Edgewood Celtic Festival

OCTOBER 16-17TH, 2021

Come celebrate Celtic culture with us! Food! Beer! Athletics! Highland Dancers! Bagpipes! Music! Clans! Vendors!

https://www.celtfestabq.com/

Schedule

October 16-17, 2021

  • Saturday, October 16th: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 17th: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • More details to come

October 16-17, 2021

  • Saturday, October 16th: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 17th: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • More details to come

Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Festival

October 2 & 3, 2021

The Four Corners region’s premier event celebrating Celtic culture.  Where the Southwest meets the Scottish Highlands.

https://www.aztechighlandgames.com/

Saturday Schedule

  • 9:00 am – Gates Open, Heavy Celtic Athletic competition starts
  • 10:00 am – Irish Cream at the Shadd Rohwer Memorial Stage, Highland Dance competition starts on the Dance Stage
  • 12:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies, Mass Band, Kids Games, Beer sales start
  • 12:30 pm – Big Paddy at the Shadd Rohwer Memorial Stage
  • 2:00 pm – Patrick Crossing at the Shadd Rohwer Memorial Stage
  • 3:45 pm – Smelter Mountain Boys at the Shadd Rohwer Memorial Stage
  • 5:15 pm – Romance Novel Cover Art Posing Contest
  • 6:00 pm – Vendors Close (rest and come back tomorrow!)

Sunday Schedule

  • 9:00 am – Gates Open, Heavy Celtic Athletic competition starts, Kirkin o’ the Tartan
  • 10:00 am – Devil’s Dram at the Shadd Rohwer Memorial Stage, Highland Dance competition starts on the Dance Stage
  • 12:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies, Mass Band, Kids Games, Beer sales start
  • 12:30 pm – Big Paddy at the Shadd Rohwer Memorial Stage
  • 2:00 pm – Kitchen Jam Band at the Shadd Rohwer Memorial Stage
  • 5:00 pm – Vendors Close (rest and come back next year!)

We’re still adding stuff, so check back for updates!

Chuck Butler Obituary

Here is Dad’s obituary:
Charles J. Butler
June 10, 1940 – February 3, 2021

On February 3, 2021, Charles Jacob Butler, was reunited with his beloved wife, Beth. Born on June 10, 1940, in Utica, NY, “Chuck” was the youngest son of Charles Henry Butler and Vernita Carrie Fuess of Waterville, NY. He was proud to have served in the United States Air Force as an Airman Second Class in the Air Police. He married Elizabeth Anne Getchell on November 22, 1975. He was a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver for the Prospect Fire Department in New York. He held many jobs but eventually chose a career as a Registered Nurse, earning two Associate Degrees in his late 40s. He worked at the Masonic Home in Utica and Rome City Hospital. He and his wife lived in Hinckley and Remsen, NY, before moving to Albuquerque in 2001 to be close to their son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Karin Butler, and two grandsons, Connor and Kylan Butler. In Albuquerque, Chuck became a frequent volunteer at the VA Hospital. He learned to play the bodhrán and then learned how to make them. He was tickled to have gifted one to Kevin Conneff of the Chieftains who used that drum for one of their performances. Chuck was part of the Celtic jamming community in Albuquerque and formed the band Fonn Sona. He dearly loved his family and telling stories during family dinner. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two sisters, Arlyn Zeller and Mary Jane Purdy, and five brothers-in-law, Alfred Zeller, Edward Wrobel, Robert “Spike” Prudy, Robert McNamara, and Stephen Getchell. He is survived by his son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons; two sisters, Pat Wrobel and Carol McNamara; brother and sister-in-law, Chet and Ginny Butler; very good family friend, Gary McGovney; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Dianne Getchell, Matthew and Donna Getchell, and Luke and Mary Beth Getchell; and numerous nieces and nephews. Please raise a glass in memory of Chuck and Beth this St. Patrick’s Day. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Disabled American Veterans (DAV.org).

North American Comhaltas Convention. April 16-19, 2020. San Francisco, CA.

The Comhaltas North American Convention
April 16-19, 2020

Immerse yourself in four days of Irish music, dance, culture, and community… in the city known as Ireland By The Bay.

Join the Sliabh Sandia branch at the convention! There will be dancing, singing, playing, storytelling and general merriment!

For hotel and Convention registration visit the CCE 2020 Convention Website.

Schedule

  • Thursday April 16, 2020
    Welcome Ceili with the Golden Gate Ceili Band
  • Friday April 17, 2020
    Tours, workshops, Ceili with Pearl River All-Star Ceili Band. Late night Set dancing.
  • Saturday April 18, 2020
    Tours, workshops, Banquet and Ceili with John Whelan Ceili Band. Late night set Dancing.
  • Sunday April 19, 2020
    Mass, Workshops, Farewell Ceili.

The Great River Irish and Scottish Music Festival

September 15, 2019
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW in Albuquerque
Festival hours 1:00 – 6:00 (Free event)
Concert begins at 6:30pm

Old Blind Dogs/ Saoirse Tickets HERE.

Featuring Old Blind Dogs

and opening with Saoirse

Concert tickets are $23 ($18 for 65 and older, under 12, and paid members of Sliabh Sandia CCE).

Free outdoor festival with music and dance performances and workshops, followed by a ticketed concert in the Bank of America Theater featuring the renowned Scottish band Old Blind Dogs. and Albuquerque’s own Saoirse.

The festival will include appearances by local artists Grace Broadhead, Louis Scuderi and the Duke City Ceili Band.

There will be free music workshops and a good old-fashioned Irish ceili dance (beginners welcome!).

Come to the festival and enjoy the music, learn a new tune, dance a new dance, and get to know the New Mexico Irish and Scottish music and dance community!

Purchase Tickets:

Tickets for the evening show are available at the NHCC Box Office, by calling (505) 724-4771, or by going to the NHCC website. On-line ticket sales will incur a $2.50 – $3.00 service charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. We will announce on this website when the show is sold out. NHCC on-site Box Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM, and one hour prior to the show.

2019 Great River Irish and Scottish Music Festival

We are moving forward with planning for the 2019 Great River Irish and Scottish Music Festival. The event will be held on the afternoon and evening of September 15th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The headliner for the event will be the award‐winning Scottish folk band Old Blind Dogs who will perform at 7:30pm in the performance hall. We are looking for branch members to help with planning for this event, and to offer festival workshops or performances. For more information, please contact Laura at
LB17084@gmail.com

 

Comhaltas Midwest Fleadh Ceoil: Congratulations to Grace Broadhead

The Broadhead family continues to represent Sliabh Sandia in winning style! Their trip to the Comhaltas Midwest Fleadh Ceoil in Chicago was a big success. Grace’s newly composed tune came in 1st place (all ages) and she tied for 3rd place in the fiddle competition (15‐18 yrs). Grace sang the newly composed song that her brother John wrote which is now eligible to be sung in competition in Ireland in August. Congratulations!

Irish Music Survey

Branch member Doug Patrick is encouraging those who appreciate Irish music, song and dance to participate in a survey relating to your knowledge, experience and opinions about Irish traditional music. The survey forms part of an ongoing research project conducted by Patrick Egan (Pádraig Mac Aodhgáin), a concertina player and researcher from Wicklow, Ireland, and a digital Fellow based at the Library of Congress.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KXFSMQL