Arkansas Celtic
Music Society

Celtic Fair - 2006











ACMS 2006 Celtic Fair
and Art Exhibition

The Mabelvale United Methodist Church (MUMC) will host this year's ACMS Celtic Fair and Art Exhibition on Saturday, February 25, 2006, from 12 noon to 6:00 p.m.

The church is located at 10500 Woodman Street in Mabelvale, Arkansas.

Admission is $10 for adults. There will be a senior citizen's discount.

Food and drink will be available for sale throughout the day.

Irish Stew ( provided by The Olive Branch )
Loaded Baked Potatoes
Kid's Fare
Iced Tea, Hot Tea and Coffee

NOTE: No alchoholic beverages will be served.

New this year!... Special kid's activities, including CRAFTS and a PUPPET SHOW!

Also new this year... MINIATURE HORSES!. See details below.

Back by popular demand... The Irish Wolfhound Club of the Ozarks!

This is an indoor ( non-smoking ) event to be held inside the large gymnasium on the grounds of MUMC so a little rain means nothing!

The Fair will also feature Celtic music from local and regional musicians throughout the day ( See FEATURED PERFORMERS section down below ), dancers from the McCafferty School of Irish Dance, the O'Donovan School of Irish Dance, and the Arkansas Scottish Country Dance Society.

The work of MANY Arkansas artists, with a Celtic flavor, will be on display and for sale all day and a silent auction will be held throughout the day with many unique and wonderful items for you to bid on!

The entertainment for the day will close with a finale that will feature all the scheduled performers PLUS as many local ACMS Session musicians as possible. You won't want to miss it!

Proceeds raised from the Celtic Fair will benefit the Arkansas Celtic Music Society. The Arkansas Celtic Music Society is a not-for-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, which produces Celtic music concerts and sponsors traditional Celtic music sessions and music workshops at venues in Central Arkansas.

For information about the Mabelvale United Methodist Church or for a map and directions to the church, visit or call (501) 455-2503.

For information and updates about the Celtic Fair or the Arkansas Celtic Music Society, call (501) 602-5508.


This year's ACMS 2006 Celtic Fair will feature a number of local and regional performers.

The entertainment will start at NOON and continue throughout the day until the close of the fair at 6:00 PM and will feature the following performers...

Opening Ceremony and Dedication
Cairde - Local Celtic band
Arkansas Scottish Country Dancers
The McCafferty School of Irish Dance
Linda Brockinton - Dulicmer
Bill Thurman & Judi Warner
Something for the House - Local Celtic band
The O'Donovan School of Irish Dance
Two Cents Worth - From Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Traditional Irish Music Session

See below for more information about some of this year's featured performers...

Two Cents Worth - From Siloam Springs

Good Music Any Old Time!

For many years, Two Cents Worth from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, has enjoyed sharing their passion for Celtic music, Old Time music and traditional fiddle tunes with others.

Reminiscent of porch and kitchen gatherings, Two Cents Worth recreates a time when folks would play their favorite tunes passed down from others.

The music of Two Cents Worth is a blend of Folk, Celtic, and Old Time string band tunes. Featured instruments are guitar and fiddle, with a bit of vocals, mandolin, and banjo for diversity.

Two Cents Worth is composed of husband and wife duo, Bill and Deanna Lisk. Deanna's fiddle playing is superlative and Bill is one of the best Guitar players one would ever hope to hear! Two Cents Worth is well known throughout the Midwest and they are in high demand throughout the region for their expertise at accompanying Traditional Irish/Scottish and Contra dances. ACMS is proud and honored to be able to bring this fantastic duo to Central Arkansas!

After hearing Two Cents Worth, Bill and Deanna hope they have passed on inspiration to keep traditional music alive.

Two Cents Worth is the founder and host of the Second Saturday Music series, which runs from April to October, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and Bill and Deanna are also responsible for the creation of regular Traditional Irish Music Sessions in the Northwest Arkansas area.

For more information about Two Cents Worth, Contact Bill & Deanna @ Phone: 479-524-4551 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas or Email:

Click HERE to vist the "Two Cents Worth" online website.

Cairde - From Central Arkansas

Cairde (pronounced CAR-djuh) is the Gaelic word for "friends" and features Laura Brown on flute/whistle/vocals, Peggy Loyd on lead vocals/guitar/bodhran/whistle, Joe Ott on bodhran/bones, and Bill Thurman on fiddle/whistle/vocals.

Cairde plays Celtic dance music, such as lively jigs, reels, polkas, slip jigs and hornpipes; and sings songs with traditional Irish themes of immigration, love and longing, Irish rebellion and the pleasures of a good pint. Cairde has performed all over Arkansas and beyond including appearances at large regional Irish Festivals such as the annual CelticFest in Jackson, Mississippi, and the North Texas Irish Festival held every year in Dallas, Texas.

Cairde is based in Central Arkansas, and is listed on the Arkansas Arts Council, Arts on Tour Roster. Click HERE for more information about the Arts on Tour program.

Click HERE to visit Cairde's online website.

Something for the House - Central AR

The music is Irish.
The players are Arkansans.

The style is a unique blend of the old and the new.

You can hear the echoes of the early Irish settlers in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas passing their music on to future generations of Arkansans and, at the same time, the vibrant new rythmns of modern Irish and Celtic music crossing the ocean once again.

Something for the House is comprised of three musicians from Central Arkansas who are ( left to right as they appear in the photograph above )...

Scott Moye - County Pulaski, AR
Button Accordion, Whistles, Fife, Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals, Percussion.

Judi Warner - County Grant, AR
Fiddle, Mandolin, Piano, Vocals, Percussion, Accordion, Concertina.

Kevin Kiley - County Perry, AR
Fiddle, Guitar, Bouzouki, Cittern, Mandolin, Button Accordion, Tenor Banjo, Uilleann Pipes, Vocals, Bodhran, Percussion.

Something for the House has performed in and around Central Arkansas includling special invitational performances at Arkansas Governor's School in Conway, AR, The Cornerstone Pub in North Little Rock, AR, and at the famous Gypsy Club on Dicksen Street in Fayetteville, AR.

Something for the House has also performed outside of Arkansas at venues such as the annual Jackson, Mississippi CelticFest.

Click HERE to visit the "Something for the House" online website.

Linda Brockinton - Dulcimer

Linda Brockinton's classical guitar-like style on the Mountain Dulcimer has led to her title as the National Mountain Dulicimer Champion 2001.

Her warm personality and her unique finger-picking full chord playing has endeared her to the Folk Music Community. Her popularity as a performer and workshop instructor contines to grow.

Linda started playing flute at age 11 and has played flute and piccolo with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Linda began playing mountain dulcimer when she received her instrument as a gift from her husband on their honeymoon in 1988. She started teaching dulcimer lessons in 1990. Four years later she formed the Cotton Pickin' Dulcimer Pickers, later renamed Heartstrings, with some of her music students.

Linda also plays harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer and bodhran. Linda continues to teach private dulcimer and flute lessons as well as teaching at numerous venues around the country.

Click HERE to visit the Linda Brockinton's online website.

Arkansas Scottish Country Dance Society

The ACMS is also pleased to welcome the wonderful Arkansas Scottish Country Dance Society (ASCDS) back to this year's fair!

If you enjoy Scottish dancing and all it's graceful movements you won't want to miss their performance!

The picture above shows members of the ASCDS performing at last year's ACMS Celtic Fair.

The O'Donovan School of Irish Dance

The O'Donovan School of Irish Dance is based in Central Arkansas and they have been featured performers at many events sponsored by the Arkansas Celtic Music Society.

Mary Rose Fansler, certified T.C.R.G., is the founder of the O'Donovan School of Irish Dance. Mary Rose came to Arkansas from Ireland in 1994. She taught Irish Dance in Cork, Ireland for 20 years.

Students are prepared to perform in competitions, festivals, parties and special functions such as: Greek Food Festival, Rex Fest, Celtic Fest, World Fest, Barton Coliseum, Country Club of Little Rock, Irish Cultural Society Festival, Robinson Auditorium, and many church events.

In dance competitions, students of the O'Donovan's School of Irish Dance have qualified to represent Arkansas in the World Dance Oireachtas held yearly in Ireland.

Students have won competitions in St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, Florida, and Little Rock.

Click HERE to visit the online website for the O'Donovan School of Irish Dance

The McCafferty School of Irish Dance

The McCafferty School of Irish Dance is based in Arkansas and they have been featured performers at many events sponsored by the Arkansas Celtic Music Society.

The McCafferty School of Irish Dance is established in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, and Little Rock, Arkansas

Mrs. Judy McCafferty is a former champion Irish step dancer who began teaching Irish dance in 1971. She is certified by the Commission of Irish Dancing in Dublin, and was a founding member of the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America.

Children and adults are cordially invited to join the dancing school. Please feel free to Contact Ms. Judy with any questions concerning registration.

Click HERE to visit the online website for the McCafferty School of Irish Dance

Irish Wolfhounds!

Once again at this year's fair the ACMS is proud to welcome the Irish Wolfhound Club of the Ozarks!

The gentle giants and their favorite people ( their owners ) will meet and greet guests to the fair throughout the day.

Prepare to fall in love! If you've never seen these beautiful animals up close you are in for a rare treat!

Come and bring the kids to meet these gentle, wonderful Irish Wolfhounds!

Click HERE to visit the (wonderful) online website for the Irish Wolfhound Club of the Ozarks

Miniature Horses!

If you thought you were going to fall in love with the BIG DOGS... wait until you see the Little Horses!

The ACMS is proud to welcome Wynn's Folly Minis, a local breeder of miniature horses, to this year's fair.

These are not PONIES!... these are TRUE HORSES who only stand about 30 inches high at full maturity!

The Horse has always been an integral and important part of Celtic Society. We are pleased to have them represented at this year's fair.

Click HERE to visit the online website for Wynn's Folly Minis

* Photographs from last year's ACMS Celtic Fair - 2005

Click HERE to see some photographs from last year's ACMS 2005 Celtic Fair

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Celtic Clipart courtesy of Karen Nicholas.