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Christmas Revels focuses on Irish immigrants

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Portland Revels will present Celtic Crossing Dec. 17 through 22.

Portland Revels will celebrate its 21st Christmas Revels with “Celtic Crossing,” a story of 19th-century Irish emigrants traveling to the New World. The presentation includes Irish music and dance, including Seano (old style) Irish foot percussion and ceili dance, the Uillian pipes, penny whistle, guitar and violin and familiar Irish melodies set for the 50-person adult and child chorus.

The story follows a young couple who keep their spirits up through a long voyage with song, dance and storytelling. They have the help of a poet on board who reminds passengers to look back to Ireland with fondness, but to look forward to America with hope.

“This year’s show includes music across a beautiful Irish spectrum,” Music Director Robert Lockwood says. “We include traditional songs, carols, ballads and instrumentals, many in new arrangements created for Revels. The music is both new and familiar for those who love Irish music.”

Performances run Dec. 17-22, with 7:30 p.m. performances all days and 1 p.m. performances on Dec. 19 and 20. Tickets range in price from $9 to $41. All performances are held at St. Mary’s Academy, 1615 S.W. Fifth Ave., in Portland.

To purchase tickets, visit portlandrevels.org or call 503-274-4654.