Martin Green • Lighting the Dark: A Christmas Concert
Christmas can be tough. But ultimately humans are wonderful.
Lighting The Dark is a heart-warming journey through the festive season with the Ivor Novello-winning composer Martin Green. This extraordinary show brings together an ensemble of exceptional musicians, promising an unforgettable experience that celebrates the challenges and joys of winter over the last millennium.
From ancient pagan traditions to the modern-day obsessions with fairy lights, Lighting The Dark explores the rich tapestry of how we’ve navigated the holiday season through time. Guided by the brilliant Martin Green, who embodies the slightly belligerent yet lovable alter-ego, MG — we delve into the heart of the Christmas tradition to discover its true essence.
Joining Martin on this captivating voyage are a constellation of talented musicians, each bringing their unique flair to the stage. Laura Jurd, the trumpet virtuoso from Mercury Prize-shortlisted Dinosaur. Plus the incomparable Ultan O’Brien, the leading storyteller of the new wave of Irish traditional musicians, lending his mesmerizing fiddle to the ensemble. Through a harmonious blend of folk and jazz melodies, Lighting The Dark offers fresh and original renditions of beloved Christmas classics as Martin and Ultan’s engaging storytelling weaves an enchanting narrative throughout the performance.
MG’s discontent with the modern-day Christmas sets the stage of this magical journey. The audience witnesses him venture through a last-minute present dash on Christmas Eve — standing in line at Argos, he’s suddenly interrupted by a supernatural quest to investigate something different: an Old World where Christmas held a pure and simplistic charm.
In the dream-like realm of the ancients, MG seeks answers to the meaning of Christmas — only to find that these age-old customs are not without their flaws, contradictions, and imperfections. From the legend of The Wren Boys and their sacred traditions, to rewired Santa elves and brass band carols — watch the holiday spirit come alive at Argos as our heroes unravel mysterious rituals.
Lighting The Dark embraces both the shadows and the light, acknowledging the depth of truth and the joy of the holiday season. Immerse yourself in this musical journey that will leave your heart brimming with joy and your spirits lifted. Celebrate the wonder of Christmas, the beauty of tradition, and the magic of human resilience as we navigate through the winter’s trials and triumphs. Book your tickets now for this unusual Christmas spectacle.
Photo: Sandy Butler
This show is Unreserved Seating
Doors open at 7pm
Music from 8pm
Curfew at 11pm