NOVEMBER 14 2017 Award-Winning Irish Ensemble Returns to Walton Arts Center

Award-Winning Irish Ensemble Returns to Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, November 14, 2017 – Traditional Irish ensemble, Danú, will perform A Christmas Gathering:Féile na Nollag’ at Walton Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7 pm. Two local groups, The Link Ensemble and Rince Arkansas Academy of Irish Dance, will perform on-stage with Danú.

Tickets start at $15 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting 

Hailing from Waterford, Dublin, Donegal and Cork counties in Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Celtic music and new repertoire.

This performance will feature a sampling of songs, music and stories that have emerged from Christmas celebrations held across Ireland for hundreds of years. Christmas in Ireland is one of the most important holidays for families and friends, as many Irish people living abroad come home to gather in celebration. Music and dance gatherings, in communities both urban and rural, have often combined for generations to offer a great variety of songs, music and stories for the holidays.

Danú will be joined on stage by Rince Arkansas Academy of Irish Dance and The Link Ensemble, a 16-member professional vocal ensemble based in Northwest Arkansas and founded by Stephen Caldwell, director of choral activities at the University of Arkansas.

“...impressive, immersive and uniquely and unmistakably Irish” − Strings Magazine

“…a vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy” − The Washington Post

Danú last performed at Walton Arts Center during the 2015-16 season as part of the 10x10 Arts Series.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit