Every February, over 4000 lovers of music and fun attend the indoor Greater Philadelphia
Mid-Winter Scottish & Irish Music Festival and Fair. Once again, fans of Irish and Scottish music and culture will come to The Valley Forge Casino Resort’s Convention Level in King of Prussia, PA on February 13, 14 & 15 for this year’s 23rd Annual Music extravaganza.
Date: February 13. 14. 15. 2015
Location: Valley Forge Casino Resort – Convention Level, 1160 First Ave.,
King of Prussia, PA 19406, (Route 363 [Gulph Rd.] and First Avenue)
The weekend begins on Friday night with a Kick-Off Celtic Concert at 7:30 with Celtic Balladeer CHARLIE ZAHM and fiddle player, TAD MARKS. Following Charlie, we have two of the members of the Australian Celtic Band, BROTHER – Angus Richardson and DidgeriDrew (Drew Reid). The full Brother band performs the rest of the weekend but tonight, didgeridoos and bagpipes will give a taste of what is to come. Next and coming direct from the Highlands of Scotland, ALBANNACH with their rousing War Drums. It’s the Scottish version of Stomp. Drums, drums, more drums and bagpipes sure to rouse the blood! The night is complete with one of Philadelphia’s favorite Irish bands named Best Irish Band in America’ in the Strangford Lough Battle of the Bands – JAMISON. Everyone will be on their feet dancing all night long!
On Saturday and Sunday over two dozen top Celtic Musical Groups from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the USA will thrill the entire family! Irish & Scottish Gaelic language, Scotch & Irish Whisky, Country Dancing and “What the Heck Is A Bagpipe” seminars are held both days.
Promoters, Bill and Karen Reid of East of the Hebrides Entertainments have scheduled activities and music to be presented continuously all weekend. Additionally, over thirty craft exhibitors, vendors and fraternal organizations will brighten the festivities for the entire family when the Box Office opens at 6:30PM on Friday for the Kick-Off Concert.
Daylong and evening celebrations continues in full swing in the spacious indoor Valley Forge Casino Resort’s Convention Level with a full slate of top Irish, Scottish, Canadian and American performers, exhibits and vendors on Saturday, from 9:30AM to Midnight and Sunday from 10:00AM to 7:30PM.
Times: 2/15 – FRIDAY 6:30pm doors open. 7:30 Kick-Off Celtic Concert until Midnight with
Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks, Angus & DidgeriDrew, Albannach, Jamison and the Celtic Flame Irish Dancers. (Vendors open at 6:30pm)
2/16 – SATURDAY 9:30am to Midnight – Irish & Scottish Traditional to Celtic Rock Music
Four stages with non-stop music – featuring from, Albannach, Screaming Orphans, Rathkeltair, Searson, Brother, Clan Na Gael (in a special reunion show), Jamison, The John Byrne Band, Oliver McElhone, The Brigadoons, The MacLeod Fiddlers, Charlie Zahm, Tad Marks, Mollie Larkin, Cummins Irish Dancers, Campbell Highland Dancers, Companions of the Cross, Washington Memorial Pipers, and thirty Scottish & Irish gift vendors and food. Cultural exhibits, Irish & Scottish beers and food.
2/17 – SUNDAY 10am to 7:30pm – Irish & Scottish traditional to Celtic Rock Music
Four stages with Non-stop music – Featuring Rathkeltair, Screaming Orphans, Albannach, Brother, Searson, The Brigadoons, Runa, Timlin & Kane, Belfast Connection, Mollie Larkin, The MacLeod Fiddlers, Companions of the Cross, Washington Memorial Pipers, Campbell Highland Dancers, Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers, Celtic Flame Dancers and over thirty Scottish & Irish gift vendors. Cultural exhibits, Irish & Scottish beers and food.
Second floor stage areas will include dance lessons with Irish dance Instructor, ROSEMARIE TIMONEY and Scottish dancer, LYNNETTE FITCH BRASH and members of the WASHINGTON MEMORIAL BAGPIPE BAND will host a Bagpipe Tattoo (show) featuring the CAMPBELL HIGHLAND DANCERS and THE FITZPATRICK IRISH DANCERS and the CUMMINS IRISH DANCERS. Festival goers can take part in Scottish & Irish Whisky tastings with Frank McDonald, search their family tree at the fraternal organization and even learn to make a kilt. They can also shop for claddagh jewelry, clan crests, tartan scarves, kilts, Scots and Irish clothing, accessories, CD’s and a host of other Celtic wares.
The Reid’s encourage everyone to come out even if you’re not from the Auld Sod, the Highlands or the Lowlands but enjoy music, spectacle, dance and a real good time for all ages.
Children 12 and under are Free all weekend. Adult admission at the door is $30 for Saturday and $25 on Sunday. The Friday night concert is $18. Daily re-admission is free but no one will have to go out for food. There will be traditional Fish & Chips, Meat Pies and American foods. All parking is free. Advance Tickets with reduced admission fees are available until February 6th.
The festival is sponsored in part by Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s, Coors Light, Newcastle, McEwan’s, Woodchuck Cider, Smirnoff Twisted V, Bunratty Meade
Valley Forge Casino Resort’s Convention Level is just fifteen miles from center city Philadelphia, two miles from Valley Forge Exit of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and close by Routes 202, 76 and 476. Many hotels and restaurants are conveniently located for travelers including the Center’s Casino Towers and Radisson Hotel.
Admission: $18 Friday Night Concert, $30 Saturday, $25 Sunday
Discounts available by mail until February 6th and are available on
Festival listing www.ehebrides.com
Multi-day passes available at Box Office on 2/14 at 6:30pm
Kids 12 and under are FREE ALL WEEKEND. PARKING IS FREE