South Coast Celtic Fest

Kevin Carr and the Family Carr will headline the South Coast Celtic Fest on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.

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Kevin Carr and The Family Carr will headline the evening concert.

Kevin Carr and The Family Carr will headline the evening concert.

South Coast Celtic Fest 2017 is the South Coast Folk Society’s seventh annual celebration of Celtic culture.

Our Saturday evening concert will begin at 7 p.m. with the Oregon Coast Pipe and Drum Band. Next, Side of the Tide Morris and The Whirling Shillelaghs will dance before Kevin Carr and The Family Carr sweep you away on a musical journey to the Celtic lands.

Enjoy free entertainment all day, or take it a step further: Admission is $10 adult ($5 youth) for a full day of workshops and $20 for the evening concert.

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Daytime Entertainers

Hillcrest Elementary School students — singing and instrumentals

Candace Kreitlow — Harp and guitar

Finavarra — Pub songs and sing-alongs

The Doodad Shanty Boys — Songs of the sea

Sharon Rogers and Steven McVay Ingham — Accordion, guitar and fiddle

Irish session — All musicians welcome


Daytime Workshops

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Irish Step Dance

Tasha Livingstone

Learn one of the many styles of Irish step dancing.

Scottish Dancing

Elaine Christie

Elaine will teach a couple of fun dances.

Genealogy of the Celtic Lands

Howard Crombie

Discover resources that will help you trace your Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish or Manx genealogy.

Celtic Lettering

Mary Humphreys

Mary will introduce you to different styles of calligraphy in the Celtic tradition.

Accompanying Traditional Fiddle Tunes

The Family Carr

Josie ( standard tuned guitar and keyboard) and Daniel ( DADGAD tuned guitar) will share some ideas on accompanying Fiddle tunes from the greater celtic world. Bring instruments, recorders and ears!

Bagpipes of the World

Kevin Carr

Kevin will demonstrate and talk about the spread of bagpipes from India to Ireland, playing several examples of instruments from his collection.

The Troubles

John and Margaret Jones

From 1968 to 1998, Northern Ireland was torn by the sectarian violence of “The Troubles.” John and Margaret Jones of Myrtle Point were there as peacemakers. Learn about the longstanding roots of the conflict, its ongoing effects today, and the lessons we can apply to other intractable conflicts.

Songs of Emigration

Howard Crombie

Irish people have been leaving home to seek a better life for centuries. Join Howard in an exploration of songs that evoke the heartbreak and hope of emigration.

Irish and Quebecois Fiddle

Kevin Carr

Kevin will take a simple Irish tune, Roaring Mary, and teach some of the things that make it an Irish tune, then demonstrate  bow techniques that transform it into the Quebecois tune, Reel Ben Ben Vieux.

Natural History of the Celtic Lands

Marty Giles

Local naturalist Marty Giles will introduce you to the geology, climate, plants and animals of the Celtic lands, as well as touch upon how the natural history and the people have affected each other.


These workshops are geared for children 6-12. Grownups are welcome if there’s room.

Celtic Dances for All Ages

Stacy Rose

Dances from several Celtic nations; quick to learn and lots of fun, to live music by Sharon Rogers.

Build a Bodhran

Charlotte Pierce

Learn about this Irish drum and decorate your own kid-size bodhran to take home.

Kids’ Activities

Mark Stueve, Gail Elber

Drop in and play traditional games, make your own tartan and more!