Musical programming, schedule announced for Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival | Lehigh Valley Regional News

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The Celtic Cultural Alliance announced Monday its musical lineup for the 35th annual Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival celebration in downtown Bethlehem.

The festival will take place from Friday September 23 to Sunday September 25.

“We are delighted this year that many of our fan favorites are returning, such as Gerry Timlin, The Steel City Rovers and Low Lily. Being an anniversary year, we tried to cover all Celtic genres, from trad to Celtic rock,” explained Jayne Ann Recker, Managing Director.

Across the Pond, Dave North Trio and The McKrells, The Kilmaine Saints, Emish and the Glengarry Bhoys are among the musical artists who will take the stage at the event. Local favorites Fig For a Kiss and Chivalrous Crickets are also back.

The Celtic Cultural Alliance says visitors will be surrounded by the distinct Celtic sound of pewter whistles, bagpipes and fiddles wherever they are on the grounds.

Celtic Classic offers five free stages of Celtic music on the festival site and in the Ice House. Celtic artists will perform over 100 hours of free Celtic music. Most Celtic tunes are jigs, chants, drinking songs and traditional Irish ballads combined with lyrical narration.

In addition to the musical performances, O’Grady Quinlan Irish Academy of Dance will present several performances throughout the festival weekend. Cultural presentations will take place throughout the day at Celtic Heritage Hollow, including musical workshops, a Scottish baking competition, lectures, clans and societies and the children’s activity tent.

Celtic Classic will also see the return of Gene Sheninger from Wayside Farm. Sheninger will demonstrate how border collies can herd sheep and ducks. Border collies have been used for herding for hundreds of years in Celtic nations.

People can go to Celtic Cultural Alliance website for the full lineup and schedule.

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Jennifer R. Strohm