Kid's Christmas: Tracks in the Snow at the Ark

The Henry Girls’ concert for children has – refreshingly – barely a mention of Christmas

The Henry Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

The Henry Girls. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

 

Tracks in the Snow ***
The Ark, Dublin

Tracks in the Snow is a seasonally themed concert for children of all ages by Irish folk trio the Henry Girls. The songs take their inspiration from winter, and, mercifully, there is barely a mention of Christmas at all. Instead, we get a musical ode to icicles and hot chocolate, brought to life on a variety of traditional and classical instruments, and by the honeyed voices of Lorna, Karen and Joleen McLaughlin, with David Redmond on double bass. The audience are quick to catch the simple melodies and are encouraged to sing along. The staging, by designer Sinéad O’Hanlon, is a pop-up silhouette come to life, with various forest animals camouflaged within its canopy. A reflective floor creates a wonderful ice rink for the sledding song, and Niamh Lunny’s inspired costumes draw inspiration from the forest, giving the Henry Girls animal characters to inhabit as they move from instrument to instrument in the service of song. The trio have an understated, gentle stage presence that children of a more sensitive nature will warm to. It proves difficult, however, for them to sustain the energy throughout the 50-minute performance, and younger children will probably get a bit restless. The visual elements, however, in particular Sinéad Woods’s animations, should keep older kids in their seats. A refreshing break from the more commercial aspects of the season.

  • Until Dec 22
The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.