Celtic Christmas concert

The community is invited to “A Celtic Christmas” featuring Windham Hill artists Jeff Johnson, Irish flautist Brian Dunning, and violinist Wendy Goodwin.

The concert on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. is being hosted by Orcas Island Community Church. There is no charge, although donations are appreciated.

The American/Irish duo of Johnson and Dunning has become a mainstay in the contemporary Celtic music genre with acclaimed releases such as Byzantium, The Bard & The Warrior, Patrick, A Quiet Knowing and Benediction. Their songs have been featured on many best-selling contemporary instrumental compilations, including those released by Windham Hill (Adagio, Celtic Christmas, Winter Solstice, Carols of Christmas) and Hearts of Space (Celtic Twilight). They have also had music featured in films such as Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York and accompanying the classic children’s book, The Tale Of Three Trees.

Many of the songs from the duo’s Christmas recordings, A Quiet Knowing Christmas and Stars In The Morning East – A Christmas Meditation will be performed in this concert along with music from Brian and Jeff’s latest recording, King Raven Vols. 1 – 3, based on the best-selling novels by Stephen R. Lawhead.

Violinist Goodwin is distinguishing herself as a versatile and creative presence in the Pacific Northwest and beyond through unique violin stylings joining classical, jazz and Americana. Goodwin has released three recordings of her own. She lives in Portland, Ore.

This is the kickoff to the Advent season at the Community Church with special Christmas services each Sunday of Advent at 8:30 and 11 a.m., a children’s Project Bethlehem musical on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.. The annual Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.