Rockford's Irish Marching Society presents “An Irish Christmas” with Irish Tenor Paddy Homan & The Noble Call and special guest dancer Brian Cunningham.
The Noble Call Christmas show takes audiences back to the 'hearth’ of an Irish Christmas, filled with songs, stories, rousing music and traditional Irish dancing. The Noble Call is that age-old Irish tradition, where, in the 'wee' small hours of the morning, everyone gets a chance to sing a song or tell a story. This Noble Call tradition is very popular at Christmas time in Ireland, as families gather together to welcome home their sons and daughters from distant shores and to share in the festivities.
This special night will feature Brian Cunningham, known as the Michael Flatley of Sean-Nos style Irish Dance. Hailing from Connemara, Brian is the most exciting sean-nós or ‘old-style’ dancer to have emerged from Ireland. At 31 years of age, he has won all the major dance competitions in Ireland. In addition to dancing, Brian choreographs and produces for shows such as ‘Fuaim Chonamara’ and ‘Atlantic Steps’, and teaches workshops internationally for aspiring dancers of all ages.
This is the second trip to Rockford for Paddy and the first for “The Noble Call." The Irish Music Magazine describes the group as “Something a lot of people have been waiting for a long time to hear. Joined by Mick Broderick and a group of superior musicians, Paddy Homan sings his way through the best of real Irish music in a total package. Really, this group has everything. Best of all, they really know how to deliver in a concert. The Noble Call is here, and we hear them calling! Wow!”
Directions: Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center / Mendelssohn Hall - 406 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and U.S. Business 20 (E. State St.), west on Business 20 to downtown Rockford, where it will become Jefferson St., one-way westbound. Turn right on IL 2, Wyman St., immediately after crossing the Rock River. After curving left, turn right on N. Main St. Mendelssohn Hall is on the northwest corner of S. Main St. and Park St.