Kevin Doyle | Irish Step Dance | American Tap Dance | NEA National Heritage Fellow

 

 

Performance Calendar

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December 12-23, 2018
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan

Kevin Doyle returns again this year as Dance director and Choreographer
for the 16th Annual Christmas Celtic Sojourn!!

One of the true highlights of New England's holiday performance calendar, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn once again returns to Boston, Worcester, Rockport, New Bedford, and Providence, RI.

Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986. For the last 15 years, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. First launched in 2003, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly and national radio programs.

With a spectacular lineup of top-level musicians, singers, and dancers from around the Celtic world, the 2018 iteration of the show promises to once again be a favorite regional Christmas offering.

Music: Music director and multi-instrumentalist, Seamus Egan returns as well as assistant music director singer/pianist/harpist Maeve Gilchrist. Long-time collaborators Ben Wittman and Chico Huff return with percussion and bass respectively. Owen Marshall makes his second appearance on Guitar/Bouzouki/Harmonium. And Christmas would not be so without the cello gravitas of Natalie Haas. Making their debut on this year's program will be Concertina player extraordinaire, Brenda Castles from Co. Meath in Ireland, and the outstanding folk string quartet, The Fretless from Canada.

Singing: We are absolutely thrilled that young Scottish phenom, Hannah Rarity will be our featured singer this year. Hannah was named Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year by the BBC in February and announced Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival. Her new CD will be released in September. The four-part vocal harmony group Windborne made a huge impact last year, so much in fact, that we have asked them back. These wonderful voices combined with host Brian O'Donovan, his wife Lindsay, and Gilchrist, and Castles (who both also sing!), will bring particularly strong harmony singing to this year's show, along with individual performances throughout.

Dancing: Kevin Doyle has been once again been named our dance director for 2018. Kevin received a National Fellowship from the N.E.A in 2012 and has regularly performed with the A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Kevin is currently in Ireland scouting dancers to join us in December, but of course, as is the tradition, the kids from The Harney Academy of Irish Dance from Walpole will return with their special brand of Christmas joy.

Some more musicians will be added. And then… there are the surprises! There are always surprises at Christmas!

Artistically directed again by Paula Plum for the sixteenth straight year, this promises to be one of the most exciting A Christmas Celtic Sojourn presentations yet.

Tickets: $25 - $85 (WGBH member discounts apply)
Information:
www.wgbh.org/celtic
On-sale: Discounted sale (20% off) for WGBH members: August 12 – September 14
Public on-sale*: August 1, 2018
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  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 — 4PM and 8PM
    Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
     
  • Friday, December 14, 2018 — 7:30PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
     
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018 — 3PM and 7:30PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
     
  • Sunday, December 16, 2018 — 1PM and 5PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
     
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 — 7:30PM
    Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
     
  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018 — 7:30PM
    Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
     
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 — 7:30PM
    Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI
     
  • Friday, December 21, 2018 — 3PM and 7:30PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
     
  • Saturday, December 22, 2018 — 3PM and 7:30PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA
     
  • Sunday, December 23, 2018 — 1PM and 5PM
    Cutler Majestic Theatre, Emerson College, Boston, MA

 

 

 

 

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and March 6, 13, 20, 2019
Six-Week Beginner Tap Dance Class
(for Beginner Adults and Teens)
Instructor: Kevin Doyle
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI 02864
6:30-7:30pm

This series is designed for total beginner adults and teens. Minimum of 6 students needed to hold workshop. Fee for the six-week class is $90. Any hard-soled shoe, whether taps, or hard rubber or all leather is fine for this beginner class. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Come discover the rhythm that beats within each of us with acclaimed dancer Kevin Doyle. Students will learn beginner tap terminology and dance some classic routines Kevin learned from his teacher, the legendary Theresa Landry.

HOW TO REGISTER
So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS/WORKSHOP (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.

If you are interested in this workshop, please:
1. E-mail
russell@riverfolk.org to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864

 

 

 

 

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and March 6, 13, 20, 2019
Six-Week Irish Step Dance Class
(for Total Beginner Adults)
Instructor: Kevin Doyle
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI 02864
7:45-8:45pm

This group class is geared towards beginner adults and needs a minimum of five students, with a maximum of ten. Fee is $90 per student per six-week session. Come and explore some close-to-the-ground rhythms of beginner Irish step dance with instructor Kevin Doyle as you will learn some steps of the jigs and reels that his mother brought with her from County Roscommon. The class is designed to be low impact and lots of fun! Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. No special shoes are need for this beginner level class.

HOW TO REGISTER
So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.

If you are interested in the adult beginner Irish step class, please:
1. E-mail
russell@riverfolk.org to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (see also March 27)
Continuing Beginner Tap Dance 90-Minute Workshop
(for Beginner Adults and Teens)
Instructor: Kevin Doyle
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI 02864
6:30-8:00pm

This workshop is designed for adults and teens who have some knowledge of basic tap terminology and would like to learn some classic tap routines such as the Waltz Clog and others. Minimum of 5 students needed to hold each workshop. Fee for a workshop is $30. Sign up for one or both. Any hard-soled shoe, whether taps, or hard rubber or all leather is fine. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Atwater~Donnelly and Friends
(Cathy Clasper-Torch, Kevin Doyle, Benedict Gagliardi and Arman Aromin)
Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence, RI
9:30-11:00am

Bank of America Arts Showcase Concert for Rhode Island high school students.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 9, 2019
St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Please join the Roscommon Soles as we celebrate Providence's St. Patrick's Day Parade. We will be part of this great event and plan to share the music, song, and dance as we roll down Smith street. Come join as we all celebrate the Wearing of the Green!!
Parade kicks off at 12:00pm

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 (see also February 27)
Continuing Beginner Tap Dance 90-Minute Workshop
(for Beginner Adults and Teens)
Instructor: Kevin Doyle
Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street
Cumberland, RI 02864
6:30-8:00pm

This workshop is designed for adults and teens who have some knowledge of basic tap terminology and would like to learn some classic tap routines such as the Waltz Clog and others. Minimum of 5 students needed to hold each workshop. Fee for a workshop is $30. Sign up for one or both. Any hard-soled shoe, whether taps, or hard rubber or all leather is fine. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Private House Concert
Kevin will join the fabulous David Paton for an afternoon of great music, song, and dance. David will have some musical guests joining in and it promises to be a fun and entertaining concert.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Roscommon Soles
Blackstone River Theatre's Summer Solstice Festival
Roscommon Soles take the stage with Mary Lee Partington and the Dancin' Doyles (Maureen and Shannon Doyle) along with their musical friends — Sheila Falls Keohane on fiddle, Josh Kane on flute, Torrin Ryan on pipes, and Owen Marshall on bouzouki and guitar.
Diamond Hill Park
Rte. 114
Cumberland, RI

Festival runs 11:00am-7:00pm
After festival music session 8:15pm
$20 Festival tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, children $5, Kids under 5 - free
(401) 725-9272
www.riverfolk.org/brtssf/index.html
Rain date: Sunday, June 16th

 

 

 

 


June 23 thru June 28, 2019
Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts Acadia Trad Festival
College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, Maine
Held on the beautiful campus of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Acadia Trad Festival summer music school is a jam-packed week of classes, workshops, jam sessions, concerts and dances. Kevin will teaching old style step dance as well as American Tap dance.

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Saturday & Sunday, July 6 & 7, 2019
New Bedford Folk Festival
Kevin is thrilled to be invited back again this year to be a part of a great Folk Festival in the historic City of New Bedford! Check out the website for details!

Featuring:
Anne Hills, Art Tebbetts, Beaucoup Blue, Bourque Émissaires, Bon Débarras, Bua, Chris Pahud, Chris Smither, David Jacobs-Strain, Diana Jones, Don White, Gerry Colvin Trio, Kevin Doyle, Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Livio Guardi, Liz Stringer, Matt Watroba, Mike Laureanno, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Pamela Means, Radoslav Lorković, Rosi and Brian Amador, Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald with Jeremiah McLane, Seth Glier, Susan Werner, The Kennedys, The Nields, Zoë Lewis

South Coast Stage Performers:
Back Porch, Barbara Phaneuf, Charlie Cover, Dori Rubbicco, Fourteen Strings, Golden Lane, Grace Morrison, Joanne Doherty, MaryBeth Soares & Dave Pereira, Matt Borrello, Molly O'Leary, New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, Putnam Murdock, Richard D. Lewis, Sacred Harp with The Beans, Sally Racket, Sarah Donner, The Jethros

New Bedford Folk Festival Website

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 17, 2019
The Exiles
Shamrocks & Seashells: An Evening of Irish Music and Fun at the Beach
Easton's Beach
Rotunda Ballroom
Newport, RI

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