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.

Pondering 2022 – Some thoughts from the Festival president

Sam Sortore - President As I sit in my window watching the snow fall, sipping an espresso, I am thinking about all the things that must happen between [...]

February 15th, 2022|

The 2022 Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival is on!

February 2, 2022 For Immediate Release: We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival is planned for September 22–25, 2022.  Located at the foot of [...]

February 2nd, 2022|

Calling All Fiddle Players

Happy New Year, fiddle aficionados, If you recall, the virtual 2020 Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival featured the debut performance of The Bow Tides, three wonderful fiddle players with [...]

December 30th, 2021|

La Veta’s Mercantile and Deerprint to Fill a Bit of the Celtic Void

As you undoubtedly know, the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival sadly concluded that we had to cancel our 2021 event.  We have not been surprised by the collective loss [...]

September 3rd, 2021|

The 2021 Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival Canceled

Huerfano County, Colorado Dear followers, Over the last several months, the Board of  Directors of the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, with growing hope and building anticipation, have been [...]

August 22nd, 2021|

Long-time Collaborators, Ed Miller and Rich Brotherton, Return in 2021

Dear Festival followers, Photo permission - Brenda Ladd Today we continue our lineup announcements by happily welcoming back our longest "tenured" musician, Ed Miller, and his long-time partner [...]

August 19th, 2021|

The 2021 Festival Schedule and Registration Form Are Now Available!

Dear Festival followers, We are pleased to announce that you can now access/download the Festival Schedule from the website.  We believe that there is something for everyone, musician and non-musician [...]

August 15th, 2021|

Unique talent, Patsy O’Brien, will be a large presence at the 2021 Festival

Photo credit: Bob Kennemer, 2019 After first appearing at the 2018 Festival, Patsy O'Brien has become a Spanish Peaks staple, much in the way Ed Miller is.  It [...]

August 13th, 2021|

Once Again, From Lúnasa….

The 2018 Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival was thrilled to have three fabulous musicians attend: flute and whistle player, Kevin Crawford, fiddler Collin Farrell, and guitarist Patrick Doocey.  All had [...]

August 8th, 2021|

Festival Updates

Dear Festival lovers, We have a variety of updates to announce. First, we are in the final stages of completing the schedule and overall program.  We will be announcing through [...]

July 26th, 2021|
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