Young Dubliners headline Breckenridge Celtic Fest This Weekend

The Young Dubliners were obviously meant to be — both a long-lasting, internationally touring band, and the headliner at Saturday's Breckenridge Celtic Festival at ResortQuest's Main Street Station.

Locally, the stars aligned for the Young Dubs to play in Breck. Last year, Main Street Station launched a Summer Concert Series, with the Young Dubliners packing the final show — even in the face of competing with Music on Main in Frisco, which had its largest crowd ever; Main Street Station “had people from all over the country come to see them,” said organizer Karin Bearnarth.

When the Guinness guys saw the crowd's reaction, they agreed to partner with Main Street Station to create a Celtic Festival. Local restaurant owners jumped on board, and so did the Dubs, going so far as to substantially cut their fee because they love Breckenridge and wanted to help out, Bearnarth said.
Then, to seal the great fate, the Rocky Mountain Celtic Festival, originally scheduled to occur on the same date as Breck's, shut down the festival, giving Bearnarth access to “great entertainment and lots of vendors who now had no place to go,” she said. Must be the luck o' the Irish.

Excerpt from the Summit Daily News. Read the complete article.

Line-up of Celtic Festival Events

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Where: Main Street Station, Breckenridge

  • 9 a.m., Lynn Le Mieux: Bask in her magical Irish and Scottish Gaelic ballads and lilting. She has recently sung for the Rocky Mountain Highland Dance Mother's Day Tea and the European festival last summer, as well as won the Estes Park Vocal competition last summer. She has qualified for and sung at the Fleadh Ceol (All-Irelands) and performed with countless accompaniments with Irish and Scottish dance troops over the years.
  • 10:30 a.m. and noon, Celtic Steps Performers: Local and Front Range Irish Step Dancers will perform from the Celtic Steps Dance Academy.
  • 11 a.m., The Colorado Emerald Society Pipes and Drums: The team will perform, complete with bagpipes and drums.
  • 12:45 p.m., Cara: Cara started in 2003, rooted in Irish and Scottish traditional music but with ambitions to create a new and unique sound. The band weaves flute, guitar, piano, fiddle, pipes and concertina together with the brilliant vocals, working the Irish music with just a touch of the German folk influence to keep a different perspective on the music. Cara has been touring their home country of Germany extensively and has made festival appearances and played concerts in France, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and even in Ireland, and never failed to inspire their audiences.
  • 1:30 p.m., Two Duos: Members of Cara perform with members of The Old Blind Dogs. “Since forming in the early 1990s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland's roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs. The Dogs, now 16 years together, have released over 10 albums and continue to tour extensively around the globe, flying the flag for Scottish traditional music wherever they go.
  • 2:45 p.m., Potcheen: Pronounced (Poe cheen) for those of you who know, it is an Irish Moonshine; Potcheen lives up to its name with Celtic Rock Music. Formed in Denver, these Celtic Pirates have been touring the country delivering their high-energy shows. Fresh off appearances at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Colorado Irish Festival and Carbondale Music Fair, they return to Breckenridge to pillage and plunder with a moonshiner sensibility.
  • 4:30 p.m. (FREE), The Young Dubliners
Yes, that's right. Best of all. It's FREE!!!
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