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A musical celebration of Celtic classics is coming to Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 January 2018

Creeds Cross will be returning to Queen's Theatre next week, January 26.

Creeds Cross will be returning to Queen's Theatre next week, January 26.

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A musical show that blends story telling, traditional and contemporary Irish music is coming to Hornchurch.

Creeds Cross, The Celtic Journey is returning to Queen’s Theatre with a lively musical and dance performance.

The fast-paced show features storytelling, toe tapping music, together with some spectacular dance arrangements performed by, Maeve McPhilips.

Bart Foley, founder of Creeds Cross and lead singer, explained that when the group performed at the Queen’s Theatre last year, they had “a phenomenal time.”

From Galway to Nashville and Bluegrass, Country, and Folk music can all have their origins traced back to the early influences of the Irish and Scots.

Bart told the Recorder: “The Celtic journey is the story of immigrants from countries like Poland, Russia and Scotland. People came from all over Europe, and they took their music and their instruments with them when they migrated to America.

“American music wouldn’t be what it is now, if it wasn’t for those people.”

The band will be adding their unique stamp to classics such as The Galway Girl, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Duelling Banjos, Wagon Wheel, I’ll Tell Me Ma, Will You Go Lassie Go and more.

Of the two sets, Bart explained that the first will be more of an introduction to the Celtic story.

The audience will then have a breather in the interval, before being treated to more lively music in the second set that will hopefully have them singing along.

Bart added: “Every song is recognisable in some shape or form. We do a modern take on some of the older Irish music, and then we have the more modern songs too, from Paul McCartney and Titanic.

“There’s a real mixture. Our opening Irish song, Step It Out Mary dates back to the early 1800s.”

The band began to come together in 2013, but officially became a group in 2014 with the release of their first album, Gods and Fighting Men.

Creeds Cross will be playing at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane on Friday, January 26 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £17 - £24. To book call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or visit queens-theatre.co.uk.

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