April 2019 Ceolta Notes
by Rodger Hara
Irish storyteller Liz Weir from County Antrim is the featured guest at Rocky Mountain Storytelling’s 2019 Story Seeds gathering the 12th-14th at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. First winner of the International Story Bridge Award from the National Storytelling Network, Liz will be presented at the Royal Court of Britain where she has been invited by Queen Elizabeth to join the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of her storytelling skills. Information on events and times can be found at www.rmstory.org.
The annual Colorado Tartan Day celebration takes place At the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado from 9 AM to 5 PM on the 13th and 9 AM to 4 PM on the 14th. Admission is Free to the Public. Vendors, many Scottish clan tents, music from Angus Mohr and the Colorado Youth Pipe Band, the Renaissance Scots, Empire for Medieval Pursuits and much more.
Angus Mohr takes the Colorado Tartan Day stage on the 13th at 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM and on the 14th at 10:30 AM and 2 PM.
Celtic Chaos plays for the patrons of the Blind Faith Brewery in Littleton from 7-9 PM on the 12th then on the 13th participates in an afternoon and evening benefit event at Grist Brewing in Highlands Ranch for the victims of the Columbine shooting on its 20th Anniversary.
Avourneen begins the month playing for the Fort Collins Contra at 7:30 PM (Lesson at 6:30) on the 6th 225 W Oak St, Fort Collins, $10/$5 students; then continues with a gig on the 13th at 8 PM at the Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub in downtown Colorado Springs. Front man Adam Goldstein celebrates his 40th birthday at the Clocktower Cabaret, 16th Street and Arapahoe, Denver on the 20th at 11 PM with the Off the Clock Burlesque. $35 admission.
Rosin the Bow furnishes the after-dinner entertainment for the Navy Birthday Banquet on the 13th from 8-9 PM at the Arvada American Legion Post 161.
CaraTrom is at the Mercury Cafe in Denver on the 19th at 7:30 PM with his new band, the Dragonflies and at the Public House in Colorado Springs on the 27th from 8 to 11 PM.
Adam Agee and Jon Sousa will be on tour in Europe during the month of April. Jon will be spending May and June in Ireland – and maybe July too.
the commoners perform with the Moxie Strings on the 20th from 1-5 PM in benefit of Wellington Middle School as part of The Max Project Show. 7240 Kit Fox Drive in Wellington. On the 26th, they can be found at the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins from 3:30-4:30 PM for FoCoMx.
Brian Clancy in on stage at the Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub in downtown Colorado Springs on the 24th at 7:30 PM.
Skean Dubh entertains at the Bemis Public Library in Littleton on the 6th at 2 PM.
Celtic Thunder members Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly are on the Soiled Dove Underground stage on the 22nd and release their new album, “Live in Kansas City” on the 12th. Doors: 7:30 PM, Show: 8:00 PM. Minors Under 21 with Parent or Legal Guardian. Tix $28 – $60*
*$60 tickets include a VIP meet and greet with Neil and Ryan prior to the show. Doors open at 6:45 PM for the meet and greet. Tix available at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/selectSeats?utm_medium=bks&id=1772957&seatSelectorOnly=true
The Scottish Fiddle Club of Colorado presents its annual concert on the13th at 1 PM at St. Phillip Lutheran Church, 7531 W. Ken Caryl Ave. The concert will be a benefit for the Speech Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital through the Scottish Rite Foundation (www.scottishritefoundation.org/SRF_Home.html) and donations will be accepted. For questions, contact Ken McIntosh at [email protected] or 303-234-0469.
Celtic Music Festivals Dates Location Website
Colorado Tartan Day 4/13 – 4/14 Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont, CO http://www.coloradotartanday.com/
Redstone Highland Games Festival 20-Apr Sandtown Park, St. George, UT https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/redstone-highland-games-festival/
Rio Grande Celtic Festival 5/4 – 5/5 Rotary Park, Bernalillo, NM https://www.celtfestabq.com/
Grand Valley Scottish Games & Celtic Festival 5/18 5/19 “Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50
Grand Junction, CO 81503” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grand-valley-scottish-games-celtic-festival-tickets-50070396905
Cheyenne Celtic Festival 6/7 – 6/8 Cheyenne Lions Park, Cheyenne, WY https://www.facebook.com/CelticFestival/
Utah Scottish Festival and Highland Games 6/7 – 6/9 Utah State Fair Park, 155 North 1000 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 https://www.visitsaltlake.com/event/utah-scottish-festival-%26amp%3B-highland-games/6839/
Pikes Peak Celtic Fest 6/14 – 6/16 Western Museum of Mining & Industry 225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 https://pikespeakcelticfestival.com/
Scottsbluff Celtic Gathering 6/28 – 6/30 Five Rocks Amphitheater 200701 Co Rd P, Gering, NE 69341 http://scottsbluffcelticgathering.com/
Cortez Celtic Fair 22-Jun Parque de Vida, Cortez, CO https://www.cortezcelticfair.com/
Colorado Irish Festival 7/12 -7/14 Clement Park, Littleton, CO https://coloradoirishfestival.com/
Payson Scottish Festival 7/12 -7/13 Payson Memorial Park, Payson, UT 84651 https://festivalnet.com/55083/Payson-Utah/Ethnic-Festivals/Payson-Scottish-Festival
Elizabeth Celtic Festival 7/20 – 7/21 Casey Jones Park, Elizabeth, CO https://www.facebook.com/events/casey-jones-park/elizabeth-celtic-festival/377166429693848/
Colorado Scottish Festival 8/3 – 8/4 Citizens Park, Edgewater, CO http://www.scottishgames.org/
An Ri Ra Montana Irish Festival 8/9 – 8/11 Original Mine Yard, Butte, MT http://www.mtgaelic.org/an-ri-ra-montana-irish-festival.html
Clancy’s Celtic Festival August TBD Clancy’s Irish Pub, Wheat Ridge, CO https://iloveclancys.com/
Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival 9/5 – 9/8 Estes Park Fairgrounds, Estes Park, CO http://www.scotfest.com/
Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Fest 9/19-9/22 La Veta, Cuchara, Walsenburg, Gardner CO.
Greeley Irish Festival 21-Sep City Park, Greeley, NE http://greeleyirishfestival.com/
St. Brigit Celtic Festival 28-Sep St. Brigit Episcopal Church, Frederick, CO https://www.celticfestbrigit.org/
Aztec Highland Games 10/5 – 10/6 Riverside Park Aztec, NM 87410 http://www.aztecnm.com/aztec/highlandgames.html
Moab Celtic Festival 11/1 – 11/3 Old Spanish Trail Arena, Moab, UT https://www.scotsontherocksmoab.com/