Denver Celtic Music

Category: Celtic music

Colcannon Christmas Show 18 December

Share This:


December 18, Colcannon will present their annual Christmas Show at the The Longmont Theatre, 513 East Main Street at 7:30 p.m. Featuring The Hub of Eternity, Christmas in Brooklyn, Rug Muire Mac do Dhia and a host of season songs and music. Mick says there’s no better way to get in the Christmas mood . . .

25 November 2019     1 Comments

Spanish Peaks Music Festival September 19-22

Share This:

Spanish Peaks, Huerfano County Colorado (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Spanish Peaks, Huerfano County Colorado (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival will be held September 19-22 in Huerfano County, Colorado, with events taking place in the communities of La Veta, Walsenburg, Gardner, and Cuchara, and at Uptop on Old La Veta Pass.

This festival is now in its 13th year fulfilling its mission to serve Huerfano County and beyond with fantastic concerts, singing, dancing, and tale-spinning plus a wide variety of instrumental workshops taught by our guest artists. The festival also provides free community activities like the 6th Street Hooley Concert in Walsenburg; their very popular picnic ceili (a musical party) at Up Top; Scottish and Irish folk dancing in La Veta Park; a Sunday Sing Along, and numerous free beginning instrumental workshops. Then there is our all-important Schools Outreach Program, which includes artists’ visits to every school in Huerfano County.

The Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival is designed as an intimate four-day gathering led by renowned guest artists, teachers, and scholars from Celtic countries abroad, Canada, and the United States. The Festival offers over 60 different events, including major concerts; two singing programs; instrumental workshops and master classes; a series of demonstration talks and performances on aspects of Celtic music, history, and folklore; a Celtic Harp Retreat; a newly established Piping Retreat; and sprinkled throughout are ceilidhs/ceilis and playing sessions where anyone can freely join in or enjoy as an audience. Finally, the friendly ambiance and spontaneous interplay between artists and participants spark the exciting sharing of music, ideas, and knowledge, all reflected gifts from the fullness of a rich Celtic experience.

More information, tickets, schedule, and more at

5 August 2019     0 Comments

Skean Dubh at Swallow Hill

Share This:


Skean Dubh will be kicking off the St. Patrick’s Day season at Swallow Hill this Saturday at 8 PM. Tickets available at

Skean Dubh is an acoustic Celtic band, in the Colorado Rocky Mountain region. Unforgettable vocals, Uilleann bag piping, and fiery fiddle.

Skean Dubh is one of the most enjoyable Celtic/Acoustic bands in the Rocky Mountain region. Their diverse repertoire spans centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, Scottish ballads, Irish pub-songs, Celtic folksongs, and gorgeous slow airs. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and extremely musical vocals that make their performances unforgettable. The music may be Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to full on rock. They have continually delighted audiences both with their musical styling and with their unusual instrumentation (a unique blend of traditional and modern instruments) including: Uilleann, (Irish) bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, mandolin, bodhran, djembe, doumbek, and accordion.

Since 1994 Skean Dubh has performed, at numerous, major Celtic festivals such as the Colorado Irish Festival, Kiowa Celtic Highland Games, Rocky Mountain Highland Games, Longs Peak Scottish Festival, High Plains Scottish Irish Festival, and the Grand Junction Celtic Festival, and too many more to mention.


5 March 2019     0 Comments

Skean Dubh in Niwot on Saturday

Share This:

skeandubhCome join Skean Dubh for an afternoon of  acoustic Celtic music that features uilleann pipes, fiddle tunes and songs from Scotland and Ireland. Other instruments include Celtic harp, unforgettable vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, and bodhrán.

Saturday, January 26th
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Old Oak Coffee Shop
136 2nd Ave B, Niwot, CO 80503


24 January 2019     0 Comments

Colcannon at Nissi’s

Share This:

colcannonColcannon have announced a concert coming up at Nissi’s. This will be their annual presentation of the Colcannon Christmas Holiday show and will take place on Tuesday, December 18 at 7.30 p.m.

So come and have dinner — the food is very good! — and join them for an evening of Christmas revelry, rascality and reflection! 

Nissi’s is at 2675 North Park Drive, Lafayette, CO (MAP) 

There’s more ticket information here: (Tickets) 

17 December 2018     0 Comments

Colcannon in Evergreen

Share This:

colcannonColcannon will perform at Evergreen Center Stage on Saturday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.  It’s a lovely, intimate venue and Mick says “We’re greatly looking forward to playing there again.”

The address is 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen CO 80437  and you can get tickets here.or  call  303-674-4002. 

6 November 2018     0 Comments

Colcannon this weekend

Share This:

colcannonColcannon announces their upcoming performances with the Cherry Creek Chorale this weekend. On Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 they’l be performing at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113. Both shows are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets may be purchased online until noon on Thursday and after that at the door. 

Should be a couple of great nights! 

21 February 2018     0 Comments

Kindred Spirits special winter performances

Share This:

winterspirit“Winter Spirit” is coming!

If you’ve not yet had opportunity to enjoy one of these winter concert evenings with us, you have something spectacular to discover! Kindred Spirits members can hardly wait to share the fun, joy, magic and musical merriment with their concert attenders.

At this concert these merry musicians will feature material with a winter theme. Kindred Spirits members like to fondly refer to their repertoire as the “Hits of the 16th century” or any century from 11th to 18th as this is the period from which most of their pieces are drawn.  This year’s concert entitled “Winter Spirit” will include enchanting and ancient winter themed melodies played by Kindred Spirits and their extraordinary special guests!

This year’s exceptional special guests include:

  • Eric Olson on uilleann pipes (the Irish bag pipes) and whistles
  • James Messerich on djembe, bodhran (Irish drum) and misc. percussion

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm)
At Swallow Hill Tuft Theater, Denver, CO  80210
Tickets: $15 in advance, $2 less for members  (Purchase Online Here!)   Tickets are $17 day of show, $2 less for members
or call:  303-777-1003

Saturday, December 9th, 2017, 7:30pm
Arts At Cabrini at St. Frances Cabrini Music Room Theater
Tickets: $10 (Purchase Online Here!)
6673 West Chatfield Ave., Littleton, CO 80128

Come join us for an evening of musical merriment!

29 November 2017     0 Comments

Tune-Song Workshop with Brian Ó hAirt

Share This:

Brian Ó hAirt, singer, instrumentalist, and dancer, will be offering a workshop and a concert in Boulder on Saturday, December 2nd.

Brian is the only American to have ever won the All Ireland senior singing competition. He is a fluent Irish speaker, and has an extensive knowledge of the history of the music. His repertoire is largely from the Conamara region. You can read more about Brian on his website, here:

His workshop is not to be missed. A full description of the workshop from Brian can be found below. Highly recommended for both singers and instrumentalists — anyone interested in the Irish music tradition.


Workshop Description from Brian:

Tune-Song workshop

“The vocal music of Ireland encompasses the breadth of human emotion. From heartbreaking laments to songs of emigration and deportation to florid love songs, much of what one encounters within the Irish tradition are songs fully formed and relating a narrative. There are, however, forms of mouth music and ‘silly’ songs that utilize melodies that have either been pulled from the instrumental tradition or have found their way into its repertoire. Often extemporaneous and requiring a nimble tongue and hearty lungs, these songs utilize vocables and humorous language in Irish and English to convey a melody very much aligned with dance music. Come experience both sides of this tradition—the songs and tunes—in a workshop aimed at both singers and instrumentalists. Expand your knowledge and repertoire of the tradition, explore ideas of phrasing and lift, and gain an understanding of the elements of style that can be applied to singer and musician alike. Lyrics and sheet music will be available but emphasis will be placed on learning by ear so please bring a recording device.”


Saturday, 2 December

4:00-6:00 PM Workshop: $35. Plan to arrive a 10 minutes early to park and settle in.

6:00-7:00 PM Potluck Dinner Break: Very casual. Bring a dinner for yourself with the option of sharing.

7:00 Doors

7:30 Concert: $10-$20 Suggested Donation (Free for Workshop Attendees).

1-hour session to follow the concert performance. Bring your instrument and your voice!

Location: The home of Debra and Russell Agee, Sunshine Canyon, Boulder



Space is limited. For Address and Directions, please email Adam with “BRIAN” somewhere in the subject line and include:

›› Your phone number (to reach you in case of last minute instructions)

›› The number of people in your party

›› Whether you will attend the workshop, concert, or both

›› Note: Advance ticket purchase is not required. Please come with cash or check, and consider bringing some extra money to purchase CDs from the artists!

Email Adam with subject “BRIAN”:

Email RSVPs will be accepted up until noon on Friday, December 1. After that, please call or text Adam directly at (720) 975-6232 or(303) 440-4148 (the landline at the venue).



15th Annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival Press Release

Share This:

Image courtesy Colorado Dulcimer Festival

Image courtesy Colorado Dulcimer Festival

Come and learn how to play, or improve your current technique on the Mountain or Hammered Dulcimer. This is an entertaining, educational festival (held at St. James Presbyterian Church 3601 West Bellvue Avenue, Littleton, Colorado 80123) with 2 days of workshops on February 2nd and 3rd , 2018.


Classes are available for absolute beginners to advanced players. Rental Instruments are available. You will encounter many styles of music, from Celtic to Old-time to fiddle tunes and sometimes even Jazz or ragtime! There are multiple jam sessions on both days and concerts both evenings. We have out of state guest teachers, nationally known players (and 3 national champions! )who teach both instruments, and also wonderful local teachers. Our nationally known guest teachers this year are Kim McKee (with her husband Ken Willson) from Colorado Springs (mountain dulcimer) , and Ted Yoder from Goshen, Indiana  (Hammered Dulcimer).


This year we have a new Children’s Mountain Dulcimer afternoon workshop on Saturday 1:30-4:20 plus optional participation in the contra dance band from 4:30 to 5:45-this is geared for children ages 8-12.


No previous experience necessary and dulcimers will be provided. See website for registration and details.


We welcome back out of state teachers Erin Mae(mountain Dulcimer) and our festival’s founder and great teacher in both hammered and mountain dulcimer, Steve Eulberg. Our great local instructors will be Bonnie Carol, Tina Gugeler, Dianne Jeffries, Paul Weidig, Malacha Hall, and Judy Jones. A returning popular feature that premiered last year will be a contra dance where participants can play in the band or dance (no previous experience required!). The Colorado Dulcimer Orchestra will also perform.\


Many of our instructors play in the 2 nightly concerts, so be sure to come hear these instruments played by some of the best performers in the country! Each evening’s concert will be different, and both are sure to please. Expect an exciting, unique acoustic evening of many different instruments and styles of music.


Concerts are open to the public, with tickets available at the door both nights (concerts will be from 7-9:30 pm). If you are curious to hear or are interested in learning either of these wonderful instruments, attend the workshops and/or come to the concerts!


Information on costs, further details and registration at

1 November 2017     0 Comments