With what has grown to become one of the largest annual Christmas concert tours in America, Keith & Kristyn Getty return this December with 20 performances of An Irish Christmas – A Celebration of Carols presented in some of the best-known concert venues in the US.
The annual tour, which was broadcast as a public television special last year, will kick off on December 2 near Dallas, TX and will make stops in Washington D.C. (The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House), New York City (Carnegie Hall), Atlanta (The Fox Theatre), Philadelphia (The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts), Nashville (Schermerhorn Symphony Center), Cleveland (Severance Hall), and more.
The Gettys, who are regarded as the preeminent writers and performers of modern-day hymns, have designed this year's concert program in two parts. The first half will be presented as if the listener were attending a town-wide party in a public square, featuring hymns performed with an upbeat, global flair and accompanied by spectacular dancing. The second half will be highlighted by an audience sing-along of traditional Christmas carols as well as original and modern hymns. Favorite songs to be performed include "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"; "Joy Has Dawned"; "Here We Come A-Wassailing", "Carol of the Bells", "O Children Come", "An Irish Christmas Blessing" and "In Christ Alone".
"Kristyn and I believe it's imperative for people to get together and sing together," says Keith Getty. "What a great opportunity that Christmas brings for this – to join voices, from so many states and even other countries, and sing joyfully together about this unimaginable good news of Christmas."
Accompanying the Gettys is their band of Celtic and bluegrass musicians from North America and Ireland, as well as a special guest appearance in selected cities including noted pastor, author and speaker, Alistair Begg (Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Nashville), Laura Story (Atlanta), and David Kim (Philadelphia).
2-Dec First United Methodist Church, Richardson, TX
3-Dec Grace Community Church, Overbrook, KS
4-Dec First Baptist Church Bentonville, Bentonville, AR
5-Dec Abilene Civic Center, Abilene, TX
7-Dec John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House, Washington DC
8-Dec South Church, Lansing, MI
9-Dec Cornerstone Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
10-Dec Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, NC
11-Dec Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, GA
12-Dec The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
13-Dec Prince Avenue Baptist Church, Bogart, GA
15-Dec Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis, IN
16-Dec Englewood Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, NC
17-Dec First Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA (2 shows)
18-Dec Calvary Church, Lancaster, PA
19-Dec The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
20-Dec Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
21-Dec Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH
22-Dec Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN
The Gettys have had a truly remarkable year, including the release in June of a new studio album, Facing a Task Unfinished, which debuted at #1 on charts in the USA and UK. The recording marks the first major release of new material since 2012 for the duo and features internationally renowned music artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Fernando Ortega, John Patitucci, and Chris Tomlin. Prior to the album's release, the Gettys led a global hymn sing of the title song, with an estimated 1.1 million people from 5400+ churches in 100 countries joining to sing the hymn as an affirmation of the importance of evangelism around the world.
Keith and Kristyn also just wrapped up the fall 2016 leg of their Facing a Task Unfinished tour, which began with three sold-out concerts at Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, included a performance at London's famed Royal Albert Hall for BBC television, and continued for another 30 performances in 25 North American cities. In all, some 50,000 people attended the fall tour dates, and the tour will resume next spring with other international concerts to be included.
Most recently, the duo released another album, Getty Kids Hymnal: In Christ Alone, a recording meant to inspire children to learn about faith through singing along with popular hymns. The album, released late September, debuted at #2 on Soundscan's Top Children's Current album chart in its first week out (week ending 9/29), only behind the soundtrack for Trolls. This marked the Gettys' highest ever chart debut on the secular album charts. The title also landed at #1 on Soundscan's Children's chart in the Christian genre.
It was also recently announced by B&H Publishing (LifeWay) that the couple has entered into a multi-title book agreement. The first publication is scheduled to release in conjunction with the Gettys' inaugural international conference on congregational singing to be held in Nashville, September 2017.