Denver Celtic Music

Spanish Peaks Music Festival September 19-22

Written on 5 August 2019   By   in Celtic music, Events, Festivals

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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.

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