This weekend, the 19th Almonte Celtfest will sweep you to your feet on July 10-12, 2015! If you love Celtic music and dance, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly event located in the natural amphitheatre of Gemmill Park in historic downtown Almonte ON! Sun is forecast, so bring you lawnchair or blanket, and join in the fun on Friday from 7-12, Saturday from 12-10pm, and Sunday from 12 – 6pm and celebrate our Ottawa Valley Celtic heritage.
Headlining this year’s festival is acclaimed Newfoundlanders, The Dardanelles, followed by lead acts Steel City Rovers, Hadrian’s Wall, The Peelers, and Pascal Gemme (of Genticorum) & Nicolas Williams. Rounding out the two day festival will be favourite local and regional talent, including Alexander George, The Barley Shakers, Celtic Cross Dancers, Emma & Sophie Hans, Sherryl, Randy, and Dennis, Triple Trouble, Emily, Kyle, and Anthony, and the Monday Night Fiddlers.
The popular Pub Night returns on Friday evening, July 10, with a bus available to shuttle participants among local pubs from 8 pm to midnight for this great night out. Hear Greg T. Brown & Gilles Arsenault (Barley Mow), Steel City Rovers (Moose McGuires), Brandy ‘n’ Port (Almonte Legion), and Wednesday Night Session Players (Naismith Sports Pub). A stamped Pub Passport, available for $5 at each of the venues and on the shuttle bus will get you a free beverage at the Beer Gardens at the festival.
The Almonte Celtic College will be offering a variety of workshops. Saturday morning workshops, mostly led by The Dardalles, including instruction on bodhran, button accordion, fiddle, voice, tin whistle and Irish flute, trad guitar. Pre-register at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to at the Almonte Old Town Hall at 10:00 on Saturday. Cost is $20 per session. A Contra Dance session on Sunday from 2-4:00 at the AOTH is the final workshop, at a cost of $10/person, $20/family.
The annual Fiddle Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church at 10:30 am on Sunday morning, the final day of the festival. On both Saturday and Sunday, Little Celtz entertainment is planned for the children’s area, and the accessible shaded Senior’s Tent will be available, making this a truly family-friendly event. A Session Tent will be open throughout the festival for anyone who wished to bring their own instrument and have a jam! There will be lots of Food Vendors, Artisans and Celtfest Merchandise for sale to take home as souvenirs.
A donation at the Gate admits festival-goers to the Park perhaps making this the best bargain in Celtic music, song, and dance in the Ottawa Valley–maybe even, the country! See you there!!