WRAL-TV’s Bill Leslie To Appear In Concert

WRAL-TV’s Bill Leslie To Appear In Concert

WRAL’s Bill Leslie (center) formed the Celtic ensemble Bragh Adair with husband & wife team Kerry & Mary Page Johnson.

WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Bill Leslie will take to the stage on Saturday, November 10th at 8:00pm, to debut a new Celtic music CD in the Triangle. Leslie and friends Kerry and Mary Page Johnson form the group Bragh Adair and will play selections from their latest release “The Hunt” at a concert at the Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh.

The concert will be the actual release of the album, which will be on sale at the event. The performance will be Bragh Adair’s second in Meymandi, the official home of the North Carolina Symphony. Leslie said, “I’m really excited about the concert. Meymandi is such a wonderful facility with remarkable acoustics.”

Leslie serves as guitarist for the musical group and also plays the Irish whistle. Mary Page Johnson plays violin and her husband, Kerry, plays piano. All three collaborated on the album, each writing some of the songs on “The Hunt.” Leslie described two of his

Leslie (right) & Mary Page Johnson performed at Meymandi Hall previously in 2000.
creations; “One song I wrote called ‘Hymn for Healing’ is dedicated to the victims of the September terrorist attacks. Another song, a vocal, ‘Celtic Soul’ was inspired by a trip to Scotland I took with WRAL photographer Rick Armstrong a number of years back. We traced NC’s Scottish roots and did a series of news stories.”

Tickets for the November 10th performance cost $15, and are available through Ticketmaster at (919) 834-4000.

Bragh Adair’s released their first album of contemporary Celtic music, “Grace In Stone,” in fall of 2000.

Celtic Soul – a song
by Bill Leslie

Steaming north on a stallion of iron,
Up the Highland highway of steel,
Over bogs and bridges – and heathery ridges,
And mountains so green they seem surreal,

Oh, how strange to be in a foreign land,
And feel more at home than I’ve ever been,
Where the lightning flashes and the thunder rolls,
I have come to claim my Celtic Soul,

So wild and rugged this land,
Sacred this place where I stand,
It’s a feeling that burns,
A heart that yearns,
To touch the very place of my people’s birth

Spirits of my ancient kin,
Rise up to greet me with the wind,
From the Isle of Skye to the fog of Glencoe,
I have come to claim my Celtic Soul.

*photos & graphics courtesy of Bragh Adair

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