Celtic Consort

Steve Bloom, Linn Barnes, Allison Hampton, Joseph Cunliffe, all members of the Celtic Consort.

Celebrated Celtic musicians Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton will be joined by WETA radio and television personality Robert Aubry Davis as they perform their annual “Celtic Christmas Concert” Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., at Castleton.

The Castleton in Performance (CiP) concert series welcomes back the local Celtic favorite, described by The Washington Post as “a Washington institution” for their memorable Christmas concerts.

With a musical partnership spanning four decades, the four musicians of the Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort offer a combination of styles and instrumentation, creating music enjoyed by a wide variety of audiences.

This year’s concert was moved to 6 p.m. to accommodate for Christmas in Little Washington, featuring a parade, local food vendors, and an artisan market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m.

This year’s Celtic Christmas Concert program includes ancient and traditional Western European works, as well as more familiar pieces, including “Silent Night” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

During the concert, Davis will read from holiday selections by contemporary poets, including Langston Hughes and Dylan Thomas.

The Celtic Consort performs traditional music from around the world with Linn Barnes, guitars and mandolin; Allison Hampton, Celtic harp; Steve Bloom, percussion; and Joseph Cunliffe, traditional and wood flutes, whistles, and soprano saxophone.

“We are so pleased this Christmas concert has become a yearly tradition,” said Hampton. “We love to play for our friends and neighbors in the Rappahannock County community, and in the amazing Theatre House, which has the best acoustics anywhere,” she said.

Tickets prices for this CiP concert are $15 to $35. The performance will be held in the Theatre House at Castleton (663 Castleton View Road, Castleton, Va.), an intimate, state-of-the-art 140-seat proscenium theatre.

Call Connie Payne at 540.937.3454 for more information and visit www.CastletonFestival.org to purchase tickets.

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