( FRIDAY ONLY! )
For over 35 years, Margie of Golden Bough has been bringing her music into elementary schools, offering students the opportunity
to enjoy the wealth of folk music from Ireland, America and around the world. The children are acquainted with the group's collection of musical instruments and are given a basic understanding of folk music,
Margie's Educational program has be tailored for the Sonora Celtic Faire.
( FRIDAY ONLY! )
Educational talks with GEORGE HARCOW PROFESSOR BAGPIPES
George’s relationship with the Great Highland Bagpipes began in 1995 when his mother bought him his first set of pipes as a Christmas gift. It was an inexpensive set, and did not come with any instructions. The pipes were kept “behind the door” until 1999 when the Stanislaus County Sheriff formed a beginner band. The lessons were free and the opportunity became a reality.
Two teachers, Gary Speed and Corey Mann, gave lessons to the new members and eventually (2001) George became a member of the “Sheriffs Pipe Band”. He developed into a low Grade IV but was eager to progress.
In 2002 he was introduced to Pipe Major John Mitchell and became a member of “The Callanish Pipe Band, and a new set of blackwood pipes were purchased. Over the next 6 years his increased ability to play allowed him to compete in local and state-wide pipe band competitions and meet the wonderful people in the “Piping Community”
Full Bio Here
The Celtic Caterer with Chef Eric W. McBride is a unique Catering and Culinary Educational site, dedicated to the epicurean delights of the 8 Celtic Nations, (Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Manx, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia & Asturia). Chef McBride has created a fusion between many favorite traditional Celtic delights with that of 21st Century American cooking techniques and ingredients. He and his award winning recipes have been featured at numerous Celtic Festivals. Chef McBride’s numerous Celtic Cookbooks, and Celtic Spices have revolutionized the way people view and taste traditional Celtic Food. WEBSITE
More than an expert juggler. Kevin is known worldwide as a dynamic entertainer. With his sharp juggling knives, and sharper wit, he blends comedy, juggling, circus, magic, fire (when appropriate), and stunts with upbeat energy and a positve message. The result is unique, inspiring, and memorable.
Winner of several international juggling awards and medals.
Kevin has a long list of performance credits spanning 16 years.
As director of The Firewalking Center he is an accomplished motivational speaker and firewalking instructor. In 2011 he became a partner in the Flow Arts Institute, the nations leading Flow Arts festival producers. They have now grown to 7 annual events all over the country every year.
Kevin was recently promoted to General Manager of the countries longest running fire and Flow Arts festival FireDrums XIV.
On the Black Oak Stage there will be the award wining dancers, Devon Yip, Tara Mills and Pamela Faljean form the Kyla’s School of Highland Dance. These talented young ladies will be performing highland dances and modern steps throughout the day in small sets and dancing to the bands.
(FIRDAY ONLY!) THE STUDENTS FROM KYLA'S SCHOOL OF SCOTTISH HIGHLAND DANCE WILL BE ON STAGE.
Kyla's dancers have won accolades at competitions around the United States and the world. Since 1992, when Kyla last competed for the Best Sacramento Area Dancer, dancers from her dancing school have been awarded this high honor. They have also won awards at the United States National Championships, the Commonwealth Championships (Scotland), the Canadian Championship Series, the North American Championships, the Western United States Championships, the British Overseas Championships (Scotland), the Sacramento Valley Championships, and the Western Regional Championships.
Brian Cassady is going to add an element of professional entertainment to All Hallows Faire, whether he is on stage orshoing you some close up street magic. As a performing magician he has many years of public speaking experience before crowds and audiences of all sizes and settings, He knows the value of being a “mixer” and “connector” between individuals and people groups. The wonder and mystery of magic performed before and between guests, patrons, family members and friends, whether it be on stage or in the spectators hands, he has an enchanting and welcoming effect on all those who are present. WEBSITE
Hearts of Khyber is a collective of musicians and dancers who represent the nomads that traveled the ancient Silk Road. While crossing the continents, they absorbed the traditions, music, and dance from the multiple cultures they encountered.
The first groups of these travelers migrated into Great Britain by the end of the 15th century. They were initially welcomed by the local gentry and royalty to camp on the outskirts of towns or just outside city walls, and were often paid for playing music or telling fortunes.
Hearts of Khyber derives its name from the Khyber Pass, an integral, yet often treacherous, part of the ancient Silk Road. Having a heart of Khyber means you have the strength and fortitude to be the hardiest of travelers!
Come and visit the Hearts of Khyber encampment and watch these mysterious travelers perform live, historical music and dance!"
( SATURDAY ONLY! )
Born fifty-eight winters ago in the 'heartland' of Wichita Kansas, Val Shadowhawk comes from the Plains Cree, Blackfeet, Choctaw and Missouria tribes. A dedicated participant in the Native American Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow circle as a Treaditional Dancer, Singer/Drum Keeper and Announcer(MC), Val has been active in it for thirty years and loving every minute! An Instructor/Consultant with the California Tribal TANF Partnership, teaching various kinds of beadwork, leather crafts, Dance Gear making and some aspects of Plains Cultures, Val travels from his current residence in Mokelumne Hill, California to Amador, Sacramento, San Joaquin Counties as well as Fairfield in that endeavor alone. He also is involved as an Instructor/Mentor to the Young Eagle Spirit Dance Troup based in Stockton California on a weekly basis teaching Pow-Wow protocol, Song and Dance. In addition, he works three to four times per month in Sacramento at the Montessori Pre-School D Street Collaborative with little ones from infant to five years of age, sharing stories, dances, Native American Flute and occasional hands on crafts. Val also is a Pow-Wow Announcer and has been doing that for eighteen years. Traveling the region from Northern California to Nevada, Oregon and Utah. There is much to share and Val is very happy and honored to be here with you all at the Celtic Fair with the Young Eagle Spirit Dance Troup, who honor the memory of our ancestors, the Pnaci people from all tribes and Nations. We wish to mention one Caroline Wilson(Lakota,Apache)now in the spirit realm, who inspired the formation of our group.
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