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Sonora Celtic Faire

The 2017, Sonora Celtic Faire, will host the International Ultimate Jousting Championships * Real hard-hitting full contact jousting! No fake dinner show tournament acting! * Featuring some
of the best riders from the world of Jousting. The only Championship Joust on the West Coast of America,
ONLY IN SONORA!!! March 10-12th, 2017
Celtic Heritage Celebration
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NOTHING LIKE IT ANYWHERE!
The 31st Annual Sonora Celtic Faire returns with the Largest and Biggest Celtic Faire on the West Coast!
Celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Brittany and Wales.
This year the faire will present 3 stages of Celtic Music featuring: Celtica, Wicked Tinkers, Black Eyed Dempsey's, Black Irish Band, Molly's Revenge, Golden Bough, Banshee in the Kitchen and many more.

All New, but yet a bit of the past, Whiskey Tasting Lounge. This will be a premier of our new charming whiskey tasting building with an experience one will not forget.

Returning after several years, we will present the International Ultimate Jousting Championships with Real Live hard hitting competition. This is not a dinner show it is the Real Thing.
Another spectacular attraction is the Armor Foot Combat Tournament, featuring over 30 competitors. This is no fake fighting. Come live the action of this time honored tradition of battle.
Celtic living history area featuring over 1000 costume performers acting out 2000 years of Celtic History!
100+ Celtic vendors, craftsman, and artisans selling they wares.
Scottish Bagpipe Bands, Celtic Clans, Irish dogs and more....
Irish step Dancers and Scottish highland dancers.
Traditional foods, Whiskies, and Ale.
Jugglers, Magicians, fire-eaters, and a fire breathing dragon.

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ALL NEW- KNIGHTS OF MAYHEM VIP CEILI
VIP PASSES SOLD ONLINE ONLY AND LIMITED TO 100 PEOPLE
VIP PASS (21yrs.+) INCLUDES: Entrance for all 3 days, Entrance to the Sat. night Ceili with meet the Jousters & Bands area, VIP Seating behind the Queen's box at the Jousting Tournament, Weekend Parking Pass , and One Ticket to the New Whiskey Tasting Lounge.

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Ever wanted to sit down with one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table and talk Jousting over a shot of whisky or stout, we’ll now is your chance! This party is however limited to just a few fine nobles like you. The only requirement is you buy a ticket and have a fun time… A no-host bar will feature the Celtic Faires best ales & whiskies, music by the Wicked Tinkers- with selected performers, and a chance to meet & greet the “Knights of Mayhem” Jousting Team. The group’s leader, Sir Charlie Andrews, was recently featured on Netflix’s “GForces’, as well as his own National Geographic television program, “Knights of Mayhem’. Tickets are limited. Party starts at 7pm, Saturday March 11th. (21 & older)

Celtica

Celtica Pipes Rock

In 2016, the 7th year of touring all over Europe and North America, from Florida to Alaska, after shows and video shootings in New York City and Hawaii, after 3 albums and over 1,3 million views on YouTube (counting the official videos only), it seemed to be time for a change.

Steamphonia, the upcoming 4th album, takes the listener across time to the Victorian age. A magic moment when aristocratic elegance meets daring visionary passion, the steam engine promises to become the modern gate to Utopia, and here, as a scientist, you are also adventurer and romanticist. Celtica transforms this fantastic epoch into music distilled from Gothic, Steampunk, and Metal styles to break all the traditional limits of the Great Highland Bagpipe, and creates a totally new musical context for this majestic instrument.

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Wicked Tinckers

WICKED TINKERS

Prepare yourself for a wild ride with WICKED TINKERS! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995. With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds.

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Black Irish Band

The Black Irish Band

The Black Irish Band is celebrating 25 years of performance and twenty-Four CD albums. Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, the four member Black Irish Band have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. They excel at Irish & Scottish, Italian, and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional western ballads. The bands musical style captures the spirit of the immigrants of this land, the men and women who tamed the Wild West.

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Black Eyed Dempsey's

Name your band after one of the greatest fighters in Irish history and you'd better be prepared to crank out some musical fisticuffs and all bets are off showdowns.That's exactly what BlackEyed Dempseys do and why they are fast becoming a favorite in the Northern California music scene. Now they are bringing their punk-Irish-vision to ever increasing audiences.
BlackEyed Dempseys blend traditional Celtic playing skills with rock 'n' roll hooks. Their sound has the familiarity to be instantly recognizable. When you hear them you know it is the Dempseys. They are engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Their live shows bring a raucous energy that cannot be denied. 

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Golden Bough

Rooted in the traditional Celtic music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic.

Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark.. To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

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Banshee In The Kitchen

Banshee In The Kitchen plays Celtic music with eclectic skill and merry abandon. Touring and recording since 2002, this group has delighted audiences in festivals, theaters, living rooms, and countless other venues from New York to Los Angeles, and as far as Japan. They take traditional Celtic tunes, find the sweet spot between old and new, stirring it all up with trademark playfulness and musicality they term “banshee-fying”...

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Traditional Celtic!

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Cooking With Turf

Cooking With Turf is a traditional Celtic band that can play the rollicking reels and jigs, as well as the sweet and sensitive waltzes and songs. They also will make you laugh out loud with some of the funny songs they know. Cooking With Turf is...founding member Richard Ferry on wooden flute, whistles, guitar and voice.

He has been playing the traditional music since 1984 and has been in several Celtic bands including Golden Bough. Steve Kenworthy plays fiddle, guitar and sings. He taught himself guitar when he was 12 years old and is an awesome DADGAD finger style guitarist. He has also been playing fiddle for over 20 years. Ken Van de Kieft plays guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and sings. He has also been involved with traditional music for over 30 years now.

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Got Pipes!

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Molly's Revenge

Molly's Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly's Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more.

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Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes & Drums

The Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes & Drums was formed as a main offshoot of the founding of the Piping Society of Central California in 1990 as a non-profit organization with the following purpose: "To preserve and promote the great highland bagpipe, excellence in piping and drumming, and the love of Scottish music." Now in its 25th year, the band has already accomplished many of its goals. The band teaches piping and drumming for free to anyone who has a genuine interest and willingness to work hard to learn. The band has also sent numerous pipers, drummers and dancers to summer schools and camps when possible. Over the years, the band has played at innumerable parades, dinners, parties, funerals, weddings, ceilidhs, holiday events, highland games and festivals from San Luis Obispo to Mammoth Lakes and San Diego to Sacramento.

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Emerald Society Bagpipe Band

Located in Ripon CA The Emerald Society Bagpipe Band features bagpipes and drums since 2005. It is the premier pipe band in the Central Valley of CA. It has performed throughout CA including: Modesto, Stockton, Fresno, Angels Camp, Murphys, Sacramento, Sonora, Bakersfield, Oakdale, Ripon and other cities in Southern CA. The band performs sets in both Irish and Scottish music. The band can perform a variety of events including: weddings, parades, cultural events, funerals and private parties. The band can provide solo pipers, a few or a full band with or without drums. We offer free instruction to those who would like to learn to play the bagpipes or drums. Our band is a family oriented group with members ranging from 7 to 70 years of age.

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