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
Click here for Directions

Food, Drink, Vendors, Refreshments, Raffle Prizes
Haggis, KCSS Bangers, Hotdogs, Beer, Pizza, Ice Cream and so much more!
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Tickets will be available for purchase on-line or at the gate.
Friday
Music Only Adults $10
  Music plus Scotch Tasting $29
10 and under free
 
 
Saturday
Adults $20
Student w/ ID, Military, Senior $17
10 and under free


 
 Two Day Festival Pass
$25 for both days of Music!
10 and under free
 

Line-up!  Simply awesome.


Friday Night 6-10pm! 
Celtica - With their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band, CELTICA takes by storm all audiences from Highland Games and town festivals, to bankers and punk rockers.


Saturday 12:15pm:  Wrenwood was formed in 2010 and performs a diverse repertoire of traditional and reinterpreted classic tunes in a folk-celtic style. The six members —Anne Grogan (vocals, fiddle), David Barringer (keys, accordion, vocals), Jeff Cram (whistles, bohdran), Valerie Lewis (harp), Steve Lewis (guitars, octave mandolin) and Jeremy Swanson (fiddle, mandola)—come from a variety of musical and performance backgrounds. What they have in common is their friendship and a love for Irish, Scottish, and Welsh folk music—the traditional Celtic music of the Isles.

Saturday 1:45pm:  Bakersfield’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 3:15pmMolly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music.  Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.

  Saturday 4:45pm: Tempest - Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 25 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.
Saturday 6:15pm: 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 8pm: Celtica Returns to wrap up the night with their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band, CELTICA takes by storm all audiences from Highland Games and town festivals, to bankers and punk rockers.

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.

History

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, Brother, O'Sheebeen  


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

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for 2014!


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

           
 





           

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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!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q89L5jO5Pi8



      
                                                                                                    

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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