Spanish Peaks International
Celtic Music Festival


to benefit

SPICMF Huerfano County Schools
Outreach Program




Eileen Ivers

15 JULY 2017, 3 PM

* Celtic and American Roots Music *

Old La Veta Pass

Hwy 160, MM 281 or 276

Uptop Ghost Town Comes Alive ~ “Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin.”

“Ivers electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing …” – The Irish Times

“…the audience loved every minute.”
– The Los Angeles Times

Historic Uptop ghost town – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is situated along Old La Veta Pass off Highway 160, MM 281 or 276.

Tickets $45

Purchase Tickets Here

Ticket price includes specialty hors d’oeuvres buffet,
post-concert mix and mingle with Eileen and the band.

Order online at or by phone 888-950-8807.

Tickets will also be available at North By Southwest in La Veta,
the World Journal and La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg,
or at the door. Seating is limited, so reserve early.

YouTube Video: Eileen Ivers – Crossroads Album: Beyond the Bog Road

Facebook Videos: Eileen Ivers & Band

Facebook Video: Introduction to Eileen Ivers & Band

Facebook/BandsInTown Tour Date Info
Click above and choose “I’m Going” or “Interested”


2017 Featured Performers

Old Blind Dogs
Jonny Hardie, Aaron Jones, Ali Hutton, Donald Hay

“The skill, talent, and verve with which they played belied their laddishness and the crowd responded with thunderous applause. Folk is the new rock and roll.” – Evening News

“The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm; players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion.” – The Scotsman

The Screaming Orphans
Joan, Angela, Grainne, and Marie Therese Diver

“These sisters… have some of the most beautiful voices and intoxicating harmonies I have ever heard.”
– Jane Roser, That Mag

Paddy Keenan

“Paddy Keenan returned to Celtic Connections and presided over one of the most white-hot, gloriously musical displays in… the Royal Concert Hall history.” Rob Adams – Glasgow Herald

Kevin Burke

“Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living.” – The Village Voice

“Burke imparts a rhythmic intensity that is remarkably powerful…a superior instrumentalist in any idiom…impressively virtuosic.” – The New York Times

The Hydes

“Iain and Joanna are big talents. Big… Joanna’s fiddle work can be blazing, but is always beautifully controlled and tasteful. She is a fiddle star already…[Iain’s] guitar is VERY current, hip, fab chords and runs—but all very tasteful and intuitively grasping how to support the fireworks being brought by the fiddle.” – Chicago Irish American News

Tadhg O’Meachair (Goitse)

“Tadhg O’Meachair rocked the house on accordion.” The Columbus Dispatch

Robbie O’Connell

“…a writer of timeless-sounding, emotionally powerful and often hilarious songs… among the most respected guitarists, singers and songwriters in Celtic music.” – The Boston Globe

Ed Miller

“One of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival… one of Scotland’s best singing exports…”

Mairtin de Cogain

“Mairtin has really impressed me with his passion and knowledge of the Irish tradition – be it singing, inventive bodhran playing, or storytelling. The man has a natural, engaging way with people.” – Jimmy Crowley

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald

“A cocktail of tradition, distilled like a pure drop of the Canadian Maritimes, their unique blend of driving dance music transcends boundaries – equally at home at a kitchen ceilidh or on a late night festival stage… Fiery, fresh, yet totally traditional.” – Alex Monaghan, Piping Today

2016 Festival Memories

The High Kings with the Walsenburg High School Choral Singers ~ 2016

“We are rarely rendered speechless by our experiences on the road but yesterday was one of them! For the last few weeks these HS kids have been rehearsing ‘Schooldays Over’, ‘Goodnight Irene’ and ‘The Boys are Back in Town’ and yesterday we finally got to sing them together. Ladies & Gentlemen, the Walsenburg High School Choral Singers!! After we took this photo we performed these songs live together in front of an audience, including the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first-ever performance of ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ Take a bow boys and girls, each and every one of you were amazing!! #proud — in Walsenburg, Colorado.”

~The High Kings

The High Kings with the Walsenburg High School Choral Singers ~ 2016

“I’m hoping you will forward this message to all the Board and the Volunteers who made our weekend so great! We loved it, working with the HS kids in Walsenburg was a highlight, as was the show on Saturday, and then those special talks and performances on Sunday! Thanks to all for your very kind hospitality, we will never forget it.”

~Paddy McPoland
Tour Manager
The High Kings
Dublin, Ireland

Defining the Festival

The Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival is designed as an intimate four-day gathering led by renowned guest artists, teachers, and scholars from Celtic countries abroad, Canada, and the United States. The Festival offers over 60 different events, including major concerts; two singing programs; instrumental workshops and master classes; a series of demonstration talks and performances on aspects of Celtic music, history, and folklore; a Celtic Harp Retreat; a newly established Piping Retreat; and sprinkled throughout are ceilidhs/ceilis and playing sessions where anyone can freely join in or enjoy as an audience. Finally, the friendly ambiance and spontaneous interplay between artists and participants spark the exciting sharing of music, ideas, and knowledge, all reflected gifts from the fullness of a rich Celtic experience.

We thank you for coming and sharing this experience with us.

The Festival Board

We invite you to embrace music that reflects the rousing spirit of Celts past and present, whose songs haunt us with their pure beauty or make us laugh with their bold humor, and whose tunes, be they deeply rooted or newly composed, are as delicate as the lilt of a flute on the air or as explosive and exciting as the jigs and reels that fly from a fiddler’s bow, lifting your feet right off the ground –music as compelling today as it was a hundred years ago.