Jan 25, 2007

21st Annual Calaveras Celtic Faire

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (Ireland), Giveway (Scotland), The Black Brothers (Ireland), Golden Bough, The Wicked Tinkers, Tempest, Culann's Hounds, Black Irish Band, Michael Lucey Irish Band

Friday Night Kickoff Concert Tempest and Culann's Hounds
March 9th, 2007, doors open at 6p.m., entertainment starts 6:30p.m.

Calaveras Celtic Faire
Saturday March 10, 2007 10a.m. - 10p.m.

Sunday March 11, 2007 10a.m. - 5p.m.

Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, Hwy 49

21st Annual Calaveras Celtic Faire Offers Best Of International Celtic Music, Highland Games And Living History

Music Entertainment Highlights Include Giveway From Scotland, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh And The Black Brothers From Ireland And Golden Bough, In Addition To Perennial Favorites Wicked Tinkers, Tempest, Culann's Hounds, Black Irish And Michael Lucey Group

Angels Camp, CA - January 23, 2007 - The 21st Annual Calaveras Celtic Faire & Highland Games is returning to the Frogtown Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, March 9th through 11th, 2007 in celebration of St Patrick's Day. This year's event will celebrate the spirit of the Celtic Woman with a host of great international entertainment. The hot Irish and Scottish bands including Giveway, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, The Black Brothers and Golden Bough will headline an impressive 2007 Calaveras Celtic Faire music lineup which also includes Wicked Tinkers, Tempest, Culann's Hounds, Black Irish and Michael Lucey Group.

Highland Games, in addition to the spectacular hard hitting Knights of Mayhem, and a magical Living History Village not to mention an array of Scottish food and drink and a variety of unique goods from hundreds of vendors will complete the experience. A complete listing of performances is available on the website at www.calaverascelticfaire.com

"This year's outstanding line up of nationally and internationally known musicians showcases the rich tapestry of talent which the Celtic community represents," said Patrick Karnahan, the Festival's producer and president." We're excited about the breadth of entertainment we've brought together for the pleasure of our patrons."

This year's event will kick off with an evening Friday concert with performances from Culann's Hounds, Tempest, and various stage acts. The Weekend's schedule of events includes athletic competitions, living history village, falconry and a variety of interactive children's games. Guests will enjoy ethnic food and drink and a host of cultural exhibits and merchandise native to Scotland and the Celtic fringe. In addition patrons will have a chance to judge in the annual whiskey tasting competition. Attendees will taste 10 types of unmarked whiskey and be asked once and for all which is the best. Entrees will include Irish whiskey, single malt scotches from Scotland, bourbon from the United States and other international entries.

One of the premier events of the weekend is the Highland Heavyweight Athletic Championships, featuring traditional Scottish contests including the Caber Toss (flipping a 20-foot, 140-pound tree trunk), the 22-pound Hammer Throw, the Sheaf Toss (flipping a bale of hay over a high bar) and the Clachnert (throwing a 16-pound river stone). The Championships are sanctioned by the governing body of the SAAA.

The Living History Village will feature historical re-enactors from various time periods exhibiting Gatling gun exhibitions, battle pageants, amazing feats of falconers, jousting knights and noble steeds clashing on the tourney field, the Royal Court of Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, minstrels, jugglers, bards, stilt walkers, fire eaters, bawdy wenches and much more. A tournament of combat featuring numerous sword styles will be held throughout the weekend.

"This is the largest and best Celtic festival," Karnahan said. "We pride ourselves on making families feel like they've been transported to Scotland for a weekend of fun while enjoying a unique opportunity to learn more about the range of Celtic cultures."

More than 20,000 people are expected to attend this year's festival.

Frogtown Fairgrounds is located in Angels Camp, California. The Friday night Ceilidh runs from 6-10 pm and costs $12 @ the door or $10 per person, if tickets are purchased in advance. The festival will run all day Saturday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00am - 5:00pm, rain or shine. Tickets at the gate cost $24.00 for adults on Saturday, $20 on Sunday, $18 for students, military and seniors and $10 for children between 6-12. Children under five are free. Advance discounted tickets are available now online and through series of retailers and via website. For more information please visit www.CalaverasCelticFaire.com

For additional information and presale ticket locations visit www.calaverascelticfaire.com.

Marti Miernik - Publicity
(408) 506-6499

Patrick Karnahan - Producer
(209) 532-8375