Welcome Sligo Rags to Reno Celtic for 2017!

We are excited to announce that our headline act for 2017 is SLIGO RAGS. 

The darlings of Disneyland‟s “Paradise Garden Bandstand,” this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk (and so much more) with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all–great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, “The Night Before the Morning After”, was called “the best I’ve heard from a stateside band” by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don‟t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud‟homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.

“Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show.”
–Music Connection

“…A „money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled‟ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles.”
—Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage

We are excited to welcome Sligo Rags to Reno! We know you all will help us make them feel right at home!

Slainte’!

Thank you, Northern Nevada!

Our 2016 event was a success! We had a wild time Sunday afternoon, as the weather came up around 3:30pm. We were holding tents down while also trying to honor our awesome Athletes and Pipers for the Piping competition, having moved our closing ceremonies up so everyone could leave safely!

I’ve never seen vendors, animal handlers, musicians and athletes move so fast to get their stuff packed and done so they could drive across the mountain and try to beat the snow! It was a wild ride, but the good that came from that is that our park clean-up might have been the smoothest ever!

Thanks for sticking with us, pictures to come. Overall, a great event.

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This was who was left at the end of cleanup on Monday. Left to right is Verla on the far end, our hard-working treasurer and beer tent matron, next to her is Buzcut, Danielle’s husband and the guy without whom I could do none of the cool stuff I do because I drag him along and he rolls his eyes and follows me =) Kristen Puchert, who has rolled her sleeves up and become an invaluable asset to our board, our group and our lives (as Willie’s lovely wife). She is our secretary and head of Celtic Critters. Finally is Willie, who does so much for the Celtic community! Leader of SADOE and handling outreach and PR for the Celtic Celebration, he worked very hard this year and it showed, and the entire community benefited. I also want to thank Ben, Kristen’s son, for taking this picture so we could all be in it! I am still exhausted, but feel like we did a good job this year, and will find ways to improve for next year.

I also want to do a big shout out to my vice-president Chris, and his lovely soon-to-be-wife Sparrow. Chris has truly been my right hand all year, master of logistics, volunteers, and handler of all the things that keep us rolling. Here are he and Sparrow, who will be celebrating their marriage at the end of the month, taken at our celebration:

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Finally, all the great and professional staff at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, who were helpful, patient, and great to work with. This is how we serenely left their park on Monday after walk-through. Still looking stormy, but having had an authentic-weather Celtic Celebration for 2016:

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Stay tuned for more pictures and tales from this years event!

Danielle Gann-Lind                                                                                                               President

Take Pictures with “Merida” from Brave!

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We were contacted this week by the lovely Ashley, who will be at the Reno Celtic Celebration Saturday and Sunday with her beautiful Friesian horse Xander! Ashley will be dressed in fine Celtic Garb similar to “Merida” from Brave and will be available to answer questions, take pictures with the kiddies (with your provided cell phone or camera), and do periodic demonstrations with Xander on the abilities of the Friesian.

Come down and join us!