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CelticFest Planning Meeting

All are welcome to attend the next Celtic Heritage Society CelticFest planning meeting Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Fenian’s Pub.  6pm

Jackson Irish Dancers will be hosting a free céilí from 4-6 so come early and join in the fun!

Fenian’s Pub is located at 901 E. Fortification Street Jackson, MS 39202

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can find us by searching…CelticFestMS

 

It’s Official!

The Celtic Heritage Society is pleased to announce that CelticFest Mississippi is moving to the Spring!  The 26th CelticFest will take place on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at the Mississippi Ag Museum from 10am to Midnight.

Yes, we are shifting to a one day festival to better use our resources to bring you additional events throughout the year. Based on historical attendance figures, the overwhelming majority of attendees are only coming on Saturday anyway so it just makes sense.

All the events you look forward to in the Fall will happen including Highland Games Demonstrations, Workshops, Vendors, Food, Dance Performances, our famous Céilí and of course amazing Musicians!

We know this change may mean that some of our longtime friends and festival goers will not be able to attend this year and for that we are truly sorry.  We hope that you will find a way to join us and to share in what we believe is our best option for keeping CelticFest Mississippi going.

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CelticFestMS NEEDS YOU!!

Calling all friends of CelticFestMS!

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We need more volunteers to help keep this great festival going.  It has been successful for 25 years now and has become a favorite of so many, not only in MS, but abroad as well.  However, it takes a mighty village to pull off a successful event and lately our village has decreased in numbers to the point where it is no longer mighty enough to do everything that needs to be done.  We need more help!
At this weekend’s Mostly Monthly Ceili at Fenian’s Pub in Jackson (Sunday, 11/13, 2-5pm), we will be seeking new (or returning) volunteers to join our planning team in hopes that we can make a 26th CelticFestMS a reality in 2017.  Please consider how you can help with any of these:
  • Financial (budget, grants, fundraising, sponsorship, insurance, permits, etc.)
  • Publicity/Communications (posters, signs, banners, promotions, TV, radio, print, social media, website, email)
  • Commerce (food/drink/merch vendors, hospitality, t-shirts, CHS Booth)
  • Volunteer coordination (transportation, gate management, badges, misc. fest duties)
  • Grounds (layout, lighting, security, staging, stage lighting, sound, tents, golf carts, set up, tear down)
  • Fest Activities (music, dance, workshops, ceili, kids area, clans, highland games, photography)
We hope to be able to keep the festival going, but we can’t do it without more help.  Please sign up at the Ceili or email us at celticfestms@gmail.com.

CelticFestMS 2016 was an absolute BLAST!

To all the amazing Performers, generous Sponsors, fantastic Vendors, extraordinary Volunteers and especially to all the Lovely People who came from near and far to enjoy CelticFest 25, we offer an enormous & heartfelt THANK YOU!  We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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The 25th Annual CelticFest Mississippi: September 9-11, 2016

Kindred Spirits Whisky Tasting

Friday Sept. 9, 2016 at 7:00pm.  Tickets available online HERE.

Select “Kindred Spirits Whisky Tasting” from the menu for more info.

Headline Acts

Donie Carroll with Heather Bixler and Don Meade; Bouzouki Brothers; Celjun; Éamonn de Cógáin; Gailfean; John Walsh; The Máirtín de Cógáin Project; Open the Door for Three; Shannon Dunne; Tim Britton and Albert Alfonso.

Select “2016 Artists” from the menu, then click “Featured Artists” for more info.

Dancers

Shannon Dunne; Éamonn de Cógáin; Caelin Hanna; Jackson Irish Dancers; Mcelroy Irish Dance Academy; Mississippi Cloggers; The New Orleans Irish Set Dancers; Sheila Ryan and The Ryan School of Irish Dance

Select “2016 Artists” from the menu, then click “Dancers” for more info.

Regional Musicians

Beirt le Cheile; Bofum; Catherine Koehler; Celtic Crossroads; Chambless & Muse; Cooyne & Reeves; Donna Fitch; Jim Flanagan; Michael Harrison; Kilburn High Road; Louisianna Rhymers; Rob Millette; New Orleans Strathspey and Reel Society; New Orleans Quarter Shanty Crewe; PCS Pipe Band; Red Wellies; Sean McGuinness; Smithfield Fair; Spirits of the House; St. Brigid’s; Vulcan Eejits; Wild Irish Roots

Select “2016 Artists” from the menu, then click “Musicians” for more info.

Workshop Presenters (still confirming)

Shannon Dunne; Éamonn de Cógáin; Roberta Stamp and Kathleen Richards, Sheila Ryan; Albert Alfonso; Beanie Odell; Bella Isakova; Brian Conway; Catherine Koehler; Chuck Bishop; Chuck Spano; Don Meade; Donie Carroll; Donna Fitch; Jim Flanagan; John Burleson; John Coyne; John Whelan; Larre Reeves; Louisianna Rhymers; Michael Harrison; Mike Hryekewicz; New Orleans Quarter Shanty Crewe; Noel Reid; PCS Pipe Band; Steve Whitlow; Tim Britton; Tony Davoren; Vincent Fogarty

Select “2016 Artists” from the menu, then click “Workshops” for more info.

Additional Ceili and Session Musicians

Chad Beauchaine; Rachel Fagan; Richie Stafford; Karen Trundle;

2016 Festival

CeltiFestMS 2016 will be September 9-11, 2016.  Artists and events are being finalized and the website will be updated as details become known.

Cabot Lodge Millsaps will again be our host hotel.  Be sure to request the special CelticFestMS rate when you make your reservations.

The Kindred Spirits Whisky Tasting will be on the Friday night as usual.  Tickets are not available yet, but we’ll let you know when they are.

Eamonn de Cogain will return to lead the popular Ceili Mor on the Saturday night – always a blast!

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