STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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All ages are welcome at the 24th annual Greater Philadelphia Mid-Winter Scottish & Irish Music Festival & Fair Feb. 12-14.
It would have to be held indoors, right? Where is it?
The Valley Forge Casino Resort’s Events Center, Route 363 and First Avenue, Upper Merion.
Is it pretty well attended?
According to festival organizers, 4,000 people stop by over the course of the weekend.
Friday night, there’s just a single concert?
The more than 30 vendor shops and craft exhibitors will also be open during the Kick-Off Celtic Concert. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8, with Philadelphia’s The Hooligans, Scottish war drum, bagpipe and didgeridoo group Albannach (“the Scottish version of ‘Stomp’,” according to festival organizers East of the Hebrides) and Canada’s The Mudmen.
What other Celtic happenings will there be the rest of the weekend?
Running 9:30 a.m. to midnight Feb. 13 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 14, activities include Irish and Scottish Gaelic language, Scotch and Irish whisky tasting, dancing, kilt making and “What the Heck is a Bagpipe?” seminars; cultural exhibits; Celtic fraternal organizations; Irish and Scottish beers and food. Saturday performers on the second floor stage areas include the Cummins Irish Dancers, Campbell Highland Dancers, Rosemarie Timoney Dancing and John the Scottish Juggler. Sunday performers on the second floor stage areas include the Campbell Highland Dancers, Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers, Celtic Flame Dancers and Rosemarie Timoney Dancing.
How much are tickets?
Friday tickets are $18, $30 Saturday, $25 Sunday, $67 for a three-day pass. Children 12 and under get in free all weekend.
Tell me about the music the rest of the weekend.
On Saturday and Sunday more than two dozen musical groups — from traditional to Celtic rock — will perform.
Saturday’s acts are Albannach, Screaming Orphans, The Mudmen, Seamus Kennedy, Gabriel Donohue, Searson, The John Byrne Band, McLean Avenue Band, Oliver McElhone, The Brigadoons, The MacLeod Fiddlers, Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks, Mollie Larkin, Diane Kadyk, Companions of the Cross, The Sea Dogs and Washington Memorial Pipers. CHECK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT THE JOHN BYRNE BAND
On Sunday, catch Screaming Orphans, Albannach, The Mudmen, Searson, Jamison, The Brigadoons, Seamus Kennedy, Timlin & Kane, Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks, Diane Kaydak, Mollie Larkin, The MacLeod Fiddlers, Companions of the Cross, The Sea Dogs and Washington Memorial Pipers.
What kinds of things will the vendors have?
Claddagh jewelry, clan crests, tartan scarves, kilts, Scots and Irish clothing, accessories, CDs and other Celtic wares.
Do I have to have Scottish or Irish family lineage?
I don’t care for meat pies or haggis. Is that OK?
Food options include American fare as well.
Where can I find out more?
See the complete schedule at www.eastofthehebrides.com, call (610) 825-7268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.