Are you ready to think about the annual holiday extravaganza that is Winterdance? We are--and we have some big news to tell you in that regard. We also have most of the 2018 dates nailed down at this point, so read on to find out when and where we'll be playing this year, and who will be singing with us in your area. As always, we will be joined in all shows by our ebullient Irish dancers.
Wait-- "who will be singing with us?" Yes, that's what we said. This year, our beloved vocalist Christa Burch will not be able to sing with us after Dec. 10. When we heard this, we got to work searching for a suitable replacement. Our search led us to the wonderful singing of Bay Area vocalist Amelia Hogan, who will be joining us for the second half of the month-long Winterdance tour. More about Amelia below, but first, we have some dates for your calendar. (Note that three dates are not yet booked. We are open to your suggestions. If you have a venue in your area where you would like to see this show appear, please let us know.)
11/29 Felton, CA
12/1 Sutter Creek, CA
12/8 Ukiah, CA
12/14 San Jose, CA
12/15 Corvallis, OR
12/16 Ridgefield, WA (2 shows)
12/21 Pacific Grove, CA
12/22 Los Osos, CA
12/23 Tehachapi, CA (2 shows)
First two weekends will feature Christa Burch, and the last two (after 12/13) will feature Amelia Hogan. Not yet booked: 11/30, 12/7, 12/9
If you've ever seen the Winterdance show, you know how dynamic and compelling the songs of Christa Burch can be. We are looking forward to all this and more from our new vocalist this year. Amelia Hogan sings traditional, Irish, Scottish, British, American and contemporary folk music with lilting grace and subtle power. She transports you with a spell into another time and place, where the beansidhe (banshee) cries and lovers embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling are what you’ll find with Amelia’s music. In her words:
"I was born in the state of California in the United States of America—known the world over as The Land of Opportunity. By birth, I was fortunate enough to have been raised in a country of abundance and dreams. However, my story really begins with my ancestors in Ireland, Scotland and Britain more than a hundred years ago. Their languages and cultures were threatened by hardship and politics. They left their homes out of desperation—in search of a better future for themselves and their children. They left their families, their friends and all they knew in hopes of finding a better future in this new place.
"With them they brought the stories, songs, dances and customs that might sustain them, body and mind, through long voyages, poverty, loneliness, lack of hope and the world they came to move through. In America, for many, there did not find much of the opportunity and possibility they had believed they would. They often found themselves in similar straits to the ones they’d left behind.
"I’ll sing to you of the songs of their old ways, their new circumstances and to remind you of where we come from. This is an Irish-American story, and it’s all of ours. Who would speak their story now that they’re gone? It’s ours to tell so that no one forgets what our ancestors worked so hard to afford us. My third album, Transplants: From the Old World to the New, is a solo-directed but collaborative effort produced at El Mundo Bueno Studios. This album features the accompaniment of several leading instrumental talents including Ray Frank, ANANTA, Winter, Deirdre McCarthy, Paddy Keenan and Vince Wolf."