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"Celtic Christmas" comes to The O'Shaughnessy on Dec. 22

Katie McMahon will perform in "Celtic Christmas" at The O'Shaughnessy.
Katie McMahon will perform in "Celtic Christmas" at The O'Shaughnessy.
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A holiday tradition for the past 10 years, The O’Shaughnessy proudly presents Katie McMahon’s "Celtic Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.

Dubbed as Minnesota’s own Celtic Woman, Katie McMahon graces the stage of The O’Shaughnessy again this year to celebrate the holidays through music, story and dance. 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Celtic Christmas at The O’Shaughnessy. To celebrate this special year, McMahon will feature Christmas music in 10 different languages. New selections include The Huron Carol, The Cherry Tree Carol, Balulalow, Rocking, We wish you a Merry Christmas, and The Wren in the Furze.

Audiences are welcome to sing along during Ding Dong Merrily on High, and Joy to the World. Christmas traditions from Canada and throughout Europe will be celebrated onstage through rousing Celtic carols and Irish dancing.

McMahon will be joined on stage by recent McKnight grant recipient Karen Mueller on
autoharp, guitar and bouzouki, Zack Kline playing the fiddle and octave fiddle and Michael
Bissonnette on percussion, with the vocal talents of Jenny Russ, David Moore and Eric Pratt. She will also be accompanied by The Corda Mor Irish Dance Troupe, directed by Fauna Gille.

Tickets to the concert are $27 for adults, $25 for St. Kate's alumnae and members of the ACTC Community, $22 for seniors, $12 for children and students with a valid ID. Tickets available at The O'Shaughnessy Box Office, online at or by calling 651.690.6700.

About McMahon

Katie McMahon has been described as “Poetry, perfection, and purity,” by the Irish Times.
Her powerful soprano singing is best known as the original voice of Riverdance.

McMahon has been delighting national and international audiences since her debut in the 1990s. Her original Riverdance single topped the charts in Ireland for three months.

While on tour in 1998 in Minneapolis, Katie met her future husband Ben Craig. They were married in 2000 in Killarney, Ireland, and now reside in Minneapolis. McMahon has released four solo CDs and tours nationally and internationally as a solo artist and with the group, Secret Garden.

Accompanied by the Corda Mor Irish Dancers, "Celtic Christmas" has become the liveliest and most entertaining of Christmas traditions at The O'Shaughnessy. The concert also made the Top 10 Holiday Show List 2012 in Mpls/St. Paul Magazine.

The concert is sponsored by 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey.

Dec. 12, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

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