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Céilidh!

Posted: December 30, 2012 - 1:02am

The Celtic Arts Festival will take place at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Jan. 19. All net proceeds from Céilidh! will benefit the Alaska Youth Choir’s participation in the production of King Island Christmas in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2013.

Céilidh (pronounced kay-lee) is the Gaelic word for “party,” and organizers promise this will be a day-long party not to be missed!

The morning Celtic Arts Academy, open to all ages, will be devoted to workshops and introductory classes on a wide range of Celtic arts ranging from bagpipes, dancing and drumming to Gaelic language, Scottish ale-making and whisky lore.

The afternoon Celtic Music Fest, also open to all ages will be filled with performances, including Guest Artist Jori Chisholm from the world famous Simon Fraser University Pipes and Drums, as well as local artists City of Juneau Pipe Band, Fire on McGinnis, the New Family, Liquid Genius and more. All of Juneau is invited to come enjoy Celtic music and dancing, as well as food and beverages provided by vendors.

The afternoon will also feature an intimate house céilidh, with traditional dancing hosted by caller Tom Paul.

At the evening Whisky and Beer Tasting — for the 21+ crowd — sample an array of fine whiskys, celtic brews and hors d’oeuvres with lilting ancient music.

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