Our 2017 Program!

 

 September 22, 7:00 PM at Mountain Empire Community College
September 23, all day downtown Big Stone Gap VA


 
 

Powell Valley, Big Stone Gap VA

Our 2017 program will be added as soon as the information becomes available. Please check back!

Below is the program we had for 2016.

 
Barbara Dickson is back by popular demand in our headliner concert beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday September 23rd at the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College. This concert is free, thanks to the support of the Pro-Art Association.
As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier Award winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular artists in Britain today.
 
While Barbara remains modest about her many achievements, with seventeen Platinum and Gold Albums to her name she remains Scotland's biggest selling female singer of all time.
 
Sigean has been our loyal and wonderful house band for the last ten  years, and will be backing Barbara in the headliner concert. Formed in 1977, Sigean plays acoustic Irish music, in a traditional way. 
 
Other performers include:
 
 
On Saturday September 24th all day in downtown Big Stone Gap there will be the usual mixture of activities including the parade, music stages, workshops, demonstrations, kids' games, Highland games, sheepdogs, etc.
 
Music will be at Miner's Park, The Farmers' Market, Coal Museum, John Fox Jr. House and Bookstore.  Highland Games and sheepdogs will be at Bullitt Park.  Kids' activities will be at the Library and Bullitt Park. The Celtic Kitchen will again be at BSG Presbyterian Church, which will also be the venue for an 'Open Mic' and the evening ceilidh dance. The Southwest Virginia Museum will be the Crossroads Stage this year. Vendors and demonstrators will be at the Farmers Market, Miners Park, the New Visitors Center and the adjacent sidewalks..
 
The annual Big Stone Gap Carve-In; at Jessie Lea Campground will be part of the festival and will have a wood carving demonstration besode the vendors all day. The campground is also a wonderful place to tent or RV camp. 
 

All venues are free except for nominal charges for the Celtic Kitchen and High Tea at the Fox House.

 
 

Stay tuned for schedule programming updates, which will be listed below.


BIG STONE CELTIC FESTIVAL, 2016
 
8:30 AM
(at Bullitt Park)
Tour De Cracker's Neck Bike Race Registration
(race at 9:00 AM)
10:00 AM
(at The Farmer's Market)
Thistledew
11:00 AM
(Starts at the Fire Hall, opposite Farmer's Market)
PARADE -- All Welcome!  "Doggie Dawdle" Included, Bring Your Pet!

MINER'S PARK STAGE

11:30 AM Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums
12:30 PM 4 leaf peat
1:30 PM Barbara Dickson
2:15 PM Union High School Student Performances (French Club and Choir)
2:30 PM Sigean
3:30 PM 4 leaf peat
   
JOHN FOX HOUSE:  ACOUSTIC PARLOR
1:30 PM Thistledew
2:30 PM Sandra Parker
3:30 PM Ron Short
   
COAL MUSEUM:  MUSIC OF COAL
12:30 PM Ron Short
 1:30 PM Jack Beck
 
SLEMP LIBRARY
12:00 PM Childrens Music With Sandra Parker
12:30 PM  Kids Crafts
1:00 PM  Childrens Music With Sandra Parker
 
BOOKSTORE:  WORKSHOPS
1:30 PM Bagpipes Workshop
3:30 PM Conversation with Jack Beck and Barbara Dickson
   
BULLITT PARK:  OUTDOOR DEMOS
9:00 AM Tour de Crackers Neck Bike Race Starts
11:30 AM Children's Activities All Afternoon
12:30 PM Highland Games All Afternoon
12:30 PM Sheepdog Demonstrations All Afternoon
   
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH:  OPEN MIC
11:30 AM- 1:30 PM (in the kitchen/hall) Celtic Kitchen
1:30 PM (in the sanctuary) Open Mic All Day
6:00 PM (in the kitchen/hall) Ceilidh Dance with Sigean and Friends
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA MUSEUM: CROSSROADS STAGE

 

2:00- 4:00 pm

Celtic and Appalachian Connections

10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Museum open for tours

   
 

 


Big Stone Celtic is grateful to Pro-Art for the sponsorship of our featured headliners.  Big Stone Celtic is a mainly free event so we are also grateful to the many organizations and individuals who have given generously to make this tribute to the connections between the town and their Celtic forebears possible.

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FESTIVAL PARTICIPATION AND YOU!

Want to participate in our Festival?  Have an idea?  Available to volunteer at a venue?  Know anyone who does Celtic sports?  We'd love to hear from you.  This festival is a community-driven effort to increase downtown visibility and showcase the Celtic roots of Southwest Virginia's resilient and lovely people.  If you want to help with any element of this you may contact us through our website.