There’s more than one reason for Máiréad Nesbitt to be excited for her performance of “Celtic Spells” March 11 at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton.
First, it’s the premiere of the show, which features music from a new album of the same name released March 10.
Second, she’s more than ready to do shows again after two years and change due to COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.
“For this show, the whole message is to get out there and go to the venues, meet people again,” Nesbitt said during a recent phone interview from her home in New Hampshire. “A lot of us took that for granted before — not that I ever have — but now it’s like an honor. We’re very lucky.”
Nesbitt was on the road constantly from 2004-16 as a founding member and fiddler for the popular all-female ensemble Celtic Woman. That was after she toured the world as lead fiddler for both Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames. She was also the featured fiddler for the original soundtracks for those two shows, as well as Riverdance, the first wave of the Celtic song-and-dance invasion.
Nesbitt described “Celtic Spells” as a classic story about lovers from different backgrounds who have to leave their home country to be together. “It’s about their love journey, and their journey to the new world,” she said of the work, which was more than two years in construction. “They had to leave to be happy, because their union was frowned upon. It’s an age-old tale, really.”
“Celtic Spells” is told with a cast of six musicians in addition to Nesbitt, plus two dancers. It’s divided into two halves, and each half has two “spells” — “The Gathering,” “The Departure,” “The New World,” and “The Homecoming.”
Besides “Celtic Spells,” the evening will include “music from different shows that people know and love, some rare Irish music, and some original music.”
The concert starts at 7:30 at 515 Pacific Ave. Tickets are $18-$74. Information: 360-373-6743, admiraltheatre.org.
Michael C. Moore is the Arts and Entertainment reporter for the Admiral Theatre Foundation.