Trace Adkins announces Celtic Christmas album, tour

Trace Adkins will release The King’s Gift, a Christmas album of Celtic carols, on October 29th. He will then embark on The Christmas Show Tour, a reverent theatrical and musical production for the whole family, beginning November 15th. Website pre-sale and VIP Tickets are on sale now at VIP ticket holders will be invited to a pre-show experience with a private performance, Q&A, special merchandise and artist meet and greet. General on-sale for all tickets begins on September 13th.

The King’s Gift (Tiodhlac An Righ, in Gaelic) pays tribute to an ancient genre and transports the listener to a time of mystery and valor. Last Christmas, Trace’s Celtic version of “We Three Kings” was released and will be featured on the upcoming album. The track can be heard at

Esteemed guests join Adkins on his first-ever holiday album since his Platinum debut sixteen years ago. Guests include renowned Irish ensemble, The Chieftains; Scottish vocalist Alyth McCormack, British folk/pop star Emma Stevens, multi-award winning family group, The Isaacs; Kevin Costner and daughter Lily Costner; and legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff. The keyboards, acoustic, steel and bass guitars of American folk music harmonize with the weissenborn, mandolin, uilleann pipe, penny whistle, violin, viola, cello, harp, and organ.

The King’s Gift is available in several configurations including a signed CD, signed vinyl and Christmas Bundle that contains a signed CD and vinyl copy of the album along with a Trace Adkins ornament. All configurations are available through

“The Christmas Show” Tour begins a new Adkins holiday tradition for years to come. Envisioned as a theatrical production, Trace will alternate between fireside story-telling of anecdotes (both personal and historical) and performances of classic carols with a 12 piece ensemble – a quartet string section, female vocalists and a range of traditional instruments. The tour is inspired by Adkins’ annual hosting duties at Disney World’s Candlelight Processional, where his deep baritone narrates Christmas stories, while a full choir and orchestra performs. It has always been a highlight of Trace’s year and he is thrilled to bring his own unique version of this concept on tour.


  1. Wexford Carol
  2. Tannenbaum
  3. O’ Come Emmanuel (with Emma Stevens)
  4. Away In A Manger
  5. I Saw Three Ships (w. The Chieftains feat. Alyth McCormack)
  6. Silent Night (w. Kevin and Lily Costner)
  7. We Three Kings (w. Sonya Isaacs)
  8. Drummer Boy (w. Kenny Aronoff)
  9. Oh Holy Night (w. The Isaacs)
  10. What Child Is This

Tour Dates:

11/15 Effingham, IL Effingham Performance Center
11/16 Van Wert, OH Niswonger Performing Arts Center
11/17 Greensburg, PA Palace Theatre
11/19 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
11/21 Shippensburg, PA H. Ric Luhrs PAC – Shippensburg Univ.
11/22 Utica, NY Stanley Center for the Performing Arts
11/23 Sewell, NJ TD Banks Arts Center
11/29 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
11/30 Wallingford, CT Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
12/1 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury
12/3 Troy, OH Hobart
12/4 Youngstown, OH Coveli Center
12/5 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre
12/13 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic
12/14 Onamia, MN Grand Casino Mille Lacs
12/15 Carmel, IN Palladium @ Carmel Center
12/17 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live at Seminole
12/18 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckhert Hall

Author: Buddy Iahn

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