Havre de Grace Winter Celtic Festival
Havre de Grace Winter Celtic Festival
THE STAR CENTRE
700 Congress Avenue
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
FRIDAY, 1/13 4:00pm to 10:00pm - HOLD FAST, JAMISON
SATURDAY, 1/14 10:00am to 5:00pm - BASTARD BEARDED IRISHMEN, KILMAINE SAINTS, ROGUE SWAN THEATRE COMPANY
SUNDAY, 1/15 10:00am to 5:00pm - SEVEN NATIONS, SEAN HEELY CELTIC BAND, POEHEMIA
Pittsburgh-based Bastard Bearded Irishmen is one of the most entertaining and energetic live shows today. Their sound is an original, ferocious blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, mixed with punk, gypsy and high-energy rock n’ roll.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen, or BBI, was originally intended to be a one-night-only tribute for a dear, departed friend. Jimmy Bastard and Ben Jaber shared a passion for Irish music and enlisted Dan Stocker on drums and Danny Rectenwald on mandolin to form the nucleus of the band.
What began as a tribute in local pubs, turned into three records, constant touring, and sharing the stage with everyone from The Rumjacks to Gogol Bordello. They have one of the best St. Patrick’s Day shows in the country. They’re hard-partying and always in good spirit. The group’s lineup is rounded out by Paul Dvorchak on fiddle, Ryan Warmbrodt on rhythm guitar, and Sean-Paul Williams on bass.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen concerts are a non-stop barrage of party anthems, dancing tunes and maybe even the occasional whiskey-fueled ballad. The experience is always organic, and sometimes, unpredictable. Jimmy climbs the rafters and Danny jumps into the crowd. Maybe you get to do a solo. Who knows? Quite simply, the guys want you to have as much fun as they’re having.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen is sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey and Iron City Beer.
BBI was voted “Best Rock Band in Pittsburgh” four years in a row (’12,’13,’14, ‘15) by the readers of the ‘Pittsburgh City Paper’, and “Best Bar Band” (2014 & 2015) by ‘Pittsburgh Magazine’. The band continues to make a name for itself, both regionally and nationally. They’ve opened for Dropkick Murphy’s and Stiff Little Fingers on the “Shamrock N Roll” tour in Pittsburgh, played with Gogol Bordello, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, The Rumjacks, Gaelic Storm, The Mahones, Reel Big Fish, Guttermouth, Rusted Root, The Clarks, as well as rocking regional festivals, “MusikFest” (Bethlehem, PA), “Roar on the Shore” (Erie, PA), “MountainFest” (Morgantown, WV), “Flood City Music Festival”(Johnstown, PA), “OC Bike Fest” (Ocean City, MD), Dublin Irish Fest (Dublin, OH), Celtic Classic (Bethlehem, PA), Indy Irish Festival (Indianapolis, IN), Pittsburgh Irish Festival, and three rock cruises, Sail Across the Sun (‘16, ‘17, ‘18) with national artists Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, among others, and was quickly a boat highlight.
Whether spinning tales of the sea, songs of whiskey, or lessons on love and life, Hold Fast are the backdrop to a rowdy good time. Their versatility carries them across genres from Celtic punk to Irish folk to pirate rock. Exiles and mutineers all, Hold Fast can get a rebellion started and keep it going long into the early morning!
The Irish music scene in Philadelphia is bursting with bands and musicians who perform all over the area to keep the roots of Ireland alive in their songs. None of these performers are quite like Jamison though- a high-energy six-piece that can take traditional Irish tunes and turn them upside down, blending in rock, reggae, modern pop, and hip-hop along the way. Crowds can’t help but get to their feet as Jamison takes Irish music to the next level with original songs and eccentric versions of covers or festival favorites.
Since 2003, Jamison has been touring the East Coast’s Irish/Celtic festival circuit while maintaining an ever-growing following surrounding Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore.
Each Jamison show is different from the last. Whether it’s a large festival stage in front of thousands or a favorite pub crowd ready to unwind from a long week, you’ll be drawn into a unique experience with the band’s contagious good vibes. Their sets mold to fit their audiences, making Jamison one of the most versatile bands in the business. Fans will leave a Jamison show reenergized, out of breath and asking, “when’s the next one?”
Kilmaine Saints is a band formed on good whiskey and bad intentions. The brainchild of two members of a Harrisburg Pipe & Drum band, this project was originally created with the sole intent of getting them free beer at St. Patrick’s Day shows in the central PA area (and might I add- mission accomplished). After incorporating the help of fellow members from the pipe band and other notable musicians from the area, they soon realized they were in for one hell of a ride. Since 2009 they have continued to pound through blistering, high-energy live sets that keep people singing along, stomping their feet, lifting their pints and shouting for more. With several hundred shows at pubs and festivals from New Jersey to California, critically acclaimed releases under their belts, national and international airplay, and an ever-expanding and extremely loyal fanbase, it’s no wonder the world is starting to stand up and take notice. In short, The Kilmaine Saints are equal parts Irish swagger, Scottish pride, and whiskey. This explosive Celtic rock band from central PA will steal your heart, your spirit, and your pint when you’re not looking.
Poehemia delivers the best Celtic Rock! Consisting of members with national, international touring and recording experience this 4 piece power house combines top shelf musicianship with a one-of-a-kind stage show. The band features a unique blend of traditional and modern instruments that crosses generations and appeals to audiences of all ages.
Since 2012 Poehemia has performed hundreds of high-energy electric and acoustic shows at festivals, special events, wineries, weddings, breweries, and pubs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Founded in April 2014, Rogue Swan Theatre Company is a performing arts troupe that strives to put a unique spin (or Rogue-ify*) everything we do.
Vaudevilles - Rogue’s modern Vaudevilles consist of live music throughout all genres, dance, comedy and a plotline that weaves it all together and helps the audience immerse themselves in the experience.
Concerts - Rogue is building up a catalogue of themed concerts and have covered many genres. Rogue has performed a celtic concert for the Havre de Celtic festival, multiple Christmas concerts, and Halloween concerts as well as decade style concerts including a 20s style concert and a 60s/70s style concert.
Plays - Rogue strives to show a range for both comedy and drama when it comes to straight plays. On the comedy side Rogue produced the charming and hysterical: “Unnecessary Farce,” in 2016 and on the drama side Rogue tackled the intense, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 2018.
Musicals - This is a rare production for Rogue as the Vaudevilles allow the creative team to create their own musicals and are not as restrictive, but sometimes the right musical comes along and Rogue just cannot resist. Such is the case for Rogue’s next production in 2022. It is the horror musical, Silver Scream which will be performed at Milburn Stone Theatre in North East MD.
While Rogue Swan’s home base is the historic town of Havre de Grace Maryland we currently perform throughout Maryland and the surrounding areas.
Experience the magic music of Scotland and Ireland with the Seán Heely Celtic Band. Featuring U.S National Scottish Fiddle champion and singer Seán Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and All-Ireland singing champion Kevin Elam, bouzouki and bass player Beth Patterson, acclaimed percussionist Lucas Ashby, and percussive dancer Agi Kovacs. Other members have included Scottish border piper Tracy Jenkins, harpist Abbie Palmer, dancer Marsha Searle and percussionists Matthew Bell & Alex Kuldell. The Seán Heely Celtic Band brings together many different instruments to perform fiery dance tunes and ancient, soaring melodies from Scotland, Ireland, and beyond . Original compositions abound and they have rich vocal harmonies in their solid song repertoire that features ballads, sea shanties, and songs in Irish and Scottish folk tradition. Seán plays fiddle, cezouki, shruti box, harp and sings in English and Scots Gaelic. Kevin plays guitar, whistle, banjo, and is an All-Ireland champion vocalist. They have performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music center, CCE Irish Folk Festival Fairfax VA, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Virginia Scottish games, and the Niel Gow Festival in Scotland.
The story of SEVEN NATIONS is that of a truly original and determined band that began in New York City, with members now hailing from California, to Toronto, to Florida. They have for years booked their own tours,and have had their own PBS and CNN specials. Throw away any preconceived notions you may have about Celtic music...this is a band that has invented its own sound and attracted a prodigious national and international following.
Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.
“Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod. “We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod. “Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began. Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.”
Seven Nations has been touring full-time since 1994 with successful stops in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the US. The band has recorded a number of albums with over a quarter million units in sales. The band’s latest album, Tales from the Eighth Nations, has been praised for “having the appeal of the original albums, yet a mature songwriting style. The lyrics are relatable, surprising, and the pipe/fiddle hooks stir a desire to listen to the album over and over.”
Its versatile and dynamic style has stamped Seven Nations as a highly book-able band, with an ever increasing and loyal fan base. The group has performed at a variety of venues, from nightclubs and pubs to festivals and street fairs. They’ve done it all. Recently, garnering the attention of the Orchestra world by including dates with several American orchestras, most notably the multi-Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. They also became the first Celtic rock band to bring this exhilarating collaboration to the stage at an outdoor Irish festival, when they performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival.
In addition, Seven Nations has played the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a New Year’s Eve performance at Scotland’s Royal Mile for some 40,000 people, and at the New York City Marathon. Seven Nations has been the subject of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign and appeared in over 20 major publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Playboy, Maxim, GQ, Stuff, and FHM.
It’s been two decades and over a million miles logged on the road for Seven Nations since their inception and they’re just getting started. With a highly anticipated return to their roots of festivals, touring and recording, this indie band is poised for another amazing decade.
Fàilte don Bhaile Chànain! - Welcome to the Language Village!
Gàidhlig is the oldest surviving language of Scotland. It offers a unique perspective on the history, culture and future of Scotland and communities of Gaels, wherever they are.
The Language Village is an interactive, engaging space where Gàidhlig is being spoken, visitors are introduced to the language, and everyone can take part in singing, learning, and other activities. We will run a variety of language activities throughout the festival designed to educate festival goers about the broader Gaelic culture using a “hands on” learning approach including: static and video displays, waulking songs and demos, poetry, music, and introductory Gàidhlig classes. Harp playing is throughout the day.
The Language Village is operated by Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir (The Gaelic School of Baltimore), and is made possible by a partnership with the Winter Celtic Festival.
Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir teaches the Scottish Gaelic language in its contemporary and historical context, and builds Gaelic community in the Chesapeake region. We are dedicated to cultivating new Gaelic speakers, using methods that honor and perpetuate Gaelic culture and language.
Do you want to learn Gaelic? Are you interested in exploring the culture and history of the language? Are you interested in Gaelic singing or Gaelic stories or Gaelic poetry?
Thig don Bhaile Chànain. - Come to the Language Village.
Most people who find their way to Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir or other Gaelic language communities in North America have been drawn down those paths by love. The first glimpse of that path might come from curiosity or the feeling of something missing in their own roots, but the trip down that path is possible only by love. Perhaps it is a love of the language, or the music, or the poetry, or the land, or the people, or family history. Wherever their own path starts that love draws them to an authentic experience of Scottish Highland heritage, to wells long covered which they might open, and from which they might drink. It’s a meaningful and even heroic journey.
Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhóir is a non-profit educational society that teaches and promotes the Scottish Gaelic language and culture in in its contemporary and historical context, and builds Gaelic community in the Chesapeake region. We are dedicated to cultivating new Gaelic speakers, using methods that honor and perpetuate Gaelic culture and language.
We started as a small group of learners, holding our classes in Liam Flynn’s Ale House on North Avenue in Baltimore City.
While language learning is at the root of who we are, we are also interested in supporting all aspects of Gaelic culture. We include history and a range of traditional art forms in our activities. For instance, in an immersion weekend or our Language Village we will have language classes, but also Gaelic song and poetry, and videos and print material on Gaelic history. We believe that a language has to be understood as a product of its history and its present day experience. Without that it’s detached from the experience of its speakers. We also believe that the practice of language, history, cultural arts, and other disciplines inform one another, and cannot be fully comprehended in isolation. We strive to integrate these practices as much as possible.
We also strive for ways of being knowledgeable about and supporting developments in Scotland and the other Celtic countries, keeping us connected to the homelands of the language.
However, we are part of the heritage of the immigrant Gaelic community of North America. Our driving vision is to stimulate greater common use of Gaelic and foster a Gaelic speaking community here in the Chesapeake region that links up with Gaelic speaking communities and organizations in other areas. Far more than simply studying in classes together, we hope for a Gaelic community built on friendship and mutual support in which the language can thrive; a community where the participants see each other for life cycle events, get together casually, and support each other as in any community, but in this one we are building common use of Gaelic and fostering the culture today in our home area.
While we are rooted in Scottish Gaelic, we regard the Gaelic world, be it Scotland, Ireland, or the Isle of Man, as one cultural whole with linguistic and cultural variations. Many of us who currently participate have both Scottish and native Irish family lines.
We welcome all people interested in Gaelic language and culture who may find their place here in a variety of ways from attending classes or events to more intensive involvement. We hope you come as classmates and continue as friends and family.
If you are interested in joining us please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Just as every culture has a custom or tradition that brings honor to individual families, Scotland has the Highland Games for this reason. It’s believed that the concept of original events were brought to the mainland along with Irish immigrants in 4th and 5th centuries, who are said to have had the tradition since 2000 BC. Of course customs evolved over the years leaving today’s traditions including, but not limited to: bagpiping, Scottish dance, track events, fiddling, harp music, and heavy events.
An example of Highland Games evolution, is that of strength and agility. In 1040 BC Malcolm Canmore, the King of Scotland at the time, implemented strength and agility events as a way to seek out the sturdiest of men for soldiers and long distance messengers. In popular culture movies, such as Maid of Honor and Brave, it’s shown how this tradition is used to prove a man’s worthiness to marry into a family as well.
While athletes may be the physical center of Highland Games, bagpipers, dancers, and other musicians can also significantly honor their clans, or families, by demonstrating premier talent.
At first glance, any Highland Games may seem like a conventional collection of competitions, but a closer look will prove to show family representatives doing their best to bring pride and honor to their clans. Thus, the center of Highland Games is, in fact, clans, and is very much a family affair.
Without a doubt the Caber Toss is the most iconic of the Highland Games heavy events. How could it not be? Who easily forgets people individually picking up a telephone pole-looking log and throwing it up and over in the air? The name Caber, pronounced like kay-ber, is Scottish Gaelic for pole. The exact origins of this event is unknown. Many theories include proving to be the best whether in military circumstances or pitting clans against each other to settle feuds. A perfect toss is when the thrower tosses the end in their hands up and over, landing perfectly 180 degrees in front of them, identified by the judge’s arms raised straight into the air like an American football touchdown.
The second most iconic events include those of height. Weight Over Bar and Sheaf are said to be of military and/or farm origins. These are judged by vertical distance and if the implement is tossed over the set bar and between the uprights.
WEIGHT OVER BAR
A metal implement with a handle. Most toss it from a standing position, while some throw with a side sling or spinning approach. Women’s weights can be as much as 28 pounds and men’s can be as much as 56 pounds.
A simulated pile of hay, a burlap bag, is tossed with a pitchfork over the same bar used for Weight for Height. Women’s Sheaf can be as much as 12 pounds and men’s can be as much as 20 pounds.
Last but not least are the distance events including two versions, heavy and light, of Scottish Hammer Toss, Weight for Distance, and Stones.
The feet are fixed and may not move until release, unlike the olympic hammer. The Hammer itself is a metal weight at the end of a fixed handle, resembling a mace. Women’s Hammers are 12 and 16 pounds, and the men’s are 16 and 22 pounds.
A metal ball with a chain and handle is this event’s implement. Usually spun around a few times before being released, women’s implements are 14 and 28 pounds, while men’s weights are 28 and 42 or 56 pounds depending on the competition class.
Just like Shot Put except with irregularly shaped and weighted river stones. The heavy, Braemar, named for Highland Games in Braemar, Scotland, most notably known as the Royal Games where the Royal Family attends. The Queen shakes the athlete’s hands.
Athletes compete in every event. Their placement in those events add up to overall points, by which the aggregate is determined.
Due to smaller field and safety concerns, there will be 6 events: Caber, WOB, Sheaf, Heavy Weight for Distance, Heavy Hammer, and Braemar Stone.
Athletic fee ($30) includes water, sweatshirt, and hot lunch.
athletes limited, classes depend on registrations.
SATURDAY: Men's Open, Women's Open, Men's Masters 40+
SUNDAY: Women's Masters 40+, Novice
Kids will take to the Highland Games Field to test their "Strength" in a mock version of the "Scottish Heavy Athletics"
They will throw the Weight for height and distance, The Hammer, Caber Toss, The Sheaf/Sheep Toss and the dreaded Brae Mar Cabbage throw!
SATURDAY, 1/14 1:00pm to 2:00pm
SUNDAY, 1/15 1:00pm to 2:00pm
If you live in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or the Mid-Atlantic region and need a comedy children’s puppet / magic show, your search is over. Here at last is a fun-filled attraction that truly captures the wonder and pure imagination of childhood.
Founded in 1897, Horn’s Punch & Judy Show is America’s oldest and most unique children’s entertainment experience. Now in its third generation, Professor Horn continues this legacy with his clever comedy conjuring, novelty routines and his laugh-out-loud funny British Punch & Judy puppet show.
Professor Horn’s celebrated Punch & Judy Show is known to incite gales of laughter from audiences of all ages. Whereas youngsters adore the amazing feats of legerdemain, slapstick comedy and variety entertainments, parents can’t resist the nostalgic excitement this quintessential attraction conjures up from their own childhoods.
SATURDAY, 1/14 10:30am, 12:00noon & 3:00pm
SUNDAY, 1/15 12:00noon, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
Two performances in the round each day with interactive sessions for the kids
Friday, 4:30pm & 7:00pm
Saturday, 11:30am & 3:00pm
Sunday, 10:30am & 3:00pm
FRIDAY, 1/13 4:00pm to 10:00pm - The Harford Highlanders Pipe Band
SATURDAY, 1/14 10:00am to 5:00pm - The Kiltie Band Of York
SUNDAY, 1/15 10:00am to 5:00pm - Fire Brigade Pipes & Drums of Greater Baltimore
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