Quick note….2017 Piping Competition Links updated!

Just talked to Jim Laughton, and super excited that we have all our information updated for the 2017 event!

If you are interested in being the Piping competition, Full Band or Solo Piping and drumming competition, please head over to this year’s registration information at here:

2017 Reno Celtic Piping Registration (Band and Solo)

We are already putting stuff in place to have an amazing and unique event for 2017! Keep checking back for more updates!


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!


Updates, new board and moving forward, oh my!

This photo is Willie Puchert making announcements at our opening ceremony for the 2016 event. Photo by Michael Herzog.

We have lots of interesting stuff happening in the Truckee Meadows in Celtic Land already! We are busily preparing for our 2017 Celebration!

At the beginning of the year, the Celtic Celebration held it’s annual election and we’ve had some board changes. Your 2017 Reno Celtic Board of Directors is as follows:

President – Christopher Moreland 

Vice-President – Danielle Gann-Lind 

Secretary – Kristen Hollis 

Treasurer – Verla Jackson 

Departments and Chairs:

Alcohol/Beer Concessions: Verla Jackson 

Celtic Livestock and Pets – Kristen Puchert

Clans – Lowell Patton 

Dance – Miriam Blanchette 

Entertainment – Danielle Gann-Lind* 

General Information – Danielle Gann-Lind*

Living History – Jayde Gilmore

Highland Athletics  – Michael Perrin

Logistics – Chris Moreland 

Pipe Bands – Jim Laughton* 

Public Relations – Willie Puchert 

Vendors – Willie Puchert 

Volunteers  – Chris Moreland 

Webmaster – Danielle Gann-Lind* 

Other Board members:

Mary Mingo – Main Gate Director