Mount Vernon, Washington
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Sunday, Dec 17, 3:00 pm



Magical Strings’ Celtic Yuletide returns this holiday season, bringing generations together for a joyful celebration as the Boulding family and special guests weave their magic with lively and soulful music, storytelling, and stellar Irish step-dancing.

Philip and Pam’s Celtic harps, dulcimers, concertina, accordion, and more are accompanied by their grown children on violin, cello, whistles, harmonium and harp. Grandson Haydn brings down the house with his dancing, percussion, and sidekick act to his father’s juggling.

We’re pleased that Canadian fiddler extraordinaire Jocelyn Pettit​ will join the band once again, along with our favorite Dublin guitarist/singer Colm McCarthaigh. Dynamic percussionist Matt Jerrell and the award-winning Tara Academy of Irish Dance return this year adding their brilliance in rhythm and dance.

This concert will feature the debut performance of a lullaby composed for the newest grandchild, Gigi!

Become part of the family for this 45th annual gala to experience joy and warmth in the dark of winter, and feel the magic and kindle the light of Yuletide!


About Magical Strings

Philip and Pam Boulding founded Magical Strings in 1978, the same year they began the Celtic Yuletide Concerts with their family. They have performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan, toured and recorded with Dan Fogelberg, appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion,” and recorded 21 albums on four labels. Once called the “Von Trapps of the Northwest” by local media, their love of music is embraced by their five grown children and nine grandchildren, most of whom return each year to join the family band for the Yuletide Concerts.

Magical Strings' newest CD release, Fairy Wind captures the exuberant spirit of Philip and Pam’s journeys to Ireland and beyond, with 15 sparkling tracks recorded at Big Red Studio, featuring their newest compositions including “The Hermit’s Cave” and “Tigh Eamon” along with many surprises.  CDs will be available at all the concerts.


What concert-goers say about Celtic Yuletide:

"…each year it just becomes more magical!"

"…haven’t missed a show in 30 years!"

"Our favorite Christmas tradition!!"


Advance Reserved Seating Tickets: $29 1st Section; $26 2nd Section; $23 3rd Section; $20 4th Section + applicable fees. Lincoln Theatre Members receive $2 off.

Get your tickets early for this yearly sell-out!