In just a few weeks, a world-class line-up of British Isles folk all-stars will descend on the tiny town of Sebastopol for the annual Celtic Music Festival, to be held at the Sebastopol Community Center September 24-26th. Now rechristened Celtic and World Music festival, the lineup features the usual wizards of Scottish and Irish folk, beefed up with the addition of French-Canadian whiz kids Le Vent du Nord.
Quebec’s answer to the Gipsy Kings, Le Vent du Nord meld accordion, fiddle, guitar, and lots and lots of percussion into a highly danceable brew that turns audiences into whirling dervish dancers.
A bargain when you figure the festival includes multiple performances, storytelling, arts and crafts demonstrations, and numerous activities to keep kids entertained and involved.
Where else can visitors learn to weave, practice clogging, hear Tall Tales from the ancient Celtic bards, and dance the night away to bands direct from Edinburgh, Belfast, and Dublin?
Highlights of the stellar lineup include the multi-instrumental pyrotechnics of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, the oh-so-danceable Lunasa, and the rockin’ French Canadian gypsy band Le Vent du Nord.
Tickets are available for single days, the full weekend, or individual evening shows. The best value is, of course, the weekend “combo” pass, which allows you to see two days of shows for $44.