If you love all things Celtic, reserve the weekend of July 18 – 20 for the eighth annual Maine Celtic Celebration at the Belfast Common and Steamboat Landing. The Maine Celtic Celebration is a family-oriented celebration of the rich Celtic heritage, culture and hospitality found along the coast of Maine. It features performances and activities for everyone: music, dancing, athletic competitions and games, as well as food and craft vendors.
This year’s musical line-up continues the Celebration’s history of presenting local and international performers offering a mix of traditional and modern Celtic music and dancing. Open the Door for Three, a trio consisting of fiddler extraordinaire Liz Knowles, piper Kieran O’Hare, and singer Pat Broaders, is a mostly new addition to the Celebration. “Though the trio is brand new, its members are mainstays of the Irish music scene. These three have distinguished themselves over the last two decades, having played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, Secret Garden, Anúna, Celtic Legends, and The New York Pops.” We look forward to hearing this trio for the first time and welcoming back old friend, Pat Broaders.
Folk Ragoût is another new sound for this year. This duet of Leslie Anne Harrison on flute and Frédéric Pouille on guitar will bring us “music inspired by an Irish traditional touch, focusing particularly on their French Breton and French Canadian heritage. The French-American pair has been enjoying critical acclaim since the release of their 2011 self-titled album. While performing in Scotland with New Time Ensemble, their arrangement of “Da Bride’s a Boannie Ting” was selected for the Edinburgh Folk Club’s Best of 2011 Album.”
Four fifths of Còig (Scots Gaelic for five) have been to the Celtic Celebration before. This electrifying band consists of five great soloist who are all major players on the Cape Breton traditional music scene. Colin Grant returns for a third year, along with Darren McMullen, and Jason Roach, all members of Sprag Session. They’re joined by brilliant fiddlers Chrissy Crowley and Rachel Davis, who round out this power house quintet.
Michael Black, of Dublin’s world renowned Black Family, will be a familiar favorite from the past two years. Michael’s music is rooted in a generations old family tradition of singing. With a repertoire that draws from contemporary, as well as traditional and music hall sources, Michael’s performances are always entertaining and not to be missed. This year, Michael will be joined by Chris Brinn on piano accordion.
And that’s just a small sampling of the diverse music at this year’s Celebration. Other confirmed performers include: Ryan McGiver and Cillian Vallely, Stanley and Grimm, William Coulter and Brian Finnegan, The High Ground, Velocipede, The Galley Rats, Chuck Donnelly and Emma Walsh, and Heather Morris’s Celtic Dance Company. In addition to performing, several of the musicians will offer workshops for Celebration attendees. Jam sessions will open and close each day of workshops. For complete schedule information as it becomes available, be sure to visit the MCC website at http://www.mainecelticcelebration.com/.
The entire weekend of music, games, food, and fun is brought to you by the all-volunteer work of the Maine Celtic Celebration Committee. It takes all year and over $40,000 to present the Celebration to you. It could not be done without the support of sponsors and donors. For information on becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Maine Celtic Celebration call (207) 338-2692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to donate generously when you attend the