Celtic music, culture to invade Breckenridge
June 23, 2011
Kilts, beer, food, step dancing and Celtic music converge this weekend at Main Street Station plaza, where the Breckenridge Celtic Festival will return for the second year Saturday.
The hardy celebration of all things Irish and Scottish was a huge hit last summer, drawing crowds of more than 1,000 people to town for a day of music, games, food and culture.
“(Last year) we had a sea of 80-year-old Irish people in kilts with coffee and lawn chairs (in the morning),” said organizer Karin Bearnarth with organizer Bash Events. “And the music is so good that we had young people dancing through the end of the event.”
Summit County’s only Celtic festival begins this year at 9 a.m. with performances by vocal group Strictly Acapella and the Celtic Step Dancers.
Bagpipe and drums musicians of the Colorado Emerald Society will take the stage at 11 a.m. followed by one of the festival’s headliners, The Indulgers.
The three-time Westword World Music Award winning Irish band will take off for another show in Denver around 2 p.m. making way for the Warsaw Poland Brothers, a traditional Celtic group with a Ska twist.
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Celtic pirate rock band Potcheen, rocking a name that means illegal moonshine whiskey and a sound that combines traditional Celtic with bluegrass, zydeco, punk, jam, blues and rock influences, will close the festival with what promises to be a high energy performance beginning at 4 p.m.
While mom and dad enjoy the festivities and music overlooking Maggie Pond, there will be plenty for the kids to do as well. A children’s fun area will include a quad bungee jump and a new attraction called a bobble pit, which allows kids to race around a small pool of water safe and dry inside human-sized hamster balls.
Some of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to support Cancer Climber, an organization founded by mountain climber and cancer survivor Seth Swarner, who will attend the event.
More information on the performance line up and festival, presented by Bash Events, Guinness and the Quandary Grille, is available on the Town of Breckenridge website at http://bit.ly/mKFtay.