If you’re interested in a full blown Celtic festival in March (a festival that includes entertaining traditional music and dance, ethnic foods, various workshops, demonstrations, and more) you’ll have to head to Evanston, Wyoming because Utah just doesn’t have one.
Ceili at the Roundhouse is an annual two day festival that draws internationally famous performers from Ireland and Scotland, as well as top performers from here in the Intermountain West.
Held in Evanston’s beautifully restored Roundhouse and Railyards Complex, the festival offers “traditional Celtic music, entertainment, Highland dancing, children’s activities, traditional music and dance workshops, ethnic foods, the drink, and more, all day, all weekend!”
You’ll recognize one of the headliners from our Music Mondays post “The One With Full Set.” They’ll be playing Friday, March 21, with local Celtic Jazz quartet Synkofa opening for them.
“Full Set create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots. Having received critical acclaim for their debut release, even being compared to supergroups such as Danú & Altan by respected Irish Music Magazine. FullSet are set to thrill audiences throughout the world.”
Headlining Satuday, March 22, The Prodigals “are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East-Coast Irish scene. The band members grew up largely in Ireland; their original songs blend a funky and anarchic energy that is pure New York with a passion for the traditional music of Ireland. The band has headlined major venues and festivals throughout the United States, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Chicago, Boston and Maine, as well as abroad in Canada, Germany and Ireland.”
This year’s local performers include Antrim Rose, Colin Bott, CrossStrung, Flint and Steel, Rovin’ Boozers, Red Branch, The Salt Lake Piping Club, and Mark Cantor of KRCL’s “Fret and Fiddle” show.
Besides music and dance, Ceili at the Roundhouse will include various lectures (like the one on Irish Life & Culture given by members of Full Set), Medieval fighting demos, leather working and jewelry making instruction, a Beginning Irish Stepdance workshop with Eamonn Moloney, and lots of storytelling and craft making for kiddos.
There are just too many incredible activities to mention!
Head over to the Ceili at the Roundhouse website by clicking HERE to see the Festival Schedule as it is being developed (subject to change).
March 21 – 22, 2014
Festival Hours –
Friday, March 21: 3pm – Midnight
Saturday, March 22: 10am – 10pm
Festival Ticket Prices –
All/Full Weekend Pass – Single: $30.00
All/Full Weekend Pass – Family: $75.00
Headline Concert Only – Full Set, March 21, 8 pm: $15.00
Headline Concert Only – The Prodigals, March 22, 7 pm: $15.00
Daytime Only Friday Admission 3-8 pm: $5.00
Daytime Only Saturday Admission 10am-7pm: $5.00
Children 7 and under: FREE!
Festival Location – All Events Held Indoors
Roundhouse & Railyards Complex, 1440 Main St., Evanston, Wyoming.
Ceili at the Roundhouse is just a little over an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City! For more information and to order tickets, go to www.youngmusicians.net.
Images courtesy theilr on Flickr, YoungMusicians.net, FullSet, and The Prodigals. Thank you!