Celtic Christmas one weekend, psychedelic the next at Beacon’s Towne Crier


Ashley Davis

The internationally celebrated Irish instrumental band Lúnasa joins forces with the Celtic music singer/songwriter Ashley Davis for an Irish celebration of Christmas at the Towne Crier Café in Beacon on Saturday, December 16 at 8:30 p.m. Lúnasa has played some nice rooms: the Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), the Sydney Opera House and the White House. Ashley Davis has collaborated with such musical luminaries as the Chieftains’ Paddy Moloney, fiddle player Eileen Ivers, harpist Cormac De Barra and Moya Brennan.

One Christmas-themed evening is not quite enough for the Towne Crier, but the tone will be considerably different when the long-running psychedelic-rock eccentrics the Slambovian Circus of Dreams present their annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 23 at 8:30 p.m. The Westchester natives, at this point, seem rather like their own culture with its own holidays, but they love Christmas.

Lúnasa & Ashley Davis, Saturday, December 16, 8:30 p.m., $35; Slambovian Circus of Dreams Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 23, 8:30 p.m., $30; Towne Crier Café, 379 Main Street, Beacon; www.townecrier.com.