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AETN Foundation brings ‘Celtic Thunder: Mythology’ to Arkansas

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will welcome members of Celtic Thunder to the AETN studios Sunday, March 3, and Thursday, March 7, in conjunction with the broadcast of the group’s latest special, “Mythology.”

Celtic Thunder’s Keith Harkin will perform a solo concert in the AETN studios Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m. He will be joined by special guests Barry Kerry on pipes/whistles and Dave Bakey on guitar.

Celtic Thunder members George Donaldson and Neil Byrne will host a meet and greet for fans Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. and be on-air guests during the broadcast of “Mythology” beginning at 9 p.m.

“Celtic Thunder: Mythology” is the latest show from Celtic Thunder. Filmed on location at the Helix Theater in Dublin, “Mythology” tells the story of the Celtic people, their legends, their culture and their history. Like the Celts, Mythology is bold, challenging, strong, proud and steeped in history. On the set of Mythology the old and the new combine, modern catalyst images are projected onto ancient standing stones, a giant Celtic cross takes center stage and the tempo of the music is strongly echoed in the theatrical and moody lighting.

All six Celtic Thunder principals – Neil Byrne of Ireland; Emmet Cahill of Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland; George Donaldson of Glasgow, Scotland; Keith Harkin of Derry, Northern Ireland; Ryan Kelly of Moy in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; and Colm Keegan of Dublin, Ireland – feature prominently in “Mythology.” This new performance includes haunting solo numbers, rousing ensembles and original tracks.

Tickets for Harkin’s performance are $50 each, and doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets to the Celtic Thunder meet and greet with Donaldson and Byrne are $50 each, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The events will be held at AETN, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, Conway. Seating is limited. Proceeds will benefit the AETN Foundation. Tickets are available at aetnfoundation.org/boxoffice or by calling 800-662-2386.

The AETN Foundation will also present Celtic Thunder's “Mythology” tour at the Arkansas Best Corportation Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center Sunday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $150 for VIP seating (first 10 rows), $100 for orchestra and $50 for mezzanine. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are available at aetnfoundation.org/boxoffice or by calling 800-662-2386.

This concert is a fundraiser for the AETN Foundation, and all proceeds will support programming on AETN, Arkansas's PBS affiliate and only statewide network.

The AETN Foundation exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETN’s mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The AETN Foundation builds relationships between AETN, donors and viewers and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.

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