BEREA — Downtown Berea will have a Celtic flare beginning Thursday as the third-annual Berea Celtic Festival gets underway.
Festivities will be conducted Aug. 16-19.
Tickets are available at the Berea Arts Center, 315 Chestnut St., from noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Thursday will feature a concert by Turlach Boylan (flute), Tim (Uilleann pipes) and Stephanie Benson (fiddle) and Beverly Buchanan (accordion) with Vince Burns (fiddle). The compositions are those by the late Paddy O’Brien of Nanagh in County Tipperary.
Russell Hopper also will be performing. Tickets for Thursday’s events are $12 each.
Friday’s events will begin at 6 p.m. with Liam’s Fancy on the Main Street Cafe patio. There is no charge for the 6 p.m. performance, but donations to the band are welcome.
A demonstration of Ceili (Irish dance) along with live music will begin at 8 p.m. in the First Christian Church fellowship hall on Chestnut Street, a five-minute walk from the College Square. Tickets for this event are $6 and $4.
There will be a “gathering” at the Berea Arts Center beginning at 10 p.m. where there are no ticket costs, but donations are welcome.
Saturday is packed with musical entertainment on the Main Street Cafe patio beginning at 11 a.m. with Martin McCann and Friends, Geoff Maher and Friends at noon; Cathy Wilde, Larry Green and Buddies at 1 p.m.; Red Wellies at 2 p.m.; Jeni Balcom and Gang at 3 p.m.; Turlach Boylan and Others at 4 p.m.; Dan Cummins at 5 p.m.; and Cathy Wilde, Larry Green and Buddies will perform again at 7 p.m.
There will be an array of events hosted at the Berea Arts Council during this time as well.
Balladeer Robert Tincher’s “Ballads and Coffee” storytelling will begin at 11 a.m.; Jeni Balcom will perform the Irish harp at 1 p.m., a song circle featuring singers Mich McEvilly, Cohort O’Samochain and Dan Cummins will begin at 2 p.m., Russell Hopper will present “Getting the Best out of Your Fiddle” at 3 p.m.; John Skelton will feature “Tunes for Brittany” at 4 p.m.; Benson and Cornelius on the pipes will begin at 5 p.m. and there will be an open folk song circle at 6 p.m.
The Music Makers Shoppe on N. Broadway in Old Town will feature a fiddle learn and workshop at 1 p.m. with Bella Issakova; Turlach Boylan will feature flute traditions from Belfast, N. Ireland at 2 p.m. and Randall Conn and Friends will host a Bluegrass Extravaganza beginning at 3 p.m.
The workshops/learnshops are $5 each, $10 for a Saturday pass.
The Celtic Concert will be conducted at the Berea Arts Center beginning at 8 p.m. with a “gathering” following at 10 p.m.
Sunday will begin at 10 a.m. with a breakfast jam session on the Main Street Cafe patio and another jam session will begin at 11 a.m. on the Boone Tavern Hotel patio.
Jennifer Balcom will play the harp during Union Church’s Sunday morning service beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Gray’s Auditorium on Berea College campus. Balcom will then be playing during lunch at Boone Tavern beginning at 12:15 p.m.
Visit www.berea-celtic.com for more information about this year’s Celtic Festival activities.
Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@
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