Dec. 4: Celtic Christmas has traditional and contemporary music

A benefit for Chase Lake School's Safety Net program
By Brian Soergel | Dec 04, 2017
Photo by: Jeff Johnson Dec. 4: Celtic Christmas has traditional and contemporary music
Celtic Christmas Concert

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4
Where: St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 21405 82nd Place W, Edmonds
Admission: Donation of cash or nonperishable food to benefit Chase Lake Community School's Safety Net program
Information: 425-778-0371, stalbansedmonds@gmail.com

 

Sometimes you just need a little jig in your step for the holidays.

Four acclaimed Windham Hill/Ark Music recording artists will provide the music during a Celtic Christmas show Dec. 4 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

On stage will be Jeff Johnson (keyboard and vocals), Brian Dunning (flutes and whistles), Wendy Goodwin (violin), and special guest Eric Miller (guitar).

“It will be a fairly straightforward Christmas concert lasting a little over an hour,” Johnson said. “Most of the material that the quartet plays is instrumental, with both traditional and original compositions that have been featured on our several Celtic Christmas recordings. There is a fair bit of improvisation within the group, which makes the music both traditional and contemporary.”

Johnson grew up in Portland, Oregon, and has lived on Camano Island for almost 20 years.

Johnson’s recent solo efforts include “Broken,” “Gazing” and “Journey Prayers,” which reflect his work with Selah, a contemplative worship service he presents in many churches and Christian retreat centers. He also has collaborated with the renowned guitarist Phil Keaggy on two recordings.

Johnson has teamed with Dunning to become a mainstay in the contemporary Celtic music genre with releases such as “Byzantium,” “The Bard & The Warrior,” “King Raven” and “A Quiet Knowing.” Their songs have been selected for many best selling contemporary instrumental compilations including those released by Windham Hill (“Celtic Christmas,” “Winter Solstice”) and Hearts of Space (“Celtic Twilight”).

Their music is often connected with the novels of Stephen R. Lawhead, and they have had music featured in films such as Martin Scorcese’s “Gangs of New York.”

Goodwin joined the trio in 2009 and performs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent recording is “Place of Refuge,” which also features Johnson and Dunning.

In this year’s concert, the trio will perform music from the group’s diverse catalog, including their popular Christmas recordings “Winterfold,” “Under the Wonder Sky” and “A Quiet Knowing Christmas.”

Special guest Miller is a singer-songwriter whose own music takes American folk and blending it with rock, country, and blues.

“He was a wonderful addition to last year’s tour, and we’re delighted to have him join us again,” Johnson said.

The concert benefits Chase Lake School's Safety Net program, aimed at meeting basic needs of Chase Lake families who live below the poverty level, with nonperishable food, clothing and extra help with homework.

For more information call 425-778-0371 or email stalbansedmonds@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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