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Harpist Patrick Ball returns to town in time for Christmas

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Patrick Ball, the Irish-American harpist and storyteller, will give his third Tehachapi concert on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m., presented by Fiddlers Crossing at the Beekay Theatre.

Patrick Ball, the Irish-American harpist and storyteller, will give his third Tehachapi concert on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m., presented by Fiddlers Crossing at the Beekay Theatre. This concert will be, fittingly, his special Christmas one, "The Christmas Rose."

Several years ago, Ball recorded a Christmas-winter season CD with that title. It included a beautiful traditional melody his mother sang in her childhood. The recording received an award for Best Seasonal Recording of 1991 from the Independent Record Distributors Association and prompted requests for a live concert featuring the tunes from the CD as well as a selection of holiday stories.

The result is a theatre piece that mingles the beautiful seasonal harp tunes with what Ball calls "The magical world of English and Irish literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs."

He draws on such tales as "A Child's Christmas in Wales," "The Wind in the Willows," and passages from Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats and Thomas Hardy. "All of the stories and all of the music touch on what is, to my way of thinking," says Ball, "the central message of the Christmas/Winter season: hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness."

For more information, check patrickball.com and fiddlerscrossing.org.

The Beekay Theatre is at 110 S. Green St. in Downtown Tehachapi. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased at Mountain Music, Tehachapi Treasure Trove or Tehachapi Furniture in Old Town. Call Mountain Music at 823-9994, to reserve tickets and also to check availability on the day of the show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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