November 22, 2014 · 12:00pm

12pm
Tickets: $35 advance/$40 at the door/$10 kids 10 and under

It’s an all day festival of Irish music and culture in two locations: Tellus360 and the Ware Center.

The Rose & Shamrock Celtic Festival

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Here’s the lineup of bands performing at Tellus360:
3-4pm : Dave Pedrick in the pub
4.30pm – 5.30pm: : Birmingham 6 in the pub
6pm-7.30 pm: Ogham Stones in the Temple
8pm- 10pm: Kilmaine Saints in the Temple
10.30pm-12am: John Byrne Band in the Temple
12 am -1.30 am: The Punkabillys in the Temple

Other entertainment, and the lineup at The Ware Center:

Ware Center

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:          Across the Pond
3 pm – 4 pm:                      Charlie Zahm
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:          Fire in the Glen
6 pm – 7 pm:                      Cormorant’s Fancy
7:30 pm – 9 pm:                Burning Bridget Cleary

DANCE:
Multiple Irish & Celtic Dance Companies will be joining us throughout the festival, one of which is Rebel Hearts Irish Dancers.  The Rebel Hearts perform at the Ware Center from noon to 1 pm.

WORKSHOPS:
A variety of workshops will be offered throughout the day at the Ware Center including favorites from last year as well as new offerings.  Tentatively, some of the workshops will include: learn how to play the Irish drum bodhran; hear the tragic story of “Duffy’s Cut”, where 57 Irish immigrants were hired to work on a stretch of railroad tracks about 30 miles west of Philadelphia; enjoy Irish & Celtic storytelling and poetry readings; learn how to pay the tin whistle; and more

Vendors will surround the bands, offering Irish & Celtic wares at the Ware Center.  Performers will also be selling their CDS, etc.

FOOD
Each admission ticket includes one meal ticket that can be used at either the Ware Center or Tellus360.  A special, festival fare menu will be available at both establishments.

DRINKS
Pay as you go at Tellus360
Enjoy a complimentary Tasting of select drinks at the Ware Center
Soda/Water also available

 

 Dave Pedrick

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Dave Pedrick, the guitarist for the Kilmaine Saints, kicks off the day at Tellus360 in the pub.

 

Birmingham 6

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It’s the indie rock of Irish music. In the vein of The Pogues, Flogging Molly and The Tossers with the spirit of the Wolfe Tones and Clancy Brothers.

Birmingham Six (five members actually) take their name from the six men wrongfully jailed for the Birmingham Pub bombings in 1974 and have been performing for audiences since 2006. With two full length releases, Iron Rations – 2008 and The Kessel Run – 2012, the Six put on an energetic, tight live performance that has allowed them to be a supporting band for many internationally touring acts that include Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones, The Wolftones and The Tossers. They have been called “the indie rock band of Irish music” as they mix original music with their own arrangements of traditional Irish songs in their live shows. Birmingham Six’s upcoming 2014 release tentatively titled “Born in a Puddle of Gasoline,” is their first all original and long awaited full length album.

 

The Ogham Stones

Born in the back room of a pub and raised in the basement of an abandoned armory, we are Lancaster’s greatest Celtic rock band…Slainte!

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The Kilmaine Saints

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September of 2012 saw the release of The Kilmaine Saints’ latest studio effort, “Drunken Redemption”, a hard-hitting follow-up to their debut CD “The Good, The Plaid & The Ugly”. With a mix of original songs and old Irish Traditional tunes (to which the Saints put their own modern spin), it has been a fan favorite and ranked by many reviewers as one of the Top Celtic Rock CDs for 2012. John Bowles, reviewer for Paddy Rock.com stated, “From start to finish you have trads, rebel songs, drinking songs, and songs about being strong, proud, and… you know… IRISH!! I wouldn’t be surprised if they had this release playing in every Irish pub from Boston to Chicago to L.A. and throughout the world… having every one of us raising our pints high in the air and singing along.” The popularity of both albums and the growing legions of fans have led to label interest, many newspaper and radio interviews, and airplay on several mediums, locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Kilmaine Saints were first conceived in 2009 by a few members of the Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums as a means to play bagpipes year round and acquire free beer and pub food. Although the idea of a band was mostly for fun, it quickly became clear that the music scene around them was lacking, and they knew just what it needed. A short time later, the Saints rounded out their crew with a singer from County Mayo, a brilliant fiddler, and an upbeat guitarist, and began pounding through blistering, high-energy live sets that have kept people wanting more. With their love of superior music and complimentary beer, the Kilmaine Saints and their Guiness-soaked hearts have been storming the North East, playing hundreds of shows from small-town pubs to large stage events. In addition to being the go-to band for the Philly chapter of the Dropkick Murphy charity fund (The Claddagh Fund), they have many large Irish festivals under their belt, including Pipes in the Valley, Celtic Fling, ShamrockFest, Annapolis Irish Festival and the Wildwood Irish Weekend, all festivals with attendance in the thousands.

With their passion for creating and performing music, and an ever-growing fan base, it’s a good bet you’ll hear one of the Kilmaine Saints’ songs being played everyplace that pints are raised and the whiskey is flowing. “The enthusiasm of [this] band is contagious; it reaches right into your soul and will get your feet moving and your heart pumping.” (The Celtic Crier)

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The John Byrne Band

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The John Byrne Band is led by former Patrick’s Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne. Their debut album, After the Wake, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. With influences ranging from The Chieftains to Planxty to Bob Dylan, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. John and the band followed up After the Wake in early 2013 with an album of Celtic and American traditional tunes. The album, Celtic/Folk, released on March 5th 2013, has already gotten attention from NPR/WXPN’s Gene Shay and is receiving regular airplay on his nationally syndicated Folk Show. Their third release, another collection of John Byrne originals, is set for release in the Spring of 2015.

John and the band promoted the albums with a series of sold out shows at World Café Live in Philadelphia and spent the past two years touring both nationally and internationally.
They have sold out World Cafe Live on 5 separate occasions over the past 2-3 years, bring 500 people there in March 2014 for a night of music which pulled from their original and folk albums
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The John Byrne Band, however, is as much at home in a traditional session at a corner bar as it is in larger venues/festivals and opening for national acts. John has toured with and opened up for acts as diverse as The Hothouse Flowers, The Young Dubliners, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Patti Smyth, Gaelic Storm, Finbar Furey, Luka Bloom, Lunasa, Dervish, The Saw Doctors, The Screaming Orphans, The Greencards and Enter the Haggis. He has also been frequently featured on WXPN, NBC 10 WSTW and local College Radio. In Fall, 2012, John and the Band performed with The Irish Tenors for the Liberty Medal Presentation at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia before President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. 

John and the band continue to tour the country and play to devoted audiences in the Tri-State area (PA, NJ, DE) as an acoustic 4-piece featuring banjo, fiddle/cello, guitars and bodhran, and as a 7 piece that adds drums, bass and accordion to its lineup.

 

Punkabillys

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The Punkabillys started out as two guys playing with themselves (instruments, in case anyone should be confused). Originally known as Burning Eyebrow, they got their start playing acoustic style at private parties and bonfires. The band expanded to four members in July of 2007, bringing their electric and harder feel to the band. Then, in December 2007, they changed their name to The Punkabillys. Their new style of original music reflected songs about local life and growing up in Pennsylvania or Pennsyltucky, as the case may be. In late 2009, they added a fifth member to play banjo and complete their rockabilly sound. In early 2010, they expanded their punk style by adding bagpipes and a tin whistle to create a Celtic punk sound that is like no other. In 2013, The Punkabillys transformed from electric distortion to an acoustic grass-a-billy style of music by bringing back the banjo and adding an acoustic guitar. This brought a unique mix of bluegrass and Celtic Irish folk-grass. Our current line-up of instruments include 2 acoustic guitars, bass, banjo and mandolin. We enjoy writing and playing songs about pirates, moonshine, jail and bad decisions!