Fully clad in its autumn colors, the Spanish Peaks become a striking back drop for the 10th Annual Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, the last weekend of September.
Everything Celtic in Spanish Peaks Country
World renowned Celtic artists and scholars are guaranteed to keep you singing, dancing and enjoying music, day and night, for 4 days straight, in various locations throughout Spanish Peaks Country! Make your lodging reservations early because the fun is not limited, but the rooms are.
Featured Artists from Ireland
To everyone’s delight, FULLSET will be returning to the Festival with a concert on Friday evening, at Walsenburg’s Historic Fox Theater. Nominated for “Best New Irish CD” in the Irish Music Awards 2013, these accomplished young musicians create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, while all the time remaining true to their traditional roots. For a full schedule of Friday’s classes, dances, workshops, and demos click here.
Saturday Evening Hooley
A Hooley is an Irish party to promote music and culture. This years host will be Mairtin de Cogain, who will be joined by Jessie Burns, Eric Thorin, Sean McComiskey, Will Woodson, Adam Agee & Jon Sousa .The Concert is designed to be full of surprises and will end with a birthday bash blowout .
Saturday’s concert will begin at 7:30 at the Historic Fox Theatre in Walsenburg. For advanced ticket sales, click here.
Guest Star Jessie Burns
Acclaimed fiddle soloist who toured for six years with the Gaelic Storm.
The Festival that Barbara & Jack Built
This International Festival was created from informal beginnings by Scottish harp-maker Jack Yule and his wife Barbara, a folklorist. After moving from Scotland to Spanish Peaks Country in the winter of 2000, they found that they missed the music, dancing and storytelling that they enjoyed with their friends in Edinburg.
That inspired them to host their first Ceilidh (Scottish party with music, singing and dancing) in the summer of 2001. Each subsequent summer, the Yule’s invited more Scottish musician friends, who invited their families and friends. Word spread and people came in ever increasing numbers to take part as musicians or spectators.
Jack’s instruments are played by leading Celtic harpers throughout the world. Click on Jack’s picture (left) to see a video demonstration of one of Jack’s gut strung Scottish harps.
Come to a harp workshop and you might get to try one out for yourself.