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AETN Foundation offers tickets to Celtic Thunder; group members to make in-studio appearance

Tickets to the performance of “Celtic Thunder” Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock are now available exclusively through the Arkansas Educational Television Network Foundation.

“Celtic Thunder” is a group featuring six male vocalists: Neil Byrne, 32, of Ireland; Emmet Cahill, 20, of Mullingar, County Westmeath in Ireland; George Donaldson, 42, of Glasgow, Scotland; Keith Harkin, 25 of Derry, Northern Ireland; Ryan Kelly, 33, of Moy in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; and the newest member, Daniel Furlong, 13, of Taghmon in County Wexford on the Southeast coast of Ireland.

Tickets are also available for a special performance by Harkin, with special guests Rebecca Harkin and Cahill, in the AETN studios Monday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 pm.

Following the success of their last four shows, the new Celtic Thunder show “Heritage” accentuates the musical culture of Ireland.

From rousing ensemble numbers to solos showcasing each members’ vocal style and personality, Celtic Thunder performs powerful ballads, popular hits and heartwarming songs of love and loss from across the Celtic music spectrum – Irish, Scottish, traditional and contemporary.

“Celtic Thunder” creator/producer Sharon Browne teamed up with legendary Irish composer Phil Coulter (Elvis Presley’s “My Boy,” Sandie Shaw’s “Puppet on a String,” the now-classic Irish ballad “The Town I Loved So Well”), to audition men all over Ireland and Scotland for the group, and craft a representative set list. The eclectic mix of music includes traditional songs, pop classics and Coulter originals, accompanied by The Celtic Concert Orchestra, a full band, bagpipes and monks. Choreography, dramatic lighting, visual effects and a set resembling ancient stone steps and paths enhance the musical production.

The AETN Foundation is the only outlet for these tickets, which range from $40 to $75. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional information and ticket reservation forms are available at www.aetn.org or by calling 1-800-662-2386.

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.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado). AETN.org > Engage > Pressroom > AETN Foundation offers tickets to Celtic Thunder; group members to make in-studio appearance