Celtic music festival Friday, October 6th


First Posted: 1/15/2009

New faces as well as a returning favorite will be performing at the Celtic musical festival on the night of Friday, October 6th, as part of the 30th annual Flora Macdonald Highland Games.
The music festival will be preceded by a buffet dinner in the dining hall of Flora Macdonald Academy beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the music festival beginning at 8 p.m.
The cost of the dinner and concert is $30.00. Dinner only is $25.00 and the concert only is $10.00.
Returning this year will be Alex Beaton, a popular Scottish folk singer.
A native of Glasgow, Scotland, he began his career with the Cumberland Three, one of Britain’s most popular folk singing acts of the 1960’s. He has been a featured performer at all of the major Scottish festivals in both the United States and Canada.
Beaton’s rich baritone voice, enhanced by a charming stage presence, has drawn a large and loyal following from coast to coast. His repertoire encompasses a wide-range of musical expression from sensitive ballads to rousing Celtic classics.
As well as the music festival, Beaton will be performing throughout the day on Saturday, Oct. 7th at the Flora Macdonald Highland Games.
MacTalla Mor is making their first appearance this year at the Celtic music festival. Their name is Gaelic for great echo.
MacTalla Mor features bagpipes, piano, vocals and Bodram in a dynamic mix of Traditional Celtic, Roots Rock, Salypso, Bluea and Jazz. Along with traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, MacTalla’s original songs, arrangements, and driving rhythms create an engaging and musical blend of the past and the present.
They will also be performing throughout the day at the Flora Macdonald Highland Games on Saturday.
Another performer, Dave Wiesler, a rhythmic and innovative piano player, has been building a national reputation for over a decade. He has given concerts around the world and is featured in more than a dozen recordings.
At home in a huge range of styles, he plays contra, swing, vintage, couples dance as well as English and Scottish country dance.
Mara Shea, a classically-trained violinist, is also appearing at the Celtic music festival.
She enjoys playing for English and Scottish dancing. She has won several fiddle competitions, including the 1999 Grandfather Mountain Scottish Fiddle Open, and is featured in numerous recordings with her band, The Elftones, and other bands.
For more information, contact the Flora Macdonald Highland Games, P.O. Box 547, Red Springs, N.C. 28377. The telephone number is 910-843-5000, fax is 910-843-1336, and email is [email protected].

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