Songs take listeners from Belfast to Beijing

NANAIMO - A Cappella Plus presents its spring concert From Belfast to Beijing Sunday (May 26) at St. Andrew's United Church.

A Cappella Plus is taking its audience on an auditory journey from Belfast to Beijing during its upcoming concert.

The group performs Sunday (May 26) 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church.

The concert, called ‘From Belfast to Beijing’, is a mix of Celtic and Asian songs, many of which are traditional folk songs.

The evening starts in the east with songs from Korea, China, Japan and Indonesia.  The songs explore issues of love and nature and includes a Balinese gamelan by Canadian composer R. Murray Shafer.

The concert continues in the west with Desh, an Indian raga. Celtic songs hail from Scotland, Ireland and the Maritimes and include Eriskay Love Lilt, Go Lassie Go and The Galway Piper. It includes a rendition of Carrickfergus by the men’s choir, a song about longing and love. The women sing a love song, The Lark in the Clear Air.

While many songs were arranged by Canadian and American arrangers, several will be sung in their original language.

After the concert people are invited to meet the choir and enjoy refreshments.

Tickets are $15/$10 students and are available at the door, at Fascinating Rhythm and the Quilted Duck.

A Cappella Plus has been performing for more than 30 years.

For more information on A Capella Plus please go to www.acappellaplus.ca.