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CES at FSU to Present Tomáseen Foley’s “A Celtic Christmas”

After sold-out performances in 2008 and 2011, “A Celtic Christmas” returns to Frostburg State University when the Cultural Events Series presents this spirited celebration of Celtic music, dance and storytelling on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This performance is sponsored by the George W. and Lillian T. Walker Family, Linda W. Buckel and Juanita W. Andrews.

The heartwarming performance transports audiences to a remote cottage in the west of Ireland, where the exultation and innocence of a night before Christmas prevail as neighbors gather for an evening of celebration. There, the rafters ring with fiery traditional music and Irish Christmas carols, the quicksilver footwork of traditional dancers reverberates on the flagstone floor and the magic of storytelling brings delight to all.

Led by acclaimed Irish storyteller Tomáseen Foley, the event features Grammy Award-winning guitarist William Coulter, All-Ireland champion singer and fiddle player Eimear Arkins, champion Irish dancer Marcus Donnelly and uilleann piper Brian Bigley.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., the artists will lead a free community workshop, “Introduction to Irish Dance,” in Pealer Recital Hall. Attendance is limited and registration is required.

To celebrate the artists’ visit, the University’s Dining Services will present a teaching kitchen in Chesapeake Dining Hall at FSU on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Using fresh, whole ingredients, participants will work in pairs as they learn to make traditional Irish fare. Attendance is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased by contacting the University box office.

“A Celtic Christmas” performance tickets are $38 for adults; $34.20 for FSU employees, military and youth under 18; and free for FSU students. For more information, visit the CES webpage at or contact the University box office at 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137. The box office, located in FSU’s Lane University Center, is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CES is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (, the Allegany Arts Council and the City of Frostburg.

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