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Celtic Faire returns to Sonora March 9-11

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Celtic Faire returns to Sonora March 9-11

Bagpiper John McLean Allan is among the performers.

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POSTED March 2, 2012 6:27 p.m.

SONORA - America’s original Celtic Faire, featured on National Geographic Television, returns to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds on March 9 to 11.

The 26th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire will expand to three days of never ending Celtic entertainment. The largest gathering of Celtic musicians will be one of the highlights at this year’s event, from high-energy Celtic rock bands to the most traditional of groups. With 20 musical groups, performing on five stages, the faire offers something to every age and ear.

This year’s music lineup will feature world class Scottish Bagpiper, John McLean Alan and his Celtic-Rock band “Stand Easy”. Other groups include the world famous Wicked Tinkers, along with the 1916 Irish Band, the Black Eyed Dempsey’s, and Whiskey & Stitches Band. For the traditional Celtic Music lover, the faire offers an assortment of performers that include the Black Irish Band, Stout Rebellion, Golden Bough, Sequoia Celtic Band, Stage & Thistle Pipe Band, Ripon Irish Pipe Band, Clanddish Pipe Band, Chris Caswell, Scott Williams, Aryeh Franfurter, and many others.

In 2011 the Sonora Celtic Faire was featured on National Geography’s “Knights of Mayhem” TV show. This year’s faire will showcase The Imperial Knights, whose members are featured on a new History Channel program titled Full Metal Joust. Knights again will dress in full armor and ride their warhorses in battle to see who will be the champion of Sonora. Other heavy metal events will also take place throughout the weekend with the addition of Competition Scottish Highland Games and the soon to be History Channel reality television stars, The Gypsy Time Travelers (Celtic Blacksmith).

More non-stop entertainment for everyone which includes: Scottish & Irish Clans, belly dance troupes, Scottish dancers, Irish Step dancers, Celtic Windows in Time (featuring 600 costumed re-enactors and 2500 years of Celtic History), armored foot combat, Welsh longbow archery, street performers, a giant, a fire breathing dragon, Vikings, jugglers, and a fire eater. Other highlights include the large Celtic food court and Celtic marketplace, with 80 Celtic vendors, artisans, and craftspersons. A special feature at the faire this year will be the Scot’s & Irish-Whiskey Competition. The best single malts and blends will be sampled and judged by the festivalgoers. The faire will also feature a large tavern offering Guinness, Harp, and other fine Celtic imports on tap.

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