Welcome to the 10th Annual Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival!

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September 25th – 28th

Happy Birthday to the Festival and a warm welcome to you – both seasoned and new-comer attendees, artists, teachers, and supporters, alike! This year marks our 10th anniversary of delivering exciting, educational, and memorable Celtic experiences to our wide and enthusiastic audience. We invite you to come and join in the birthday celebration.

 

The Festival will throw a mammoth ceili blast after Saturday night’s concert. Joining us this year will be our most popular visiting band: FullSet. Other favorites returning to take part in the festivities are Jerry O’Sullivan, Sean McComiskey and Mairtin de Cogain, representing our Irish contingent; Margaret Bennett, Alison Bell, and Ed Miller, representing our Scottish contingent; and Festival anchors, Adam Agee and Jon Sousa with special guest Jessie Burns, the acclaimed fiddle soloist who toured for six years with the American-Irish supergroup Gaelic Storm. This lineup is guaranteed to keep you singing, dancing, and playing music for four straight days and nights!

 

This year, we also pay tribute to an important Colorado anniversary, the Ludlow Battle in 1914 between the striking coal miners and the militia. In the early years of the 20th century, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and continental Celts made up part of the over 30 different nationalities represented in the Southern Colorado mining camps and ultimately the Ludlow tent colony. The tragedy of Ludlow was the massacre of a group of mothers and children who were trapped when their tents were set ablaze. The whole of Huerfano County will commemorate “The Year of Ludlow” on the Saturday before our Festival in September. Our contribution to that commemoration and to our own Festival will be the presentation of an original musical play based on the autobiography of Mary Thomas, a beautiful Welsh singer and young mother of two small daughters. The play tells her story of life in the Delouga Mining camp – when the strike began – life in the Ludlow tent colony, the close friends she made, the horrendous hardships endured, the good times the mining families enjoyed as they sang and danced together, the battle, and Mary’s subsequent visit to the White House.

 

Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat

The Spanish Peaks Harp Retreat is also celebrating its 10th year of offering multi-level harp workshops and instruction. Harp Retreat events will take place 24 – 28 September  in concert with the Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival which takes place 25 – 28 September. This year, the Festival and Retreat coincide with Colorado’s commemoration of the centennial of the Ludlow Massacre, a watershed moment in American labor relations. 2014 also marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, a major triumph in the Scottish historic fight for independence, and the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, a decisive victory for the Irish. In keeping with the theme of resistance, conflict, and loss, the Harp Retreat will focus on songs of protest, battle, and lament from Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.
For the Harp Retreat schedule of events and registration information, please visit spanishpeaksharpretreat.com.