A day with the celts

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The Flags of the Celtic nations

I had seen the ad for the "Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival" while driving once by Ruston downtown. I have been recently interested in celtic culture so I thought it was a great chance to attend. It was going to be held at the Ike Hamilton Exposition Center of West Monroe, so it was about a half and hour drive for me. The morning was nice and shinning so I had a good drive. The first thing I could see of the Fest were the outdoor games where a bunch of buff guys dressed in scottish kilts were trying to throw a sack of pasture as high as they could.

Tickets were only $10 but they offered a 50% discount to students so it was very cheap for me to get in. Once inside you could get a very nice programme of the events. I went to the main stage where a band called Southern Harvest was playing some Bluegrass music.

Me with the Celtic Nations Flags!
I was a bit surprised since I thought the event was about celt music, but later I learned that Bluegrass music somewhat comes from Irish, Scottish and Welsh music so the selection wasn't totally inapropriate. I enjoyed a delicious scottish shortbread and made the selection of shows that I would attend during the day. I made a little tour by the facilities and visited some of the vendings around. I got myself a nice welsh blanket and wanted to buy a welsh T-shirt with the dragon but the seller would refuse to sell. Then I went to the Children's area, where a group of irish dancers would perform. I liked the dances, and I also watched a small theater play about Halloween.

I was getting hungry so I went for lunch. They had a good variety on scotting, irish and some other celtic food, so it was hard to decide! I went for the cornish pattie, which is what I would call a "meat empanada" anywhere in Latin America.

A panoramic shot of the Fest
I liked it very much!

Then it was the turn for Brendan Nolan on stage. He is a very famous and talented irish folk singer. His music was cool but the next band was my very favorite from the Festival. Their name is Celt Iberia and they play a very nice selection of spanish celt songs from Galicia, the forgotten seventh celtic nation. The voice of the lady was amazing and so it was the band's instrument playing. They ended up with two encores of flamenco music that make the audience ignite! Thumbs up for Celt Iberia!

Then I attended one of the workshops where a member of the Scottish Pipe and Drumbs band was explaining some facts about playing bagpipes. Later in the evening I saw the Louisiana Youth Orchestra playing some Irish folk songs. The day closed with Needfire, a celtic rock band! I think they truly rocked!!!! What a nice day at the Celtic Fest!

iramalama says:
Sounds fun
Posted on: Nov 16, 2009
montecarlostar says:
It was a play for children about an irish guy who cheated on death and the devil. It relates a bit to the story of the halloween pumpkin. I thought it was nice and entertaining!
Posted on: Oct 26, 2009
ishi says:
I also did not know that Bluegrass music was played there! I have an Irish background. My great grandfather was an O'Leary! What was the Halloween play about? I never heard of anyone doing a play about Halloween.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2009
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The Flags of the Celtic nations
The Flags of the Celtic nations
Me with the Celtic Nations Flags!
Me with the Celtic Nations Flags!
A panoramic shot of the Fest
A panoramic shot of the Fest
The american flag at the Expositio…
The american flag at the Expositi…
The flags
The flags
The banner
The banner
Ike Hamilton Statue
Ike Hamilton Statue
Outdoor celtic games
Outdoor celtic games
The outdoor games
The outdoor games
Southern Harvest!
Southern Harvest!
I loved this shortbread!
I loved this shortbread!
The shops
The shops
The shops
The shops
The shops
The shops
A scottish knights demonstrating h…
A scottish knights demonstrating …
Nice scottish cattle
Nice scottish cattle
Childrens area
Children's area
Childrens area
Children's area
Sweeping before the dancing number!
Sweeping before the dancing number!
This cute girl was dancing irish f…
This cute girl was dancing irish …
The irish dancers group
The irish dancers group
A halloween theater play
A halloween theater play
A halloween theater play
A halloween theater play
Irish food!
Irish food!
Irish food selections
Irish food selections
Irish food selections
Irish food selections
My cornish pattie!
My cornish pattie!
Brandon Nolan performing
Brandon Nolan performing
Celtic crosses
Celtic crosses
Celtic crosses
Celtic crosses
A celtic armor
A celtic armor
Brendan Nolan
Brendan Nolan
Celt Iberia!
Celt Iberia!
Celt Iberia performing
Celt Iberia performing
This lady danced all day long
This lady danced all day long
The Louisiana band
The Louisiana band
A piper tuning the bagpipe
A piper tuning the bagpipe
A piper tuning the bagpipe
A piper tuning the bagpipe
Louisiana Youth symphony
Louisiana Youth symphony
Needfire!!
Needfire!!
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