Berea Celtic Festival - Traditional, authentic, grassroots
Welcome to Berea, Kentucky. 
Welcome to the 7th Berea Celtic Festival.  
August 19-21, 2016 
Contributions may be sent to:
Berea Celtic Festival, PO Box 817, Berea, KY 40403.
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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: $59.99 + tax.
Group code: Berea Celtic 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.
We are so excited to present the 7th Celtic Festival in Berea, KY.

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 with great success and enthusiasm.

Together they are the Red Wellies, which also includes fiddler Bella Issakova, Atlanta, GA.

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 7th  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. 
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 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:
Bella Issakova, Atlanta/Bulgaria, Justin Bonar-Bridges, Fort Thomas, KY.   Russel Hopper, Birmingham, AL, Mark Rosenthal, Louisville, KY, John Skelton, England/Mercer Co.,KY.

Vincent Fogarty, Asheville, NC/Ireland, Turlach Boylan, Kansas City, KS/N. Ireland, Four Leaf Peat, Knoxville, TN  Martin McCann N. Ireland/VA, Brian Coakley D.C., Vince Burns, Pittsburg, PA,  Larry Green, Bardstown,KY, Jeni's Chickens, Cincinnati, OH Cathy Wilde, Louisville,  Joe Wilkie of Berea, KY. Bryce and Howard Carlberg, Berea, KY and others.  

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. See 

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.
 Website: Sune Frederiksen
 Photos and text: Dan Cummins and Sune Frederiksen
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