Edmonton’s Celtic Festival set to go in August

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Source: http://www.edmontonjournal.com

By Roger Levesque, edmontonjournal.com

EDMONTON — Edmonton’s third annual Celtic Festival will pack 11 acts into one long Saturday extravaganza this August.

Celtic rockers Fraid Knot, St. James Gate, Claymore and McQuaig, and acoustic-oriented folk acts like Keri Lynn Zwicker, Sarah Burnell and Stephen Maguire are all set to perform at Hawrelak Park’s Heritage Amphitheatre Saturday, Aug. 14.

Two Edmonton-area dance groups will be on hand, Mattierin Dance Troop and Celtic Dance Academy, while the Edmonton & District Pipe Band will ensure that the pipes are blowing. Finally, Knights of the Northern Realm, a re-enactment troupe will walk the site in period armour with occasional battle skirmishes.

At a media launch Wednesday, spokesman Michael Purcell admitted that the festival “went a little too big, too fast” in expanding to a two-day Friday-Saturday schedule last year. The decision to go with one longer day this year will help the volunteer-run event channel resources more effectively.

“I think we’ve found that there is a large audience for Celtic music,” says Purcell. “We’re developing a large following especially with families. You can get there first thing in the morning and the kids will have a lot to do. It’s a good show for all ages.”

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