Who:  Almonte Celtfest

What:  A 3 day music festival – Friday night in the pubs, Saturday and Sunday in the open natural amphitheatre of Gemmill Park

When:  July 10, 11 and 12, 2015

Where:  Gemmill Park, Almonte ON

Why:  to celebrate the traditional Celtic music, song and dance of the Ottawa Valley

On July 10, 11 and 12 in beautiful downtown Almonte, Almonte Celtfest is a fun-for-all ages celebration of the Ottawa Valley’s music, song, and dance heritage. Held in Almonte’s Gemmill Park natural amphitheatre, local pubs, and the Old Town Hall, Almonte Celtfest features excellent concerts, workshops, artisans, food venues, a sheltered senior’s area, and Little Celtz children’s activities. Admission to the festival is by donation.

Gemmill Park is a 20 minute drive from Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, and is located behind the Almonte Community Centre (free parking) at 182 Bridge Street and the Almonte Old Town Hall can be found at 14 Bridge Street, Almonte.  Downtown Almonte is a short 2 block walk from the main stage in the amphitheatre.

“Fiddles, bagpipes, dancing, singing – we have it all,” says festival Co-Chair Jane Torrance. “In our 19th year, we love to celebrate our Ottawa Valley Celtic heritage, and we throw one heck of a party!”

This year’s entertainers include a mix of headlining, regional and local bands including The Dardanelles, Steel City Rovers, The Peelers, Hadrian’s Wall, Pascal and Nicholas (of Genticorum), Celtic Cross Dancers, Triple Trouble, Barley Shakers, Alexander George, Kyle, Emily and Anthony, the Hans Sisters, and well-known fiddle champions Sherryl Fitzpatick, Randy Foster and Dennis Harrington.

Bring your lawnchair and be prepared to clap along, and maybe even get up to dance!

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Details

July 10

  • Downtown Almonte Pub Night from 7-12 with a shuttle bus between venues from 8pm to 12; pub passport costs $5, and includes a free beverage when redeemed at Almonte Celtfest
    • Almonte Legion – Brandy ‘n’ Port
    • Moose McGuires – Steel City Rovers
    • Barley Mow – Greg T. Brown and Gilles Arsenault
    • Naismith Pub – Wednesday Night Session Players

July 11

  • At Gemmill Park Amphitheatre
    • Live music from 12 to 10pm
    • Little Celtz from 12 to 4pm
    • Seniors Tent 12 to 10pm
    • Artisan Market and Food Vendors 12 to 10pm
    • Beer Gardens 12 to 10pm
  • At Gemmill Park upper fields
    • Celtic Athletics (Gaelic Football and Hurling) from 12 to 6pm
  • At Almonte Old Town Hall
    • Celtic College ( fiddle, accordion, tin whistle, voice, bohran) from 10 am to 12
  • Downtown Almonte
    • Buskers from 12 to 4

July 12

  • At Holy Name of Mary Church
    • Fiddle Mass starts at 10:30
  • At Gemmill Park Amphitheatre
    • Live music from 12 to 6pm
    • Little Celtz from 12 to 4pm
    • Seniors Tent 12 to 7pm
    • Artisan Market and Food Vendors 12 to 6pm
    • Beer Gardens 12 to 6pm
  • At Gemmill Park upper fields
    • Celtic Athletics (Gaelic Football and Hurling) from 12 to 4pm
  • At Almonte Old Town Hall:
    • Celtic College (Contra Dancing)  from 2 to 4pm
  • Downtown Almonte
    • Buskers from 12 to 4

 

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