Rose and Shamrock Festival

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I am very excited about the Rose and Shamrock Festival.  I went to a previous Festival of the same name in 2016.  It was a great festival, but it was very expensive.  My wife was a vendor at that festival and as such we didn’t pay the $35.00 entrance fee.  There was free beer, but since I was suffering from vertigo at the time, I didn’t drink much that day. As I said, it was an incredible festival.  The best thing was that it was in the heart of Downtown Lancaster, Pa, which is a really cool little city.  There is a lot going on downtown in Lancaster.  This Festival is one of the cool things.  This year, it is FREE!  It is going to be a great day.  There will be great bands.  I will be giving an example of  a traditional Robert Burns Supper Address to the Haggis, and then having a Robert Burns/Scottish song sing along.  There will be demonstrations of Scottish Country Dancing, which is one of the ancestors of square dancing.  There will be all sorts of tutorials, from Bodhran playing to Beginning Irish Dancing.

This Festival has been put together by Esther Pujol of the Paloma School of Irish Dance and Paloma Irish Arts Foundation.  

Here are the Bands and musicians that will be there.  I am listing them in order of appearance.

I hope that you make the time to attend this festival.  Most people think of Lancaster County as the Land of the Pennsylvania Dutch.  What most don’t know is that there is a strong Scottish, Irish, and Welsh population here from before the Pennsylvania Dutch arrived, and it still is present in the culture and traditions in the county.  bb8ff1_db85d8bb1ce64c8eb2b56a924126afb2_mv2

 

 

 

The Piobaireachd Society of Central Pennsylvania

My friend, Thompson McConnell, is the organizer of The Piobaireachd Society of Central Pennsylvania.  They have some exciting events lined up here in Central Pennsylvania.

One that I am particularly excited about is the Rose and Shamrock Solo Piping Competition.  I was asked to help with bringing the Rose and Shamrock Festival together by Esther Pujol of the Paloma Irish Arts Foundation.  Esther has organized a great festival, Festival 17-19 in the Convention Center in Lancaster, PA.  I suggested that she contact Thompson to see if they could do a Piping competition and here we are a few weeks away from the competition itself.

If you would like to Listen to some really good Piping before the Superbowl, the society will be holding this Event, at Tellus 360.  I think that this might bring some good luck the Eagles, if that is important to you, so I encourage you to attend!

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Jersey Shore Piping and Drumming Classic

We offer an Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSBPA) sanctioned pipe, drum & band competition with Celtic-themed vendors, crafts and more. We anticipate welcoming over 200 pipers and drummers from all over the east coast here to the beautiful Jersey Shore.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

7:30 AM
Check In Begins
(Registration Table)

8:00 AM – 12:00
Piping Solo Competitions
(Competition Field)

10:00 AM
Celtic Mass
(Gazebo)

Drum Solo Competitions
(Competition Field)

11:00 AM
Band Draw
(Registration Table)

1:15
Band Competitions
(Competition Field)

4:45
Blessing of the Bands
Massed Band
(Competition Field)

5:00
Band Competition Results
(Competition Field)

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

It’s The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers — who have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. The band has four music degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and all the pipers and drummers have played at the top level in bagpiping.