Celtic trio brings old-world Christmas to town

Music & More DeWitt Theatre hosts Golden Bough Saturday night
By: Jenifer Gee, Journal staff writer
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Three musicians will create a golden opportunity for Auburn-area music lovers to tune in to hear the sounds of the season from a Celtic point of view this weekend. Golden Bough, a musical trio that plays Ireland and Scotland-based Celtic music, will perform a Celtic Christmas Celebration Saturday at Music and More’s DeWitt Theatre in Auburn. This is one of several appearances the trio has made to perform their Christmas selections. “They play music from the hearts of the people,” said Michael Coder, co-owner of Music and More Arts Academy Theatre. “You become a follower.” Trio co-founder Paul Espinoza said the following in the foothills and beyond is one of the many reasons the group returns to the area each year. “When we’re in a setting like the DeWitt Theatre, it has an older feel as opposed to a bigger, modern theater, which seems real fitting for our music,” Espinoza said. The trio also includes co-founder Margie Butler and Kathy Sierra. Butler and Espinoza started the group in 1980 and have had a series of musicians play alongside them. Sierra is the most recent addition. She has played with the trio for the past eight years, Espinoza said. The group’s music is based on traditional Celtic songs. They use a variety of acoustic instruments including the Celtic harp, guitar, violin, mandolin, accordion and more. Espinoza said this year the group plans to treat the audience to classic concert favorites and a few new songs that long-time fans have yet to hear. “They will hear a lot of rare Celtic carols they may not have heard before that are very emotional and lively and really a lot of fun,” Espinoza said. “The main part of the concert is to instill a feeling of an old world Christmas.” He said the show includes songs about the changing seasons. The group has also added a Hanukkah song to its list. He said old and new fans can also take home the group’s selection. They will sell CDs at the concert. Espinoza added that sing-alongs and playful interaction between the group and the audience should also be expected. “It’s pretty light-hearted,” Espinoza said. “When the musicians on stage are having fun with each other, the audience tends to have a lot more fun.” Coder said that Golden Bough’s performances are for everyone and anyone. “They’re just a real wholesome, funny, family-oriented group,” Coder said. “They’re a wonderful comedy act and they play beautiful music.” So what should audience members expect as they take their seats this Saturday night? “They should expect to go away with a smile on their faces,” Espinoza said. A Celtic Christmas Celebration will start at 7 p.m. Saturday at Music and More’s DeWitt Theatre located on 11596 D Avenue in Auburn (behind the new Home Depot building). Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for children 10 and younger. They can be purchased at the door or online at www. For more information, call (530) 305-0938. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment at