Valley Fever: Irish Harmonies and English Horn in Santa Ynez 

By Steven Libowitz   |   May 21, 2024
Celtic Woman returns to the Chumash Casino for their 20th anniversary tour

Celtic Woman returns to the Chumash Casino on their “20th Anniversary Tour,” marking the milestone since the ensemble rose to fame after their 2005 PBS concert special that was initially intended as a one-time-only event. But the response propelled their album to the top of Billboard’s World Music chart and a second album a year later stayed at No. 1 for more than two straight years. Celtic Woman concerts both celebrate Ireland’s rich history while also reflecting the spirit of modern Ireland through captivating stage performances and soaring vocal harmonies. With over 20 albums that have sold more than 10 million records worldwide, the ensemble remains the only all-female act to achieve multi-platinum success in the classical crossover and world music genres during the past decade. The concert at the Samala Showroom on Saturday, May 18, will feature new arrangements of iconic songs, new compositions, and, of course, such fan favorites as “You Raise Me Up” and “The Parting Glass.” Info at 1-800-CHUMASH (248-6274) or

The Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series final concert of the season is a recital with Roger Roe, principal English horn and oboist of the Indianapolis Symphony, and pianist Dr. R. Kent Cook, Professor Emeritus at Illinois Wesleyan University. The Hidden Journeys program, slated for Wednesday, May 22, at St Mark’s in the Valley Church, will consist of works by Pierre Max Dubois, Zachary Wadsworth, Samuel Barber, Ulysses Kay, and Pavel Haas. Visit

Santa Barbara bands Soul Majestic and Meta and the Cornerstones team up for an evening of roots rock reggae on Friday, May 24, at Solvang Festival Theater, the intimate outdoor venue in the heart of the Danish-themed village. Visit


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