The 29th Annual
Sonora Celtic Faire
March 6th, 7th & 8th 2015
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Original & largest Celtic Faire returns to Sonora!
Celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland,
Cornwall, Wales, and all Celtic Nations with the 29th
Annual Sonora Celtic Faire located at the Mother
Sonora- America's original Celtic Faire, featured on
National Geographic Television, returns to the
Mother Lode Fairgrounds on March 6-8th, 2015.
The 29th 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!
From National Geographic Television to the History
Channel, featured performancesin 2011 and 2012
we keep adding 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 crafts persons. A special feature at the faire this
year will be the Scot's & Irish-Whiskey Bars. The
best single malts and blends will be sampled and
judged by the festival goers. The faire will also offer
a large tavern offering Guinness, Harp, and other
fine Celtic imports on-tap!
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The Oldest &
Largest Celtic Faire
on the West Coast
The Black Irish Band
Black Eyed Dempseys
Banshee in the Kitchen
If you would like to purchase for more than one day at a time please
use this ticket link. After Presale ends you can buy tickets at the Gate.
Let us know what you think. Because we care about our event!
Thomas Wood ~ Pyrojuggler
Cooking with Turf
Saturday Only !
Stay at one of our Lodging Sponsors
IRELAND ART SHOW
“Ireland, the Rugged Beauty”
Oil Paintings by
PATRICK MICHAEL KARNAHAN
MARCH 2nd, THROUGH MARCH 30th * 2014
SONORA JOE’S COFFEE GALLERY * 140 SOUTH WASHINGTON STREET * SONORA * CA
Award winning artist oil painter, Patrick Michael Karnahan, will have a showing of his landscapes of Ireland.
The collection of work will include some location paintings the artist created while living in Ireland in the 1980s. The show will also feature many current works inspired by Ireland’s rugged coastline. Karnahan will also have several memorabilia of his
Sonora Celtic Faire on display to add to the theme. Karnahan created the very first Celtic Faire, of the modern age, over 28 years ago.
In 1986 the artist was asked to teach a class on landscape painting in the town of Westport, Ireland. When the weather cooperated, Karnahan would take a loyal group of local seniors into the rugged mountains of Galway. “It was always a challenge to
start a canvas on a clear day, and then an hour later the rain was sideways”- Karnahan. Many of the paintings the artist created in Ireland were sold in Westport. “In the evenings I would take the paintings down to the local pub and sell them to American
tourists, for they thought I was a local”- Karnahan. The artist claims that his style of plein-air techniques that were used in Ireland was based on working fast because of the changing color & light every minute.
The artist started oil painting at the age of eight years old, claiming to have painted his first plein-air painting, of his father’s barn, at age twelve. Throughout his life Karnahan has established himself as the leading artist in the subject of American
Railroads, Ireland, and Wild land Firefighting.
To date the artist has painted close to 600 railroad portraits. His work has been exhibited many times at the California State Railroad Museum. In 2005 the artist’s original art was exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum Folklife Festival in Washington D.C.,
and Kennedy Center. Karnahan has done many commissioned works for calendars, magazines, book covers, and fine art posters.
The current exhibition is located at Sonora Joe’s Gallery in downtown Sonora, 140 South Washington Street, Sonora, California. For more information call 209-533-4455 The Gallery is open 7 days a week, 8AM-7PM
A special artist reception, (meet & greet), will be held in the honor of the artist on Saturday, March 8th, from 6-7pm. Many new works will be on display at this very special showing by the artist.