Berea Celtic Festival - Traditional, authentic, grassroots
Welcome to Berea, Kentucky 
and to the 8th Berea Celtic Festival.  

August 18-20, 2017 

Contributions may be sent to:
Berea Celtic Festival, PO Box 817, Berea, KY 40403.


For the Saturday night (8/19)  
Celtic Gala Concert 
you can buy your tickets at

Look for The Celtic Gala Concert / KEF - Berea, KY

General seating: $20.00
Students and kids: $5.00
Priority seating: $75.00

This concert is also a fundraiser for KEF - Kentucky Environmental Foundation.

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 Friday, August 18

6:00 PM - 10 PM: Four Leaf Peat  from Knoxville, TN, 
                             Justin Bridges and Jeremy Wade from Kentucky
                             Josh Bailey and Alan Copley from Ohio. 
                             Open air concerts at Berea Artisan Village/Old Town Berea. 
                             Free admission. Bring a folding chair.
                             In cooperation with Berea Arts Council, Levitt Music Foundation, 1st         

10:30 PM: Session at Berea Center for the Arts/Noodle Nirvana, 315 Chestnut St. 
Saturday, August 19
11:00 AM: Turlach Boylan, Davey Matthis, Eddie Jones at  Berea Farmers Market
                  428 Chestnut St. Donations.

12:30 PM: Justin Bridges, Jeremy Wade w/Friends at Clementine's Bakery. 

2:00  PM: Irish popular songs w/ Mick McEvilley, Robie Books, Chestnut
                Street, workshop/presentation, suggested donation $5.

3:00  PM: Jil Chambless at Clementine's Bakery,
                 436 Chestnut Street. Donations. 

3:00  PM: McTeggart Irish Dancers - Ceili workshop at Russel Acton Folk Center.

4:00  PM: McTeggart Irish Dancers - Irish step dance workshop at Russel Acton Folk
                Center, Jefferson Street. Donations.          
7:30  PM: The Celtic Gala Concert 
at Union Church featuring Mai Hernon, Mick McEvilley, Justin Bonar-Bridges, Jeremy Wade, McTeggart Dancers, Jil Chambless, Don Penzien, Skip Cleavinger, Rebecca Baumbach, Turlach Boylan/Davey Matthias,  and Four Leaf Peat.
Admission  $20, students $5, Priority seating $75.
Tickets at: , or at the door.
Saturday sessions
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM: The Boone Tavern Porch, Prospect Street. Donations
                                            12 - 1:30 PM: Turlach Boylan & Eddie Jones, incl. tin whistle and flute.
                                             2 - 3:30 PM: Skip & Rebekka Cleavinger, incl. Irish bag pipes.
                                             4 - 5:30 PM: Andi Hearn and Margaret Rush , Songs of Ireland.
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM: The Main Street Cafe Patio, Short Street. Donations.Donations.
                                  12 - 1:30 PM: Cathy Wilde & Larry Green, flute, guitar, pipes.
                                             2 - 3:30 PM: Vincent Fogarty & Eilis Crean.
                                             4 - 5:30 PM: Justin Bonar-Bridges 
Saturday presentations at Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson St.

For the Saturday workshops and presentation we would like the participants and audience to donate on a sliding scale from $3 and up. 
Sunday, August 20
10:30 AM: Celtic inspired service at Union Church w/ Mai Hernon and Mick McEvilley.
11:30 PM: Join us for brunch at Boone Tavern.
Hotel Boone Tavern 
Group Code: 119300.
Double/double $89.00 + tax, King $117.00 + tax.
Prices do NOT include breakfast. Phone: 859-985-3700. 
Group block will expire July 30.
America's Best Value Inn
196 Prince Royal Drive, I-75, exit 76.
Phone: 859-985-8000.
1-2 persons in each room: $65.00 + tax.
Group code: Sune special rate.
Continental breakfast, outdoor pool, 
pet friendly ($10 per pet per night).
Holiday Inn Express
219 Paint Lick Road (I-75, Exit 76)
Phone: 859-979-2760
Includes nice breakfast and indoor pool.
Other motels and B&Bs available as well.

Artistic advisors

We are also thrilled to present Beanie Odell and Vincent Fogerty of Asheville, NC as this year's artistic advisors. Both have participated in previous Berea events several times with great success and enthusiasm.

Together they are the Red Wellies.

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 many 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 8th  Berea Celtic Festival!!
See list of partners on the last page.
A new generation of traditional, authentic Celtic music is ready to commit an arm and a leg for their passion: Celtic music.  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. Due to a planned tour of England in August they won't be available this year. They are co-founders of Berea Celtic Festival and have spearheaded several
fundraisers to establish this event. We are very grateful for their contributions.
Tim Benson from Rochester, NY brought much quality and enthusiasm to Berea Center for the Arts at the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 festivals. So did Cathy Wilde from Louisville. And she is back!
Celtic harpist Jeni Balcom and daughter Simone Westerkamp of Cincinnati, OH, co-founder of Berea Celtic Festival fill the festival with joy. Not to mention superb performances at Union Church and Hotel Boone Tavern. 
Jeni has graciously participated each year.
Also participating:
Bella Issakova, Atlanta/Bulgaria, Justin Bonar-Bridges, Fort Thomas, KY.  Mark Rosenthal, Louisville, KY. 
Vincent Fogarty, Asheville, NC/Ireland, Turlach Boylan, Kansas City, KS/N. Ireland, 

Four Leaf Peat, Knoxville, TN. Eddie Jones, Kansas, Skip and Rebekka Cleavinger, Nashville,  TN , Jeremy Wade, Lexington, KY, Gil Chambless, Birmingham, AL, Don Penzin, Robert Tincher, Lexington, KY, Margaret Rush, Raleigh/Dublin, Eilis Crean, Knoxville, TN, Andi Hearn, Columbia, SC, Doug Mast, Cincinnati, OH.
John Skelton, England/KY has over the years been a tremendous supporter of the Berea Celtic Festival. He may show up.
List of partners 
on the last page.
Russel Acton Folk Center on Jefferson Street. This lovely log building was built after a Danish village community center in 1984. 
Our Friday night dance takes place here and so do many of the workshops and the Saturday night concert.
This is also the home of The Folk Circle Association of Berea. 

Hotel Boone Tavern at College Square is a Berea Flagship owned by Berea College.
Many of our musicians and friends stay here during the Berea Celtic Festival.
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. 
This building is now the new home of  Noodle Nirvana - Berea's newest restaurant. Pay it a visit.
Four Leaf Peat of Knoxville, TN
provides great reels and jigs for this year's "Jigs, Reels and Contra Dance" at the folk center Friday night.
Caller Joe Wilkie. 
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.
Festival coordinator: 
Sune Frederiksen
The Folk Circle Association of Berea
 Artistic advisors:
 Beanie Odell and Vincent Fogerty
 Community partners: 
 Berea Tourism & Madison County Public Libraries.
Dan Cummins, Jeni Balcom, Sune Frederiksen, Beverly Buchanan.
 Website: Sune Frederiksen
 Photos and text: Dan Cummins and Sune Frederiksen.
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