Join us for a great night of traditional Irish music, singing & maybe even a little dancing!
Button accordion and melodeon player Paul Brock is a multiple All-Ireland champion from Athlone, County Westmeath now residing in Ennis, County Clare. Brock co-founded Brock McGuire Band in2000 with fiddle player Manus McGuire. The band has gone on to record a number of highly acclaimed albums including Green Grass Blue Grass, a collaboration with 14-time GRAMMY Award winner Ricky Skaggs celebrating the connection between Appalachian and Irish music. In 2014, the band performed a fully-scored program of their music with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, Mississippi. Paul is joined in his band by leading Irish musicians Denis Carey, Shane Farrell and Eimear Arkins.
Denis Carey from Newport, Co Tipperary is a musician, composer and arranger. Denis is known for his solo work and as a member of the award-winning group, the Brock McGuire Band. He has performed and recorded with many well known artists nationally and internationally. His compositions have been performed and recorded by a wide variety of musicians including Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada, where he has played on many occasions and by the Scottish National orchestra. Denis is currently collaborating with leading Irish songwriter Brendan Graham (composer of many hits including, “You Raise Me up” and “Isle of Hope Isle of Tears”.
Shane Farrell is a multi-instrumentalist born in Manchester, UK to Irish parents. He grew up in a household steeped in traditional Irish music and started playing at 7 years of age. He quickly mastered mandolin, before progressing to banjo and fiddle. He has been performing live since the age of 12 with a variety of musicians and groups around the world including The Irish Rovers, Charlie & the Bhoys & Lúnasa. Shane was All Britain and All Ireland World Champion on Fiddle, Banjo & Mandolin on numerous occasions, and has won many awards playing with Ó Carolan Ceili Band.
Eimear Arkins is a multi-instrumentalist from Roan in County Clare. In addition to playing the fiddle, harp and tin whistle, Eimear is also an award-winning singer in both Irish and English and dancer. She holds 11 All-Ireland titles across a variety of competition categories and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Canada and North America with a number of bands, including Cherish the Ladies.
The next meeting of the Celtic Heritage Society will be Sunday Oct 1, 2017
Fenian’s Pub 901 E. Fortification Street Jackson.
We’ll get rolling at 6pm following the Jackson Irish Dancers Céilí with live music from Emerald Accent. Come early and get your jig on! The céilí is from 4-6.
Open to all. Now is a great time to join us and to become part of making the next CelticFest MS a success!
Regarded by many as the world’s best traditional flute player, Kevin Crawford is best known through his work with Lúnasa, with whom he has played for the better part of 20 years. He also works extensively with Martin Hayes (The Gloaming) and John Doyle.
Kevin is joined by virtuoso fiddle player, Colin Farrell. Farrell has worked with what reads like a who’s who of Ireland music’s top traditional artists, including Flook, Gráda, Karen Casey, John Doyle, Julie Fowlis, The Michael McGoldrick Band, and Lúnasa.
Rounding out the lineup is an All-Ireland winning multi-instrumentalist, Patrick Doocey. Patrick is one of Ireland’s most in-demand session musicians who has worked with Sharon Shannon, Liz Carroll, Lúnasa, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Téada, Buille, Cathal Hayden, Karan Casey, and singer Sean Keane.
The Celtic Heritage Society is very pleased to announce that CelticFest Mississippi will be moving to the SPRING!!! The 26th Festival will take place the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day in March 2018 at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum! The things you have loved about CelticFest in the Fall will continue including Kindred Spirits Whisky Tasting, Highland Games Demonstrations, Workshops, Vendors, Food, Dance performances, our famous Céilí and of course amazing Musicians… without all the heat! Mark your calendars NOW and please share with all your friends! ☘️
The Mostly Monthly Ceili will be Sunday, September 10, 4-6pm at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., Jackson MS 39202). Music by Emerald Accent; dancing by Jackson Irish Dancers and YOU…and your kids, grandma, and neighbor who you’ve been wanting to catch up with. Come one, come all! It’s family-friendly and it’s free (we pass the hat for donations).
There will be a planning meeting this Sunday, September 10, after the ceili at 6pm, also at Fenian’s Pub. We’d love to have your input as we plan for the spring festival!
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.
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:
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!
Friday Sept. 9, 2016 at 7:00pm. Tickets available online HERE.
Select “Kindred Spirits Whisky Tasting” from the menu for more info.
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.
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.
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;