July 15 CC Colorado Scottish Festival ad

Tickets On Sale Now for the Colorado Scottish Festival in
Snowmass Village
A Family-Friendly, Dog-Friendly Festival!
July 31 – August 2, 2015
By Susan M. Thornton (July 2015 Celtic Connection newspaper)

There’s gonna be a great celebration when the Colorado Scottish Festival arrives at its new home in Snowmass Village this summer! Yes, in case you missed the news, the Colorado Scottish Festival is leaving the heat and parking problems of the Denver area, and moving to Snowmass Village, near Aspen. The dog-friendly Festival will be held in a cool and beautiful mountain valley reminiscent of Scotland!
The Festival kicks off Friday night, July 31, with a free Hot Piping and Hot Drumline competition judged by the audience in The Bar at Wildwood in Snowmass Village. You’ll get a real kick out of seeing the hottest of the Festival’s hot pipers and drummers as they strut their stuff. Another free high octane offering will take place Saturday night with a concert featuring the Irish rock group, “Swagger.”
Meanwhile, all day August 1 and 2, the Great Highland Athletes will be demonstrating their skill at heavy events that include throwing the caber (telephone pole — really!), the sheaf toss, the stone put and more. The skill of these amazing athletes, both men and women, will leave you breathless. Of course there will be bagpipe bands — nine of them — including a band made up of young players from the Ute Mountain Reservation, and three bands coming from out-of-state! For the first time ever, the Festival will host a Grade 2 band competition. As there are only four Grade 2 bands in all of the Western U.S., having a Grade 2 competition in Snowmass Village will be very exciting.
Mustn’t forget the colorful clans who will attend — more than 27 of them, including a number of clans from the Western Slope and outside of Colorado. They will be waiting to show off their rich histories and talk with you about your ancestry. They’ll be joined by a professional genealogist. Maybe you’ll find new cousins at the Festival!
Graceful Highland dancers will compete on the Colorado Ballet Stage, with Irish stepdancers and Scottish Country dancers entertaining on the Dublin Dance Stage. To top it off, there will be nonstop Scottish and Irish music on the Fingal’s Music Stage. Among the musicians will be “Down the Back Lane,” playing fabulous traditional Irish music, Dirk Mewes playing uilleann pipes, Don Hilsberg on the Celtic harp, Damien McCarron singing songs of Ireland, and Loretta Thompson with songs and fiddle tunes from the Celtic nations.
Dogs of the British Isles are always popular with children and adults alike, as are Classic British Cars, which will join the Festival on Saturday morning. And everyone enjoys the food vendors, vendors with Celtic merchandise, and the beer and whiskey-tastings for people of a certain age. Historic re-enactors, the Renaissance Scots, will recreate a Medieval village, with a pub tent, blacksmith, weavers and others depicting life in Olde Scotland. But watch out, because the Scots will be accompanied by their defensive arm, the Dunvegan Wolves, who will demonstrate fighting techniques with swords and axes. Don’t get too close!
You won’t want to miss the Midday Ceremonies both Saturday and Sunday, with the Parade of the Clans, Dogs of the British Isles and Renaissance Scots. Then stand in awe as more than 100 pipers and drummers shake the earth as they come marching across the field playing “Scotland the Brave!”
Did we mention that the Festival is kid-friendly and dog-friendly? Kids from 3-12 will love trying their hand at Scottish athletics at 12:30 both Saturday and Sunday. (Shhhh, the caber is made of Styrofoam, and the “sheaf” toss will be with a pillow thrown with a kid-sized snow shovel.) The dogs, face painter and colorful sights and sounds will keep the kids — and mom and dad — happy.
Tickets to the Festival are very affordable and include special rates for children, seniors and active-duty personnel. But in-the-know Festival-goers are buying Thistle Tickets, which include a private Friday evening reception at Snowmass Village’s Ice Age Museum, Festival admission and close-in parking, a Saturday morning continental breakfast, access to the VIP Tent (with adult beverages and whiskey-tasting) on the Festival field and more.
Parking is also free in Snowmass Village, as are the Village’s free shuttles, and the GoSnowmass card for people who buy tickets on line. The card offers discounts at Snowmass Village restaurants and shops.
For tickets, the best lodging rates and information, visit www.ScottishGames.org. Snowmass has several thousand hotel rooms and condominiums, but they are filling fast, so don’t wait to book your lodging for this fun weekend!


(Update: The exact address of Belfast/Salida Circus performance/workshop on Monday July 13, 11A-2P is:
New Freedom Park 8846 E. 13th Avenue, Denver CO 80220. Xenia street dead ends into the park at 13th street)

from July 2015 Celtic Connection newspaper)
Thanks to the efforts of Jennifer Dempsey, the Salida Circus Outreach Foundation, and friends, about a dozen members of the Belfast Circus will spend two weeks in Colorado performing and training with Salida Circus. Demsey, who is a founder and Director of the Salida Circus, used to perform with the Belfast Circus. According to Dempsey, the purpose of the exchange is to allow these young adults (ages 14-19) the opportunity to share their skills with those members of the Salida Circus and vice versa. Her hope is also that lifelong friendships will be made and lessons learned via exploring new cities will resonate not only with students, but host families and the community at large. “It will be fantastic to see people come to the events and make our guests from Belfast feel welcome.”

Dempsey said that there is a lot of excitement about the visit from both camps.
19 year old Belfast native Finn Carragher, who specializes in the Chinese pole, looks forward to his visit. “I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and performing as part of your 4th of July celebrations!” Finn’s 17 year old sister Rosa, will also come along to Colorado (she plays tennis, Gaelic football, and Irish traditional music on her tin whistle outside of circus). Her focus is aerial and acrobatics. She attributes her nine years with the circus as a confidence builder. She said,” I am very excited to go to Salida and I can’t wait to meet everyone and take part in all of the activities and events.”

Not all of the performances will be on the Western Slope. On Monday July 13, Belfast and Salida Circus will perform in Denver between 11A-2Pm at at Hope Communities, 1370 Xenia (303-394-2967). The event is open to the public and is an all-ages show that includes trapeze, silks, juggling, acro, etc.
The Belfast troupe fly back home the next day. More info at www.thesalidacircus.com

Belfast Circus youth Colorado bound

Belfast Circus youth Colorado bound

[caption id="attachment_1729" align="alignnone" width="350" caption="Jennifer Dempsey with Belfast friends"]Jennifer Dempsey with Belfast friends[/caption]

Indulgers live

July 2015 Ceolta Notes And Festival Info
by Rodger Hara (from July 2015 Celtic Connection newspaper)

The lovely, talented and dependable Brian Clancy is at Jack Quinn’s in downtown Colorado Springs on Thursdays at 7:30 PM on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd and on Saturdays – the 11th, 18th and 25th at The Irish Snug on Capitol Hill in Denver at 8:30 PM.
After road trips out of state, The Indulgers are spending most of July at home starting with a show on the 3rd at 6 PM in Lafayette at Espresso Vino, the 10th at the Bohemian Biergarten in Boulder at 10 PM, Rhythm on the River in Longmont at 1 PM on the 11th, Conor O’Neill’s in Boulder at 10 PM on the 24th, the Greeley Arts Picnic Festival on the 25th at 3 PM and then close out the month with the Windsor Summer Concert Series at 6:30 PM on the 30th.
The 17th Annual Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp starts on the 26th and runs through August 2. Instruction and performances will include Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Bluegrass and old time fiddling plus guitar, banjo, ukelele, piano, flute, tin whistle, cello, dance calling, Southwest tunes, O’Carolan tunes, quartets, chamber music, and bluegrass band lab. Featured guest artists include Laura Rusk, Arlene Patterson, Loretta Thompson, Andrea Beaton, Andrew Finn Magill and Abby Newton. http://www.rmfiddle.com/
Angus Mohr brings their Highland rock and roll to the Colorado Irish Festival Celtic Main Stage at 8:30 PM on the 10th then moves to the Clontarf Whiskey Pub Stage for a show at 8:30 PM on the 11th.
The Stubby Shillelaghs make fireworks on July 3 at Jack Quinn’s in Colorado Springs from 9:30 PM – 1:30 AM, are on the Colorado Irish Festival Celtic Main Stage at 12:30 PM on the 11th, the Colorado Irish Festival Clontarf Whiskey Pub Stage at 5:30 on the 12th, at Scruffy Murphy’s in LoDo at 9 PM on the 24th and can be seen (and heard) every Tuesday at Patrick’s Irish Pub in Greeley from 9 PM to Midnight.
Ceol Ceili will be opening for the Colorado Springs Symphony for the sixth year on the 5th at 5:30 PM in the Woodland Park Middle School and performing at the Elizabeth Celtic Festival for two shows on the 8th.
Delilah’s Revenge appears on the Colorado Irish Festival Clontarf Whiskey Pub Stage at 8:30 PM on the 10th and 5 PM on the 11th.
Avourneen plays their usual gigs at Katie Mullen’s every Friday at 9 PM and are at the Abbey Tavern on the 25th. They are on the Colorado Irish Festival Clontarf Whiskey Pub Stage at 10:30 AM on the 12th and open for Rene Heredia at 6 PM on the 23rd for the Music in the Park series at River Run Park in Commerce City. With Aeryk Parker now their official third member, the band played in Vegas at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in June as part of the 2015 Burlesque Hall of Fame competition. They also have a new music video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCiV8exKx5Y
You can get a taste of Mulligan Stew at the Colorado Renaissance Festival every Saturday and Sunday through August 2. They will be serving three or four performances per day during that time.
Indigent Row makes a rare appearance on the 11th at 1:30 PM on the Colorado Irish Festival Clontarf Whiskey Pub Stage and on the 12th at 3:45 PM on the same stage.
Skean Dubh appears at 6:00 PM on the 3rd in the UVC Shopping Center Concert Series, 4880 N. Nevada Ave.in Colorado Springs, on the 18th at the Elizabeth Celtic Festival in Elizabeth and play for the Wheat Ridge Concert in the Park series in Anderson Park at 6:30 PM on the 22nd.
The Juice O’the Barley are on the Colorado Irish Festival Clontarf Whiskey Pub Stage at 2 PM on the 12th and at the Sheabeen in Aurora on the 17th at 8 PM.
You can catch the commoners on the Colorado Irish Festival Celtic Main Stage at 6:30 PM on the 10th.
Pandora Celtic fans can enjoy their unique harmonies on the Colorado Irish Festival Celtic Main Stage at 10:30 AM on the 11th.

The Mountain Road Ceili Band is at The Margarita in Colorado Springs on the 17th at 6:30 PM on the outdoor patio followed by a movie that starts at dark.
Potcheen celebrates Halloween in Summer on the 25th at 8 PM for the folks at the White Water Bar in Canon City (they’re not open in October…)
Chancer’s Hooley is on the Colorado Irish Festival Clontarf Whiskey Pub Stage on the 10th at 6:45 PM and the 11th at 3:15 PM.

July Celtic Festivals
Colorado Irish Festival, July 10-12, Clement Park, Littleton, CO with Gaelic Storm, The Elders, Screaming Orphans, , The Moxie Strings, The Town Pants, Angus Mohr, Chancers Hooley, Pandora Celtica, Juice O’the Barley, the commoners, The Stubby Shillelaghs, Big Paddy, Delilah’s Revenge, Avourneen, Mice in the Mug, Indigent Row and Denver Gaels GAA Gaelic Football, Camogie and Hurling, Denver Pub League Championship Game, Gaelic games youth camp, Irish dance competition (Feis), Pipe Band and solo Piper competition, The Book of Kells, Counties of Ireland, Irish Blessings, The Beauty of Ireland, The Legend of St. Patrick, Bagpipes of Ireland, Irish Wolfhounds, Irish Heritage, Sunday morning Catholic mass, food, fun and merchandise.
HOW MUCH: Friday: Free from 5-6 PM, $10/person after 6 PM. Saturday and Sunday ticket prices vary depending on date and whether purchased in advance online, at King Soopers or at the gate. www.coloradoirishfestival.org
Payson Scottish Festival, July 10-11, Memorial Park, Payson, UT, with Heather Broch Dancers, An Dragan Ceilteach Irish Dancers, Men of Worth, Harp Irish Dancers, Celtic Country Dancers, Bards and Noble, Friday night céilidh, Highland dancing, Scottish Heavy Athletics, clans, Pipe
band, solo piper and drum solo competitions, fun, food and merchandise
FREE Festival www.paysonscottishfestival.org
Elizabeth Celtic Festival, July 18-19 Casey Jones Park, Elizabeth, CO with Skean Dubh, Delilah’s Revenge, Ceol Ceili, The Reverie, Colorado Welsh Dancers, Renaissance Scots, Bennett School of Irish Dance, Castle Wall Productions, Eric Olson, Marianne Goodland, Lida Bringe andIrish and Highland dancing, Scottish Heavy Athletics, rugby, clans, living history,
Celtic Nations and Tartans, Animals of the British Isles, British cars, Solo Piper competition, homebrew competition, Bonny Knees competition, Whisky tasting, state haggis tossing contest, fun, food and merchandise
At the gate: Under 12 free, Teens (13-17) and Seniors (65+) $5, others $10 + $3
Parking for cars, $1 for motorcycles. Military & First Responders $5 w/ID
The Friends of Irish Studies and Traolach O’Riordain present Irish Language Immersion Course July 18-25th in Butte Montana. Email [email protected]
Celtic Festival Missoula, July 24 -25, Caras Park in Missoula MT, alongside the Clark Fork River.
With The Young Dubliners, The Screaming Orphans The Tossers, The Craciers, Haran Irish Dancers
Montana Shamrockers, Missoula Irish Dancers, Broken Whistle, Haran Irish Dancers, Celtic Dragon Pipe Band.
The Celtic Festival Missoula operates on a non-profit basis, with the proceeds after expenses going to charity, including the Friends of Irish Studies Program. The Friends of the Irish Studies Program supports the University of Montana’s Irish Studies Program.
Admission is FREE! celticfestivalmissoula.com
Colorado Scottish moves to Snowmass July 31-August 2 www.scottishgames.org

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