Celtic Fair - 2007
ACMS 2007 Celtic Fair
THANK YOU to EVERYONE who helped make the 2007 ACMS Fair the best one so far! Click HERE to view some pictures from the 2007 Fair.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
The Mabelvale United Methodist Church (MUMC) will host this year's ACMS Celtic Fair and Art Exhibition on Saturday, February 17, 2007, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for registered members of the Arkansas Celtic Music Society, $5 for Students. There will also be a senior citizen's discount, children under 5 get in FREE, and a maximum charge of $30 for large families.
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 and updates about the Celtic Fair or the Arkansas Celtic Music Society, call (501) 602-5508.
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! However... in the event of really bad weather there will be an automatic re-scheduling of the fair to the following weekend.
Also... because we are an indoor event please refrain from bringing any PETS to the fair, even if they are on a leash.
FOOD AND DRINK
Food and drink will be available for sale throughout the day.
We are pleased and excited to announce that, this year,
Joey's Seafood from Conway will be serving their delicious fare all day!
There will be a variety of items available including Fish and Chips!
ARTISTS, CRAFTSMEN AND VENDORS
As in years past, the fair will feature an array of accomplished artists and craftsmen. Jewelry, Pottery, Hand-made soaps, Iron work, and a variety of other items will be on display and for sale throughout the day.
Also featured this year will be Heritage Designs of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Explore your family name and crest and check to see if you have the right to wear a Scottish Tartan!
Once again... all of our artists and vendors will be donating wonderful items to our famous SILENT AUCTION. Be sure to get your bids in early!
This year we are planning on having a number of  WORKSHOPS available during the afternoon. These workshops are included in the price of admission to the fair and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your instrument(s) or just drop in to listen and learn!
12:30 PM - Guitar/Fiddle with Don Penzien and Valerie Plested.
There will be special kid's activities all day
Also back by popular demand... The Irish Wolfhound Club of the Ozarks!
The Fair will feature Celtic music starting at NOON and continuing throughout the day. The music will be provided by popular local and regional musicians. Dancers from the McCafferty School of Irish Dance, the O'Donovan School of Irish Dance, and the Arkansas Scottish Country Dance Society will also be performing onstage at various times during the day.
We are VERY EXCITED about the MUSIC LINEUP we have been fortunate to assemble this year! Some of the best Celtic performers from around the Midwest and Southern United States are going to be with us this year and you really don't want to miss the magic that's going to happen all day!
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!
* FEATURED PERFORMERSOpening Ceremony and Dedication
John Burleson and Peggy Loyd
The Arkansas Scottish Country Dancers
Máirtín de Cógáin - From County Cork, Ireland
The McCafferty School of Irish Dance
Two Cents Worth - From Siloam Springs, Arkansas
The O'Donovan School of Irish Dance
Legacy - From Jackson, Mississippi
Traditional Irish Music Session
See below for more information about this year's featured performers...
Legacy - From Jackson, Mississippi
Legacy has long been listed among the top bands from across the South/Southwest performing music from the Irish tradition. Legacy's skill is undeniable, their arrangements are complex and challenging, and their performances are tight and energetic.
The core members of  Legacy are, from left to right in the photo above...
Richie Stafford - Fiddle, Flute, Whistles, Vocals
NOTE: As of this writing Richie will be unable to join us this year.
Frequent Guest Artists with Legacy include...
Said Dirty Linen magazine: "Legacy fills the bill... a delicate combination of full-speed-ahead attack and subtle finesse."
Legacy's new CD, An Triread, includes 16 brand new song/tune tracks.
Legacy is also one of the driving forces behind the
Jackson Celticfest which is one of the most popular
Celtic festivals in the country.
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!
For more information about Two Cents Worth, Contact Bill & Deanna @ Phone: 479-524-4551 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click HERE to vist the "Two Cents Worth" online website.
Máirtín de Cógáin - From County Cork, Ireland
Máirtín was found under a stone and brought up in a tree with many others! Of late he has been learning his trade from a little man named Larry the Leipreachan who is well learned in the ways of Eireann's past. Máirtín is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhran player!!!
Story-telling has been in his family for generations, and Máirtín is, himself, a two-time National Irish storytelling champion.
Máirtín is also a professional actor and appears in the new Ken Loach film The Wind That Shakes The Barley which won the TOP AWARD ( the coveted Palme d'Or ) at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about the Irish struggle for independence circa 1922 and Máirtín plays the character Sean. It is scheduled for release in the United States on March 14, 2007.
Also an accomplished DANCER, Máirtín has been known to light up the stage with his footwork during performances. His energetic "Brush Dance" just has to be seen to be believed!
When he is not on one of his solo tours, Máirtín is the lead singer for one of the best Irish Traditional Music bands to ever cross the Atlantic known as The Fuchsia Band, from County Cork, Ireland.Click HERE   for Máirtín's personal website.
Click HERE   for The Fuchsia Band's official website.
John Burleson - From Dallas, Texas
A teller of stories from Ireland, the British Isles, Native America, the natural world, and distant culture... hear this native Texan spark the imagination and remind us of times past, using one of our oldest art forms, the spoken word. John is a lifelong student and collector of literature, myth, and legend who has conducted story workshops and told stories to groups of all ages at festivals, concerts, parks schools and libraries. In March of 2006 he traveled to Ireland with the sponsorship of Southwest Celtic Music Association.
Peggy Loyd - From Little Rock, Arkansas
Local Little Rock performer Peggy Roach Loyd will be joining John Burleson onstage at this year's fair.
Peggy is a Singer/Songwriter who also plays Guitar, Bodhran, Bones and Irish Whistle.
Peggy grew up in St. Louis, Mo. Her Irish ancestors emigrated from counties Cork, Limerick and Kerry. Peggy began singing as a child under the influence of her father, an Irish tenor, and her mother, who instilled pride for all things Irish.
For eight years Peggy was the lead singer of the band Cairde, a Little Rock-based traditional Irish folk band, and also served a term as president of the Arkansas Celtic Music Society.
In 2003, Peggy received accolades for her song,
"The Fiddler's Feet" in the Waltons Irish Songwriting Competition
for the Milwaukee Irish Fest.
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 a previous ACMS Celtic Fair.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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* PHOTOGRAPHS from the 2007 ACMS Celtic Fair
* PHOTOGRAPHS from the 2005 ACMS Celtic Fair
* VIDEOS from the 2007 ACMS Celtic Fair
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* VIDEOS from the 2006 ACMS Celtic Fair
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Celtic Clipart courtesy of Karen Nicholas.