July 2019 Ceolta Notes and July – Early August Festivals
By Rodger Hara
The Lilt Collective are on the Dublin Stage at the Elizabeth Celtic Festival at 11:15 AM on the 20th.
Big Paddy, celebrating their 20th anniversary of performing along the Front Range bring their Irish rock to the Dublin Stage of the Elizabeth Celtic Festival at 3 PM on the 20th.
Nerea the Fiddler presents a solo show on the 22nd at The Laughing Goat in Boulder from 9-11 PM.
Skean Dubh has a busy month that begins with entertaining shoppers at the Boulder Farmers Market at 10 AM on the 6th, continues on the stage in Prospect Park, Wheat Ridge at 6:30 PM on the 10th, followed by an appearance on the Clontarf Whiskey Stage of the Colorado Irish Festival on the 12th at 6:30 PM, goes on in Lone Tree at Prairie Sky Park at 6 PM on the 18th, at the Elizabeth Celtic Festival on the 20th, on the lawn of the Manitou Springs Public Library at 6 PM on the 23rd, then ends in Lakewood at Belmar on the Plaza behind Winston’s Pub and Grill at 6 PM on the 26th.
Avourneen is in the studio working on a new EP album and graces the Clontarf Whiskey Stage at 7:45 PM on the 12th and 10:30 AM on the 14th. Lead singer Adam Goldstein plays at the Clocktower Cabaret on the 6th, 30th and 27th for the late shows.
The Pine Creek Tippers return from their road trip to Ireland to play on the 26th at The Margarita, on the patio starting at 6 or so, till 9 or so. The movie begins on the patio at dark, so the timing is variable.
Making their Colorado Irish Festival debut is Scythian, a fun group from the East Coast on the Main Stage at 7:30 PM on the 13th and 3:30 PM on the 14th.
Indigent Row returns to the Colorado Irish Festival with performances on the Clontarf Whiskey Stage at 2 PM on the 13th and 14th.
the commoners trek down from Ft. Collins to play on the Main Stage of the Colorado Irish Festival at 1 PM and Clontarf Whiskey Stage at 5:30 PM on the 13th.
Brian Clancy is on stage at the Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub in Downtown Colorado Springs on the 11th at 7:30 PM. Chancer’s Hooley plays for the Colorado Irish Festival fans on the 13th at 11 AM on the Main Stage and 3:45 PM on the Clontarf Whiskey Stage then on the same stage on the 14th at the same time.
Juice O’the Barley is on the Colorado Irish festival Main Stage at 3 PM on the 13th and 11:30 AM on the 14th.
Gobs O’Fun opens the Colorado Irish Festival at 5:15 PM on the 12th on the Contarf Whiskey Stage.
If you missed The McDeviants at the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival, you can see/hear them at the Colorado Irish Festival on the 14th at 12:15 PM and 5:30 PM on the Clontarf Whiskey Stage.
Gaelic Storm highlights the Colorado Irish Festival on the Main Stage at 5:30 PM on the 14th.
Jig Jam brings their Celtic-Americana sound to the Main Stage of the Colorado Irish Festival at 5:30 PM on the 12th and 13th and 1:30 PM on the 14th.
The Young Dubliners rock the Main Stage of the Colorado Irish Festival at 7:30 PM on the 12th.
The Grateful Dogs open the Colorado Irish Festival on the 13th at 10:30 AM on the Clontarf Whiskey Stage and close the evening on that stage at 7:15 PM.
The Stubby Shillelaghs begin a busy month with a show in Ogden, UT at Hell Yes followed by a gig in San Diego at The Field on the 8th, Molly Malone’s in Los Angeles on the 9th, Frank-n-Stein in Lake Havasu, AZ on the 10th, 550 Brewing in Aztec, NM on the 11th, Moxi Theater in Greeley on the 12th and a 12:15 show on the Clontarf Whiskey Stage at the Colorado Irish Festival on the 13th. Sure and I’m worn out just from the reading of that itinerary.
July Celtic Festivals
Colorado Irish Festival, July 12 (5-9 PM), 13 (10 AM-9 PM), 14 (10 AM–7 PM) at Clement Park, Littleton, CO with The Young Dubliners, Gaelic Storm, JigJam, Scythian, Chancers Hooley, Indigent Row, Avourneen, Juice O’the Barley, Skean Dubh, The McDeviants, The Grateful Dogs, the commoners, the Stubby Shillelaghs and Irish dance dancing Pipe Band competition, Cultural Village, Irish Heritage and Language, Sunday morning Catholic mass, food, fun and merchandise. No coolers or pets (except service dogs)Saturday morning 5K. Admission:Friday, 5-9 PM: $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, VIP $50. Sat. and Sun.: $9-11 in advance, $12-15 at the Gate, VIP $100/day, $225 for all 3 days. Kids under 10 free always. Free admission Sunday 8:30 – 9:10 AM for Mass. Discounts for seniors, students and military with ID. www.coloradoirishfestival.org
Payson Scottish Festival,July 12 (5-9:30 PM),13 (9 AM-7 PM) at Memorial Park, Payson, UT with Celtic Country Dancers, An Dragan Ceilteach Irish Dancers, The Fire! Storyteller, Celtic Country Dancers and Friday night céilidh, Highland dancing, Scottish Heavy Athletics, clans, Pipe band, solo piper and drum solo competitions, fun, food and merchandise. Admission: Free www.paysonscottishfestival.org
Elizabeth Celtic Festival, July 20 (9 AM-5 PM)-21 (9 AM – 4 PM) at Casey Jones Park, Elizabeth, CO
With Skean Dubh, Big Paddy, The Lilt Collective, Renaissance Scots, 79th Highlanders and Irish and Highland dancing, Scottish Heavy Athletics, rugby, Scottish clan tents, living history, Celtic Nations and Tartans, Animals of the British Isles, Solo Piper competition, Bonnie Knees competition, fun, food and merchandise. Admission: Under 12 free, Teens (13-17) and Seniors (65+) $5, others $10 + $3
Parking ($1 for motorcycles). Military & First Responders $5 w/ID www.elizabethcelticfestival.com
Early August Fest
The Colorado Scottish Festival. August 3-4 (Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-5pm) will be at the Citizens Park in Edgewater The grounds just west of Sloans Lake will offer the whole nine yards including pipe bands, Athletics, Clans, historic re-enactments and more. Are partial list of stage performers include:
Saturday: The Renaissance Scotts have a tent where they will perform battle re-enactments, and will host acoustic musicians, and Scottish and Morris Dancing throughout the day.
During the day, the highland dance competition will be at the highland tent.
In the evening, The Queen City Pipe Band, and the Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers will open for Angus Mohr at the pavilion. Sunday: Loretta Thompson playing Scottish fiddle, and her friends.
The Lilt Collective, with singer Beth Gadbaw, Pete Strickler (banjo), Charlie Branch (guitar), Dirk Mewes (uilleann pipes), and a guest fiddler.Scottish band Skean Dubh the Bennet School of Irish Dance Morris Dancers, Avourneen, Tri S Slua Irish trio, and more to be announced. www.ScottishGames.org