Patrick Ball | Friday, March 17, 2017

Patrick Ball Returns to the Schoolhouse!!

WHAT: Celtic Harp and Story
WHERE: North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
WHEN: Friday, March 17, 2017
TIME: Show starts at 7:00 P.M. Doors open at 6:30 P.M.
TICKETS: online and at BriarPatch Co-op, Mother Truckers

buy-tickets-nowThe North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center is pleased to present Patrick Ball in concert once again!! Last April he packed the house and wowed the audience!

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist.
In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”

Whether in the stronghold of a Galway chieftain in the years before history began or yesterday in the snug corner of a pub in Dublin, the Irish have always delighted in storytelling. Their passion for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to their mythical past, their ability to find joy and humor in a dark world, and their belief that the supernatural world could appear between one breath and the next made their stories and the telling of them unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition.

And always, amidst the storytelling, there was music. And first among Irish instruments, and the most honored, was the legendary Celtic harp. With its crystalline, bell-like voice and lavish resonance, it would soothe its listeners and lead them deeper into the realms of the imagination.

In Celtic Harp and Story Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. For in telling the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, and in playing the ancient, brass-strung harp of Ireland, he not only carries on two of the richest traditions of Celtic culture, but blends them in concert to create “a warm and magical performance.”

“Hauntingly beautiful music and lilting storytelling…A small gem.”
Variety, NY

“Richly theatrical…a gem of a show.”
St. Petersburg Times, FL

“An American master of the Irish instrument…a modern day bard.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A master storyteller and one of the world’s leading Celtic harpists…The music is glowingly distinctive, lingering in the memory after the last note dies.”
The News Journal, Wilmington, DE

“Patrick Ball conjured some Druid magic…weaving words and music into a spellbinding program.”
The Blade, Toledo, OH

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