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KVMR Celtic Festival


Publicity Contact:
Peter Wilson - 530-477-0708
Producer Contact:
John Taber
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Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac
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McLean Avenue Band
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Screaming Orphans
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Screaming Orphans
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The Hanz Araki Band
featuring Colleen Raney and Cary Novotny

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Scottish Games
Jam Sessions
KVMR Celtic Festival



WHO: Community Radio KVMR 89.5 FM

WHAT:  18th Annual KVMR Celtic Festival

WHEN: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 26-28
10:00 am to 10:00PM on Saturday
10:00 am to 8:00PM on Sunday
Seniors are admitted at 9:00 am on Sunday only for complimentary coffee, scones and preferred seating.
Friday, September 27, 4:00 to 7:00PM - FREE Youth Arts Program
        7:30 to 11:00 – Ceilidh Dance

WHERE: Nevada County Fairgrounds
        11228 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley, CA  95949

TICKETS: $10 - $48, Camping and RV hookups are available
        Tickets at
        or by calling 530-265-9073
        Information at or 530-265-9073


CONTACT: Peter Wilson,, 530-913-3345


    LOTS of great photos available in the festival gallery - call for high resolution -


KVMR’s 18th Annual Celtic Festival & Marketplace, September 26-28.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is transformed into a Celtic Village. World-famous Celtic musicians perform on our main stage to. Mainstage musical headliners for this year include festival favorite Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac, Screaming Orphans, Runa Hanz Araki Band, McLean Avenue Band, Tempest and many more.

Shopping and dining opportunities abound with over 50 vendors and a complete Irish Pub.  Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds. 

We will again be offering our Free Friday Youth Arts Program, giving local students ages 10-18 the opportunity to participate in workshops with headline performers. New this year will be the Friday night Ceilidh – a Celtic party with music, dancing and revelry under the stars.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend.  History buffs can explore several encampments of “Guilds” who re-create points and places in time. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies.

Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, story telling, and romping on the straw bales.
We hope you and your family will join us for this year’s KVMR Celtic Festival.   

YOUTH ARTS PROGRAM - Friday, September 26 from 4:00 to 7:00PM
The Celtic Festival's Friday Youth Arts Program has grown to be a wonderful afternoon of music, magic, dance and arts instruction for aspiring artists. Participants, ages 10-18, learn from world-class artists and festival headliners. Youth participants in the program can take 1-3 consecutive workshops of their choice.
The FREE program includes workshops and a discounted youth day pass for attendees.

FRIDAY NIGHT CEILIDH - Friday, September 26 from 7:30PM
This year the KVMR Celtic Festival will get a running start on Friday night with our first-ever Friday Night Ceilidh - an evening of Celtic music and dance featuring Reel of Seven and internationally acclaimed dance caller Linda Henderson.
Reel of Seven is considered one of the country’s premier Celtic dance bands featuring Andy Imbrie on piano, fiddler Deby Benton Grosjean, cellist Renata Bratt, with percussionist Gary Campus keeping the beat. They've released two CDs and have collectively performed throughout USA and abroad.
There’ll be line, circle, and couple dancing for all ages and abilities.  No need to come with a partner - it’s a great way to socialize and meet friends.
The Friday Night Ceilidh will be held at the Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds with indoor space for dancing, an outdoor deck with food and a full service pub, and beautiful garden space for relaxing and enjoying the evening.

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