Denver Celtic Music

The Elders in town this weekend

Written on 6 March 2018   By   in Uncategorized

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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

Colcannon this weekend

Written on 21 February 2018   By   in Celtic music, Concerts, Scottish music

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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! 

Colcannon at Midwinter Bluegrass Festival

Written on 15 February 2018   By   in Uncategorized

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

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

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

Swallow Hill Teacher Concert

Written on 22 January 2018   By   in Concerts

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Swallow Hill teachers will give a great performance.

Swallow Hill teachers will give a great performance.

Swallow Hill Music School’s 2nd Annual Teacher Feature

January 27th Saturday

Doors open at 8 pm

71 East Yale

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see talented teachers on: fiddle, ukulele , guitar. banjo, pedal steel guitar, bass, piano, vocals, harmonica, Celtic harp (Star Edwards!), flute percussion, mandolin . This will include : folk- pop- jazz- rock – bluegrass

Tickets on sale now.

Colcannon’s annual holiday show at Nissi’s

Written on 15 December 2017   By   in Concerts, Irish music

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colcannonMick with Colcannon says he hopes you’re enjoying this Holiday season. He wanted to let you know that they have a concert coming up at Nissi’s. This will be the annual presentation of the Colcannon Christmas Holiday show and will take place on Tuesday, December 19 at 7.30 p.m. So come and have dinner 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)

Mick, Jean, Mike, Brian and Cynthia hope you can make it!

Christmas with Colcannon December 16

Written on 10 December 2017   By   in Uncategorized

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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). 

Kindred Spirits special winter performances

Written on 29 November 2017   By   in Celtic music, Concerts

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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!

Tune-Song Workshop with Brian Ó hAirt

Written on   By   in Celtic music, Concerts, Irish music

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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).


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

Written on 10 November 2017   By   in Uncategorized

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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.

15th Annual Colorado Dulcimer Festival Press Release

Written on 1 November 2017   By   in Celtic music, Events, Festivals

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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