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Exploring Celtic Roots & Branches

Curated by A Celtic Sojourn’s Brian O’Donovan & Maeve Gilchrist
Thursday, August 27-Sunday, August 30, 2020

After a spectacular inaugural festival last August, Brian O’Donovan and Maeve Gilchrist return for their 2nd Annual Rockport Celtic Festival, created in partnership with Rockport Music. The 2020 Festival will trace the connections between Celtic music and Scandinavian music—Norway, Denmark, Sweden, The Orkney and Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland. The Scandinavian cultures have as much in common with the Celtic isles as mainland Scotland.  Additionally, the Festival will bring back the sea shanties, work songs and nautical music and lore, as well as the Words and Music program, and the “after hours” sessions upstairs. Saturday night will welcome back the extraordinary chamber orchestra Palaver Strings, which brought many wonderful moments last year.

FEATURING
Maeve Gilchrist & Brian O’Donovan, co-artistic directors

Palaver Strings (13 member chamber orchestra)
Corner House
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Cathy Jordan, singer, multi-instrumentalist (Dervish) | Keith Murphy, guitar | Louise Bichan, fiddle
Eamon O’Leary, guitar, mandolin, vocals (Murphy Beds) | Jackie O’Riley (dancer) & Joey Abarta (uilleann piper) | Dan Trueman, fiddle | Farsan

and more to come…

Schedule

Thursday, August 27 :: 7 PM
OPENING NIGHT: CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

Opening Night will bring together the finest Celtic, Scandinavian and American folk musicians performing today to pay homage to the deep-rooted musical traditions from the artists’ respective countries while also illuminating traditional instruments in a new, cutting edge light. This is after all, what our festival is about!  Tickets: $72, $66, $50

Friday, August 28 :: 7 PM
THE CELTIC-NORDIC CONNECTION

The cultural imprint of a people who broadly became known as Vikings is still in clear evidence today in England, Scotland and Ireland. The music reflects the austere beauty of Sweden, Norway and the North-Eastern Scottish Isles –  Orkney and Shetland – which are culturally as Scandinavian as they are Scottish. The concert will also bring Norwegian Hardanger fiddle utilized in a completely fresh, contemporary, and cutting-edge way.  Tickets: $69, $62, $49

Friday, August 28 :: 10 PM
CELTIC SESSION

A welcoming, informal gathering of traditional musicians, hosted by the extraordinary pan-celtic group Fàrsan and featuring  guest appearances by many of the performers at the weekend concerts.  Tickets: $27 seated, $10 standing

Saturday, August 29 :: 2 PM
UP CLOSE WITH…

An up-close look at the artistry of some of the artists involved in the weekend with in-the-round discussion and a mini concert exploring various styles, instruments, and genres of Celtic/Scandinavian music and song.   Tickets: $10

Saturday, August 29 :: 7 PM
STRINGS ON STRINGS

Building on last year’s groundbreaking Strings on Strings success, this year’s concert will have the chamber orchestra Palaver Strings return in a concert showcasing the best in both traditional and classical worlds.  Tickets: $69, $62, $49

Saturday, August 29 :: 10 PM
CELTIC SESSIONS

A welcoming, informal gathering of traditional musicians, hosted by the extraordinary pan-celtic group Fàrsan and featuring  guest appearances by many of the performers at the weekend concerts.  Tickets: $27 seated, $10 standing

Sunday, August 30 : 12 PM
WORDS & MUSIC: THE CELTIC SPIRIT

A meditative Sunday hour with poetry, prose, and music.  Each of our curators, Brian and Maeve, are fans of poetry from all corners of the earth.  Regularly, in their own productions, spoken-word is combined with music to create a new whole, and the effect is moving in ways that often surprise.  Many of the other musicians from the weekend’s line-up plus cameo appearances from New England writers and musicians are anticipated again this year.    Tickets: $10

Sunday, August 30 : 4 PM
SONGS AND STORIES OF THE SEA

Saluting the history of Cape Ann and its place in Atlantic Maritime History this will be a celebratory closing concert full of songs and stories of the sea. Tickets: $72, $66, $50

Thank you to our Celtic Festival Corporate Partners!