Entertainment Announcement!

The Reno Celtic Celebration is proud to be able to say we have partnered with the     BlackEyed Dempseys as our Head Line act this year! We believe this will be their FIRST performance in Northern Nevada and we are excited for them to be here! They have played the Dixon Highland Games, Tartan Day in Fremont, CA, San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sonora Celtic Faire, Celtic Faerie Festival, Fair Oaks, CA, and many more. Read below to learn a bit about this dynamic group:


Name your band after one of the greatest fighters in Irish history and you’d better be prepared to crank out some musical fisticuffs and all bets are off showdowns.

That’s exactly what BlackEyed Dempseys do and why they are fast becoming a favorite in the Northern California music scene. Now they are bringing their punk-Irish-vision to ever increasing audiences.

BlackEyed Dempseys blend traditional Celtic playing skills with rock ‘n’ roll hooks. Their sound has the familiarity to be instantly recognizable. When you hear them you know it is the Dempseys. They are engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Their live shows bring a raucous energy that cannot be denied. The Dempseys are proud to say that they have fans in America, Ireland, Australia and World Wide!

Stage presence, brilliant arrangements, traditional tunes and original compositions is what BlackEyed Dempseys deliver each time they take the stage. Their distinctive sound and command of their instruments combined with the band’s enthusiasm and desire to connect with every member of the audience sets them apart.

The melodies of Mark Repking (banjo) and Keith Jukes (accordion); harmonies of Moe Crummet (guitar); the driving bass of Quinn Brentson and the rhythm of Josh Wagner’s drums meld with Jamie Hill’s bar hardened vocals and searing guitar to prompt a new look at Irish tradition.

Originally formed in 2008, BlackEyed Dempseys are one of the hottest, up and comers in California Celtic rock. Working class musicians from Northern California have come together to create and perform a brand new version of hard-edged, politically tinged songs of freedom and love to the alternative Celtic-rock music scene.

BlackEyed Dempsey’s connection with their audience is a palpable thing. They bridge the gap from traditional arrangements to Dempsey original songs with a take on Irish and Celtic music that is current and insightful. They bring their varied and powerful styles to the forefront of the current Irish-inspired music boon.

Jamie Hill started BlackEyed Dempseys and was looking for an accordion player. He met Keith Jukes at a Flogging Molly show. Keith’s dedication and desire to “be a Dempsey” took over and soon Keith and his accordion were an integral part of the band. Keith brings the traditional and new to a melting point with brilliant and insightful style.

At that same show Jamie met Moe Crummet. Moe would later join the band after a Dempsey show at the Powerhouse Pub. Moe left the cutting edge band “Shadowbox Theory” to play with the Dempseys. His driving rhythm guitar and stellar harmonies are hallmarks of the Dempsey sound.

The Irish banjo and mandolin is governed by Mark Repking. Listening to Mark play the banjo is a devil of a thing. His speed and skill is matched by his natural understanding of Irish melodies. Mark became a Dempsey after Keith introduced him to Jamie. One jam session and it was a done deal.

Josh Wagner is the drums. Another day job connection brought Josh to the band.  He drives the Dempseys from start to finish at every show. Josh brings a keen ear for arrangement and orchestration. His sound can be heard throughout the Dempseys songs.

Quinn Brentson is the most recent Dempsey. A classified ad found Quinn in Southern California and a little over a year later he was headed for Northern California and the Dempseys. Quinn boasts an impressive musical pedigree. He has worked in the studio with Michael Boddicker, keyboard artist with Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Mariah Carey. He has also done studio work with Jim Fuller lead guitarist of the legendary So-Cal surf band, the Surfaris. Quinn is the deep and quiet man that produces the sonic landscape of bass guitar so much a foundation of BlackEyed Dempseys.

Jamie Hill’s work on guitar wows crowds. His ability to connect with an audience with hard driving songs and a sense of humor is a key. Jamie’s years playing the bar circuit gives him the straight ahead power and experience to sing the Dempseys songs and carry the message home. His skill on guitar is a mix between thunder and sweet rain.

Laura Winn, writes for the SF Examiner, “With a kilt-wearing accordion player center stage, this band was either going to be truly awesome or truly horrible. Within 30 seconds of their set, BlackEyed Dempseys had filled the dance floor with their “rebel Irish music” in the vein of Flogging Molly. This band is wicked cool… Lead by Jamie Hill on guitar and vocals, the band stole the show with a mix of covers by the likes of The Pogues and Flogging Molly and originals including their own pub anthem, which stood up to their great rendition of “What’s Left of the Flag.””

Eileen Wilson, for the Folsom Telegraph, “When feet are stomping, hands are clapping, and everyone is sporting a grin, you know a great band is on the stage. It’s no wonder audiences love the roaring yet rhythmic sounds that emanate from the six-member group… the band knows how to get a crowd going…Those who are familiar with bands like the BlackEyed Dempseys or Flogging Molly will know that traditional Irish music, with punk and rock vibes, can get an audience out of their seat and ready to rock. This isn’t a band that is meant to be watched, while quietly sipping a cocktail. This is a band that makes fans want to participate; to have a connection with the music; an exchange between audience and band members that will leave fans with an experience rather than a mere performance.”

Kelsey Perry, for the Sacramento Downtown Partnership/Concert in the Park series, BlackEyed Dempseys mix traditional and current Irish music with ramped-up Les Pauls, accordion and banjos screaming, and bass and drums driving like a train! Blending traditional Celtic music with rock ‘n’ roll hooks, BlackEyed Dempseys are engaging and have raucous energy that cannot be denied. BlackEyed Dempseys create a lively atmosphere for guests and perform with a contagious enthusiasm that surges through the crowd.

The All Hallows Fantasy Faire writes: BlackEyed Dempseys ~ a hair-raising performance!

Video from 2014

Wanted to take a moment and share this video from 2014:

Enjoy! We are hard at work on 2015, and looking forward to our 25th Celebration!

Stay tuned….more to come super soon!


Thank You, Northern Nevada!


Photo by Danielle Gann-Lind

Saturday morning dawned early and a tad chilly for the Reno Celtic Celebration. I took this snap of “Mac”, one of my favorite parts of the Celebration. Mac is such a trooper, people ogled him all weekend, tried to touch his horns, which he does NOT appreciate, and he just stood in front of the fan all weekend, allowing people to silently adore him =)

The Reno Celtic Celebration for 2014 was a great success! We want to thank everyone that came out for enjoying our celebration! We couldn’t have done it without people to be there. There were also A LOT of volunteer hours that went in to making this celebration happen!

Here’s a look at Clan Row as it appeared during the Festival:


Photo by Lowell Patton

Here’s vendor row:

Photo by Richard Bromley

Photo by Richard Bromley

Here were the British Cars that were featured:


Photo by Richard Bromley

Of course, the beautiful Blanchette Irish Dancers:

Photo by Blanchette Irish Dancers

Photo by Blanchette Irish Dancers


Here’s a photo of yours truly with one of our amazing documentarians, photographer Dana Nollsch, who’s photo’s will be posted as soon as we get them:

Photo by Danielle Gann-Lind

Photo by Danielle Gann-Lind

We believe that a good time was had by all. I want to take a moment to shout out to members of Clan Logan, who were our honors clan this year, after the passing this last year of Loran Logan, considered by many to be the “quintessential Scot”.

I also want to put a shout out to all the amazing and wonderful volunteers that helped make the Celebration happen. The board of directors, Chris Moreland as new board member and volunteer coordinator, Miriam Blanchette, also a new board member and in charge of the Dance Stage, Lowell Patton as Clan Coordinator, Mary Mingo, Animal Coordinator, Jim McLane treasurer and money guru, Jim Laughton for Pipe Bands and solo competition, Verla Jackson as the mistress of suds and hard-working board member, Katherine Coates as Heritage Coordinator, along with her assistan Merrilee Abea, and Mike Steedman, without whom many of the logistics of the event would not happen.

Now for the folks who do not hold a title, but were certainly present and gave their all for the Celtic Celebration to occur: The Navy Sea Cadets and Galena Junior ROTC helped out the Celtic Celebration this year. The Sea Cadets headed by Peggy and John Hannah with the help of LtJG Catheryne Sainz and Tony Sainz, and Galena JROTC headed by LTC Phil Telander, provided more than 40 volunteers over the course of the weekend that were some of the most polite, well-mannered young people I have ever met!

Scott Fallis, our chief of security, who along with his guards kept everyone safe, responded to any medical calls, and rolled with several curve balls that were thrown his way. Mike MacMillan, who worked lights at the dance stage and was a great addition and backup for Mike Steedman on logistics and did whatever was asked of him. He worked very hard over the weekend.

Our shift volunteers, many of whom have worked multiple years at the Celtic Celebration: Sparrow Malvino, Monty Hudson, Bruce and Laura Warren, Simon Warren, Erin McLelland, Erika Martinelli, Heather Edwards, Sharon Netherton, Mallorey English, Roger Solie, Alex Root, Joyce, Dylan, and Aero Strom, Bari Caine, and Joan Spellitich.

Our beer tent volunteers were: Jeff Mehoves, Chris Maier, Denise Goode, Theresa Moser, Crystel Montecinos, Kelly Heim, and Amanda Williams.

Please stay tuned….next year, in 2015, the Reno Celtic Celebration will commemorate it’s SILVER ANNIVERSARY, number 25! We hope and are making plans already for this to be the biggest and best Celebration yet! If you are interested in being a part of it, let us know! We could ALWAYS use more (energetic) help!

~Danielle on behalf of the CCI Board

Celtic Celebration a Proud Nevada 150 Event!


The Reno Celtic Celebration is proud, this year, to be recognized as one of Nevada’s celebration of 150 years of history! The above graphic appears in our program and showcases some of the amazing Nevadan’s of Celtic origin in our history. Special thanks to Ronald M. James for compilation of this information.


*Updated 10/1/14*

Thank you so much for participating in our advance ticket sales! 22 lucky people availed themselves of our discount and chance to save a little money and still attend the awesome that is the Celtic Celebration!

We thank you for the chance, and hope you will check back next year to get those tickets early!


CCI Board

Sorry folks, we got some feedback yesterday that the below links to PayPal were broken this weekend. We have fixed the issue, so please feel free to utilize our discount for buying tickets ahead of time!


CCI Management =)

This year, the Celtic Celebration is pleased to provide ONLINE TICKET SALES! Save 10% when you pre-purchase your tickets for the Celebration!

Admission is $15 one day, $25  for a two day pass. BUT, if you purchase online, prior to the event, you get a 10% discount.

Select one of the options below to purchase your tickets:

Advanced ticket sales have ended for the 2014 event.

All pre-purchased tickets will be held at will-call at the front gate of the Celtic Celebration, under the name of the card holder. Valid receipt, card used to purchase and current state-issued ID will be required to pick-up tickets.

Children 12 & under are FREE with a paid attendee.  Tickets are purchased in advance or at the entrance to the event.

Just about six weeks….

That’s right.

In just about six weeks, we will be gathering at Bartley Ranch, again, to have Northern Nevada’s Celtic Celebration.

What a year it’s been!

We are in need of volunteers this year. Please fill out the following form to volunteer for the Celebration this year:

There has been transition….Bryan Wildman stepped down as the President of the organization, and your humble web-mistress took his place. I have learned some, already knew some, and hope to make a meaningful contribution while I am a part of the Celtic Celebration.

To such ends, this year, we are VERY EXCITED to welcome back ATHLETICS to the Celtic Celebration! Michael Perrin has joined our board, and has negotiated an agreement with Magni Corps Throwers Club, which provides Historical Information, Educational Athletic Training and Professional Scottish Strength Sports Contests. They have been around since 2005, focusing on becoming athletes of the highest caliber.

There should be pictures in this post, and there will be eventually, we are troubleshooting an issue with a recent software/server upgrade and will get back to our colorful posts as soon as we are able.

For now, Slainte!

Schedule Announced for 2014!

Main Stage Schedule 2014 – Updated 9/23/14

Saturday, Oct. 4

Main Stage

10:15 AM- Clarke Brothers

11:00 AM – Ciana

11:45 AM – Opening Ceremonies

1:00 PM – 1916

1:45 PM – Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

2:00 PM – Clarke Brothers

2:45 PM – Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco

3:00 PM – Ciana

3:45 PM – City of Sacramento Pipe Band

4:00 PM – 1916

Sunday October 5

10:30 AM – Ciana

11:15 AM – Clarke Brothers

12:00 AM – 1916

12:45  – City of Sacramento Pipe Band

1:00 PM – Ciana

1:45 PM – Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco

2:00 PM – Clarke Brothers

2:45 PM – Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band

3:00 PM – 1916

4:15 PM – Closing Ceremonies

Last Updated 9/23/14 – Subject to Change, please keep checking back.

Thank you!

Video from 2013!

This last year, the Reno Celtic Celebration was fortunate enough to work with Stewart Campbell and the folks over at LoadedTV to document our event through video. They did an amazing job, here’s a highlight from the 2013 Festival:

We are appreciative of the efforts of Stewart, Ky, and Ken and all the folks at LoadedTV for making such an awesome video! Let us know what you think!

Have a great day!



It’s really getting close now!!

Can you feel the excitement in the air? We certainly can around here! See the previous post for schedule information for both days….

RSVP to our event on Facebook!!

Starting in 2012, the Celtic Celebration chose to select, each year at the Celebration, an honored clan for the duration of the event. The honored clan chosen this year is:

Clan MacLean


Other Clans represented at the Festival this year are:

Clan Crawford
Clan Cumming
Clan Donald
Clan Farquharson
Clan Lindsay
Clan MacLeod
Clan Macneil
Clan Thompson
Clan Wallace
Clan Young

Without further ado, here is the dance stage schedule:


11:00 Silver State Scottish
11:30 Dunsmuir Scottish
12:00 Red Thistle Dancers
1:15 Blanchette Irish
2:00 Dunsmuir Scottish
2:30 Red Thistle Dancers
3:00 Blanchette Irish 
4:00 Silver State Scottish 
4:30 Truckee River Dance
11:00 Silver State Scottish
11:30 Red Thistle Dancers 
12:00 Dunsmuir Scottish 
12:30 Blanchette Irish
1:30 Red Thistle Dancers
2:00 Dunsmuir Scottish
2:30 Blanchette Irish
3:30 Silver State Scottish
4:00 Truckee River Dance
*check final schedule for any changes at the Dance StageDance Stage Schedule*
This year, we are also featuring the following Vendors:

A & A Company (Wilton, CA) – Celtic, Scottish, Welsh and Irish silver and stone items.

Buzz Kidder (Oakley, CA) – Kilts, sporans, leather goods, shirts

Got Kilt? (White Lake, MI) – Kilts and humorous Celtic t-shirts

Heritage Meat Pies (Santa Maria, CA) – Steak, chicken and sausage pies, shepherd pies and cottage pies, Cornish Pasties, all manner of Celtic Food Fare!

Highland Grill (Salinas, CA) – Returning for a second year at the Celtic Celebration, featuring grilled chicken and other burgers.

History of Names (Gold Hill, OR) – Research your Celtic name and ancestry with information from this vendor!

House of Windsor (Keizer, OR) – Celtic gifts and collectibles

Irish Castle Shop (San Francisco, CA) – Hats and sweaters with Irish/Celtic themes and origin.

JJ’s Italian Ice (Reno, NV) – The name says it all…Italian ices to quench the sweet tooth, enjoy one of these tasty treats!

Kerr’s Imports (Congress, AZ) – Scottish and Celtic imports, kilts.

KoKo’s Teriyaki (Reno, NV) – A crowd favorite from past Celebrations, Koko’s features teriyaki bowls and meat-on-a-stick, how can you go wrong there?!?

Taste of Britain (San Jose, CA) – Fish and Chips and Bangers are the order of the day here. And get a nice, cold pint to go along with it! These are the finer things in life….

The Celtic Caterer (Colorado) – Cook books celebrating items from the 8 Celtic nations reworked for modern cooking techniques!

We will be featuring the following groups in the Heritage Area:


The Royal Court Scotland
James V has died and Mary of Guise is Queen Regent . Baby Queen Mary Stuart is 6 years old and now is being promised to marry the future king of France. Henry VIII is up in arms. Days of Rough Wooing.
The Queens Guard are the 2nd 3rd or 4th sons of noblemen, or wealthy merchants. They do not inherit, therefore we must gain favor from the queen for our families through military service. They must pay for their own weapons and armor. 
Royal Papermakers are Kyle and Kaylee Sinclair, papermakers of the 16th century.  They are in the service of Mary Queen of Scots in the year of our Lord 1562, but are currently traveling about the country.  Come join them and learn the history of papermaking.
Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
promote appreciation and knowledge of the fiber arts in our community through demonstrations at schools, fairs and other community events. They provide a support network for fiber artists and enthusiasts and keep the fiber arts alive by encouraging others to take up spinning and weaving.
Royal Rafter 66 Falconers & Birds of Prey
Mistress Flemming played by Marie Crawford and Chloe Bowen will be flying birds of prey and displaying their charges. 
Empire of  Chivalry & Steel
A  Educational Re-enactment society that shows what life was like from 800AD to 1650AD. Crafting,combat, and life skills are promoted. The ECS is a 501(c) Not For Profit nationwide organization.
Pirates of Reno
Lots of pirate games. Beware of the black spot.  Visit Tortuga Village. Watch you don’t land in the stocks.  Under the command of Lord Ronald of Flinshire, a real group of Merry Men & Women. Guard your booty, children and your ladies.


We will also feature cars from the Jaguar Club of Reno
The Reno Jaguar Club of Nevada was founded in 1983 to further the interest in the ownership and possession of the Jaguar automobile by Reno Celtic 
Celebration Board Member and local attorney Randy Wright and a number of fellow Jaguar enthusiasts. Two years later, the club held its first all British car meet, aptly named “A Day on the Village Green.” In the years to come the club would hold the Tonopah Rally and excursions to The Renaissance Faire and to the Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Oregon.
For several years, these beautiful cars have been a part of the Reno Celtic Celebration greeting festival-goers at the main gate. The Reno Jaguar Club is a social organization  that serves as a technical guidepost to Jaguar owners, a forum to exchange ideas and enhance the community and be involved in charitable functions as a positive way to get our name known to the public. For more info about the club, visit their web site, www.renojaguarclub.com
And Celtic Animals
You will see a variety of Celtic Animals this year. You will not be able to miss the Clydesdales from Redd Barney Ranch, the Highland Cattle (Coos) from the Riordan Ranch, and Highland Ponies. Smaller, but no less impressive, are the Irish Wolfhound, Celtic Lurcher, a Scottie, Irish Setters and Rough Collies. And don’t forget to look a the wonderful Raptors (Hawks and Falcons). Talk to the owners and learn about the history of these Celtic breeds.
Organizations participating in the Celebration include:
Nevada Society of Scottish Clans (Host)
Reno Celtic Celebration
Scottish American Military Society (SAMS)
Sons and Daughters of Erin
Come and see us THIS WEEKEND! Only $15 at the gate Saturday OR Sunday, or $25 for all weekend!
See you there!

Schedule…..for 2013!

Without further ado, here is the main stage schedule for the 2013 Celebration! With less than a month to go, we are super excited and hope you are too!


Main Stage Schedule 2013

Saturday, Oct. 5

Main Stage

11:00 AM- Blarney Band

11:45 AM – Pipe Band 1

12:00 PM – Avalon Rising

12:45 – 1:00 PM – Opening Ceremonies

1:00 PM – Wedding

1:15 PM – Break

2:00 PM – Molly’s Revenge

2:45 PM – Pipe Band 2

3:00 PM – Avalon Rising

3:45 PM – Pipe Band 3

4:00 PM – Ciana

4:45 PM – Closing

Sunday October 6

11:00 AM – Ciana

11:45 AM – Pipe Band 1

12:00 AM – Break

1:00 PM – Avalon Rising

1:45 PM – Pipe Band 2

2:00 PM – Molly’s Revenge

2:45 PM – Pipe Band 3

3:00 PM – Blarney Band

3:45 PM – Avalon Rising

4:30 PM – Closing Ceremonies

The schedule can also be found on the Schedule Page.

Join us, October 5 & 6, 2013!