O.C. is full of ‘Irish Christmas’ cheer this season

“It’s a time for Christmas hymns and carols and the reading of the Christmas story,” said Keith Getty, who with his wife Kristyn are on their first West Coast tour for their concert “Sing! An Irish Christmas.”

And “Sing! An Irish Christmas,” which is on its seventh annual tour, makes its Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut at Segerstrom Hall on Dec. 4. Ricky Skaggs, who was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year, will join them onstage, in addition to other guest artists Matt Redman, Joni Eareckson Tada, and the Master's Chorale.

“The first half of the program is like a village festival celebrating Christmas, with dance and instruments and hymns,” Keith Getty said. “The second half is a Lessons-and-Carols experience, with readings of the Christmas story and singing of carols.

“Whether you’re Christian or not, you can’t deny that traditional carols have forged our lives throughout the ages, from Charles Dickens to Hollywood movies.”

Elizabeth Bristow