"The hottest band in the Celtic Realm" - The Boston Globe
DIRECT FROM IRELAND, COMING THIS MARCH TO VANCOUVER !
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With founding member Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh at the helm for nearly 30 years, Altan continues to be one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage.. more >>>
IMPORTANT MESSAGE re: CELTFEST 2013 & 2014 SUMMER SCHOOLS
After 12 years of uplifting and action-packed CeltFest summer events, we are not offering the summer school 2013 and 2014. Carolyn, the Exec & Artistic Director is pursuing her executive MBA and the CeltFest committee is correspondingly taking this time to regroup for more years ahead..
We are taking this rare opportunity to make space for other projects. Check back on this site for word on more workshops, concerts and other marvellous happenings soon, with planning now underway. As always, please contact us if you'd like to be involved with these.
We speak for our many volunteers over the years when we say we are grateful for a dozen years of your patronage, support, and love--received from all over the globe and heartfelt CeltFest summer festival memories to date. Thank you!
We look forward to seeing you at other CeltFest events forthcoming!
~Rene Cusson and Carolyn Phillips-Cusson
CELTFEST VANCOUVER ISLAND future events listings coming!
Watch for EVENT UPDATES NOW UNDERWAY
We are working on a "CeltFest Volunteer Hall of Fame" page, and and enhanced galleries, to be up shortly.
Past CeltFest events:
TIM READMAN & JENNIE BICE in HOUSE CONCERT
a kitchen party featuring pre-workshops
~a great way to spend the afternoon of Sunday, April 6th~
BARRA MACNEILS CHRISTMAS in Courtenay|Victoria--What fantastic shows! Thanks to all who came out
Canada's first family of Celtic music on Vancouver Island! More
~A BIG THANKS to all who participated in CeltFest 2012
Summer School & Concert Series
July 14-20 in Oak Bay, Victoria, BC ~ Keep the memories alive!
with PHOTOS, T-Shirts
***BELOW IS ARCHIVED 2012 for INFORMATION ONLY***
Play the sweet music, dance and sing!
QUICK REFERENCE: "Click on" references to all events are posted on the events CALENDAR. Concert Listings: Festival CONCERTS & EVENTS . Public Events and Workshops: EVENTS SUMMARY
NEW! Get the COMPLETE CELTFEST concerts experience!
CeltFestiValue! All 2012 Concerts & Ceilidhs at a discount! Pre-purchase a CeltPAK, which gives you admission to:
- Lori Watson & Innes Watson
- Stephanie Cadman & Owen Barrington
- Wacky Jig & Hornpipe Contest Family Pub Night, PLUS...
- Niamh ni Charra Band & CeltFest 2012 Sunset & Stars Gala Finale
and ALL ceilidhs to follow
NEW! NOT A SUMMER SCHOOL DAY STUDENT BUT WANT TO PLAY THE SWEET MUSIC, DANCE OR SING...as well as go to the concerts? Purchase a CeltPASS, which gives you all of the above PLUS unlimited access to Weekend, Evening and Special Participatory Workshops!
OFFER AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
EVER WANTED to try out the Gaelic Language, Celtic Art, listen to a speaker, or just watch it demo-ed? See Special Interest Participatory Workshops & Events »
MANY SUBJECTS! CeltFest SUMMER SCHOOL
Faculty & Performers include: Rose Fearon (ON)|Owen Barrington (USA) | Niamh Ní Charra (Ireland) Lori Watson (Scotland) | Stephanie Cadman (ON)| Innes Watson (Scotland) | Matt Griffin (Ireland) | Cathall King (Ireland)| James P. Troy (BC) | Colin Magee (BC)|René Cusson (BC) | Eileen McGann (BC)| Fiona Smith (BC) | Jennifer Stephenson (PQ)| Carolyn Cusson (BC) Paul O'Brien (BC) | Sandra Acton (BC) | John Beaton (BC) MORE TBA...
Welcome all Irish Dancers!
CeltFest Irish Dance Camp is an OPEN WORKSHOP, as declared by
An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland for 2012. This Irish dance summer school is therefore open to dancers of ALL schools worldwide-- regardless of any affilations in place.
VICTORIA: OUR NEW HOME for Celtic Heritage Week ! Fàilte!
The 12th Annual Summer School and Concert Series - known to many as the best Celtic summer camps and concerts of Celtic arts on the western seaboard - runs July 14-20, 2012.
The festival this year moves to beautiful VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada. Workshops and concerts will be centred in Oak Bay, a welcoming village with old-world charm! CeltFest 2012 offers both a world class international summer school and an exciting community concert and event series. Special Participatory Events and Workshops are open to the public on Saturday July 14th & 15th and go on throughout the week.
CeltFest SUMMER SCHOOL & WORKSHOPS
CeltFest's unique summer school, taught by world-class instructors , is held at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and offers a full week of programs and workshops in disciplines from dance (competitive forms through to social and kitchen dancing) and singing, to pipes, fiddle, guitar, penny whistle, bodhran, and even Celtic poetry! That is just to name a few. From beginner to professional and for all ages, CeltFest features something for everyone in your family.
CeltFest CONCERT SERIES
The public concert series, featuring internationally-celebrated performing artists, gathers plenty of momentum over the week with nightly Ceilidhs and performances open to all. The series kicks-off Monday with the Scottish duo Lori Watson & Innes Watson. Tuesday evening the incredible double-threat dancer-musicians: Stephanie Cadman & Owen Barrington, coming together from opposite ends of North America to perform for the first time! Wednesday there'll be light-hearted fun and serious student and professional talent at the CeltFest classic "Wacky Jig & Hornpipe Contest", a Family Pub Night, with a called ceilidh dance to follow.
CeltFest 2012 bids a fond farewell Thursday evening, with a "Sunset and Stars" Gala performance featuring the Niamh ni Charra Band--direct from Ireland---with a stunning line up of all 2012 CeltFest artists--- and guests! The Gala is sure to leave you coming back for more next year! PURCHASE ONLINE>>
CeltFest is a comprehensive educational and entertainment event unparalleled on the west coast. We welcome you to our Island playground to come Feis-ing with us!