Berea Celtic Festival - Traditional, authentic, grassroot
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Welcome to Kentucky.
Welcome to the 5th Berea Celtic Festival.  
August 15-18, 2014
 
Contributions may be sent to:
Berea Celtic Festival, PO Box 817, Berea, KY 40403
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We are very excited to present the 5th Celtic Festival in Berea, KY.
 
Not only is Berea known as the "Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky", but this quaint little town located right on I-75 where the Bluegrass meets the Appalachian is like a bee hive filled with dance and live music with the beautiful Berea College campus right in the center of town.
 
 

Berea is the hometown of The McLain Family Band, balladeer Robert Tincher, Christmas Country Dance School, Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend, several arts and crafts events, dulcimer maker Warren A. May, and a bunch of wonderful musicians such as Donna and Lewis Lamb, Al and Alice White, The New Coon Creek Girls, J.P. Pennington of Exile, and Randall Conn and his bluegrass friends. Even the Judds lived here. And Beverly Buchanan graduated from Berea College. 
The famous Renfro Valley and The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame are located only 10 miles from Berea in Rockcastle Co.

We are very content about last year's Celtic gathering and happening which was filled with good solid educational components, great quality music and dance from the Isles across the pond. The area around Berea was mainly settled by the Scots and Irish, so we feel a strong connection. Let the chemistry work!
 
In recent decades our region has attracted dozens of quality musicians - both native-Irish and American-born - who have dedicated themselves towards developing an approach to "Celtic" music that might be described as "pure drop". The musicians developed the skills - within their heart and hands - that allow them  to readily assimilate their playing into more established musical circles, such as those found in Chicago, St. Louis and in several cities in the East. Vibrant "pure drop" teaching traditions have sprung up in nearby Cincinnati, Asheville, Knoxville and more recently Kansas City.
 








 



The Berea Celtic Festival brings together some of the primary carriers of this emerging regionwide scene and presents the music via informal, accessible, collaborative workshops and sessions. In may cases the music will be complimented by skilled dance enthusiasts thus completing the energetic circle that is ceol agus rince - i.e. the music and the dance.
 
No such Scene would be complete unless ample opportunity was granted to various ballad traditions that have sprung from The Isles - be assured that you will find ample opportunity to both sing and to listen throughout the festival weekend.
 
Please come and join and aid us continue a going-forward tradition by supporting this 5th  Berea Celtic Festival!!
 
See list of partners on the last page.
 
Confirmed participants

 
A new generation of traditional, authentic Celtic music is ready to commit an arm and a leg for their passion: Celtic music. Geoff Maher and Simone Westerkamp and Friends are ready to rock the town.

 
 

Beverly Buchanan and Dan Cummins a.k.a. Liam's Fancy known all over the Ohio Valley region for their traditional Irish music and support of the Celtic tradition. Co-founders of Berea Celtic Festival and spearheaded several fundraisers to establish this event.
Resides in Lexington, KY.


  
 
Tim Benson and Stephanie Cornelius Benson from Rochester, NY brought much quality and enthusiasm to Berea Center for the Arts at the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 festivals. And they are back!
 
 
 
 
  
Celtic harpist Jeni Balcom and daughter Simone Westerkamp of Cincinnati, OH, co-founder of Berea Celtic Festival filled the festival with joy. Not to mention superb performances at Union Church and Hotel Boone Tavern. 
Jeni has graciously participated each year.
 
 
  

Also participating:

Tommy Martin, St. Louis, Mo, Mai Hernon, Co. Sligo, Ireland, Vincent Fogarty, Belfast, N. Ireland/Asheville, NC, Beanie Odell, Asheville, NC, Russel Hopper, Birmingham, AL, Mark Rosenthal, Louisville, KY, John Skelton, England/KY, Justin Bonar-Bridges, Cincinnati, OH.
Mick McEvilley, Cincinnati,  Geoff Maher, Tim Clarke, Steve Matyi, Alex Sturbaum,  OH, Martin McCann N. Ireland/VA, Brian Coakley D.C., Vince Burns, Pittsburg, PA, Matt McNeely (Knoxville, TN), Allison Asay, Lexington,  Larry Green, Bardstown, Cathy Wilde, Louisville, and Cohort O'Samochain, The Irish American Theater Company of Cincinnati, Puppets and Such, Al White and Joe Wilkie of Berea, KY etc.   
                            
 

List of partners on the last page.
 
 
Berea Center for the Arts, 315 Chestnut Street, presenting Festival Partner, is located in the former movie theater. The balcony has been turned into a unique, rustic auditorium that can seat 50 people. New floor, new fans. 
Large selection of arts and crafts,
and working artists.
 
 
 
Main Street Cafe is located on College Square and offers live music every Saturday night, either inside or on the nice patio.
MSC can seat up to 100 people.
Has hosted Celtic related musicians Four Shillings Short, The Red Wellies, Helen Gubbins, Mai Herndon, Mick McEvilley,Molly Moon, Martin McCann, Robert Tincher and Liam's Fancy, etc.
 
 
The Music Makers, Inc. is an instrument store and recording studio located on N. Broadway in Old Town, Berea. Also known for small concerts and music lessons.
Owners are Randall Conn and Danny Barnes, both sought-after bluegrass musicians, with numerous appearences at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Renfro Valley and WoodSongs.
Phone: 986-3616. See MySpace.

Community partners: 
Berea Tourism & Madison County Public Libraries.

Presenting partner: 
Berea Center for the Arts.
 
Website: Sune Frederiksen
Photos and text: Dan Cummins and Sune Frederiksen
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