Exploring Celtic Roots & Branches

Curated by A Celtic Sojourn’s Brian O’Donovan & Maeve Gilchrist
Friday, August 23-Sunday, August 25

For over three decades, Brian O’Donovan has been hosting A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH, a program exploring traditional and contemporary music from around the Celtic world. He’s also well known for his live concert series A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, as well as many other presentations around New England.  In partnership with Rockport Music and working in close collaboration with fellow Artistic Director, Edinburgh-born harpist/composer Maeve Gilchrist, Brian is proud to present the first annual Rockport Celtic Festival- Exploring Celtic Roots and Branches. Featuring a wide and quite extraordinary variety of new and familiar musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers, the weekend will focus on the genre’s broad and vibrant range with a strong emphasis on crossover and collaborative work between musicians from different genres including classical, jazz, and American Traditional. This will be a dynamic and interactive weekend featuring mainstage concerts, workshops, intimate salon-style sessions in our third floor space, and much more. This will be a gathering rarely, if ever, seen before.

FEATURING
Maeve Gilchrist & Brian O’Donovan, co-artistic directors
Mick McAuley
(Solas)- accordion, guitar, whistle
John Doyleguitar, vox 
Oisin McAuley
– (Danu), fiddle 
Bruce Molsky & Allison de Grootfiddle, banjo, vox
Palaver Strings (13 member chamber orchestra)
Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna
The Seamus Egan Project with Moira Smiley
Jenna Moynihanfiddle
Mairi Chaimbeulharp
Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer (Murphy Beds)
Maura Shawn Scanlin and Conor Hearne (Rakish)
Kevin Doyle– dancer
and more

Schedule

Friday, August 23, 7 PM
The Celtic/Appalachian Journey
The Journey of Irish and Scottish music to America | Tickets: $49-$69

Friday, August 23, 10 PM
Celtic Session Upstairs
Hosted by Festival Directors Brian O”Donovan and Maeve Gilchrist, musicians congregate upstairs for a fun evening performing together and interacting with the audience. Tickets: $25 seated | $10 standing

Saturday, August 24, 2 PM
Celtic Workshop: Harmony and traditional song accompaniment
The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) and guests demonstrate and discuss their unique harmonic approach to traditional music and the use of guitar and bouzouki in accompaniment. Tickets: $10

Saturday, August 24, 7 PM
Strings on Strings
Featuring classical crossovers in traditional music and new compositions | Tickets: $49-$69

Saturday, August 24, 10 PM
Celtic Session Upstairs
Hosted by Festival Directors Brian O”Donovan and Maeve Gilchrist, musicians congregate upstairs for a fun evening performing together and interacting with the audience. Tickets: $25 seated | $10 standing

Sunday, August 25, 2 PM
Words & Music/The Celtic Spirit
A meditative Sunday hour with poetry, prose, and music. Tickets: $10

Sunday, August 25, 5 PM
Closing Concert: Songs and Stories From the Sea
Saluting the history of Cape Ann and its place in Atlantic Maritime History this will be a celebratory farewell concert full of songs and stories of the sea.| Tickets: $49-$69

Thank you to our Celtic Festival Corporate Partners!