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Celtic Yuletide Concert in Bellevue on Dec. 17

Three generations of the Boulding family perform as Magical Strings. - Courtesy photo
Three generations of the Boulding family perform as Magical Strings.
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A holiday tradition continues for Magical Strings, as the family ensemble holds its 34th annual Celtic Yuletide Concert in Bellevue on Monday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Theater at Meydenbauer (11100 NE Sixth St.).

With the sounds of Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, violins, cello, whistles, concertina, percussion and more on holiday favorites, each Celtic Yuletide performance is a combination of song, dance, theater and storytelling.

The concerts are staged annually by three generations of the Boulding family. Philip and Pam Boulding founded Magical Strings in 1978, beginning their Celtic Yuletide Concert tradition that same year. They’ve performed across the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Japan, recording 18 albums on four labels.

Special guests at the concert will be the Raney Irish Dancers and the Tara Academy of Irish Dance, with Irish songs from vocalist Colleen Raney with Dublin-born guitarist Colm MacCárthaigh, Canadian fiddler Jocelyn Pettit, and percussionist Matt Jerrell.

Tickets are $20 adults, $12 children 12 & under (advance general seating); $28 reserved; $22/$24 at the door and are available at

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