Berea Celtic Festival - Traditional, authentic, grassroots

Welcome to Berea, Kentucky 
and to the 10th Berea Celtic Festival.  

August 15-18, 2019 

Contributions may be sent to:
Berea Celtic Festival, PO Box 488, Berea, KY 40403.


For the Saturday night (8/18)  
Celtic Gala Concert 

you can buy your online tickets at

Look for The Celtic Gala Concert/Berea

General seating: $20.00
Students and kids: $5.00
Priority seating: $50.00 (includes a new Berea CD)

Tickets at the door as well (only cash and checks).
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2018 Program

Friday, August 17
Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street..                      

Free concert

7:00 PM: Turlach Boylan and  Davey Mathias 
                w/special guest And Hearn.
8:30 PM  Cloigheann - popular Irish folk music.
                   Free admission. Bring a folding chair.
                   In cooperation with Levitt Music Foundation, 1st Friday.    

Live at The Paddy Wagon, Richmond.
9:00 PM: Four Leaf Peat 
Berea Center for the Arts, 315 Chestnut St. 
10:00 PM: Session for all musicians.
Saturday, August 18

Berea Farmers Market, 428 Chestnut St. Donations
11:00 AM: Turlach Boylan, Davey Mathias 

Madison County Library, Chestnut Street
2:00 PM: Skip Cleavinger and Rebecca Baumbach
Robie Books, Chestnut Street
1:00  PM: Scottish and Irish songs w/Jil Chambless and Dan Vogt.  Donation $3 and up.

Papa Leno's
1:00 PM: Jeremy Wade, Justin Bridges

Berea College Visitor Center & Shoppe, Main Street
1:00 PM: Four Leaf Peat  Donation

Union Church, Cowan Chapel
3:00 PM: Songs from Ireland w/Wendy Smith & Andi Hearn
4:00 PM: John Skelton - Breton & Galician pipes and flute presentation and mini-concert. Suggested donation $3 and up

Saturday sessions
Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street.  Donations
 12:00 - 1:00 PM: Mark Rosenthal
 1:00 -  2:00  PM: Don Penzien, Steven Payne
 2:00 -  3:00  PM: Herb Williams, Russel Hopper
 3:00 -  4:00  PM: Jeremy Wade, Justin Bridges
 4:00 -  5:00  PM: Skip Cleavinger, Rebecca Baumbach

Union Church Lawn
7:30 - 8:00 PM: William Sutherland Reid Scottish Pipes and 
8:00  PM:  The Celtic Concert 
at Union Church featuring 
John Skelton, Justin Bridges, Jeremy Wade, Jil Chambless/Don Penzien/Steven Payne/Dan Vogt,  Skip Cleavinger/Rebecca Baumbach, Jeni Balcom, Andi Hearn, Turlach Boylan/Davey Matthias, Kathy Tully Schneider, Four Leaf Peat, William Sutherland Reid Pipes and Drums, and more. 

Admission  $20, students $5, Priority seating $50.
Kids under 10 free.

Tickets at: , 
or at the door (only cash or checks). 

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 19  
Union Church
10:30 AM: Celtic inspired service w/ Gabe on organ, Rev. Kent       
                  Gilbert, Jeni Balcom on Irish harp.
Hotel Boone Tavern
12:15 PM: Jeni Balcom on Irish harp at the Boone Tavern brunch.
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.
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.
Standard king and standard double queen rooms $95 + tax.
Double queen suites and double king suites $104 + tax.
Other motels and B&Bs available as well.


Beanie Odell and 
Vincent Fogerty, 
have moved to Ireland . 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 9th  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.  We are very grateful for their previous 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. 

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, except for one year.
Also participating:
 Justin Bridges, Fort Thomas, KY.  Mark Rosenthal, Louisville, KY, Larry Green, Bardstown, KY,

Turlach Boylan, Kansas City, KS/N. Ireland, 
Four Leaf Peat, Knoxville, TN. Eddie Jones, Kansas, Skip Cleavinger and Rebekka Baumbach, Bowling Green, KY, Jeremy Wade, Lexington, KY, Jil Chambless, Tuscaloosa, AL, Don Penzien,  Raleigh, NC,  Andi Hearn, Columbia, SC, Russell Hopper and Herb Williams, both Knoxville, TN, Wendy Smith, Oak Ridge, TN, Doug Mast, Cincinnati, OH.
John Skelton, England/KY has over the years been a tremendous supporter of the Berea Celtic Festival. He is back this year.
List of partners 
on the last page.

Russel Acton Folk Center on Jefferson Street. This lovely log building is inspired by a Danish village community center and built in 1984. 

This is also the home of 
The Folk Circle Association of Berea. 
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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. 
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. Great soundmen  as well.
Phone: 986-3616. See MySpace.
Festival coordinator: 
Sune Frederiksen
The Folk Circle Association of Berea

 Artistic advisors:
 Various musicians

 Community partners: 
 Berea Tourism, Folk Circle Association & Madison County Public Libraries.

 Dan Cummins, Jeni Balcom, Sune Frederiksen, Beverly Buchanan.

 Website, photos and text: 
 Sune Frederiksen and Dan Cummins.
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