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
SUNDAY, 1/15 10:00am to 5:00pm - SEVEN NATIONS, SEAN HEELY CELTIC BAND, POEHEMIA, COR CYMREAG REHOBOTH
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.
Côr Cymraeg Rehoboth (Rehoboth Welsh Choir) is a performance choir in the great tradition of choirs from the valleys of Wales. Since 1984, Cor Cymraeg Rehoboth (Rehoboth Welsh Choir) has represented Welsh-American culture and the Welsh choral tradition in the Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware region. Based in Delta, PA and associated with the Rehoboth Welsh Chapel there, Cor Rehoboth has performed for local hymn sings (Cymanfaoedd Canu), festivals and concerts in the region, as well as tours of Wales, the Maritime provinces, and New England. Notably, the choir sang at the wedding of Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas. The choir sings in Welsh and English and welcomes anyone interested in choral singing.
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.
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.
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, 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 & SUNDAY, 1/14 & 1/15 10:30am, 2:00pm & 4:30pm
Two performances in the round each day with interactive sessions for the kids
Friday, 6:00pm & 8:00pm
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 - Baltimore City Pipe Band