November 14 CC BK2_Ceopped_We are Not Ourselves

The year is 1951, and young Eileen Tumulty and her father Michael are in Doherty’s Bar in Queens, New York, after her step-dancing class. Eileen finished her homework while her father “held court.” Big Mike Tumulty, born in Ireland, had connections, helped men find work, and served as father-confessor to those just off the boat. One of 12 children, he believed that “Everyone should have a second job.” His second job was bartending; by day he hauled barrels for Schaefer Beer. Eileen’s Irish mother, one of 13 children, was a cleaning lady, and the Tumultys housed a boarder in their small apartment. Big Mike often became a violent drunk on paydays, but he did teach his daughter some drinking lessons: never “drink anything you can’t see through,” and “never pick up a drink again after putting it down and taking your eye off it.” Eileen learned from friends about “mothers who never stopped smiling and the fathers who folded the newspaper down to talk to their children.” She often wished to be invisible. (Matthew Thomas knows his novel’s territory well.)

Eileen cooked, cleaned and started work at the Laundromat at age 13 – a big help when her alcoholic mother entered a drying-out hospital. After high school, Eileen became a nurse, and her second job was modeling at Bonwit Teller. She married Ed Leary, a community college teacher from a similar background. Ed’s father also drank up whole paychecks, and so far, theirs is a common story shared by millions. The terrifyingly random nature of life is on full display.

Eileen and Ed worked hard, saved money and never went out. Ed passed up promotions to have more time for research and students. Their son Connell was born in 1977, and Eileen was promoted to hospital administrator. When her parents died, she learned that her father’s gambling had taken everything; she and Ed paid the funeral expenses. Ed insisted on staying in their shabby apartment, and in 1986 Eileen “didn’t like to acknowledge that people with real ability might not arrive at comfortable stations in life.” They were both dealing with stressful workloads and interacting with hundreds of people daily. As they were nearing age 50 in 1991, Ed grew distant and came unglued on the job. Their investments lost money, Eileen had to take a pay cut, their neighborhood deteriorated, and their house was robbed. Connell was beaten by a gang on his way home from school, and they decide to move.

They purchase a rundown house in a nicer area. When Ed is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease at age 51, they tell no one, not even Connell, because Ed must work another 18 months to secure his 30-year pension. Eileen must work 10 more years for her pension. She takes over Ed’s grading, and he begins clinical trial drugs. They worry about Connell, noting the fact that they “had worked to give him an easier life than they’d had,” although “she wondered if she’d erred in not making him tougher.” Ed will eventually need full-time care, and their retirement savings will quickly evaporate. Readers see that Eileen’s early coping skills with problem parents strengthen her resolve to carry on with dignity and grace.

Tender, agonizing vignettes unfold as Ed deteriorates. Eileen borrows on the house and takes out college loans for Connell, who begins distancing as his father’s public tantrums increase and household disasters accelerate. Friends fall away. The day nurses continually turn over. House repairs are abandoned. The oppressive tedium of daily crisis management, delivered with lyric poignancy, is simply heartbreaking. How long can Eileen fight against countless unforeseen calamities?

Yet all the while, she is fortified with a philosophy formed early in life amid hard, sorrowful circumstances: “The point wasn’t always to do what you want. The point was to do what you did and to do it well.” Matthew Thomas launches the virtues of self-reliance, prudence, patience, perseverance, fidelity, frugality, courage – and that most ancient human attribute – loyalty – throughout a novel that simply cannot be missed!

WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Matthew Thomas (Simon and Schuster, 2014, 620 pages, hardback, $28.00)

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Get Your “Full Irish” Thursday, November 6th, (Showtime: 7:30 PM Doors Open: 6:30 PM) at Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway, Englewood, CO

GAELIC STORM will return to the Gothic Theater Thursday November 6th for another unforgettable night of jump-out-of-your-seat clapping, singing, cheering, and laughing with one of the world’s greatest party band!
The gang is stoked about their CD “FULL IRISH” that got to #1 on Billboard World Albums Chart (their 5th to do so!) and are anxious to get back and Denver (if you’ve been to their shows at the Gothic you know what we mean – if not it’s time to come along!).
Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish – The Best of Gaelic Storm. The greatest-hits album spans the bulk of the band’s career, mixing crowd favorites and concert staples with three previously unreleased recordings, including “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Irish Party in Third Class” from Titanic. The album features sea shanties and drinking songs, traditional tunes and Gaelic Storm originals, instrumental workouts and vocal showcases. Regularly playing more than 120 shows a year, Gaelic Storm has built a loyal following as diverse as the band’s own music. Fans of traditional Irish music have championed the group for years, as have fans of harder-edged Celtic rock. On tour, Gaelic Storm is just as likely to play a large rock club as a plush theater. The band makes regular appearances on cruises, too, joining artists like the Barenaked Ladies and Michael Franti. Gaelic Storm has straddled the line between tradition and innovation for nearly two decades, infusing traditional Celtic music with modern influences, and updating the genre for a new generation of fans raised on rock, country and folk. Along the way, the group has topped the Billboard World Chart five times and earned a reputation as a hard-touring, genre-bending band.
Gaelic Storm is: Patrick Murphy (Cork City, Ireland) Vocals, Accordion, Harmonica; Steve Twigger (Coventry, England), Vocals, Guitar, Bouzouki; Ryan Lacey on drums and world percussion; Kiana Weber on fiddle (USA) and Pete Purvis ( Merrickville, Ontario) Uillean pipes, tin whistle, daeger pipes and highland pipes.

Thursday, November 6th, 2014, Showtime: 7:30 PM Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway, Englewood, CO
All Ages (under 16 w/parent or guardian) – GA Advance Tickets: $22.00 Day of Show Tickets: $27.00 (subject to service and handling fees). Limited Seats available (most are upstairs)
Tickets available online www.gothictheatre.com Info: Celtic Events 303-777-0502

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Peter Purvis how the redpipes changed my work with Gaelic Storm

By Rolf Jost

Canadian grade 1- piper Peter Purvis who is mainly known for his work with the Celtic rock band Gaelic Storm gave us an interview after having purchased his second redpipe.

Peter is one of redpipes very early customers. Five years ago Purvis bought a redpipe Caledonia which is the electronic version of a Great Highland Bagpipe. He was the first international artist to play the Caledonia on stage. Being asked for the advantages that this instrument brought him for his professional work Peter states that mainly the reliability of the redpipe under every condition made a big difference. Every piper knows that it may be quite a problem if playing his bagpipes at different locations with i.e. various conditions. Playing at locations with high altitudes may have a grave impact on the tuning. For a musician that is performing at sea-level as well as in mountain regions this turned out to be precious. Since I play redpipes on stage I never had any technical problems“, Peter says, „and the sound is always well balanced over the whole scale of tones. So when you’re doing a lot of live-playing you as a bagpiper you learn to appreciate the fact that you don’t have to care about your tuning which normally costs a lot of time and nerves.““

Another advantage for him playing together with other musicians in a band context is that with his redpipe Peter is able to play in the ideal key that fits perfectly to the voice of the singer or the key preferences of other musicians.

With Gaelic Storm his band that is widely known in Canada and the US Purvis uses different sounds that the redpipe provides. Every redpipe comes with four different babpipe sounds that are carefully sampled tone-by-tone from the acoustic models. Lately he bought the new redpipe that has the design of a Scottish Smallpipe. The reason for him was that he wanted a proper representation for the tunes that he plays with the Smallpipe sound.

See Peter and Gaelic Storm in concert at the Gothic Theatre, Denver Thursday November 6th. www.gothictheatre.com

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by Rodger Hara – - -

After a fun gig in Omaha at the Dubliner (which the Celtic Tavern’s Noel Hickey patronized while visiting his son who’s in school there), The Indulgers are at Brendan’s Pub, 4th and Broadway in Denver on the 1st at 8 PM, The Exchange Tavern in Westminster on the 8th at 8:30 PM and at Conor O’Neill’s, Boulder at 10 PM on the 15th.
Brian Clancy does his regular gigs at Jack Quinn’s, Downtown Colorado Springs at 7:30 PM on the 6th, 13th and 20th and at The Irish Snug on Capitol Hill in Denver at 8:30 PM on the 8th, 15th and 22nd.
Gaelic Storm is at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood on the 6th for an all-ages show. Doors open at 6:30 PM, show at 7:30 PM. Tickets $22 in advance, $27 at the door.
The ever busy Potcheen does a +21 age limit Gaelic Storm-After Party @ Moe’s Denver BBQ and Bowling on S. Broadway next to the Gothic Theatre on the 6th at 10:30 PM. Tix are $5 at the door. On the 8th, they’re at Jack Quinn in Colorado Springs at 9 PM, Cactus Jack’s Saloon in Evergreen on the 14th at 9 PM then close out the month at O’Malley’s Pub in Weston, MO on the 21st at 8 PM
Juice O’the Barley is at the Sheabeen Pub in Aurora on the 21st at 8 PM and at Maggie Smith’s in Centennial at 7 PM on the 22nd.
Keep Britain Irish plays at Maddie’s Biergarten in Castle Rock at 7 PM on the 22nd.
The Mountain Road Ceili Band is on stage at The Margarita, Colorado Springs, on the 14th at 5 PM.
You can catch Avourneen at Katie Mullen’s, downtown Denver, at 9 PM on the 7th, 14th and 28th and at The Abbey Tavern on the 8th at 8 PM. Adam Goldstein plays Irish tunes on Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret at 11 PM on the 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th.
The Stubby Shillelaghs trek down from Greeley to play at Scruffy Murphy’s in LoDo on the 14th at 9 PM.
Folk Ragout with Ryan Marvel are at the Magnolia Music Studios, 210 W. Magnolia St in Ft. Collins at 7:30 PM on the 8th and at the Swallow Hill Music Hall in Denver at 7:30 PM on the 13th. Tix are $10 each for both shows.

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by Rodger Hara – - -

That brilliant Mayoman, Scotty J, proprietor of The Celtic Broker in Denver’s Merchandise Mart, has moved into larger quarters there, his second move in 5 years. After starting in a 200 square foot space that he outgrew after 3 years, he went into a slightly larger space that seemed to shrink after 2 years so he’s now into a spacious 1,400 square foot room hard by the large atrium room in the Mart.

While it is more room than he had before, with the bar, back bar and merchandise, it has the feel of the small, friendly local you’ll find in small towns across Ireland with a sense of comfortable welcome where you can find groceries in front and a pint in the rear.

An inspection of his new space revealed the presence of asbestos in the floor that had to be removed or encapsulated, so he chose the latter course. While working on the encapsulation, he planned on mixing a bit of Galway White Strand sand and flakes of real gold and silver leaf along with some emerald green glitter into the epoxy. In one of those serendipitous moments that sometime happens, the can exploded and he wound up with much more glitter than planned and a floor that catches and holds the eye like walking on emerald ice in sunshine.

Considering that he sells gemstones, gold and silver jewelry along with shirts benefitting the foundations that support fallen police and firemen, the way the floor turned out is marvelous indeed. The picture above shows Scotty making a “glitter-angel” on his floor with assistance from his 6-month old (Shorty) Staffordshire Terrier, Sullivan (a sniffer dog in training).

To celebrate his move and honor the friends and customers he’s made over the years and to give back to them and the community, he is hosting his annual Christmas event on December 13th from 9 AM to 5 PM. The theme this year is “Let the Music Play”. There will be fine food, live music and step dancing with free-will donations for the food and drink with all proceeds going to support the dancers at the Bennett School of Irish Dance. For more information and to RSVP, go to http://www.celticbroker.com/contactus.html.

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Gaelic Storm’s “FULL IRISH” is #1 on BILLBOARD WORLD ALBUMS CHART!!
An excited Gaelic Storm shouted out to Their fans, “Is this real?! Thank you SO MUCH for helping Full Irish become our FIFTH #1 record on the Billboard World Albums chart. GS fans are truly the best there are! THANK YOU!”
Gaelic Storm returns to Colorado for another memorable show at the Gothic Theatre. For tickets to the November 6th All Ages show (under 16 accompanied by parent) go to www.gothictheatre.com

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Highland fling 2014

By Rodger Hara – - -

On October 18 at 3:00 PM, nearly 40 dancers representing the McCulloch Scottish Dance Academy, EJ Bennett School of Highland Dance, Pamela Patrick Moisey School of Highland Dance, Cristy’s School of Highland Dance, Happy Feet Scottish Dance Academy, Colorado Youth Pipe Band Dancers will present A Highland Fling at the Scottish Rite Consistory, 1370 Grant Street in Denver. Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers of the St. Andrew Society of Colorado, performances will include dancers who qualified from the Southwest Region to compete in the US Championships held in Houston, TX in July, four of the dancers selected to participate in the British Association of Teachers of Dance Scholarship Weekend in Seattle, WA (who qualified based on their excellence in dance technique and knowledge of theory during exams earlier this year), Shannon Holland, the winner of the Sword of the Rockies at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Highland Games and Hannah Gillette, the 2013-14 Chieftain’s Dancer. In addition, the Southwest Regional representatives at the US Championship will perform a Championship Sword Dance.

Music for the dancing will be provided by a solo piper and there will be performances by members of the Scottish Fiddle Club of Colorado including Nat, Soquel and Squire Ross, Megan Rayl, Kelly O’Dea, Jack & Jay Golden, Lora Stevens and Ken McIntosh and by the Celtic band, Skean Dubh. With Sara Bautista as the primary coordinator of the local dance schools in preparing the choreographies for their schools and Mandy Bakulski assisting in teaching and coordination of the Grand Finale, it promises to be an enjoyable and lively afternoon.

Tickets for adults are $15 and children under 12 are $10 and may be purchased at the door or by sending an email to event@rmhd.org. Free parking is available in the PERA parking lot behind the Scottish Rite Temple on Pennsylvania Street.

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By Luke Henderson – - -

Kevin Tyner with UFC fighter Ed Herman

The Colorado fight community has a new brawler to cheer on this Friday night at the Sparta Combat League MMA event, The Bro Show, at the Denver Merchandise Mart.
Kevin Tyner, nicknamed ‘The Mad Irishman’, is roaring out of Canon City by way of Texas to take on Justin Gonzales.

“He’s a beast. An unbeaten former college wrestler and I’m the underdog big time in this fight. But it will be to my advantage if he underestimates me,” Tyner said.

Tyner’s story is as Irish as they come. A boy without a home, a child looking for belonging and self-control. “I grew up in foster care all my life. Going through around twenty foster homes brought out a lot of anger, sadness and disappointment and I was a small kid until tenth grade,” Tyner said. “I was always getting picked on, being a little kid with red hair, so I started fighting in the streets, getting into trouble until I joined wrestling.” From there Tyner began to excel at the sport and regaining control of his future. Once he saw that going to college for wrestling probably wasn’t a possibility Tyner turned his focus to MMA and currently fights out of the Pacific Warriors gym in Pueblo.

Ironically, ‘The Mad Irishman’ moniker didn’t come about from his life-history.
“I got my nickname at weigh-ins the first time I fought for Steve Alley [Kickdown MMA] and he saw all my Irish tattoos and he thought it fit me. It has just stuck ever since,” Tyner said.

For fans curious about this relative newcomer to the scene he promises excitement on Friday night. “I can guarantee all you MMA fans that there will be a knockout or submission come fight night. I believe I have a chin of steel and I don’t get knocked out and my submission defense is great. I think everyone can take the hint from that,” Tyner said.

For more information about Sparta Combat League’s fight card at The Bro Show, go to www.SpartaCombatMMA.com.

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Rodger Hara tracks Colorado bands and performers October events – - -

The fourth annual concert of the Scottish Fiddle Club of Colorado is on the 11th at 2 PM at The Kirk (Church) of Bonnie Brae, 1201 South Steele Street in Denver. Free admission and parking.

Colcannon is at the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden on the 4th at 7:30 PM as part of the West Side Live! series. Tickets can be ordered at http://westsidelivepresents.org/tickets.html
Then on the 18th, they are in Armstrong Hall of Colorado College for a free concert at 7 PM.

Pandora Celtica plays for the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival on the 10th – 12th in Las Vegas, NV, and then at the Denver Witches Ball on the 25th at 6:30 PM in the Highlands Masonic Temple in North Denver.

The Indulgers play for their fans in The Exchange Tavern in Westminster on the 11th at 8:30 PM, return to Omaha to play in the Dubliner Irish Pub at 9:30 PM on the 17th and 18th at 9:30 PM and then close out the month in Conor O’Neill’s in Boulder on the 24th at 10 PM.

Brian Clancy does his regular gig at Jack Quinn, downtown Colorado Springs, 7:30 PM on the 2nd, 8th, 16th, 23rd and 30th and at The Irish Snug, Capitol Hill in Denver, 8:30 PM on the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. In response to my request for more news, he adds: “More news? My god, they’re already booking St. Patrick’s Day 2015!!!”

Potcheen has its usual peripatetic schedule beginning on the 3rd with the Carbondale Celtic Fest, Carbondale from 5-9 PM in the Town Plaza, continuing with Farmstival, on the 11th at Wellington Farms, Fort Collins 3-6 PM followed by a road trip to the Irish Brothers pubs in Indiana – the 16th in Indianapolis, 17th in Lafayette, and 18th in West Lafayette, all at 9 PM.
They return home to play at the Denver Witches Ball in the Masonic Temple in North Denver on the 25th at 7 PM and at Cactus Jack’s Saloon in Evergreen at 8 PM on the 31st.

Mountain Road Ceili Band is in the downstairs lounge at The Margarita at Pine Creek in Colorado Springs on the 17th for happy hour. Frank Barber reports that “Lately, have had some Irish lads join in on vocals and accordion. Great sound!”

Star Edwards and KingBeat play at the Dream Conference Ball on the 18th from 7:30-11 PM in the Springhill Suites in Longmont.

Gobs O’Phun plays at The Exchange Tavern in Westminster on the 25th from 8 PM-12 AM.

Take Down the Door is at Oskar Blues in Lyons on the 18th form 8:30-11:30 PM, $5 cover charge.

You can catch Avourneen each Friday night at Katie Mullen’s, downtown Denver and at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret on the other end of the 16th Street Mall on the 19th at 7 PM for their CD release party.

Big Paddy opens the month at The Exchange Tavern in Westminster at 8:30 PM on the 3rd, goes to the Bohemian Biergarten in Boulder at 9 PM on the 17th, plays the Wonderland Brewery in Westminster on the 24th at 7 PM then does Samhain/Halloween on the 31st at the Westminster Brewery Halloween Party with a Costume contest with the FRIGHTMARE Scare factory across the street at 108th and Old Wadsworth offering great prizes and giveaways.
The newest member of Juice O’the Barley is Scott Sherman, on mandolin, guitar, and vocals, replacing Robert Maclean. The Juice will be at The Sheabeen Pub in Aurora on the 17th.

The 2014 Intermountain Branch Piping and Drumming Workshop is on the 18th and 19th at Vanderhoof Elementary, 5875 Routt Court in Arvada. Cost is $60 for piping and snare, $40 for tenor (Saturday) and $20 for bass (Sunday). Instructors are Jack Lee, Andrew Elliott and Glenn Kvidahl. Contact Christina Marshall at sicilycmj@yahoo.com for more info.

Kindred Spirits plays at Stella’s Coffee House on South Pearl in Denver on the 26th from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

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By Luke Henderson – - –

It’s been a tremendous year of change for Cody ‘Donnybrook’ Donovan. He was married, won the Colorado Celtic Club award for best Irish-American fighter, fought for the UFC in Ireland, coached, trained and worked within his community and church. Now, with Donovan’s recent announcement of his retirement from the sport, people may think it’s time for a well earned rest. But that’s not ‘Donnybrook’. Almost right after the news of his retirement came the announcement that he would soon be gathering funds to head to Uganda on a mission trip.

“I am a man of God and believe he has always had a plan for me and he is telling me to go Uganda to help the people there,” Donovan said. For fans that worry Donovan may be leaving Colorado behind rest assured nothing could be further from the truth. With all the planning for his mission trip he also has to find time to prepare for a key role in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Denver. “I have always had a huge following in Colorado, especially with the Irish Americans. The Celtic Connection and the Irish pubs in town have supported me from day one. I’d like to thank the community for all the support. We will have [at the parade] a Donnybrook ‘float’ and will be giving away swag,” Donovan said.

While he’s firmly looking forward Donovan still has time to look back. “Retirement is bitter sweet. It’s always hard to walk away from something you love so much but the time finally came where my body could no longer handle it. I will be heading into surgery soon. My focus now is on getting healthy, being a good husband, and teaching/mentoring students at the gym. I will still help teammates like Brendan [Schaub] and Nate [Marquardt] train for their fights and hope to compete in some BJJ tournaments in the future,” Donovan said.

No one can overestimate the importance Donovan has had on the Irish-American fighting community in Colorado and his impact on the sport of MMA in the Denver-Metro area. His dedication to MMA, his fans, family, teammates and community at large has been priceless. With the door on his professional fighting career closing though fans should take solace in the memories he provided them and celebrate the bright future ahead.
“I have other gifts to bring to the table and share with the rest of the world in this new chapter in my life,” Donovan said.

To donate to Cody Donovan’s mission trip, please visit this website. https://www.servicereef.com/organizations/flatirons-community-church-2/donate click on the Men’s conference team to Uganda link.

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Other Colorado MMA News:

The 2013 Female Fighter of the Year JJ Aldrich won her professional debut fight at Invicta FC 8 against Delaney Owen on September 6.

Rumors abound that the all-female promotion may be bringing a fight card to Denver in the near future. If so our readers may clamor to see Aldrich on the card as well as recently signed Maureen Riordon. For information go to: www.InvictaFC.com.

Jason ‘The Dragon’ Lee will be returning to the cage October 17 for his much anticipated rematch with Adam Stroup. Their first fight earlier this year ended in controversy when Stroup was awarded the victory after a number of illegal knees to the crotch were not noticed by the referee. A war of words broke out afterwards but grudges have been put aside to create what may be the most anticipated match of 2014.

For information go to: www.SpartaCombatMMA.com.

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It is time for the Celtic invasion at the Riverside Park, Aztec, New Mexico! New this year is the Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Festival’s first ever Four Corners Regional Highland Games Championship! Watch amazing feats of strength and athleticism as athletes compete in the traditional contests of the Scottish Highlands to win the Championship Title for their State. Eight Celtic Heavy Athletic events including the Caber Toss, Hammer Throw, Braemar Stone, Weight for Distance, Weight for Height, Sheaf Toss and Celtic Tug-o-War in Kilts!
The fun begins Friday Night Business After Hours, Oct 3 with Meet the Celtic Athletes! –Get to know some of the people who toss logs for fun and learn what draws them to Highland Competitions in a business casual setting with live music, food and a cash bar from Wines of the San Juan. Friday night’s lineup in the Microtel Inn & Suites Courtyard at 623 Phoenix Court, Aztec include: Music by Gypsyfire, Storytelling by David McDonnell, and Bagpipes.

On October 4 and 5 at the Park festival goers can enjoy unique and varied sounds of Celtic music from traditional and modern electric and much more! The stage in Riverside Park will be nestled under the trees next to the beautiful Animas River in Aztec. Make sure you bring a blanket or chairs so you can relax and enjoy the show. This year’s lineup includes local Four Corners bands such as: Gypsyfire, Kitchen Jam Band, Mad Haggis, Patrick Crossing and An Sliabh. The musical headliner, Wicked Tinkers” will perform Saturday at 8pm.
Other activities include: Clans will be on hand to share their history, educate the general public about traditions and legends of their Clan and to provide a resource to individuals who wish to research genealogy. Vendors will supply everything from traditional Celtic goods to local favorites. The Celtic Caterer. Chef Eric W. McBride will be conducting a number of live cooking Demos! More than 20 Celtic vendors to give you a taste of Celtic delights; edible, wearable, unique and enviously exquisite! Oz Highland Farm will be serving traditional Highland Beef products. Fish-n-Chips will be available and much more!Pipe Bands – You can’t have a Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival without Bag Pipes! Make sure you check out the pageantry of a Pipe Band in full swing. Not to be missed – the Mass Band performances during the opening ceremonies where all the present pipe bands converge into one massive pipe band for a sound that will give you goose bumps! Children’s Activities – Pick up a Clan Passport at the Entrance Booth and use it as you visit the Clans, Dancers, Pipers and fight a Viking! Return your filled out Clan Passport at the Information Booth and be entered into a drawing for a commemorative handmade wooden train! See if your Wee One is a future Celtic Athlete! The Kids Highland Games will be held during the lunch break of the Athletic Competitions on Saturday and is free for Kids to try their hand at each of the Celtic Athletic Events. Kids can also participate in activities at the free Children’s Tent and if they are under 12, they get into the entire festival FREE! Bonny Knees Competition –Competitors will submit themselves to the judging for bone structure, muscle tone, skin tone and hair! Judges will be drawn from a pool of voluntarily hopeful Ladies and will then be blindfolded as they critique the competitor’s assets! The winning Lad will be dubbed as having “The Bonnyest Knees in the Four Corners!” And More –Highland Dancing, 3 Rivers Brewery, St Clair’s Winery, Vikings battling it out…..
You can purchase tickets or find information and registration forms online at www.aztechighlandgames.com. Tickets may also be purchased at U Bru Home Brewing & Wine Making Supplies in the Hutton Plaza, Suite #3 in Farmington, NM. For additional information contact Jessica at 505-419-7526 or info@aztechighlandgames.com. Facebook: Aztec Highland Games Association
Aztec Ruins National Monument –Wear your wristband from the Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival to the Aztec Ruins National Monument and receive a FREE full color trail guide! For information about the Aztec Ruins call 505-334-6174.

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