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Voices of North Georgia concerts take you to hills of Ireland
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‘Celtic Crossings'

What: Concert of Celtic music by the Voices of North Georgia
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: $15 adults, $12 seniors and students, $5 children age 11 and younger

The North Georgia mountains run deep with Celtic history, and the Voices of North Georgia will celebrate that connection with two concerts this weekend.

"Celtic Crossings," with performances Friday and Saturday nights, features a range of traditional Celtic favorites, plus new songs that keep with the traditional melodies.

Music director Bruce Nunley said the sacred Celtic music has a "rougher" sound that has stayed consistent in the hills of Appalachia.

"The Irish, Scottish, English, a lot of them moved in Appalachia," Nunley said. "The music basically has stayed the same."

A few of the melodies will seem familiar, such as the tune to "Danny Boy" or "Barbara Allen," and other songs feature lyrics from poets Robert Burns and W.B. Yeats. "My Heart's in the Highlands," for example, features lyrics by Burns along with fiddle solos.

"And of course you can't do a Celtic concert without ‘Danny Boy,'" Nunley said.

Stan Sunderland, president of the Voices of North Georgia, said some of the pieces were already part of the chorus' repertoire.

"Many of the tunes are familiar," he said. "We have a repertoire. We're doing some new music and some stuff we've done in the past."

The singers will be accompanied by live musicians playing various percussion instruments, a piano, a fiddle and a guitar.