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Get some hammered dulcimer this weekend

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dulcimerJoin the bands “Balance and Swing”, “The Gael” and The Colorado Dulcimer Festival crew for a lively evening of music. These bands play a wide variety of music, from contra dance tunes to old-time, Jazz to modern pop inspired work, and lively Celtic pieces.

Tina Gugeler of Balance and Swing (with Susan and John Reading on fiddle and keyboard) is a multi-year winner of the National Hammered Dulcimer award. The Gael (Phylleri Ball on Accordion and Bohdran, Bill Ikler on Guitar, Arwen Ek, vocals, Laura Fisher on Hammered Dulcimer and Debbie Smiley on fiddle.) is a local acoustic band featuring uptempo Irish and Scottish music and more.

These 2 bands feature the hammered dulcimer, a unique and beautiful instrument and will give you a taste of what’s in store at the upcoming 17th annual dulcimer festival concerts and workshops in Littleton, February, 2020 (see the website for more details and how you can join in the fun in February. They will even have rental instruments for absolute beginners!) At the concert intermission, you can visit the dulcimer “petting zoo” to try the instruments out for yourself!

Tickets for Saturday at Swallow Hill’s website.

6 January 2020     0 Comments

The Elders say goodbye at the Colorado Irish Festival

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The Elders will be performing at the Colorado Irish Festival all three days, Friday – Sunday, July 13th – 15th in Clement Park, Littleton.

The Elders were founded in 1998 by six individuals with a passion for music rooted in Americana and Celtic folk rock. From the beginning The Elders seemed to be channeling something ancient and enduring – something unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. Their ability to bring together the art of storytelling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base, as well as critical acclaim.

Send off the Elders in style at the Colorado Irish Festival.

Send off the Elders in style at the Colorado Irish Festival.

After 20 years, The Elders are making their final tour in 2018 and perhaps, their last performances in Colorado at the Colorado Irish Festival. Tickets available at the main gate.

12 July 2018     0 Comments

The Elders in town this weekend

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Join The Elders at a venue near you.

Join The Elders at a venue near you.

The Elders TRUE Tour is coming our way. Here are the dates and venues for this always entertaining band.

Thursday, March 8
Soiled Dove Underground
7401 E. 1st Ave. Denver, CO 80230
Doors @ 7:00 Show @ 8:00
Friday, March 9
Stargazers Theater
10 South Parkside Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80910
Box Office: 719-476-2200
Doors @ 7:00 Show @ 8:00
Saturday, March 10
Rialto Theater
228 E 4th Street Loveland, CO 80537
Box Office: 970-962-2420
Doors @ 7:30 Show @ 8:30

6 March 2018     0 Comments

Colcannon at Midwinter Bluegrass Festival

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Colcannon out with a new CD, Wild Orchid. Photo courtesy of

Colcannon out with a new CD, Wild Orchid.
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Colcannon will perform at the Midwinter Bluegrass Festival on February 17, at 5 p.m.  The venue is the Northglenn Ramada Inn at I-25 and 120th Avenue in Denver. The festival runs from the 16th through the 18th of February. Colcannon will be playing a 40 minute set at 5 p.m. on Saturday the 17th. The rest of the time the halls and corridors will resound with the sweet sounds of world-class bluegrass. It’s a good time. More information here.

Master storytellers are Colcannon; their performances cast a musical and narrative spell that once heard is difficult to cast away. ~ John McLaughlin Williams

15 February 2018     0 Comments

Christmas with Colcannon December 16

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colcannonBroomfield Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present Christmas with Colcannon on Saturday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., with a repeat performance on Sunday, Dec. 17, 3:00 p.m.


Colorado’s premier Irish music ensemble is back with the BSO for two special holiday performances. The program includes:Mrs. Hooligan’s Christmas Cake, Old Sam’s Christmas Pudding, Christmas in Brooklyn, Drive the Cold Winter Away, and many others.


The performance will be conducted by BSO Music Director David Brussel, who encourages you to be there and try to spread the word to friends and family. The last time they hosted Colcannon four years ago, one performance sold out and other performance was a near sell-out, so get those tickets early.


Broomfield Auditorium

3 Community Park Road, Broomfield


Tickets: $6-$25. They can be ordered online (click HERE). Any remaining tickets may also be purchased at the door up to one hour prior to performance. Seating is general admission.

Click HERE for Senior Coupons ($2 off), which may also be used for online orders (see Discount Code). 

10 December 2017     0 Comments

55th Annual Colorado Scottish Festival Comes to Edgewater August 4&5, 2018!

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The St Andrew Society of Colorado has announced the move of their annual Colorado Scottish Festival back to the Denver Metro area in the City of Edgewater. The festival was held in Highlands Ranch for many years, until that venue became unsuitable and it moved to Snowmass. That town provided a friendly and beautiful setting, but some attendees disliked the distance from the major population areas and the cost of a mountain resort. It appears the Society listened to their concerns.

Music is always a highlight at the Colorado Scottish Festival.

Music is always a highlight at the Colorado Scottish Festival.

Chieftain, Timm Herrod says, “We want to make everyone who attends feel like they have stepped into Scotland for a day. Expect all the classic elements of a world class Scottish Festival and Highland Games: the crowd-pleasing Scottish heavy athletics caber tossing (the ‘telephone pole’ event), the swirling kilts and leaps of Scottish Highland dancers, Scottish country dancing, the stirring spectacle and haunting tunes of pipe bands from around the state, whisky tastings, Clan Village, Colorado’s own Renaissance Scots, living history, Scottish food, British Dogs, British Cars, Parade of Clans and so much more!”

The St. Andrew Society states, “Our mission of sharing traditional Scottish culture and innovative Highland Games remains our passion. We couldn’t be prouder to continue our popular and unique event with our Edgewater neighbors.” There was another event in Edgewater, but it was canceled last year to to organizational difficulties.

For more information, or if you are interested in getting involved as a sponsor or volunteer, please visit , follow on Facebook at ColoradoScottishFestival and Twitter at@ColoradoNessie.

10 November 2017     0 Comments

Gobs O’Phun outdoor concert at Anderson Park in Wheat Ridge

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unnamedGob s O’Phun will present a “Performance in the Park,” Wednesday, July 12  from 6.30-8pm. This event will be at Anderson Park, 4355 Field St. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

This is a free concert, presented by the City of Wheat Ridge, in this outdoor, family-friendly pavilion. The Gobs are known for celebrating traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to best enjoy this event.

Hailing from “County Denver”, Gobs O’Phun is a traditional Irish and Scottish, acoustic folk band that originated in the family living room. Brothers-in-law Denis Sullivan and Martin Lambuth form the duet. They accompany themselves with guitar, bodhran and harmonica.

They are not an instrumental or dance band. They sing songs that tell stories. And because of the universal themes in the songs – whether it’s love, relationships, honor, pride, overcoming adversity, freedom or humorous in nature – their music appeals to all cultural backgrounds. The term “gob” is slang in the Celtic isles for your mouth, befitting a band that is more of a vocal group than instrumentalists. And when they frame their music with historical notes as well as spontaneous, humorous banter, you never know what fun will come out of their gobs!

The “Gobs” are family-friendly (or can pretend to be), tailoring their show to suit the audience. They started their public career performing in pubs, but extended that base to play festivals across the region (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana, as well as the cities of Chicago and St. Louis); public events such as the alcohol-free First Night Colorado New Years Eve and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City; private parties and corporate events; schools (elementary-college); senior centers, nursing homes, churches and even a convent.
As you can see, they have a wide demographic appeal.

Although many associate their music with March, the Gobs play year-round — they’re not just for St. Patrick’s Day!

11 July 2017     0 Comments

Annual Colcannon Holiday Concert at Nissi’s

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Colcannon will present their annual Christmas Holiday Concert at Nissi's on Tuesday. Photo courtest of

Colcannon will present their annual Christmas Holiday Concert at Nissi’s on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of

Colcannon have announced they have 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 13 at 7.30 p.m. So come and have dinner and join this heartwarming Irish band 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)

11 December 2016     0 Comments

North American Comhaltas in Chicago April 20-24

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The 2017 North American Comhaltas Convention will be held in Chicago during April.

The 2017 North American Comhaltas Convention will be held in Chicago during April.

The North American Comhaltas, or Irish Music and Dance Convention, will be hosted this year by the Murphy Roche Irish Music Club at the Hilton Northbrook, just a few minutes from O’Hare airport in Chicago. The convention is held in a different location each year. The gathering will begin with a Ceili on Thursday, April 20 and will conclude with a  Package Brunch, Set Dance Workshop, and Farewell Ceili after Irish Mass on Sunday, April 24.

In between, Liz Carroll will be featured at a banquet, to be followed by dinner and dancing. There will be ceilis and sessions galore, and lots of workshops, with 4 Junior Entertainer tracks and 4 Adult Musician tracks. Set dancing will keep you on your feet well into the evening. There will also be the usual amenities of a luxury hotel, and organizers expect the entire facility to be booked for the Convention.

Some local Irish musicians may have met Joe Martin at the Irish Snug session when he was in town, and he invites everyone to join their session at Murphy Roche any time they’re in Chicago.


10 November 2016     0 Comments

Samhain celebration at the Soiled Dove

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Nallen’s Irish Pub, Irish Network Colorado, The Celtic Connection, will celebrate (Halloween/Samhain/ Celtic New Year,etc!) Friday October 28 with TOMMY FLEMING  “Voice of Ireland” and his band at the Soiled Dove in Denver.  Doors at 7PM show at 8PM.  All Ages Show/All Seats Reserved at  direct link:   or

24 October 2016     0 Comments