November 19, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Celtic band Solas will present "A Celtic Solstice Celebration" on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets are $25.

Since 1996, Solas has been loudly proclaimed as one of the most popular, influential and exciting Celtic bands ever to emerge from the United States, said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "This performance will be a wonderful way to herald the winter season and the holidays."

The band has performed at all the major Celtic and folk festivals, including the legendary National Folk Festival and Milwaukee's Irish Fest as well as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wolf Trap, and Queens Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland. The band's latest release is a live CD and DVD called "Reunion," which celebrates the band's 10th anniversary.

Solas comprises Seamus Egan, flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, low whistle, guitars and bodhran (Irish drum); Winifred Horan, violins and vocals; Mick McAuley, accordions, concertina, low whistle and vocals; Eamon McElholm, guitars, keyboards and vocals; and guest soloist Máiréad Phelan, vocals. For more information or to hear music samples, visit Solas.

Ticket information
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000 or visiting Box Office. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Martha and Allan Barrick and a Weis Center Series corporate sponsor, Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate. The 2009-10 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

The next event in the Weis Center Series is the final event for the fall semester. The annual family matinee performance by The Paper Bag Players in "The Great Mummy Adventure" will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. It is free to the community through the generosity of Janet Weis. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more event information, visit Weis Center.

Contact: Division of Communications



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