Fifth Annual ARCA Foxburg Scottish Festival

The fifth annual ARCA Foxburg Scottish Festival will fill the air with traditional Scottish and energized Celtic music. Music will pulsate in downtown Foxburg beginning Friday night with the sound of bagpipes, fiddles and traditional song echoing up and down the river valleys. The Festival begins Friday night August 16th with a traditional Ceilidh at 7:00 PM on the Foxburg Green. The Ceilidh will feature the always very Scottish singer entertainer Carl Peterson, the beloved tartan tenor Robert Murdoch, and the superb Patrick Regan as the opening night piper. Joining these very Scottish fellows for the first time at the Ceilidh will be the very popular sweet celtic/Scottish sounds of Maidens IV. Wholehearted and full of life, Maidens IV delivers high-action Celtic and Roots music. Due to their travel and tour schedule Maidens IV will be performing only at the Friday night Ceilidh. The Ceilidh is a donation supported “Pass the Hat” event.

New for this years festival is an exciting Celtic/Scottish band THE CELTIC MARTINS from eastern Pennsylvania for sure to delight visitors and audience on Saturday August 17th Festival day at RiverStone Farm and in concert Saturday night downtown Foxburg at Lincoln Hall at 7:00 PM. The Celtic Martins, a family band from south-eastern Pennsylvania, is an exciting, energetic group that features traditional Celtic music as well as highland step dancing. A performance by the Celtic Martins will feature the musical ability of the six Martin children, ranging in age from 21 to 6, accompanied by their parents on guitar and bass, and drummer, Elijah Roeder. Instruments include: Irish whistles, mandolin, bagpipes, and percussion along with the fiddle. The Celtic Martins have been performing since 2004 and has quickly become a musical sensation, performing throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland at various fairs, festivals, and other venues. The closing concert will be opened by bagpipes and a few stories as Highland Bagpiper Patrick Regan warms the audience. Saturday night concert tickets are adults $10.00 students $ 5.00 children under 12 free.

Music will heard throughout the Festival on Saturday August 17th at RiverStone Farm. The MacDonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh will open the games and festival and will be heard throughout the day. Carl Peterson will headline the music entertainment along with Bob Murdoch the Scottish tenor in the Music Grove on Festival Day. Again there will be a Solo Piper competition, with pipers coming by high and low roads to take part in the competition. Patrick Regan piper and instructor/entertainer will judge the Solo events. An expanded highland dance group will be joining the other music entertainers. The Crazy Piper and the Plaid Chameleons will also be on the grounds as well as the Scottish Tartan juggler. The Scottish dogs will have their day as there will sheep herding demonstrations and obedience and agility ring for Scottish dogs. If it should rain not to worry many of the activities will move indoors. There will also be Athletic Competitions including the tabor toss, a soccer clinic and shoot out contest, Golf hole in one game, face painting, story telling, Scottish food, vendors, carriage rides, and more. It promises to be a great family day at picturesque RiverStone Farm, gate fee for adults is $ 10.00, children 6 to 12 $ 5.00, and children under 6 are free. For more festival information visit ARCA’s website www.alleghenyriverstone.org, or call 412-867-1816.
Scottish Festival Flyer

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