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.

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|

Spotlight 2018: One for the Foxes

Joanna Hyde and Tadhg Ó Meachair Delighted Festival in 2017 & Return to Festival in 2018, With Dave Curley, as One for the Foxes Joanna Hyde made her first visit [...]

May 19th, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: Patsy O’Brien

Patsy O 'Brien "Ireland's Best Kept Musical Secret" Patsy O’Brien is called “Ireland’s best-kept musical secret” by The Irish Examiner, and is an award winning songwriter with three critically acclaimed [...]

May 14th, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: Dylan Foley

Dylan Foley, 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Joins 2018 Lineup! As Brian Conway said, Dylan Foley is one of the finest Irish fiddlers of his generation.  A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, [...]

May 13th, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell, and Patrick Doocey

From Lunasa to Spanish Peaks Music is one of Ireland’s most celebrated exports, and Lúnasa, a band like no other, has been at the forefront of that musical migration. Since [...]

May 10th, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: Heron Valley

From Scotland: Heron Valley The Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival draws    Heron Valley to the Cuchara Valley. Heron Valley are an energetic, young traditional band from Scotland who have serious enthusiasm [...]

May 9th, 2018|

Spotlight 2018: Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra

Moya Brennan the "Voice of Clannad," & Cormac De Barra make their first visit to the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival In the days to come the Spanish Peaks [...]

May 7th, 2018|

A Teaser: 2018 Performers

The lineup for the 2018 Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival is beginning to come together.  In the days to come we'll be posting some "Spotlights" on this year's talents.  [...]

May 3rd, 2018|

A Letter From the Festival Board of Directors

Dear 2018 Festival Goers and Harp Retreat Students, You may notice a slight change in our 2018 Festival dates. This year the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival will take [...]

March 16th, 2018|
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