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Celtic Echoes in Fort Macleod’s Empress Theatre

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Celtic Echoes will perform Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.

High energy, top notch music and world-class dancers will transport the Empress Theatre audience to the emerald isles of Ireland next month.
Celtic Echoes based in Calgary is back on the Empress stage in Fort Macleod for a performance on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Celtic Echoes made their first toe tapping, highly energetic and exciting appearance on the Empress stage in 2011.
Joelle Sheppard, artistic director and creator of the show, graduated with a Master of Arts in Irish dance performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland, and competed in both teams and solos in the North American Championships and the World Championships of Irish dancing.
Sheppard brings Celtic Echoes back to Fort Macleod in 2013 with new cast members, fresh music, and new dance numbers featuring impressive world-class Irish dancers Kelly Thomas, Lily Yearwood, Ali Hampshire, Brianna Ryan, Kate Jacobson, Kaitlyn Kolodychuck, Robyn Haywood and Joelle Sheppard.
“We have re-vamped and updated dance numbers that we performed in the show previously and we have added four brand new dance numbers we will be unveiling on this year’s tour,” Sheppard said. “The audience will also hear three-part and four-part harmonies sung this year.”
“The dancers have three new costumes and with exciting new props the show feels even more captivating than before.
The audience can expect to be wowed by the debut of fresh new tunes and wickedly fast fiddling by Scott Duncan of Barrage.
With the addition of guitarist Seán Sabraw to this year’s cast brings a new voice, fuller harmonies and original songs to this year’s tour.
Keri Lynn Zwicker (on harp) will be singing her newest songs with her captivating Irish sound, and Nathan Patrick McCavana will get hearts racing with his quick bodhrán drumming and haunting vocals.
Irish dancing splashed onto the world scene in 1994 after a seven minute world-wide debut of “Riverdance” was seen on Eurovision.
Since then, the number of Irish step dancers in North America has grown to outnumber the dancers in Ireland itself.
Irish dance continues to evolve and today’s form has changed from the traditional form that focused on poise, grace and musicality to a focus on speed and complexity of steps and footwork.

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