The Oregon coast is soon to get a monthly influx of Irish, Scottish, American and fusion music and dance from around the Celtic-verse.
The Celtic Series at the Lincoln City Cultural Center begins in September with HighTime, a young trio from Connemara, Ireland, and continues with one concert each month through May 2020.
From the Scottish band DAIMH to the renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, these concerts are guaranteed to delight your Celtic heart. The Celtic Series is made possible by lodging sponsor Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
Die-hard Celtic-music fans can save money and save a reserved table seat for all nine events by getting a season pass, with discounts starting at 20 percent off the bundle, but only until Sept. 15.
HighTime combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and an experience to delight listeners. They perform at the cultural center on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
The Gaelic super group DÀIMH takes the stage on Oct. 18 and are unchallenged champions of Highland music, followed by The Lasses on Nov. 10 with sublime vocal harmonies and arrangements on bodhrán and guitar.
The holiday concert, “WinterDance,” featuring Molly’s Revenge, is on Dec. 12, a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. Their classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music.
Johnny B. Connolly and Casey Neill follow on Jan. 12, 2020. An exciting and accomplished button accordionist, Johnny Connolly performs with singer Casey Neill, whose bona fides range from indie-rock to Celtic music.
The Celtic Series continues on Feb. 2 with The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh. Their silvery harmonies, beautiful arrangements, and entertaining personalities have made them one of the most popular Celtic music groups performing today.
A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada plays on March 15, followed by Kevin Burke on April 12, whose fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970s.
The Celtic Series concludes with the eclectic quartet Banshee in the Kitchen on May 14. They play Celtic music with eclectic skill and merry abandon, taking traditional Celtic tunes through a process of “banshee-fying,” a term the band coined to describe their trademark playfulness and musicality.
This project received support from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
To learn more or join the Lincoln City Cultural Center, visit lincolncityculturalcenter.org or drop by the LCCC Information Center off Highway 101, now open for winter hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).