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.”
“…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!
Whiskey and Stitches
Please note: Park and event opens at 10am for all activities. If you are watching or participating in the Bag pipe or solo piping and drumming competition, or watching or participating in the Athletics competitions, these folks have been told what time to be on site, if you are coming to watch them, hopefully they told you!
Main Stage Schedule 2016
Saturday, Oct. 1
10:00 AM- Intro and Welcome
10:05 AM- 317
11:00 AM – Ciana
12:00-1:00 PM – Dark for opening ceremony
1:00 PM – One Eyed Reilly
2:00 PM – Ciana
3:00 PM – Whiskey and Stitches
4:00 PM – Closing Ceremony, Piping band award announcement
One Eyed Reilly
Sunday October 2
10:00 AM – 317
11:00 AM – Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band
11:15 AM – Fortunate Strangers
12:00 PM – One Eyed Reilly
1:00 PM – 317
1:45 PM – Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band
2:00 PM – One Eyed Reilly
3:00 PM – Whiskey and Stitches
4:15 PM – Closing Ceremonies
Last Updated 9/16/16 – Subject to change, please keep checking back.
We’ve also updated a whole heap of other information, please check out other areas of the site to know what’s going on!
Reno Celtic Celebration is pleased to announce our headline group for this year:
Whiskey and Stitches!
They’ve not been to Northern Nevada before, and we sure are excited to have them here. From their bio, (Sacramento News and Review) -” The musicians in Whiskey and Stitches bash out the type of rock ‘n’ roll that’s at once clearly defined by its influences, yet also completely divorced from any rules. With an Irish-American pub sound that owes as much to Bill Monroe and the Ramones as it does the Pogues, Whiskey and Stitches’ music is angry and jubilant… come prepared to stomp around and maybe shed a tear, too.” – Rachel Leibrock
Also on the bill this year is One Eyed Reilly:
One Eyed Reilly is a Celtic/Americana rock band from Sacramento, CA that blends well-crafted original songs with modern Celtic rock, Americana, and energetic, innovative versions of traditional Irish classics. One Eyed Reilly’s original songs honor the lineage of Irish folk to Americana to alt-country rock, drawing upon wide-ranging musical influences from traditional Irish (The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, etc.) to Celtic punk (Flogging Molly, The Dreadnoughts, Dropkick Murphys, etc.) to a varied spectrum of artists ranging from Van Morrison and Steve Earle to Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt. They infuse their live performances with choice covers ranging from Bob Dylan to John Prine to Tom Waits to Wilco or Old Crow Medicine Show. Ultimately, this genre-bending free-for-all sets the perfect foundation for a beer-and-whiskey drenched good time.
We also welcome back local favorites Ciana and 317. More info and a schedule coming soon! Can’t believe we are only six weeks away!