New Mexico PBS

    IRISH / CELTIC PROGRAMS: MARCH 15 – 17, 2012


    In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, New Mexico PBS presents three days of Irish Programming, including the new specials: CELTIC THUNDER VOYAGE; CLANNAD - LIVE FROM CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL; and DUBLIN; IRISH ROVERS: HOME IN IRELAND

    Thursday 3/15

    CELTIC THUNDER VOYAGE– NEW! 5.1 NMPBS - 7:00 p.m. (Encore: Ch. 9.1 – 1:30 p.m. Saturday 3/17) VOYAGE - Following the incredible success of “Heritage,” Celtic Thunder continues to explore their Irish and Celtic roots in VOYAGE. The ensemble performances in this new special highlight the diversity of Irish music and song, and takes a journey through its varying styles, from old and traditional standards such as Lagan Love and Maid of Culmore to more contemporary, modern Irish songs, Past The Point of Rescue, Ride On and All Day Long, stopping at lively ensembles Galway Girl and a tribute to the Clancy Brothers in the Clancy Brother Medley along the way. It is also the first Celtic Thunder show where all of the artists play different instruments.

    CELTIC WOMAN - BELIEVE 5.1 NMPBS - 9:00 p.m. Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, BELIEVE is destined to reveal for Celtic Woman what will be a new chapter of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family. BELIEVE stars vocalists Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Lisa Lambe and Celtic violinist Mairead Nesbitt, performing classic Irish songs ("The Water Is Wide", "Green Grow The Rushes", "A Woman's Heart", "The Parting Glass"), timeless Pop anthems ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Tears In Heaven") and inspirational songs ("You'll Never Walk Alone", "Smile", "Ave Maria") with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated Music Producer, David Downes.

    Friday 3/16

    CLANNAD - LIVE FROM CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, DUBLIN – NEW! 5.1 NMPBS - 9:00 p.m. (Encore: Ch. 9.1 – 12:00 p.m. Saturday 3/17) A year ago, the five original members of Clannad, the legendary family group from Ireland, came together for a rare live performance marking their 40 year career. This extraordinary concert took place in Dublin's 11-century Christ Church Cathedral. The music includes the group's hits such as Harrys Game, Newgrange and I Will Find You, the haunting love theme from “Last of the Mohicans,” as well as some of the traditional Irish folk songs that Clannad discovered and re-invented over the years in their own incomparable style. The group has sold over 15 million records worldwide. Featured guests are Anuna, Ireland's National Choir, and Brian Kennedy - known for his years singing with Van Morrison and as the lead singer in Riverdance on Broadway.

    Saturday 3/17

    IRISH ROVERS: HOME IN IRELAND – NEW! 5.1 NMPBS - 3:30 p.m. Filmed entirely on location in Northern Ireland, this program celebrates 45 years of the hits made famous by the rollicking Irish Rovers. Known for such folksy jigs as "The Unicorn," "Wasn't That a Party," "Grandma Got Run-Over by a Reindeer," "Whiskey on a Sunday" and "The Black Velvet Band," their songs have become anthems of revelry and joy for generations of fans. With three award- winning television series to their credit, the group takes to the small screen once again to share their love of music and their native land.

    CELTIC WOMAN: THE GREATEST JOURNEY 5.1 NMPBS - 7:00 p.m. Celtic Woman's latest television special is a collection of beloved and memorable highlights from their acclaimed PBS specials. All of the songs are intertwined with stunning scenic and landscape images of Ireland.