Geoffrey Castle will bring his Celtic Christmas show to the Northshore Performing Arts Center on Dec. 17. Contributed photo

Local electric violinist brings Celtic Christmas Celebration to the NPAC in Bothell

If you’ve already heard “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” 50 times too many this holiday season, mark your calendars for Dec. 17. Electric violinist Geoffrey Castle is bringing his Celtic Christmas Celebration to the Northshore Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

Two of Castle’s albums, “Noel: A Celtic Christmas Celebration” and “Underhill’s Angel,” are the basis for the music for the show. “I guarantee it’s the antidote to corny Christmas music,” he said.

“My whole vision is to transport people back to a time before the commercialization of Christmas,” Castle added. “It’s got a real contemporary rock and Irish flair to it. It’s guaranteed fun for the entire family.”

Rehearsals and pre-production for Castle’s ninth annual production of the show started in September. “It’s a big production with a lot of moving parts,” he said.

This is the second year the production will feature operatic vocalists Pamela Cassella and Veronica Nim, who are a mother-daughter team. “When they sing together, angels fill the room — it’s outstanding,” Castle said.

In addition to Castle, Cassella and Nim, this year’s lineup of performers includes The Seattle Irish Dance Company and Castle’s band, which features Eric Robert on keyboards, Darin Watkins on drums and Steve Boyce on bass.

Castle, who lives in Kenmore, is excited to bring his show to NPAC. “I’m loving that I’m able to bring my concert basically into my backyard,” he said. “They really do have amazing production and sound in there.”

Tickets for the NPAC show are $15 to $25, and can be purchased by calling the box office at 425-298-3449 or visiting npacf.org.

In addition to the Bothell date, other stops in the regional tour of the Celtic Christmas Celebration include Kirkland, Lynnwood, Everett, Bellevue and Seattle throughout the month of December. For more information about Castle and the production, visit geoffreycastle.com.

“You don’t have to be Irish to feel the power and the majesty of the music that comes from that part of the world,” he said, adding he’s played Celtic music to responsive audiences as far away as China and Austria.

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