The Celtic Invasion Is Near: The Austin Celtic Fest Returns to Austin This Weekend

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The cultures of countries like Ireland, Scotland, and Wales meet the shores of Ladybird Lake at the 17th Annual Austin Celtic Festival. Musicians, dancers, storytellers, and the like will come together November 2 and 3 for the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas.

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The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas!

Time to get discounted tickets is running out so get yours soon. Go online to before November 1 and with each donation of $12 or more you will receive a free ticket. Children under 13 get in free. Come celebrate the cultures of Celtic nations through four stages of traditional music and dance as well as storytelling, Celtic animals, professionally instructed music workshops and a full Highland Games competition. This event is a critically acclaimed and world recognized gathering featuring an authentic, genuine experience of the Celtic culture. Join us for this iconic Austin event perfect for the whole family.

Time: Noon to 7:30 Sat and Sun
Gates open at 11am
Fiesta Gardens
2102 Jesse E. Segovia

Tickets are $15 at the gate, or receive a 20% discount when you buy your tickets online before November 1.

The Austin Celtic Festival is proud to host some of the world’s leading Celtic artists. This year, Irish music legend Paul Brady joins the festival lineup. Brady has been at the forefront of the Irish music scene for over 40 years. Bob Dylan once dubbed Brady a “secret hero” along with artists Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed.

Other popular acts include Scotland’s Paul McKenna Band, hailed “the best folk band to come out of Scotland in the last 20 years” by the New York Times, ACF Legacy band The Prodigals from NYC, the world-renowned Hanz Araki Band. Araki will perform with special guests Takeaki Nagahama and Aiko Obuchi, the current leaders of the Irish music scene in Japan, showing that Celtic music is appreciated and performed across the world and in many other cultures.

Traditional Irish acts include Keane-Moore-Milton, fronted by James Keane revered innovator of the Irish accordion, The Yanks, multiple All-Ireland Award winners, and The Horan McAuley and McElholm Trio formed by members of the Irish supergroup Solas offer traditional Celtic music with a modern edge. Each year the ACF Music Panel selects top-scoring regional and national musicians to perform at the festival. This year’s picks include The Tea Merchants, Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums, The Selkie Girls, Finvarra’s Wren and more.

ACF will be providing opportunities for local musicians to attend workshops instructed by many of this year’s headlining musicians. Lectures include beginners and advanced Irish fiddle, Scottish Guitar, Irish drum (bodhran), and Whistle/Flute. Intermediate and Master level workshops require a reservation and purchase of an additional ticket in advance for access to these classes. All beginner workshops are at no charge with the purchase of a festival ticket.

The ACF this year will be packed with many other cultural activities for all ages including displays of mini horses, a miniature Highland Cow, Celtic dog parade, traditional storytelling by Mairtin de Cogain (a two time All-Ireland storytelling champ), as well as Highland Games, Viking Invasion demos, GAA Gaelic Sports Demo, primitive Celtic campsite and more.

Four dance troupes (The Hill Country Highland Dancers, Austin Scottish Dance Society, Inishfree Austin Irish Dancers, and the Scottish Country Dance Alliance) will be performing this year at ACF, providing top-of-the-line Celtic dance routines and beginning dance workshops featuring Scottish Country Dance and Irish Ceili (party) dance.

For sports lovers we have two days of Highland Games. The full Heavy Games competition lasts all day both days of the festival with a special Children's Games on Sunday. For Saturday attendees stop by the Celtic Cowboy's area for a chance to test your skills in their Gaelic Football and Hurling demos.

Media badges are available. Please send requests to austincelticfestival(at)gmail(dot)com before 10/30/13.

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