By Derek Schlennstedt
The Liminality Celtic Trio and the Tecoma Uniting Church are delighted to present their annual family Tecoma Christmas concert.
Attendees can relax and unwind during an evening of classical Celtic Christmas tunes and carols, hosted by local group Liminality at the Tecoma Uniting Church on 22 December, from 7.30pm.
Liminality is internationally renowned harpist Cath Connelly, virtuoso violinist Greg Hunt, and Melbourne-based pianist, vocalist and local media personality Jules Vines. Their music is described as deeply grounded in the Celtic and European traditions, and dwelling on the Celtic threshold.
This year’s concert, while similar to previous year’s, will feature special guest Cyril Moran and eight specialist solo youth performers namely, Marita Murphy, Hilary Green, Molly Konrad, Oscar Kempster, Erika Brigham, Milo Hymns, Jack Doyle and Myra Incoll. All youth performers are local musicians making their first foray into the world of musical performance.
Vocalist and pianist Jules Vines said the elves will be leading the second half of the show, with gift giving and sing-alongs.
“This year we have some of last year’s favourites and also newcomer performers who are excited to take part in their first ticketed concert.”
“The young musicians will be playing the part of Santa’s elves and giving out gifts, for all the under 10 kids who are entitled to free entry in the audience.
With something for ’Everyone to take home’ the concert also celebrates the unveiling of the trio’s new album, Brigid’s Mantle, which will be available to purchase on the night.
“The album includes some of our most requested music, from Leonard Cohen to Robbie Burns and original writings about the Murray River,” Ms Vines said,
“Liminality albums always include an original work that each of us has written, but we’ve done a stage show this year at the National Celtic Folk Festival and we have excerpts from that show on the album as well.”
While Christmas is a taxing time for many, the Liminality concert promises a relaxing evening where attendees can escape the stresses of Christmas.
“It’s a beautiful, some would say ’old fashioned’ way to prepare for Christmas and allows everyone to take a breather for what is usually a pretty full-on time for people. Children feature alongside some of Melbourne’s best Celtic artists. They lead the carols and provide musical entertainment second to none.
“We’re looking forward to an awesome night. We love the Tecoma audience. They’re always very warm and friendly and it’s just the loveliest way to prepare for Christmas.”
Tickets are $25. Supper and drinks are available for a gold-coin donation. CDs will be available on the night for $20 with $5 from every CD donated to the CFA.
Doors open at 7.30pm on 22 December at the Tecoma Uniting Church. Bookings, especially for children under 10, although free are essential. Bookings can be made by going to www.trybooking.com/BGZDP.