, but it is New England-based and we like that,” he said.
If you go:
What: The 10th Anniversary of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan
When: December 15, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Stockbrige Theater, Pinkerton Academy, Rt. 28 Bypass, Derry, N.H.
How much: Tickets range from $35-48. Tickets available online at www.wghb.org/celtic, by phone at 603-437-5210, or at the Stockbridge Theater Box Office.