Kern County Scottish Society

Celtic Music Festival


8th Annual Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival 2016


Cancellation of the 2016 Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival

Dear Kern County Scottish Society Members, Family & Friends,

The Board of the Kern County Scottish Society regrets to inform you there will not be a Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival for 2016.

For the last seven years the Society has promoted and produced the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival. This event over the years has showcased both local and internationally recognized Celtic traditional music and Celtic rock bands.

After the 2015 Music Festival the Board determined that due to the rising costs and expanding restrictions associated with having the event at CSUB a change of venue was in order as well as making it a Saturday only event.

The Board was well into the planning of the event and stopped to evaluate where we were stood. Even after making all of the needed adjustments, the Board determined that at least for 2016 we could not put on the type or quality of event we as a Society and the residents of Kern County have come to expect of the Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival.

We are grateful to our members, sponsors and the community for their past support and look forward your continued support in the future.  As a registered non-profit organization we welcome any sponsors and donations to help fund our events.

Your support and attendance at our Robbie Burns Supper on Saturday January 21, 2017 and The Kern County Scottish Games & Gathering on Saturday March 25, 2017 will not only help the Society but also help us fund the 2017 Bakersfield Celtic Music Festival. 

The Society is always looking to expand its membership. We’d love to have you come join us as new members.  If you’ve been a member in the past but your membership has lapsed, we’d love to have you back with us. Membership information can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact us at


Marty Brownfield, Chieftain

Kern County Scottish Society

2015 Line-up!  Simply awesome.

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.
Playing Friday Night from 7 - 10 pm
and Saturday Night at 8:45

Wrenwood Sessions was formed in 2010 when five musicians playing in church discovered their mutual love for Irish and Scottish folk music - the traditional "Celtic" music of the Isles.  Today the group consists of six members: David Barringer (keys, accordion, vocals), Jeff Cram (whistles, bohdran), Anne Grogan (vocals, fiddle), Valerie Lewis (harp), Steve Lewis (guitars, octave mandolin) and Jeremy Swanson (fiddle, mandola).  Based in Bakersfield, California, the ensemble performs at festivals, gatherings, private functions, weddings, churches, and restaurants.
Saturday 1:15 - 2:15

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 4:15 - 5:15

Sligo Rags Named among the top acoustic bands in LA and two time winner of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. 
Saturday 2:45 - 3:45
   Bog Iron Born in the fog of the Monte.rey Bay, Bog Iron is a Celtic rock band with deep roots in the hard rock tradition. We formed in early 2008 with our original lineup: John Michael, Chris Burke, Tim Burke, Patrick Golden, and Dave Holodiloff. In the summer of 2008, Steve Lenard and Peter Sheehan replaced the Brothers Burke, and Dave Holodiloff played his last show with us on St. Patrick's Day 2009. In 2012 we played with Lee Patterson (bass) and Matt Dentrone (drums) and in 2013 we played with a lineup that included David Ellison (drums) and Avey Gonzalez (bass). We have John Michael on vocals Ireland-born; and Patrick Golden (guitars, originally from Bakersfield, CA) David Burners (bass) Keith Graves and Tim Burke (drums), --we are simply "Bog Iron"--as we ALL should be. BEHOLD THE BOG--AND DESPAIR!
Saturday 7:15 - 8:15
Bakersfield's longest running Irish/Scottish band Whiskey Galore is back up on their feet, American bred and Celtic fed!  Playing rousing renditions of traditional and pub tunes. 
Saturday 5:45 - 6:45

  Al Wadi and Poso Creek have joined forces to bring a new and unique sound to this year's Celtic Music Festival.  We have blended our individual styles to create a tribal twist to traditional Celtic Music.  We will be featuring a fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, didjeridoo, flutes, and tribal drums. 
Saturday 11:45 - 12:45

2015 Scotch lineup for tasting is:
Isle of Skye 8 yr (94 points Whisky Bible)
Arran 10 yr Gift Pack Selection (Gold Medal 2012 San Francisco Spirits Competition)
Arran Amarone Cask (96 points Whisky Bible)
Kilchoman Machir Bay- Islay (Whisky of the Year 2014 International Whisky Competition)
Tamdhu 10 Yr Sherry Cask (Double Gold Medal San Francisco Spirits Competition)
Black Bull 21 yr (2014 International Wines and Spirit Competition, Silver Medal)

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.


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.  In the past, the Music Fest allowed us to donate $1100 to the Jamison Center.  We will continue our effort to support the Center. 

We are also proud sponsors of the Highland High School Pipe Band.  At each of our events, pipers from the band perform and participate.  The Kern County Scottish Society are proud to announce that we have provided chanters for band members and financial support to this very worthy group of up and coming pipers.

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 Sessions, and 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, and Brother,

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for 2015!

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





KCSS is proud to support the


PIPE BAND         

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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