Everything Celtic in Spanish Peaks Country
Welcome to the 2017 Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival: Crossroads of Tradition
Hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago, Spanish Peaks Country became an intersection of cultures and traditions. Indigenous natives, Spanish explorers, mountain men, traders, work seekers, and homesteaders migrated from foreign lands to hunt, mine, farm, and survive in the region. Over time folks began to gather together in places they named La Veta, La Plaza de los Leones (now known as Walsenburg), Gardner, and Cuchara.
People of many backgrounds were brought together by shared stories, music, song, and dance.
Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival (SPICMF) has been perpetuating these customs during the last full weekend of September for over a decade. It has been a preferred place to meet with others who share a passion for the various sounds from Celtic cultures that have been often separated by time, miles, and local traditions. Musicians have come from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain to teach and perform. In the process, musical connections have been made and enjoyed not just through regional representations but also from spotlighting connecting genres from Jazz to Americana.
The folks behind SPICMF will again bring some of the best musicians in the world to perform, inspire, and experience the magic of Spanish Peaks Country September 21-24. Festival-goers will come from near and far to listen, learn, sing, dance, and celebrate. The events of the days ahead are designed for all levels of interest and budgets and are offered in a relaxed environment. SPICMF encourages you to be open to the unique festival opportunities – whether you just want to dip in a toe or immerse your whole being, this is your weekend. Enjoy!
Thanks again to our volunteer festival staff and folks who support this event with their time, talents, and resources, and the performers and festival-goers who make this fest happen.
All the best,
Pat McCullough, Artistic Director
The Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival is now in its 13th year fulfilling its mission to serve Huerfano County and beyond with fantastic concerts, singing, dancing, and tale-spinning plus a wide variety of instrumental workshops taught by our guest artists. The festival also provides free community activities like the 6th Street Hooley Concert in Walsenburg; our very popular picnic ceili (a musical party) at Up Top; Scottish and Irish folk dancing in La Veta Park; a Sunday Sing Along, and numerous free beginning instrumental workshops. Then there is our all-important Schools Outreach Program, which includes artists’ visits to every school in Huerfano County.
Something for Everyone! Music, Singing, Dancing, and Education! – Don’t Miss It!