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.
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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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
Irish Step Dance
Learn one of the many styles of Irish step dancing.
Elaine will teach a couple of fun dances.
Genealogy of the Celtic Lands
Discover resources that will help you trace your Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Cornish or Manx genealogy.
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 will demonstrate and talk about the spread of bagpipes from India to Ireland, playing several examples of instruments from his collection.
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
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 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
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
Dances from several Celtic nations; quick to learn and lots of fun, to live music by Sharon Rogers.
Build a Bodhran
Learn about this Irish drum and decorate your own kid-size bodhran to take home.
Mark Stueve, Gail Elber
Drop in and play traditional games, make your own tartan and more!