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Orla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas Premieres on Public Television Beginning November 25 (Check Local Listings)

This holiday season, WLIW21 in association with WNET.ORG welcomes Órla Fallon back to public television. Órla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas premieres beginning Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 25, nationwide on public television (check local listings) and features guest appearances by Órla’s former Celtic Woman band mate, Méav, 2008 American Idol runner-up, David Archuleta, and country singer Mark Wills. Méav’s appearance marks the first time she and Órla have performed together since their days in Celtic Woman. Órla also reunites with Anúna, the original choir from Riverdance who Órla sang with prior to Celtic Woman.

Órla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas, taped at the beautiful James K. Polk Theater in Nashville, TN, features holiday classics including “Joy To The World,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “The First Noel,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” and many more.

The companion CD and DVD will be released on November 16 nationwide by The Elevation Group. The CD includes duets with Méav and David Archuleta as well as a special version of “Little Drummer Boy,” featuring a duet with 20-time Grammy Award-winner Vince Gill, and the beautifully arranged “Away In A Manger” with Anúna.

“I’m so excited about this TV special,” said Órla Fallon. ”I had such a wonderful time recording it. The audience was fabulous, the guests were fabulous… The choir, the band, the orchestra… It was a dream come true.”

“This was my first TV Christmas special,” stated David Archuleta. ”Hearing these songs that you grew up listening to, love and hold close to you… with Órla’s voice on them, the way she sings them, it felt very sincere.”

“Our voices blend very well together,” stated Méav. ”It was really nice to perform with Órla again, it was just like old times.”

“This has been a great experience for me,” commented Mark Wills. ”I’ve never done anything like this before and to sing with Órla and to be a part of this wonderful show was amazing.”

To continue her long-standing support of public television, Órla is making tickets to her 2011 concert tour available to public television viewers first in more than 100 markets. Viewers who make a donation to their local public television station during broadcasts of Órla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas can receive these tickets, the companion DVD and a public TV version of the CD, featuring six exclusive bonus songs including a special version of “Silent Night” featuring Grammy Award nominee Jim Brickman, as “thank you” gifts. Órla’s corresponding 50-city tour will run in 2011 from late March through early May and again from late September through mid-November.

“We are pulling out all of the stops,” said Fallon. ”2011 is a big year for us and our fans and we look forward to seeing, speaking with and performing for as many people as possible… I plan to work very hard during my time in America to drive attention to public television and to generate funds for these great stations coast to coast.”

“I have worked almost daily over the past 20 months with Órla,” commented Elevation’s Denny Young. ”She is a wonderfully talented woman who wants nothing more than to bring joy and happiness to people through her music. She is focused, in great form and ready to go!”

The public television special was directed by Emmy Award-winner Dennis Rosenblatt. All music direction, production and arrangements for the program, CD and DVD were the work of Dan Shea. Michael McGlynn arranged “Away In A Manger,” which was recorded by Brian Masterson.

Órla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas is an Elevation Group Production and is a presentation of WLIW21 in association with WNET.ORG — one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. The program is sponsored in part by Tourism Ireland.

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There’s a sample of Silent Night featuring David Archuleta.

Celtic Christmas DVD & AUTOGRAPHED CD Presale!

**This product is a PREORDER and will ship on November 16, 2010**

Órla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas AUTOGRAPHED CD

CD Tracklist:
1. Joy To The World
2. I Saw Three Ships
3. Do You Hear What I Hear? (w/ Méav)
4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / The First Noel
5. Little Drummer Boy (w/ Vince Gill)
6. Silent Night (w/ David Archuleta)
7. A’ Soalin (Soul Cake)
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9. Bells Of Christmas
10. Away In The Manger (w/ Anúna)
11. Emmanuel

Órla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas DVD (Live From Nashville)
*The DVD IS NOT autographed.*

DVD Segments:
1. Joy To The World
2.  I Saw Three Ships
3. Do You Hear What I Hear? (w/ Méav)
4. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / The First Noel
5. Little Drummer Boy (w/ Mark Wills)
6. Silent Night (w/ David Archuleta)
7. Patapan (featuring David Archuleta)
8. O Holy Night (featuring Méav)
9. A’ Soalin (Soul Cake)
10. Here We Come A-Wassailing
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Plus Additional Songs
1. Carol Of The Bells / Ding Dong Merrily On High
2. Away In A Manger (w/ Anúna)
3. Bells Of Christmas

Pre-order HERE. Find TV air dates HERE.

Orla’s first solo music special, Orla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas, will air on Public Television stations nationwide this holiday season. Orla is joined by guests Meav, David Archuleta and Mark Wills.

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From @PaulaFOD:

Orla Fallon talks about David Archuleta’s great voice and stage presence: 3rd paragraph here:

I also loved working with the two guys David Archuleta and Mark Wills. Mark was just hilarious and such good fun. He had us in stitches during rehearsals and David was so cute. I just wanted to hug him all the time! The girls in the audience were certainly thrilled to see him. I couldn’t get over his great voice and stage presence!


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From @DavidArchie:

Well that was fun! Celebrating Christmas in September lol. Thanks all you Nashville fans who came even on short notice!

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A friend who is a fan of the Celtic singer Méav sent me the following from her inbox. This is one I’d dearly love to go to! Don’t flood them with silly emails, okay?

Subject: Méav Newsletter August 2010

Christmas comes early with PBS!

Méav is delighted to announce that she will be performing in a new Christmas

TV special for PBS. The concert reunites Méav with her former Celtic Woman

colleague Orla Fallon, who is presenting this collection of Christmas

classics. Orla’s other guest for the evening is the gifted young singer

David Archuleta of American Idol fame. The TV special will be filmed in the

Polk Theater, Nashville, Tennessee on September 2nd at 7pm. If you would

like to be part of the invited audience for this private performance, there

are limited free tickets available. Please email to

send an email request with your name, mailing address and phone number

before August 25th. Please state on the request that you are coming as a

guest of Méav. We will fulfill as many requests as possible while supplies

last. As it is a Christmas show, please dress for winter weather and look

festive! The show will be airing in December 2010.

Edited to add – From Orla Fallon’s blog:

I also have some very exciting news to announce in that I am filming two PBS Specials in September. It’s been hard to keep the news quiet, but I’m delighted that I can at last tell you that the first will be filmed at the beautiful Polk Theatre in Nashville on September 2. It’s a Christmas Show and I am thrilled to announce that I will be joined by former Celtic Woman Meav and American Idol sensation David Archuleta. It will be the first time for Meav and I to perform together since our CW days so it will be very special. We are both really excited about working with David, who is an extraordinary talent.

We aren’t selling tickets for the taping, but we do have some available for those of you who will be in the Nashville area on September 2. If you are interested in tickets, please click here to send an email request (or send it to with your name, mailing address and phone number before August 25th and we will fulfill as many requests as possible while supplies last. For those of you who can make it to the show please remember that it is a Christmas show and to dress in the appropriate seasonal attire and colors.

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