Northshore Performing Arts Center
18125 92nd Avenue NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Northshore Performing Arts Center
Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas
The second annual Celtic Christmas is a wonderful new Northwest holiday tradition. This high energy stage show will bring the joy and magic of the holidays to NPAC.
December 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Ticket are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors, and $20 for students.
About Geoffrey Castle
Geoffrey Castle is a pioneer on the electric six-string violin. From his beginnings as a street musician in New York City and Paris, he rose to play in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of M. Butterfly. A theme of Castle’s career is to destroy people’s pre-conceived notions of what is possible on a violin, which he does every time he takes the stage. A bandleader and solo artist—with several critically acclaimed releases on his own Twisted Fiddle Music label—Geoffrey Castle has also managed to share stages with an illustrious group of musicians including Blues Traveler, all of the original and current members of Heart, Buddy Miles, and Alan White of Yes.
Castle’s fresh approach to Celtic music is most evident on his latest release Streets of Inwood: Celtic Soul bringing a more urban, smooth, and bluesy approach to traditional Celtic material. Castle’s solo debut, “Mist on the Mountain” was called “A pure, uncluttered masterpiece” by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. With all the critical acclaim that Castle has received for his recordings, it is always live performance that continues to be the focus of Castle’s career.
In keeping with the theme of changing the public’s perception of what is possible on the violin, Castle has long been an advocate of community outreach and school performances, inspiring the next generation. School assembly, workshops, and fundraiser performances like “Keep the Music Alive,” and the All-Star Synergia Concert to help support music programs in the schools, are all part of a genuine desire on the part of Geoffrey Castle to keep music programs alive in what is truly a tough economic environment. Recently, Castle, along with 400 members of school orchestras in the Seattle area, set a world record for the most string players under one roof!
Castle is also the only electric rock violinist with his own iPhone App! Developed with PlayVisions corporation, Violin Guy for iPhone lets you turn your phone into a violin where you can play an assortment of fun Irish and holiday tunes. Just visit the iTunes App store and search for Violin Guy.
Castle has also been the host of the weekly Monday Night Celtic Night party at Kirkland’s Wilde Rover Irish Pub, with his friend and co-host Dan Connolly. No matter where Castle’s tours take him, he always tries to make it back home for the party. Come out sometime and get your Irish up!
A graduate of Columbia University, Geoffrey Castle lives in Kenmore Washington with his wife Shannon, and has called the state of Washington home since 1995.
What They’re Saying
“On his solo album, Mist on the Mountain, the Seattle violinist offers an eleven-track collection of stunning originals showcasing his pioneering talent on six-string electric violin. Tapping ancient Celtic melodies and modern pop, rock, and jazz, Castle has created a pure, uncluttered masterpiece. Among the gems is the ethereal Underhill’s Waltz, and a remarkable version of Miles Davis’ All Blues.
“IF YOU MISSED IT, KICK YOURSELF!”
“Seattle’s Geoffrey Castle’s one-man-band skills had heads bobbing and brought screams of appreciation from the crowd of about 1,000 at the Egan Center.”
“Castle moved through the audience like a master magician, casting a spell on all he passed. It was an evening of pure magic.”
Thank you to our sponsors and friends!
Thanks to our sponsors, NPAC Foundation can continue to present a rich variety of programming in the Northshore community. By helping to defray some of these costs of presenting a show at the theatre, sponsorships contribute to enriching and inspiring the local arts scene.
To become a sponsor, please call: 425-298-3449