What a beautiful location for Celtic music festival!
Willow pays the audience a visit during Midsummer Jigs
Last weekend was the KVMR Celtic Festival
in Grass Valley, CA. This was the first time we'd ever been to this festival, but it looked like a great time from all the musicians they've had in the past and we were certainly not disappointed!
The grounds were just beautiful - the festival is held on the county fairgrounds, but it is transformed into a lovely Celtic festival once a year with medieval costumes and tents full of kilts, tartan, shamrocks, thistles, jewelry, whiskey flasks and even swords!
I was told by somebody that there were swordfighting lessons somewhere on the grounds, bagpipe bands marching everywhere, as well as a regular procession of royalty through the grounds. We were in the middle of playing a semi-acoustic set at one point and needed to take a little break to acknowledge Mary, Queen of Scots as she marched by with her court. ;-)
Solana answering questions on the Pine Grove stage
One of our favorite shows of the weekend was on the Pine Tree Stage, which was more of an interactive set. We got to take questions from the audience right there onstage and it was a pleasant, shady, lovely morning show.
It was especially fun to know that we were playing on the same stage as one of our heros, Dougie MacLean
, as he has also played at this festival in the past and performed a set on the same stage. :D What an exciting time!
Some of the great people we got to meet !!
On the first day there we were having breakfast at the hotel and happened to be sitting right across from another band that was playing at the festival - the Elders
from Kansas City. We got to talking and then agreed to come up and dance with them during their set at some point during the day. So as soon as our early shows were finished (they were all such fun, by the way! What a wonderful festival. You can always tell how good a festival it is by the people in the audience
that come every year and enjoy the festivities!) we got to jump up onstage with them and do a little reel. It was great fun and a perfect way to end the weekend! (See picture below)
They are wonderful, inspiring musicians all of them, and you should definitely check out their music
Dancing with the Elders on Saturday night.