North Texas Gaelic Youth Chorus
The North Texas Gaelic Youth Chorus is a youth group of singers age 8-18 who perform Irish folk songs harmonized in a chorus. The songs are mostly in the Irish language (Gaelic) and are traditional in nature. The chorus is part of the North Texas School of Irish Music, a 501(C)3 non-profit that was formed to provide goals, structure, and performance opportunities for young people who are interested in learning Irish music.
The group has performed with many leading touring shows including with:
- Celtic Woman,
- Irish Tenors,
- Celtic Tenors.
- Teada/Irish Christmas In America
- Danny O’Flaherty
The chorus has completed two tours of Ireland performing with Moya Brennan of Clannad in 2014 at Leo’s Tavern, and again in 2016 with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan in Donegal, Ireland. They also performed in Donegal Castle, Donegal Town, Ireland.
In Texas, they have played at the North Texas Irish Festival, Kimblefest – Scotland, the Texas Scottish Festival, Allen Arts Festival, Murphy International Festival, Murphy Maze Days, McKinney St. Patricks Festival, and many others.
They recently released a CD called Reflections which has sold over 1200 copies in the first 4 months of 2016, and has been played on over 20 radio stations internationally as well as being featured on CelticRadio.net
Some of their music includes:
- Rince Philip A’ Cheoil,
- Gleanntáin Ghlas’ Ghaoth Dobhair
- Don Oiche Ud I Mbeithil
- Coinnleach Ghlas an Fhómhair
Our program is taught by Allison Johnson, a Gaelic singer and guitar player. In 2013, she became the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the popular Celtic group The Selkie Girls. In 2015, the critically-acclaimed Selkies were honored to win a Celtic Radio Music Award for their version of “The Gaelic Song.” The Selkie Girls have been featured performers at premier festivals throughout the state of Texas, such as the Austin Celtic Festival, San Antonio Highland Games, Texas Scottish Festival, and North Texas Irish Festiva l