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SKY ARTS, 2022

Filmed at the iconic Pepper Canister Church in the heart of Georgian Dublin, Imelda May invites friends and family to an Irish musical night celebrating Christmas, from traditional music to new sounds and voices.

Produced to celebrate the now legendary Grafton Street Christmas Eve Busk and shot in front of a live audience, the Sky Original features festive favourites like “The Wexford Carol” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and sees Imelda May joined onstage by musicians Glen Hansard, Jack Lukeman, Loah, Hawke The Band and more.

The audience on the night comprised guests of honour from the Dublin Simon Community who were facing into another challenging and busy Christmas season. Their presence gave an authenticity to the programme that is palpable for viewers and the evening’s entertainment was underpinned by the central message of coming together in kindness at Christmas. Television with a purpose and a social conscience, not just another Christmas concert.


Nestled among the beautiful musical performances in the programme, Sharon Corr recites Patrick Kavanagh’s “A Christmas Childhood” while The Dubliners legend, John Sheahan, performs a self-penned poem that captures the magic of Christmas at home. Viewers are also treated to a very special rendition of the iconic “Marino Waltz” that sees John joined onstage by his daughter Ceoladh and Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, as well as harpist Cormac de Barra. 

From the understated glamour of the staging and the set, to the candlelit musical performances brim-full of emotion - this unique programme dialled up the Christmas feeling for audiences at home.  


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