Friendsville Town Park Provides Setting for ‘Celtic Music Day’ | Local News

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FRIENDSVILLE – A “Celtic Music Day” presented by the Garrett County Celtic Festival will be held in Friendsville City Park on the Youghiogheny River on June 5 from 10:30 am to 6 pm.

Stage events will feature Celtic, Scottish and Irish music. Pipes and Drums will open the day with short concerts. The lineup also includes the Teelin Irish Dance Company.

Due to ongoing COVID guidelines, advance tickets will be required and are limited. Tickets can be purchased at gccelticfestival.com or at select Ruth Enlow Library branches until the limit is reached or until June 1. No tickets will be sold at the door. Visit www.celticfestival.com and FaceBook for more information. Any tickets won in 2020 through a special distribution, raffle or donation will always be honored.

Bands featured include Shanty Irish, Aurora Celtic and Seán Heely Celtic Trio.

Cumberland’s The Shanty Irish have been a featured group at the festival for the past five years and previously at the Highland Festival. The group consists of several friends who enjoy making traditional Irish folk music similar to what one would hear in ‘singing pubs’ scattered all over Ireland. Much of the music dates from the 18th and 19th centuries and tells stories of battles and revolution, love and the wonders of Poitin and porter (whiskey and beer).

Experience the music of Scotland and Ireland with the Seán Heely Celtic Trio, made up of US National Scottish Violin Champion Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam and Scottish flute player Tracy Jenkins. Original compositions abound and they have rich vocal harmonies in their song repertoire which includes ballads, sailors’ songs and songs from Irish and Scottish folk tradition.

Aurora Celtic, originally from the hills of West Virginia, plays original and traditional music for guitar, violin, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that connects the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and the Appalachians. Band members Alice Fleischman, Michael Broderick, Chris Bern, and Wes Ridenour are multi-instrumentalists who have performed in the Mid-Atlantic States, the Kennedy Center, and Europe. They were featured on NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock music program.

The Ruth Enlow Library will have take-home projects for children to enjoy as a family. According to Thomas Vose, director, “We will have a craft for young children as well as a medieval illumination activity for older children and teens,” said Thomas Vose, director of the library. “We will also be highlighting our Friendsville Library Building Project, which we are fundraising for, and people will be able to learn more about the future of their library there.”

All close gatherings and the events they contain have been phased out this year due to COVID-19. While food and drink will be available, the Celtic Marketplace will not be taking place.

Registered guests are encouraged to bring chairs, small tents, and blankets to enjoy the day.

This year’s event is sponsored in part by grants from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority: Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West, Garrett County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and is produced with the support of many volunteers.

Questions can be directed to [email protected] or 301-501-0304.


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