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Sunday, July 31, 2016 – 11:30am to 8:30pm
Please note: Purchase advance tickets for $10 each using the link on this page until 11:30 pm July 30th. Tickets may be purchased at the gate for $15 with cash or check only. Seating is virtually unlimited, so come on and join us! The audience will be under the cover of the Market Pavilion, so the Ceilidh will go on rain or shine.
All the Celtic music you love from melodic to mayhem, packed into one great day!
Celtic Ceilidh: featuring The Appalachian Highlanders, Sigean, Rathkeltair and Tuatha Dea
The Appalachian Highlanders – 11:30 to Noon
Sigean – Noon to 1:00 AND 4:30 to 5:30
Rathkeltair – 1:30 to 2:30 AND 6:00 to 7:00
Tuatha Dea – 3:00 to 4:00 AND 7:30 to 8:30
The Appalachian Highlanders:
Based in Abingdon, VA, the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes & Drums bring together enthusiasts from all over Southwestern Virginia and Northeast Tennessee who share a common love for the thrilling sound of the Great Highlands Bagpipe. This year marks the 16th year that the band has opened the Celtic music celebration that became a part of the Virginia Highlands Festival in August of 2000. The wonderful group performs at many events in and around the region including the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the Upper East Tennessee Celtic Festival and the Big Stone Gap Celtic festival. They just hosted the second annual Robert Burns Dinner this past January at the historic Tavern Restaurant in Abingdon. We are honored to have them with us once again!
Sigean was formed by four friends who shared a common interest in Irish traditional music – Clay Henry, Tom Swadley, James Skeen, and Eric Olive. Their first show was at Roan Mountain State Park and they have been welcomed by audiences who are perfectly primed to enjoy old-time dance music’s Irish cousins -the jig and reel. The lineup has changed since 1997, with former members moving on to play with other regionally and internationally known acts, but the signature sound, repertoire, and spirit remains the same. Sigean plays acoustic Irish music, in a traditional way, like you would hear in a kitchen amongst good friends. The current members of Sigean are: Tom Swadley on guitar and bouzouki, Marcianne O’Day on fiddle and vocals, Frank Wing on tenor banjo, fiddle, and 5 string banjo and vocals, John Rushing on upright bass and vocals, Buz Lee on bodhran and vocals, Reagan DeBusk on whistles and Irish wooden flute.
Follow Sigean on the web at: www.sigeanmusic.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Sigeanband/. Catch Sigean and enjoy a program of wonderful traditional music played by a talented group of musicians!
Rathkeltair is a powerful Celtic musical phenomenon based in the swampy marshlands and beaches of Jacksonville, Florida. Comprising core members are Nick Watson from Belfast on drums and vocals, and Trevor Tanner from London on guitar and vocals. The band utilizes a large potpourri of world-class Celtic musicians to deliver a heady mix of bagpipe driven, foot-stomping tunes, enthralling the US Celtic audiences for many years. Unique in their musicianship and high energy performances, Rathkeltair is one of the most respected and entertaining bands in the Celtic music world today. With a large catalogue of original and traditional material to draw on, this band is a must see… a truly original musical experience!
Celtic Tribal Gypsy Rock! Tuatha Dea is “pure primal energy” with a Celtic and World twist. Hailing from the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, the Clan has been described as “The Appalachian Fae” organically blending their Celtic, Native American and Tribal roots into a Gypsy Rock vibe that transcends category and genre! The band’s eclectic sound blends the tribal vibe of primitive drums with conventional and non-conventional instruments such as guitar, bass, modern and Native American flutes, didgeridoo and more as well as a myriad of vocal styles to create a truly unique sound. From the beginning, the band has embraced its Celtic heritage and meshed the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and Great Britain with the pulse-pounding heartbeat of the drums to produce unique versions of traditional favorites like Aillien Duinn, Danny Boy, Whiskey In the Jar, Loch Lomond, Skye Boat Song and others. The group’s eclectic nature also incorporates a rock, blues, new age, world and even punk edge into their repertoire of material to widen their appeal. In 2014, Tuatha Dea released their 4th CD, inspired by and based on the novels of published Sci-Fi Fantasy author Alex Bledsoe. The band appears as itself in the third book of the series, “Long Black Curl”. Tuatha Dea is an Old Irish phrase adapted from the Celtic mythology of the Tuatha de Denann whose literary history originates in Ireland and Great Britain. The name “Tuatha Dea” literally translates into “Children of the Gods”. Tuatha Dea won The Hard Rock Rising competition 2015 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and went on to compete in Barcelona, Spain where they placed 15th out of the 10,000 bands that competed worldwide. Feel the rhythm and experience the family that is Tuatha Dea!