Thursday, December 23, 2010
Nashville's Celtic Christmas
Bandleader Ric Blair and his renowned Irish group, the Celts, premiered A Celtic Christmas at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Monday night (Dec. 13). The event featured Irish and Scottish Christmas carols dating from as far back as the 12th century along with modern favorites performed with Irish instrumentation. Tim O'Brien -- founding member of the bluegrass band, Hot Rize -- opened the evening and played mandolin with the Celts. Other special guests and features included readings from the Glaswegian Bible, Irish whistle and pipes by Eric Rigler ("My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic) and Ivan Goff (Riverdance and Lord of the Dance), Altan vocals and Irish fiddling by Mauread Ni Mhaonaigh, dancing by the Nashville Irish Step Dancers and a performance of John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" by the H2O Praiz Children's Choir.
Scottish Christmas Carols & The Glaswegian Bible ? I dare to think!
Shania gets wed
In August 2009, Twain confirmed she was dating Thiebaud after her divorce from record producer Robert "Mutt" Lange, who allegedly had an affair with Thiebaud's wife, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. Media reports indicated the singer had been a close friend of Marie-Anne Thiebaud, who managed Twain and Lange's chateau in Switzerland. Twain and Lange were married 14 years and have a 9-year-old son, Eja. People magazine reports that Thiebaud, 40, presented Twain, 45, with a three-carat solitaire diamond ring. Twain's autobiography will be published this spring and will also be featured in an upcoming series on Oprah Winfrey's television network.
Eunice wins Glor Tire
Congratulations to Eunice Moran, who won Irish Gealic TV station TG4's Glor Tire competition last night. 21 year old Eunice, from Ballaghaderreen in County Roscommon, beat off strong competition from established acts Joe Moore and Phillip English in the final to be crowned Ireland's new Country Voice.
Throughout the series, the performing arts graduate was mentored by Mike Denver.
Catch the show here
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