By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Irish/Nu-Folk group Gráda, based in Dublin and Galway, is bringing their popular Christmas Tour to the U.S. beginning Dec. 1 for 11 concerts. The show, which has sold out venues across Europe for the past three seasons, features an all-star band with special guests Matt Mancuzo (trumpet and fiddle) and Kristin Andreasson (an award winning multi-instrumentalist and dancer).

Gráda’s playlist will include many seasonally themed numbers and plenty of audience interaction. Each venue will offer spot prizes for audience members who arrive at the event wearing a festive hat – the best of which will receive a copy of the group’s new CD and DVD, Cloudy Day Navigation. Gráda also plans to screen a short film.

Gráda Big Band Christmas Tour 2007:

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1 – TX Dallas, Lakewood Theater
4 – DE Wilmington, The Grand Operaa House at the Baby Grand
6 – CT Madison, North Madison Congregational Church
7 – NY Rochester, Rochester Comhaltas
8 – NY Cazenovia, Earlville Opera at Cazenovia Theater
9 – NY Cooperstown, Sterling Auditorium Cooperstown School
10 – NY Albany, Irish American Heritage Museum
13-14 – OH Peninsula, Cuyahoga National Park Visitor Center
15 – CT Fairfield, Gaelic American Club
16 – CT Hartford, University of Hartford.