Final Day – Virtual Musical Celebration!

Banda Taverna – Now! At YouTube

The Byrne Brothers at 6:30
Right HERE!

Today’s Workshop Schedule

12:00 noon MDT

What: Flute workshop with Kevin Crawford
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, at 12:00 pm MDT
Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Platform: Zoom Live (please email your interest to

What: “Beginner Irish conversation” with Deirdre Galway
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, at 12:00 pm MDT
Audience: One space available
Platform: Skype ( (please email your interest in advance to

1:00 pm MDT

What: “Music and the Spoken Word*
When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, at 1:00 pm MDT
Audience: All who fit in the Zoom room
Platform: Zoom ( please email your interest to

What: Fiddle class with Joanna Hyde

Class if full!

2:00 pm MDT

What: “Accompanying Irish Music on GuitarAn Overview With Patsy O’Brien

When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, at 2:00 pm MDT

Level: Strong beginner & intermediate

Platform: Patsy’s YouTube channel

What: “Understanding Voice and Tools for Singers” with Mariana Roque

When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, at 2:00 pm MDT
Level: A particular interest in voice and singing

Donations: Gratefully accepted at

Platform: Zoom Live (email your interest to

3:00 pm MDT

What: “Different Spices for the Celtic Guitar”

When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, at 3:00 pm MDT

Level: Intermediate

Platform: Zoom ( please email your interest to

What: Two Whistle workshops with Conor Lamb

Classes are both full!

And, Two More Performances Tonight! –
Banda Taverna & The Byrne Brothers

Starting it off at 5:00 pm MDT, Banda Taverna, from Belo Horizonte in Brazil. They made their first appearance at the Festival in 2019 and stole our hearts! You will see them here.

Then stay tuned for the second performance of tonight, The Byrne Brothers, who will premier at 6:30 pm MDT. They were our first scheduled event for 2020, and on track to make their debut appearance at the Festival, but then COVID intervened with other plans. You can see our original piece on The Byrne Brothers here.

Each performance will be found on their group’s YouTube channels. We will publish those links very soon.

See you all there!

At 5:00 pm MDT

Who: Banda Taverna

When: 5:00 pm Mountain Time (MT)

Length: Approximately 40 minutes

Where: Banda Taverna

YouTube Channel

Donations: Gratefully received at Link Tree

At 6:30 pm MDT

The Byrne Brothers

Who: The Byrne Brothers

When: 6:30 pm Mountain Time (MT)

Length: Approximately 1 hour

Where: The Byrne Brothers YouTube channel (Live link coming!)

Donation Link: Information on donations forthcoming.
Thank you!

A Brief Interruption of Our Wonderful Virtual Musical Weekend

All of the artists so far have been so kind to mention our Festival so far. While it’s generous of them, this Festival has always been about the artists, you, our followers, and the mixing of the both.

We want our artists to come out of this weekend a bit more whole than they were going in. Please virtually tip them.

Nevertheless, if you’d like to donate to the Festival, here’s the deal:
We have been asked more than a couple of times about how to do that. While we have no expenses in this presentation we have high hopes of being live again in 2021. Then, we will have expenses.
If you wish to donate it will certainly help fund us next year.

So, if you do, here’s the bonus:
For anyone who donates to the Festival during these four days, many of the artists have offered a free digital download as a “thank you.” Dylan Foley has offered a free fiddle lesson instead.

If you do donate please include your email address, and we will followup with you after our last day.
Many thanks, indeed!
PS – Keep track of our performance schedule by scrolling down.


Dear Festival Followers,
Below you will find a schedule of our virtual performances in 2020. Like so many others, we were forced to cancel our live Festival this year, for the first time in the past sixteen years. It felt like having nothing was a poor alternative, so we invited many of our favorite Festival artists to put together some virtual performances. What you see below is what they came up with. If you click on the schedule you will access the same schedule, but with active links to more information.

There is no charge for any event, including the workshops, but in a year that has been especially tough for artists of all kinds, we encourage you to attend, and if able, give them whatever donation you can afford.

Click on the “Latest News” and there you will find numerous posts about the workshops, and helpful information about how to access the events. Enjoy!

Dear Festival Supporters:

Due to the outbreak of COVID_19, and in the interest of maintaining the health and safety of our valued visitors, artists, volunteers, community, and staff, the Directors of the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival have decided that it is in the best interest of all to cancel the 2020 Festival. It is with great sadness that we felt it necessary to make this decision, but we know that it was the right choice.  We’d like to add, for those of you who are not aware, that we made this decision with the valued input of numerous patrons of past festivals.

We would, however, ask you to mark your calendars for September 16 – 19, 2021 for our 16th Annual Celtic Music Festival, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. We also invite you to follow us and “like” us on Facebook and view our webpage for updates, items of interest to the Celtic world, and ways that you might be able to support us and our artist throughout the coming months. As always, we thank you for your continued support.


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