Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival
announces our 2017 lineup

13TH Annual Celtic Music Festival
21 – 24 September 2017

Lucky 13!  Whether you’ve been with us since we began as a homespun summer ceilidh more than a decade ago or you’re new to the festival this year, we think we’ve put together an exceptional group of artists that will beguile you and keep you entertained during 2017’s Festival Week.


Old Blind Dogs

In keeping with this year’s theme – Crossroads of Tradition – we are bringing you Scotland’s mighty Old Blind Dogs and Ireland’s own Paddy Keenan, a founding member of the legendary Bothy Band.  Another member of The Bothy Band, fiddle superstar Kevin Burke, will be on hand as well.  Prepare for fireworks when these two meet on stage once again.  Wow.


The Screaming Orphans


Tadhg O Meachair

Joining these acknowledged masters is a new crop of performers who represent the evolution and revolution within the Celtic music scene that is keeping the tradition alive and hungry.  From Donegal, the four engaging Diver sisters of Screaming Orphans (one-time back-up singers for Sinead O’Connor) will kick it out with their unique blend of trad and pop rock, while the Denver-based, sister-brother duo, The Hydes, shows us why the cross-pollination of Irish, American folk, bluegrass, and beyond is such a heady mix.  Sitting in with The Hydes, Tadhg O Meachair, of the white-hot Irish band, Goitse, dials the intensity up a notch.  Piper, Ben Miller, and fiddler, Anita MacDonald, will also lend their considerable talents to festivities.

If it’s ballads, pub songs, and humorous stories you’re after, do we have a trio for you!  Festival favorites Robbie O’Connell, Ed Miller, and Mairtin de Cogain will be with us once again.  The lads never fail to touch our hearts or double us up with laughter.  They’ll have you shedding tears one way or the other.  Oh, it’s gonna be good.


The Hydes

The full event schedule and registration form will be available in a few weeks.  Until then…

Meet all of the 2017 Performers and Tutors

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