Berea Celtic Festival - Traditional, authentic, grassroots
7th Berea Celtic Festival 2016
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                      Tickets available at the door.

 2015 program
Friday, 6:30 PM: Berea Parks & Recreation presents "The Belles of the Bluegrass" at the Memorial Park in Old Town. A free open air Celtic concert.

Friday 8 PM: Reels, Jigs and Ccontra dance at the folk center presenting the Celtic All Star Band and contra dance caller Joe Wilkie.  $7/4.

Saturday 11 AM: Irish themed puppet show at the libraryfor 3-7 year olds by puppeteer and Englishman John Skelton. Info: 986-7112.
Saturday sessions and gatherings from noon - 6 PM at the Main Street Cafe, Short Street patio and at the Farmers Market (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM)
see schedule below.
Saturday workshops at Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street.
$5 ea., $10 for a full day pass:
see schedule below. 
Saturday 8:00 PM: The Celtic Concert, more than two handfuls of extremely talented and committed musicians and singers will feed your inner Celtic needs for a couple of hours. Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street. $15. Tickets at the door.
All other events are based on donations of all sizes.
PS: All donations will go to the coverage of
promotion of the festival and travel expenses.

August 19

5:30 - 7:00 PM: Liam's Fancy at Main Street Cafe/patio (donations).

6:30 - 8:00 PM: The Belles of the Bluegrass - a Celtic Female Quintet - free open air at Memorial Park. In cooperation with Parks and Rec. Donations accepted.
8:00 PM: Jigs, Reels and Contra DanceThe Celtic All Star Band     and Joe Wilkie.  ($7/$3). Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street.
Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street, 15 minutes' walk from College Square.
10:45 PM: Gathering TBA
Davey Mathias, Vince Burns, Martin McCann and Stephanie Benson at a BCF gathering. 
Saturday, August 20
Location: Main Street Cafe, College Square
Continous Celtic music sessions all day long on the patio.
12:00 PM: Beverly Buchanan
1:00  PM:  Cathy Wilde & Larry Green & Buddies
2:00  PM:  Martin McCann and Brian Coakley
3:00  PM:  Jeni Balcom & Gang
4:00  PM:  Russell Hopper and others
5:00  PM:  Dan Cummins

Various festival performers will take turns leading each hourly segment. Continues till 7:00 PM.  (Donations).

Location: Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street
1:00 PM:  Justin Bonar-Bridges. Undeniable talent 
                presenting tunes from his new CD "Truth Be Told" .
2:00 PM:  Song circle with singers Dan Cummins and Mark 
3:00 PM:  John Skelton: "Tunes from three nations: Music from Ireland, 
               Brittany and Galicia.          

4:00 PM:  Drum circle led by Jeremy Wade.

5:00 PM:  Morris dancing. Instructors Howard and Bryce Carlberg.
$5 per presentation, or $10 for a day pass (only valid for the workshops).


Location: Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street.
8:00 PM:  The Celtic Concert featuring superb Celtic musicians. $15.

- Jeni's Chickens, Cincinnati
- Four Leaf Peat, Knoxville
- Cloigheann, Louisville
- Liam's Fancy, Lexington
- John Skelton, England/Kentucky
- Bella Issakova, Bulgaria/Atlanta

Sunday, August 21
10:30 AM: Jennifer Balcom plays the harp at the Union Church service
               The service will have a Celtic touch this Sunday. (Donations).
12:15 PM: Jennifer Balcom plays the harp at the Boone Tavern brunch.
Hotel Boone Tavern, College Square, Berea, KY 40403. 859-985-3700.
Stylish Southern touch with handmade furniture by Berea College students.
Holiday Inn Express 859-985-5500, I-75, Exit 76. $114.00 per room for festival visitors. Indoor pool, nice breakfast.
America's Best Value Inn, 196 Price Royal Drive, Berea, I-75, Exit 76.  Phone: 859-986-8426. Outdoor pool, limited breakfast.

Other motel options available, incl. several B&Bs.
Contact info:
Dan Cummins. Phone: 859-396-4491.
Jennifer Balcom.
Sune Frederiksen. 859-248-0690.

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Festival office:
Berea Center for the Arts, 315 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40403. 859-248-0690 (Sune Frederiksen, event coordinator), or 859-396-4491 (Dan Cummins, artistic director).
Partners: See next page.
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