TOMÁSEEN FOLEY

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS

FRIDAY, DEC. 10 AT 7:30PM

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE -SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

 

THE ARTISTS

TOMÁSEEN FOLEY: Director, Seanchaí

Tomáseen Foley grew up on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the West of Ireland ‐ where storytelling ‘was as natural as breathing.’

Each year from Thanksgiving through the Christmas season, his show, Tomáseen Foleyʹs A Celtic Christmas, plays to critical acclaim and packed concert halls all over the US – from California to Maine.

In conjunction with the Omaha Symphony and other orchestras, he performs in Celtic Journey ‐ as well as occasional performances with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra.

He has released two CDs: A Celtic Christmas: Parcel From America, and a live recording, The Priest and the Acrobat.

“He is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture.” ‐ Rego Irish Records

tomaseenfoley.com

 

WILLIAM COULTER: Music Director, Guitar

Music Director William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed master of the steel‐string guitar. In 2005, he won a Grammy for a track he contributed a solo guitar compilation of Henry Mancini tunes, called Pink Guitar.

He has been performing and recording traditional Celtic and American folk music for 25 years. The most recent of his seven CDs on the Gourd Music label is the acclaimed solo album, The Road Home.

williamcoulterguitar.com

 

BRIAN BIGLEY: Uilleann Pipes, Irish Flute, Whistles, Traditional Irish Dance

Brian Bigley has studied the uilleann pipes for nearly thirty years as a player, as well as a maker, of the instrument.

He has toured North America and Europe extensively as both a musician and a dancer, appearing in shows such as the Omaha Symphonyʹs ʹCeltic Journeyʹ and the Apolloʹs Fire Production ʹChristmas on Sugarloaf Mountainʹ ‐ the recording of which made it to number three on the Billboard Charts.

Brian competed with great distinction at the World Irish Dance Championships and has placed second in the senior uilleann piping competition at the All‐Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.

Recently, he has produced and is touring a brand‐new show called ʹRambling House.ʹ Brian now lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with his fiddler wife, Kristen, and their dancing children, James and Kathleen.

brianbigleymusic.com

EIMEAR ARKINS: Multi‐Instrumentalist, Singer, Irish Dance

Eimear Arkins is a multi‐instrumentalist, singer and dancer from County Clare, in the west of Ireland. She holds eleven solo All‐Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles and has competed in all Ireland, European and World Dance Championships.

She has toured with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann throughout Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada, and represented Ireland in France at Rennes Expo; in Spain in La Noche Negra, in Shanghai, China at World Expo 2010, and in Milan, Italy at World Expo 2015.

Her new solo album is entitled ‘Whatʹs Next.’

eimeararkins.com

ALYSSA REICHERT: Irish Dance

Alyssa Reichert has been dancing since the age of five. She competed with great distinction in North American Irish Dance Championships and in the World Irish Dance Championships in Scotland in 2015.

As well as touring with A Celtic Christmas and Women of Ireland, last year she toured China with Riverdance.

 

MARCUS DONNELLY: Irish Dance

 

From Ireland to Luxembourg and from Moscow to Paris, Marcus Donnelly’s leading performances with shows such as Ragús, Rhythm of the Dance, Celtic Legends, and most recently in the U.S. with Celtic Crossroads, have created one of the most exhilarating, truly creative Irish dancers performing anywhere today.

He first started dancing at the age of ten, in second‐hand dance shoes his father bought for fifteen shillings on a visit to Dublin, and went on to compete with distinction in the All‐Ireland and World Dance Championships before becoming a full‐ time professional dancer at the age of sixteen.

 

Tom Gallant, President
General Arts Touring Inc., NY

Phone: 917-645-5383
Cell: 845-546-3092

Email: info@genartstouring.com
Website: GeneralArtsTouring.com

 

 

ANNELIES DYKGRAAF

VISUAL ARTIST

printmaking & acrylics

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

TOMÁSEEN FOLEY

A CELTIC CHRISTMAS

FRIDAY, DEC. 10 AT 7:30PM

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE -SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

THE ARTISTS

TOMÁSEEN FOLEY: Director, Seanchaí

Tomáseen Foley grew up on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the West of Ireland ‐ where storytelling ‘was as natural as breathing.’

Each year from Thanksgiving through the Christmas season, his show, Tomáseen Foleyʹs A Celtic Christmas, plays to critical acclaim and packed concert halls all over the US – from California to Maine.

In conjunction with the Omaha Symphony and other orchestras, he performs in Celtic Journey ‐ as well as occasional performances with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra.

He has released two CDs: A Celtic Christmas: Parcel From America, and a live recording, The Priest and the Acrobat.

“He is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture.” ‐ Rego Irish Records

tomaseenfoley.com

WILLIAM COULTER: Music Director, Guitar

Music Director William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed master of the steel‐string guitar. In 2005, he won a Grammy for a track he contributed a solo guitar compilation of Henry Mancini tunes, called Pink Guitar.

He has been performing and recording traditional Celtic and American folk music for 25 years. The most recent of his seven CDs on the Gourd Music label is the acclaimed solo album, The Road Home.

williamcoulterguitar.com

BRIAN BIGLEY: Uilleann Pipes, Irish Flute, Whistles, Traditional Irish Dance

Brian Bigley has studied the uilleann pipes for nearly thirty years as a player, as well as a maker, of the instrument.

He has toured North America and Europe extensively as both a musician and a dancer, appearing in shows such as the Omaha Symphonyʹs ʹCeltic Journeyʹ and the Apolloʹs Fire Production ʹChristmas on Sugarloaf Mountainʹ ‐ the recording of which made it to number three on the Billboard Charts.

Brian competed with great distinction at the World Irish Dance Championships and has placed second in the senior uilleann piping competition at the All‐Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.

Recently, he has produced and is touring a brand‐new show called ʹRambling House.ʹ Brian now lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with his fiddler wife, Kristen, and their dancing children, James and Kathleen.

brianbigleymusic.com

EIMEAR ARKINS: Multi‐Instrumentalist, Singer, Irish Dance

Eimear Arkins is a multi‐instrumentalist, singer and dancer from County Clare, in the west of Ireland. She holds eleven solo All‐Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles and has competed in all Ireland, European and World Dance Championships.

She has toured with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann throughout Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada, and represented Ireland in France at Rennes Expo; in Spain in La Noche Negra, in Shanghai, China at World Expo 2010, and in Milan, Italy at World Expo 2015.

Her new solo album is entitled ‘Whatʹs Next.’

eimeararkins.com

ALYSSA REICHERT: Irish Dance

Alyssa Reichert has been dancing since the age of five. She competed with great distinction in North American Irish Dance Championships and in the World Irish Dance Championships in Scotland in 2015.

As well as touring with A Celtic Christmas and Women of Ireland, last year she toured China with Riverdance.

 MARCUS DONNELLY: Irish Dance

 From Ireland to Luxembourg and from Moscow to Paris, Marcus Donnelly’s leading performances with shows such as Ragús, Rhythm of the Dance, Celtic Legends, and most recently in the U.S. with Celtic Crossroads, have created one of the most exhilarating, truly creative Irish dancers performing anywhere today.

He first started dancing at the age of ten, in second‐hand dance shoes his father bought for fifteen shillings on a visit to Dublin, and went on to compete with distinction in the All‐Ireland and World Dance Championships before becoming a full‐ time professional dancer at the age of sixteen.

 Tom Gallant, President

General Arts Touring Inc., NY
Phone: 917-645-5383
Cell: 845-546-3092

Email: info@genartstouring.com
Website: GeneralArtsTouring.com

ANNELIES DYKGRAAF

VISUAL ARTIST

printmaking & acrylics

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250