Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Patrick Ball presents "Come Dance With Me In Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country”, March 1

Show starts 8pm. Doors 7:30. Advance tickets $17, $22 at the door. 


"Come Dance With Me In Ireland” is a musical and dramatic performance based on the life and works of William Butler Yeats. Join Celtic harper and storyteller Patrick Ball for an evening celebrating Ireland’s greatest poet.

This new show, "Come Dance with Me In Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country," is the result of a Fellowship I received last year from the National University of Ireland in Galway to study William Butler Yeats. I confess that I spent more time in the pubs in Galway than I did in the Library. But, I like to think that the show has the savor of both places. 

It is the story of an elderly Irish couple who had spent their entire adult lives in the states but have returned to Ireland to go on a "Yeats Country” Tour. The husband is suffering from pretty severe memory loss. He had always loved Yeats’ poetry and knew much of it by heart. Now, even those memories are leaving him. The wife has arranged the trip and is hoping that visiting the places in Yeats Country will allow him, if only briefly, to recapture those memories. In the course of this 3 day tour, they visit the places associated with Yeats: Coole Park, Thoor Ballylee, Glencar, Knocknarea, Drumcliffe, Innisfree, etc…and their story unfolds. I, as myself, am part of the tour, having been asked by the tour guide to come along and play a few tunes along the way. I tell the story and portray the few characters in the show.

Patrick Ball tours extensively throughout the United States and Canada, is considered one of the premier Celtic harpers and storytellers in the world today, and has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies collectively and earned national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Along with Celtic Harp and Story, his beguiling blend of music and spoken word concerts, Patrick has also written and currently performs two solo musical theater pieces: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, which brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland's most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O’Carolan, and The Fine Beauty of the Island, a musical journey to Ireland's legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it. Patrick has a Masters degree in History, with a focus on Ireland.