Kern County Scottish Society

Celtic Music Festival

6th Annual Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival 2014

Friday Oct 3rd - 7:pm to 10pm - and - Saturday Oct 4th at 10:30am to 10pm

CSUB Amphitheater - 9001 Stockdale Hwy, in Bakersfield, CA
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News!!! Bands Performing for 2014
Friday: Celtica (after Scotch Tasting)
Saturday: Celtica, Whiskey Galore, Tempest, Molly's Revenge,
Banshee in the Kitchen, and Wrenwood
Check back for more info as we finalize the schedules and line-ups.

Food, drink Vendors, Refreshments, Prizes
Haggis, bangers, hotdogs, champs BBQ, pizza, kettle corn, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, and more!
For breaking news, helpful hints and interesting tidbits, please check on Facebook!   
Tickets will be available soon or at the gate.
Friday - $10
10 and under free
Saturday - $20 Adults
10 and under free
Two Day Festival Pass - $25 for both days!
            10 and under free

Last Years Line-Up (2013)  It was a fantastic line-up!

  Friday Night 7:45pm!  The Young Dubliners are a Celtic Rock and Roll band that formed in LA in '88.  They are an incredible act that all ages will more than enjoy!
  Saturday 12:15pm:  Loved in Tehachapi, David Ogden will lead Sunday Drivers to the Fest with an incredibly talented ensemble of musicians to present traditional tunes with an exciting edge.
  Saturday 1:45pm:  Revel in your Scottishness!  The Scots group The Gillie Wheesels deliver lively and rousing traditional music from the Land of the Leal (Scotland) and the Emerald Isle (Ireland).
  Saturday 3:15pmBakersfield’s sirens of Irish song, strings and accordion.  Banshee in the Kitchen  are back with their beautiful renditions of traditional Irish songs and melodies.
  Saturday 4:45pm: Bakersfield's longest running Irish/Scottish band Whiskey Galore is back with their up on your feet, American bred, Celtic fed, rousing renditions of traditional and pub tunes.
  Saturday 6:15pm: Finally in Bakersfield Brother brings it’s eclectic Australian Celtic style to the CSUB Amphitheater.
  Saturday 8pm: Wicked Tinkers brings back their high energy, tribal Celtic sound that will have you dancing on tables!

Scotch lineup tasting in 2013 was:
Isle of Skye 8yr (94 points Whisky bible)
Isle of Skye 12yr
Arran 10yr (Gold Medal 2012 San Francisco Spirits Competition)
Arran 14yr (Double Gold Medal 2012 San Francisco Spirits Competition)
Kilchoman Machir Bay
Cameronbridge 34yr (Duncan Taylor Single Cask Cask Strength)

Chris Uhde is the President of the Southern California Whiskey Club. He is also the Scotch Master for the United Scottish Society of Southern California, the West Coast brand Ambassador for Impex Beverages, and the Whisky Advisor for the Daily Pint in Santa Monica. He has been featured in Tasting Panel Magazine and has 14 years in the Spirits industry. Affectionately known as the Whisky Red Head or Whisky Ginger, Chris travels throughout the West Coast educating both retailers and consumers about the process of making and drinking fine whiskies.

What to bring
Bring comfortable chairs or your favorite blanket, and/or a small umbrella.
Sorry to say, no picnic baskets, outside coolers, outside food or drinks are allowed to be brought in to the festival grounds.
Non-threatening dogs on leashes are allowed when accompanied by doggie bags.


In 2009, the first Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival was held.  It was so much fun we decided to commit to producing it annually. Our purpose is to increase the awareness of the great tradition of Scottish and Irish music (that gave birth to Bluegrass, Country and now Celtic Rock), in Bakersfield, Kern County and all of Central California.  It is also the most fun music around.

Our purpose is to increase the awareness of the great tradition of Scottish and Irish music (that gave birth to Bluegrass, Country and now Celtic Rock), in Bakersfield, Kern County and all of Central California.

We also wanted to bring a new entertainment event to Bakersfield that can be enjoyed as a family and  appeals to all ages.  One that showcased the fantastic local talent that already is known throughout the state. Additionally, we wanted to bring great groups from outside the area to draw people from all over to make this an event that will grow. 

The BCMF is about the preservation and popularization of Celtic Music, however, peruse and purchase the merchandise and food provided by our vendor friends while you are there.

We also wanted to raise awareness and support for local groups and agencies that need financial help.  The BCMF supports the Jamison Children's Center for Abused Children, an underfunded agency that is vitally important to far too many children in Kern County, and we hope you will help us in that endeavor.  Last year, the 2012 Music Fest allowed us to donate $1100 to the Jamison Center.  We will continue our effort to support the Center. 

Check out the great bands that have performed at the Celtic Festival over the past 4 years:
Local Groups: Banshee in the Kitchen, Whiskey Galore, 1916World's Tallest Leprechaun, Wrenwood, O'Sheebeen  

Out of Area Groups: Wicked Tinkers, Slugger O'Toole, Tempest, California Celts, Molly's Revenge. Skelpin, Vagrant Nation, Brilliant Gypsies, Young Dubliners, Golden Bough

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for 2013!

Thank you and please support
our sponsor,
NewCastle Brown Ale.


2013 Sponsors were:  Newcastle and CSUB Library.             Supporting the Jamison Center

The Kern County Scottish Society would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers that continue to make this event possible each year.

We appreciate all offers of sponsorships and have various opportunities for individual, business, or corporate sponsorships.  Please contact us if you would like like more information.


Click on the video link or pic below to discover how much fun you can have when you join us at the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival!


Here's a few photos from last year's 2012 Festival, everyone had a blast!  Amazing music, dancing, food,  drink, and purchase great items at the vendor booths - there is something fun for everyone!

2012 Celtic Music Festival
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