Monday, March 7, 2011

Ceili at the Roundhouse Celtic Festival in Evanston March 11-12

From the good folks in Evanston:
Céilí (pronounced kay-lee) is an Irish word that means social gathering, with music. In other words, a party! In its third year in Evanston, Wyoming, the Céilí at the Roundhouse Celtic Festival March 11-12 promises to be the best one yet, with word class music, culture, shopping, food, and the Children’s Area.
“We are selling tickets to people from different states who are amazed that these internationally acclaimed bands are coming to little old Evanston,” said Young Musicians Executive Director Carolee Bowen, who is organizing the event. “They know that our small town atmosphere is the best place to get up close with artists who would never be approachable in NYC, Chicago or LA.”
Friday night features Väsen (veh-sen) from Sweden, with Americans Mike Marshall & Darol Anger, with a pre-show by Killarney. Saturday night features De Danann (day-dawn-in) from Ireland. Both headline concerts start at 8 pm in the Roundhouse. An all-out jam session will follow the concerts over in the Machine Shop until midnight. Festival daytime entertainment at the Machine Shop includes Evanston’s own Celtic Mist, and Marty Smith, and coming from Utah, Amber & Rye, Julie ni Hewkin, and the Rovin’ Boozers. Educational workshops include Multi Style Fiddle Improvisation, Mandolin, Beginning Bodhran (Irish Drum), Bouzouki Madness, and question/answer time with members of Väsen and De Danann. An on-site pub will be open, closely monitored by the Police Benevolent Society. To see the full schedule of events for the festival visit
An all-event full weekend pass is only $25. Single tickets to the evening concerts are $15 each, and daytime only admission is $3. Those who already have a Concert Series season pass get in to everything with no additional cost. Tickets are available in Evanston at Home Décor, Mt. Music, Jewl’s Card & Gift, or the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. In Bridger Valley tickets are available at Benedict’s Market and Lyman Town Hall. Tickets also available at
Bowen said that the most asked question she gets is if people can buy a family pass to the festival. Here is what she suggests, “ buy the $25 all-event weekend pass for you and your concert partner which gets you into the 8 pm headline concerts and all daytime events, and bring the kids to the daytime events. Daytime admission is just $3. Or, if you have a large family and you want to bring them all to everything including the 8 pm concerts, buy a Uinta County Concert Series season FAMILY pass for $125. That will get them all in, and also into all the concerts for the rest of the Uinta County Concert Series season through May!”
The Céilí at the Roundhouse Celtic Festival is presented by Young Musicians, Inc., and supported by many local sponsors, the City of Evanston, and grant funding from the Western States Arts Federation, and the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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