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Celtic Spring brings Irish music, dance to Prescott June 26

Celtic Spring makes music a family affair, and the ensemble's six siblings will show off their fiddling and step-dance talent in a performance Sunday, June 26, in Prescott.

Celtic Spring includes Elizabeth, Deirdre, Sean, Patrick, Maire, and Aidan, who range in age from 26 to 11. Their parents, Mary and Greg Wood, back them up on keyboards and bodhran and percussion, respectively.

"I was raised in a very culturally Irish family," said Mary Wood, whose grandparents were from Ireland. She and Greg wanted to raise their children with "a love of the Irish culture, especially the music and dance," she said.

Lifelong performers, the Celtic Spring children each began learning the fiddle and Irish step-dancing at the age of 4. They are also classically trained violinists.

Their melodies are "immersed in traditional music," and at the same time, the Celtic Spring has developed its own style and a repertoire that includes original compositions. In recent years, the family has added vocals and octave mandolin.

In 2002, Celtic Spring was named the Grand Champion of the World at the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, and in 2007, the group performed on NBC's America's Got Talent and was one of the top five finalists.

The band has released two albums, "At the Source" and "Cornerstone."

Celtic Spring's appearance in Prescott will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door for adults, $10 for high school students, and $5 for middle-school students. Advance tickets are available at Celtic Crossings Pub in the Prescott Gateway Mall. For more information, call 771-1218.

David McNabb, director of the Prescott Celtic Concert Series, sponsor of Celtic Spring, said he chose this band "because they are an extremely talented family band, and it's great to see the kids performing the traditional Irish music and Irish dancing. They are a great package for an entertaining night out."

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