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Downtown Lancaster will welcome luck of the Irish at Celtic Festival

Katie Pryor

Arts & Culture Editor

Top o’ the morning. Millersville University’s Lancaster campus, the Ware Center, will be hosting the second annual Rose & Shamrock Celtic Festival in Steinman Hall and the Atrium at the Ware Center.

Back by popular demand, the second annual Celtic Festival brings Irish and Scottish music, dance, food, workshops and more to downtown Lancaster. This year’s Rose and Shamrock Celtic Festival will be taking place at not just one, but two downtown venues: the Ware Center of Millersville University, and Tellus360 on 24 N. King Street. The day will include 12 concerts between the two venues. The festivities will take place all day Saturday, Nov. 22.

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The Camp Hill-based Rebel Heart Irish Dancers performed at the Ware Center’s first Rose and?Shamrock Celtic Festival earlier this year.
The Camp Hill-based Rebel Heart Irish Dancers performed at the Ware Center’s first Rose and?Shamrock Celtic Festival earlier this year.

Returning to bring the fast-paced, elegant footwork of Irish river dancing to the Ware Center are the Camp Hill-based dance troupe Rebel Heart Irish Dancers. Since 2007, the Rebel Heart dancers have built a reputation for their unique choreography and stage presence. Throughout the year, Rebel Heart dancers attract audiences at Irish pubs, large community festivals, multicultural events, charity fundraisers, and other venues near their studio in Central PA. Rebel Heart has also developed a program to educate, inspire and motivate students to get involved with the arts.

The Rebel Heart Irish Dancers will perform at the Ware Center at 12 p.m.
Also performing at the Ware Center is the Irish/Celtic band from Southcentral Pa., Fire in the Glen. The band is made up of Tom Knapp on fiddle, bodhran and backing vocals; Michael Filippo on guitar and vocals and Amanda Wells on lead vocals, percussion, guitar and harmonica. Though the band itself has gone through several changes in its 15-year existence, they still remain a dedicated to bringing Irish, Scottish and Maritimes music, as well as their own brand of “Celtic eclectic” accents, to Southcentral Pennsylvania. Fire in the Glen will perform at 4:30 p.m. at the Ware Center.

Performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Ware Center will be the high-energy Celtic folk band

David Pedrick and his band The Kilmaine Saints will perform at Tellus360 on Saturday.
David Pedrick and his band The Kilmaine Saints will perform at Tellus360 on Saturday.

Burning Bridget Cleary, from the Lehigh Valley area. With Rose Baldino and Deirdre Lockman on fiddle and vocals, Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on djembe drum, Burning Bridget Cleary has been called “the Allman Brothers of Celtic fiddle bands, only prettier.” They have performed at over 100 venues on the east coast of the United States, and are currently planning their 2015 tour in Ireland.

Kicking off the day at Tellus360 will be guitarist David Pedrick, who has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for his work in a wide variety of styles. His performance credits run the gamut from jazz clubs to concert halls and he has been invited to perform for guitar societies, concert series, musical theater productions and music festivals throughout the U.S. He will perform at 3 p.m. in the pub. Then, at 8 p.m., he and his band, The Kilmaine Saints, will perform in the Temple.

Lineup of bands performing at Tellus360:
3-4pm: Dave Pedrick in the pub
4.30pm – 5.30pm: Birmingham 6 in the pub
6pm-7.30 pm: Ogham Stones in the Temple
8pm- 10pm: Kilmaine Saints in the Temple
10.30pm-12am: John Byrne Band in the Temple
12 am -1.30 am: The Punkabillys in the Temple

The lineup at The Ware Center:
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Across the Pond
3 pm – 4 pm: Charlie Zahm
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Fire in the Glen
6 pm – 7 pm: Cormorant’s Fancy
7:30 pm – 9 pm: Burning Bridget Cleary

Burning Bridget Cleary is a Celtic folk band from the Lehigh Valley/Philadelphia area.
Burning Bridget Cleary is a Celtic folk band from the Lehigh Valley/Philadelphia area.

This event is open to the public. Tickets cost 35 dollars in advance and 40 dollars at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at MUTicketsOnline.com, at the Student Memorial Center Ticket Office (Room 103), by calling the ticket office at 717-872-3811 or at the Ware Center Box Office (42 N. Prince St., Lancaster). Ticket offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.