Founding Artistic Director
Taylor Festival Choir
The Taylor Music Group is proud to announce the return of its popular
A Charleston Celtic Christmas
Dec. 11 St. John’s Episcopal Church
Na Fidleiri and the Taylor Festival Choir
Mary and Robert Taylor, Directors
John Doyle – Irish Guitarist and Singer
The Early Music duo Bedlam
Tickets: Adult $25, Student $10
Charleston, SC., March, 2016 — The Taylor Music Group (TMG), a leading Charleston arts organization focused on the blending of classical and folk music, announces the presentation of A Charleston Celtic Christmas, performed at 7pm, Dec. 12, at the Circular Congregational Church at 150 Meeting Street.
Na Fidléirí and the Taylor Festival Choir (TFC) will perform a new program that continues to present a mixture of traditional holiday carols, instrumental jigs with a Celtic flavor and spiritual choral segments in our popular Celtic Christmas! Led by Mary and Robert Taylor, Na Fidleiri and the TFC will be joined by John Doyle, legendary Irish Guitarist and singer. New this year, the program also features the exciting Early Music Duo Bedlam!
“We are excited continue to combine traditional classical Christmas music with Celtic folk music to celebrate the Holiday Season” says Robert Taylor, Founding Conductor of the Taylor Festival Choir. “The Holidays are about family, and the group of people we annually perform with have truly become like family. The Na Fidleiri kids and their parents, the singers in the Taylor Festival Choir—many of whom have sung together for 15 years now–all really care for each other. Our annual guest star John Doyle has become a dear friend, and almost an uncle to the Na Fidleiri kids. I think the love we all share for each other comes out in our performance, especially in this special time of year.”
Tickets for the concert can be purchased at http://www.TMGCharleston.com
The Taylor Festival Choir (TFC) is a professional chamber choir based in Charleston, SC. Founded and conducted by Robert Taylor, the choir is inspired by the life and career of Bob Taylor, the conductor’s late father and a noted choral musician and pedagogue. Since its inception in 2001, the Taylor Festival Choir has toured and been heard in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the U.S., and has garnered a reputation of excellence among critics and choral specialists alike. Their Christmas CD Sing We Now of Christmas continues to be heard on classical and Holiday stations such as SiriusXM Radio Holiday Pops, while their latest CD is under consideration for a Grammy award.
Na Fidléirí (“the fiddlers”) was founded and is directed by Mary Taylor. It has been frequently called the nation’s finest, most unique Celtic fiddling ensemble for young fiddlers. Na Fidléirí is made up of 20 to 25 auditioned fiddlers between the ages of 10 and 18, plus pennywhistle, bodhran and guitar. Na Fidléirí performs repertoire from the Celtic tradition, specially arranged for them by Mary Taylor. Members are taught the technique and style of Celtic fiddling, while simultaneously being grounded in a classical technical foundation.
About John Doyle
Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it’s a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle); and now Usher’s Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) – a vertible who’s who of the greatest names in Irish music. These are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle’s signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential.
BEDLAM is Kayleen Sánchez, soprano, and Laudon Schuett, lute. Bedlam is a 15th and 16th century colloquial term for the Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, England. At the time it was an infamous psychiatric facility and an inspiration for artists and writers living around it. Both Kayleen (BM, MM in Voice) and Laudon (MM, DMA in Early Music) studied at the Eastman School of Music and have decided, perhaps madly and against all good advice, to pursue careers in music! Bedlam is dedicated to exploring the rich repertoires of music for voice and lute in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is their our goal to simply recreate performance practices of early music for educational purposes but to use the knowledge of such practices to produce vivid, visceral, and above-all, entertaining music. We hope you enjoy!