About Jonathan James

I am a long-time volunteer for the Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival, learning more every year about the tasks involved in making the Festival happen. This year I took on the job of administering the Festival, including the work on the website. Three years ago I could not have done this as I was still working as a school counselor. I am a Colorado native, and have lived in La Veta since 1991.

Okay, I’m here, but where do I eat?

Good morning! It's day one of the 2018 Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival (and hopefully you're here). It won't be long before the questions come into focus in your still [...]

September 20th, 2018|

The Spring Fire, Huerfano County, and the Festival

On June 27th of this summer a small fire started in the Forbes Park area, five miles east of Ft. Garland, on the west side of La Veta Pass.  What [...]

September 12th, 2018|


Dear Festival goers, Those of you who have considered the Full Festival pass will be pleased to know that we have extended the deadline for "Early Bird" enrollment. Although the [...]

September 4th, 2018|


This will be a short heads-up that our online ticket service  is active and ready to go.  If you have any difficulties or questions please contact us through the website [...]

August 20th, 2018|

The 2018 Schedule and Registration Is Now Up On the Website

Dear Festival goers and followers, It's been a bit of a grind this summer, but the schedule is done, and now posted on the website!  Part of the grind has [...]

August 20th, 2018|

2018 Volunteer Opportunities!

  Volunteering is the backbone of our festival, and always proves to be a rich exchange between the event and the volunteers.  There are the obvious jobs during the Festival, [...]

July 21st, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: Ed Miller

At the 2010 Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival Ed Miller has been hailed as "one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival" [...]

June 12th, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: Robbie O’Connell

Robbie O’Connell was called “A National Treasure” by Ireland’s top music magazine, Hot Press, adding, “… a man blessed with an enviable turn of phrase and a gift for melody [...]

June 12th, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: Máirtín de Cógáin

                                            A drum and his boy Máirtín de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who also is a noted playwright and actor. He performs in his [...]

June 2nd, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: “Take Down the Door”

Live From Lyons, Colorado: "Take Down the Door" Featuring (left to right): Eric Thorin, bass ; Jessie Burns, fiddle; Adam Agee, fiddle;           Beth Gadbaw, vocals & bodhran; Jon Sousa, guitar [...]

May 23rd, 2018|
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