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Golden Bough’s Manteca concert this Saturday features Celtic Christmas music

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Golden Bough’s Manteca concert this Saturday features Celtic Christmas music

Golden Bough members, from left, Kathy Sierra, Margie Butler, and Paul Espinoza.

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POSTED December 17, 2012 7:49 p.m.

Golden Bough is presenting “Christmas on Celtic Land” on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Manteca Kindred Arts concert series.

The last  concert of the season on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. features the  Divisa Ensemble (flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello).

All performances are in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 910 E. North Street, Manteca, at the corner of Powers Avenue. Tickets are $15 at the door.

For additional details, call (209) 823-2570 or (209) 239-2194. You can also visit the group’s web site at

Rooted in the traditional Celtic music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over.  Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. To date the Modesto-based group has released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music. Golden Bough's first European performances were in the streets and small folk clubs of Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Holland and Switzerland in the early `80s. These simple beginnings soon led to major tours of European cities and a recording contract with a top European folk music label. Other activities that Golden Bough has been involved in over the past several years include peace marches in cities all over Europe protesting the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, musical presentations for tens of thousands of elementary school children and events for human rights, religious freedom and drug rehabilitation.

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