Celtic music and dance performance comes to Turnage

Published 7:12 pm Monday, September 30, 2019

Celtic music and dance lovers will descend on Arts of the Pamlico’s Turnage Theatre next week for Highland Echoes.

The music and dance extravaganza will take place on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and includes Highland dancers, live musicians, Gaelic and English songs, bagpipes and fiddle tunes. Among the performers are the musical director of “Riverdance,” Patrick Mangan, and award-winning Celtic musician, and eastern North Carolina native, Jennifer Licko.

Many will remember Licko for her past Celtic Christmas concerts held at the Turnage.

For the musicians and dancers involved, Highland Echoes is part entertainment and part lesson in history and heritage.

“The various styles of dance from Scotland, the traditional forms of Scottish music, the legends and the clothing from Scotland are not necessarily part of today’s modern Scottish culture. These Scottish cultural arts are a representation of Scottish and American heritage and history,” Licko wrote in a press release.

Highland Echoes takes its cue from the Highland Games, in which dancers, pipers and athletes compete in these ancient genres.

“Highland Echoes is a show that takes Scottish cultural arts off the Highland Games field and onto a stage where the artists express through performance. Audiences get a chance to experience the awesome power of these traditions that continue to thrive,” Licko wrote.

Tickets will range from $10 to $35 in advance and $15 to $40 at the door on the evening of the performance. For more information about the show or for tickets, contact Highland Echoes at www.facebook.com/events/451133335739021/, email info@highlandechoes.com or call 910-338-0787. Visit the tour website at www.highlandechoes.com.