Celebrating Celtic culture

Festival is Nov. 9, 10 and 11 in Yachats

It’s that time of year again; bagpipes, fifes and drums are on their way to Yachats.

The 18th annual Yachats Celtic Music Festival will return the weekend of Nov. 9, 10 and 11. Complete with ceili dances, Scotch whisky tastings and tales of Irish history — and Celtic music performances, of course — the festival promises to delight all ages.


Musical events

The majority of the concerts will be held in the main auditorium of the Yachats Commons, with names like Coig, The Founding, Kevin Carr and Warbelow Range slated to perform. However, a few smaller concerts can be found elsewhere. For example, the Sunset Piper on the Point event will be held in Yachats State Park on Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. There are also a few small concerts set to be held in the Little Log Church.

For the performer in everyone, however, there are also opportunities to learn from experts. Rob Gandara of Carbony Celtic Winds will be offering flute and woodwind instruction in Yachats Commons room three throughout the weekend, and free ceili dance lessons will be given before each called ceili dance — ceili dance is a form of Irish folk dancing.


Cultural events

While the music is an incredible experience all on its own, there’s no harm in enhancing your experience of the Celtic sounds by partaking in food and drink.

Brought back to the festival for a second year after a strong reception last year, John Robbins will be sharing his knowledge, passion and experiences around touring Scottish distilleries — and guiding two Scotch whiskey tastings along the way. Newcomers and attendees of last year’s tasting are in for a treat; the samples this year are entirely different.

As for the festival’s food, it’s more Yachatian than Celtic — at various points in the weekend, the festival events will have food provided by the Drift Inn.

There are also themed vendors lined up so that festival goers have the opportunity to purchase all kinds of authentic Celtic goods: Bridie’s Irish Faire, Carbony Celtic Winds, Sign of the Hawk and Gaean Allusions Pottery will be touting their wares over the weekend.

Another activity to learn more about Celtic culture will be a presentation by Kate Horsely Parker, an author and historian who will talk about Irish history and read excerpts from her historical fiction book: “Confessions of a Pagan Nun.”

The complete list of the weekend’s events is long, and pricing varies — some are even free. Visit yachatscelticmusicfestival.org for complete details and online ticket purchasing.


The band Coig is no stranger to the Yachats Celtic Music Festival and will be returning to play again this year. The award-winning Canadian trio will be performing to the main stage on Friday afternoon, Nov. 9, and Saturday evening, Nov. 10, as well as at the Little Log Church on Saturday at noon. (Courtesy photo)