The Summer Solstice is the longest day and shortest night of the year, and was celebrated throughout the Celtic world as the peak of the Sun’s awesome power. Come hear the award-winning Maryland/Virginia Celtic ensemble, the OCEAN Celtic Quartet, in a program of traditional and original music celebrating the mystery and symbolism of the Sun. OCEAN’s soaring vocals, fiery fiddle tunes, and rollicking button accordion will have your heart swelling and your toes tapping, while you sing along with songs that stretch back for centuries.
Along with the seasonal music, there will be a special guest appearance by the ancient Green Man, also known as Jack-in-the-Green. In addition, this concert will feature the world premiere of Jennifer Cutting’s brand new Summer Solstice song, “Summer Solstice: Seize the Day!” The audience will have many opportunities to join in on the singing and merriment, to be sure!
OCEAN’s members are bandleader/multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Cutting (a Washington Area Music Association “Musician of the Year”); mesmerizing Eastern Shore vocalist Chris Noyes (formerly of the maritime music group Crab Alley); champion Scottish fiddler Seán Heely; and traditional singer / Ph.D. folklorist Stephen Winick.
OCEAN will be joined on several songs by special guests Slaveya, an Eastern European women’s vocal group, who will also perform a mini-set of their own.
Join us for this joyful celebration to mark the peak of the year’s light and warmth. Wear your blazing yellow, orange, and red colors, and sing along on sun-kissed choruses!
TICKETS AND MORE INFO: www.oxfordcc.org
Suggested donation $10-25. Free for ages 18 and under–and anyone else in need of free admission.
Read more about OCEAN Celtic Quartet at www.oceanorchestra.com
Read more about SLAVEYA at https://slaveya.org/
The Solstice Concert is presented by the Oxford Community Center and Carpe Diem Arts and is made possible by a Touring Program grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, with additional support from Talbot Arts.