August 29, 2023     Encore Tours

A Celtic Adventure: Previewing The Musical Highlights


In the embrace of Ireland’s picturesque landscapes, a musical odyssey like no other is about to unfold. From September 26 to October 5, 2023, Encore Experiences will be running “A Celtic Adventure,” a meticulously crafted journey into the heart of Irish music and culture. Guided by the expertise of Brian O’Donovan, the creative force behind “A Celtic Sojourn Radio,” this expedition promises not only melodic enchantment but also cherished encounters with renowned performers and local musical treasures.

Handpicked by Brian, Cathie Ryan assumes the role of the local musical guide, lending her expertise to this enthralling expedition. With her Irish American heritage and enchanting voice, Cathie embodies the very essence of ancient Irish tales. Cathie’s distinct talent lies in her ability to seamlessly blend melodies with the intricate historical narratives they convey, forging a profound connection to Ireland’s cultural fabric. As we journey, Cathie’s guidance infuses each moment with her insightful musical perspectives, allowing us to unlock the authentic heart of Celtic music.

Before we even set foot in Shannon, we encourage you to reach out to Cathie. Share your thoughts, expectations, and what this tour means to you. By opening this conversation in advance, Cathie can tailor your experience to match your desires and aspirations. Whether you’re a seasoned lover of Celtic music or a newcomer eager to discover its magic, Cathie is here to make your adventure truly unforgettable.

Drop her an email at and let your journey into the heart of Celtic music begin with a personalized touch. Together, we’ll unlock the authentic spirit of Ireland, one note and one story at a time.

In the serene ambiance of Carlingford Abbey, Cathie graces us with a heartfelt rendition. Her reflections on family in Tipp sparked the emergence of this poignant song. With memories of her Aunt Bridie’s singing, Cathie shared the tale behind ‘Slievenamon’ or ‘Sliabh na mBan.’ This song weaves the legend of the mountain of the women, where Fionn’s union with Sadhbh led to the birth of their son Oisín.

Cathie’s enchanting performance with Cherish the Ladies in Scotland, beautifully singing ‘Shades of Gloria’ by Gerry O’Beirne. As we look ahead to our Celtic Adventure tour, anticipate countless more captivating instances like this. Cathie’s presence will infuse our journey with impromptu performances, seamlessly weaving magic into the fabric of every unforgettable experience.”

John Spillane, a Cork native, is a revered Irish singer-songwriter whose soulful melodies and profound lyrics reflect Ireland’s rich storytelling tradition. His evocative voice and masterful guitar work create a captivating musical experience that deeply resonates with listeners. As a true troubadour, John’s participation in our Celtic Adventure tour promises to infuse each moment with the magic of his music.

Get ready to be enthralled by a trio of exceptional dancers at St. Mary’s Church in Killarney. Among them are David Pyke, an Irish dance prodigy from Killarney, who has clinched numerous prestigious titles, including two World Championship Titles, and Holly Duffy, a 19-year-old dancer hailing from Manchester and now residing in Killarney, with accolades like All Scotland and British National titles and a remarkable 4th place finish in the recent World Championships.

Hailing from the Dingle Peninsula, Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich is a remarkable Irish musician known for her evocative performances on traditional instruments. With a deep connection to her heritage, her captivating music resonates with audiences worldwide, making her a significant presence on our Celtic Adventure tour.

Cormac De Barra, a harpist deeply rooted in a family tradition of Irish musicians, has crafted a remarkable musical journey. From learning under his grandmother’s guidance in Dublin to enchanting performances worldwide, Cormac’s influence spans continents. Collaborating with renowned artists such as Hazel O’Connor, The Chieftains, and Moya Brennan, he has earned accolades like the Féis Ceoil Harp Competition and a role as presenter on “Flosc” for TG4.

This tour features an impressive lineup of performers who bring a diverse range of talents to the stage. Teresa Horgan’s captivating vocals take listeners on an emotive musical journey, while Don Stiffe’s soulful melodies tell powerful stories. Donogh Hennessy’s masterful guitar work transcends time, and Clonakilty Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann offers a harmonious ode to Irish heritage. Mick O’Brien’s traditional tunes resonate with history, and Ciara Ní Bhriain’s violin adds a touch of soulful elegance. Together, these artists create an unforgettable, transformative experience for all attendees.

The stage is set, the performers are poised, and the melodies are ready to transport us. With Cathie Ryan’s timeless voice and a litany of talented musicians, our Celtic Adventure promises to be a harmonious blend of Ireland’s past and present. We look forward to embarking on this musical voyage, where the echoes of ancient tales meet the magic of the present, creating an experience that will linger in our memories long after the journey ends.

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