Irish Christmas returns to Three Stages

By From page B14 | November 23, 2012

FOLSOM — After not one, but two sold-out shows at Three Stages last December, the return of An Irish Christmas to Folsom was all but guaranteed.

Here for five shows is a celebration of Christmas in Ireland, with glorious music, traditional dance, lively storytelling and plenty of Irish soul.

The show featuring Riverdance star Kevin Horton and Magic of the Dance stars Ciaran Maguire (who debuted in Riverdance at the age of 16) and Collette Dunne, (winner of the 1999 All Ireland Championships), An Irish Christmas is “… music, dance, and song that leaves everyone breathless” —The Village News.

An Irish Christmas will perform five shows in Stage One at Three Stages on Thursday, Nov 29 at 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov 30 at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec 1 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 to $39 with premium tickets $49, and children $20. They maybe purchased online at or from the Three Stages ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time.

Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

In addition to the star power featured in the show, the Kerry Trad Orchestra — a five piece ensemble on fidil, uilleann pipes, button accordion, bodhran and guitar — and a host of actors and singers celebrate the rich traditions of Ireland.

From butter-making (a cottage industry in Ireland, and an important part of the household economy), “Straw Boys” (ancient tradition of acting out old stories and songs had the men dressing in disguise and using stylized straw hats to hide their faces), the “brush dance” (a dance performed with a brush or broom; the women doing their daily housework would drop their brooms and break into dance as a welcome respite from their work, or a friendly, competitive dance between men and women), or many others, the roots of An Irish Christmas run deep.

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College is a $50 million performing and visual arts center that opened in February 2011.

Parking is free on weekends and for those buying tickets in advance.

Harris Center for the Arts

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