Welcome to Berea, Kentucky

and to the 13th Celtic Fest and Gathering.  

August 18-19-20-21, 2022


Sune Frederiksen, Director

Folk Circle Association

859-248-0690 - sune . ky @icloud.com 


"I love your festival, all the people there, and the gentle, loving spirit of the event".

Francis Cunningham, Nashville, TN. 06/25/21.



Contributions may be sent to:

Berea Celtic Fest, PO Box 817, Berea, KY 40403.


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2022 Program DRAFT 

Thursday, August 18


Berea Arts Council, 333 Chestnut Street.

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM: Opening night of the 12th Berea Celtic Fest at Berea Arts Council featuring musicians, readers and singers from Berea and beyond.  

Host: Chip Bailey. Sound: Kelly Caldwell, Howard Carlberg.

Co-partner: Berea Arts Council.

Tickets at the door. Adults $10. students $3. Cash bar. Doors will open at 7:00 PM.

Friday, August 19

Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM: concert. Excellent Celtic music from Kansas, Columbus, Nashville, and Bristol..  Admission: Sliding scale from $5 and up. Students and kids free. Donations accepted.


Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street

10:00 PM - midnight: Session for musicians. 


Saturday, August 20

Berea Farmers Market, 428 Chestnut St.

10:00 AM: Hosted by Turlach Boylan and Eddie Jones. Donations.

Berea College Visitor Center & Shoppe, Main Street

1:00 - 2 :00 PM: Jil Chambless, Dan Vogt. Donation.

Union Church, Cowan Chapel

3:00 PM: Mark Rosenthal - songs and bouzouki tunes of Ireland. 

4:00 PM: Turlach Boylan and Eddie Jones Tickets $5 and up.

Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street. Donations.

2:30 PM: Bodhran workshop with Jeremy Wade.

3:45 PM: Irish step dancing and perhaps ceili with instructors from The McTeggart Irish Dancers. 

Sessions, Short Street, the garden behind Boone Tavern.

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Randy Clepper, John Sherman

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Justin Bridges

2:00 - 3:00 PM: Russell Hopper and Bella Issakova

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Jeni Balcom, Doug Mast

4:00 - 4:30 PM: Chip Bailey

Boone Tavern patio

4:30 - 5:30 PM: Nashville gang leads the session

Union Church Lawn

6:30 - 7:00 PM: Rapa Bora Morris Dancers


7:00 PM: The Celtic Gala Concert

at Union Church featuring

Russell Hopper, Set Course, Jil Chambless/Dan Vogt, Skip Cleavinger/Rebecca Baumbach, Jeni Balcom, Randy Clepper/John Sherman, Turlach Boylan/Eddie Jones, Bella Issakova, Rosenthal/Green, and more. 


Admission: $20, students $5. Priority seating first row $50. Kids under ten free.


10:30 PM: Session for musicians only. Location TBA.​


For the Saturday workshops and presentations, we would like the participants and audience to donate on a sliding scale from $3 and up. 

Sunday, August 21

Union Church

10:30 AM: Celtic/Irish inspired service w/Jeni Balcom on Irish harp.

Hotel Boone Tavern

12:15 PM: Jeni Balcom on Irish harp at the Boone Tavern brunch.

Hotel Boone Tavern

7:30 PM - 8:45PM: A Celtic evening: Dinner and concert. Dinner at 6:00 PM. $$$$$$$   TBA

Hotel Boone Tavern

Group Code: 215959 in Group ID.

Double/double $99.00 + tax. Standard 12 Queen $109.00 + tax, Standard King $119.00 + tax.

Prices do NOT include breakfast. Phone: 859-985-3700.

Group block guaranteed till August 1. 

Holiday Inn Express

219 Paint Lick Road (I-75, Exit 76)

Phone: 859-985-5500.

Includes nice breakfast and indoor pool.

Standard king and standard double queen rooms $95 + tax.

Double queen suites and double king suites $104 + tax.

Available for both musicians and guests. Group code: Berea Celtic Fest. 

Quality Inn

365 Peggy Flats Road, Berea. Exit 77. 

Phone: 859-986-9627

$72.00 per night + tax. 2-bed room. 

Includes comp. breakfast and indoor pool.

Code: Berea Celtic Fest

Red Roof Inn

196 Prince Royal Drive.  Exit 76.

Phone: 859-985-8000. 

1-2 persons in each room: $69.00 + tax.

Group code: Sune special rate.

 Outdoor pool,

Pet friendly ($10 per pet per night).

Other motels and B&Bs available as well.

Beanie Odell and

Vincent Fogerty,

have moved to Ireland . Both have participated in previous Berea events several times with great success and enthusiasm. 

Together they are the Red Wellies.

Not only is Berea known as the "Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky", but this quaint little town located right on I-75 where the Bluegrass meets the Appalachian is like a bee hive filled with dance and live music with the beautiful Berea College campus right in the center of town.

Berea is the hometown of The McLain Family Band, balladeer Robert Tincher, Christmas Country Dance School, Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend, several arts and crafts events, dulcimer maker Warren A. May, and a bunch of wonderful musicians such as Donna and Lewis Lamb, Al and Alice White, The New Coon Creek Girls, J.P. Pennington of Exile, and Randall Conn and his bluegrass friends. Even the Judds lived here. And Beverly Buchanan graduated from Berea College.


The famous Renfro Valley and The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame are located only 15 miles from Berea in Rockcastle Co.


We are very content with our 2019 Celtic gathering, which was filled with good solid educational components, great quality music and dance from the Isles across the pond. The area around Berea was mainly settled by the Scots and Irish, so we feel a strong connection.

Let the chemistry work!

In recent decades our region has attracted dozens of quality musicians - both native-Irish and American-born - who have dedicated themselves towards developing an approach to "Celtic" music that might be described as "pure drop". The musicians developed the skills - within their heart and hands - that allow them to readily assimilate their playing into more established musical circles, such as those found in Chicago, St. Louis and in several cities in the East. Vibrant "pure drop" teaching traditions have sprung up in nearby Cincinnati, Asheville, Knoxville and more recently Kansas City.

The Berea Celtic Festival brings together some of the primary carriers of this emerging regionwide scene and presents the music via informal, accessible, collaborative workshops and sessions. In many cases the music will be complimented by skilled dance enthusiasts thus completing the energetic circle that is ceol agus rince - i.e. the music and the dance.

No such Scene would be complete unless ample opportunity was granted to various ballad traditions that have sprung from The Isles - be assured that you will find ample opportunity to both sing and to listen throughout the festival weekend.

Please come and join and aid us continue a going-forward tradition by supporting this annual Berea Celtic Fest.

See list of partners on the last page.

Justin Bridges and Jeremy Wade aka Set Course, known all over the Ohio Valley region for their traditional Irish music and support of the Celtic tradition. Really appreciate their continuous support of the gathering in Berea. Come enjoy the bodhran, fiddle and nyckelharpa. 

Tim Benson from Rochester, NY brought much quality and enthusiasm to Berea Center for the Arts at the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 festivals. So did Cathy Wilde from Louisville. 

Irish harpist Jeni Balcom of Cincinnati John Skelton of Mercer Co. on flute, and Larry Green of Bardstown on fiddle.

Jeni has graciously participated many times. She is the recipient of the 2019 Musicians Award.

Turlach Boylan, Kansas City, KS/N. Ireland, Four Leaf Peat, Knoxville, TN. Eddie Jones, Kansas, Skip Cleavinger and Rebecca Baumbach, Bowling Green, KY, Jeremy Wade, Lexington, KY, Jil Chambless and Dan Vogt, Tuscaloosa, AL, Don Penzien, Raleigh, NC, Andi Hearn, Columbia, SC, Russell Hopper and Herb Williams, both Knoxville, TN, Frances Cunningham, Nashville, TN, Doug Mast, Cincinnati, OH.

List of partners

on the last page.

Russel Acton Folk Center on Jefferson Street. This lovely log building is inspired by a Danish village community center and built in 1984. 

This is also the home of

The Folk Circle Association of Berea.

See www.berea-folk-circle.org

Hotel Boone Tavern at College Square is a Berea Flagship owned by

 Berea College.

Many of our musicians and friends stay

here during the Berea Celtic Festival.

Berea Center for the Arts, 315 Chestnut Street, presenting Festival Partner, is located in the former movie theater. The balcony has been turned into a unique, rustic auditorium that can seat 50 people. New floor, new fans.

This building is now the new home of Noodle Nirvana - Berea's newest restaurant. Pay it a visit.

Four Leaf Peat of Knoxville, TN

provides great reels and jigs.

The Music Makers, Inc. is an instrument store and recording studio located on N. Broadway in Old Town, Berea. Also known for small concerts and music lessons.

Owners are Randall Conn and Danny Barnes, both sought-after bluegrass musicians, with numerous appearences at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Renfro Valley and WoodSongs. Great soundmen as well.


Phone: 986-3616. See MySpace.

Festival coordinator:

Sune Frederiksen

The Folk Circle Association of Berea


Artistic advisors:

Various musicians, Chip Bailey.


Community partners:

Berea Tourism,  Folk Circle Association and  Madison County Public Libraries.


Committee:

Sune Frederiksen, Chip Bailey, Laura Bost, John Coyne, Howard Carlberg, Peggy Coyne, Kelly Caldwell, Jeremy Wade, and Leela Wade.


Website, photos and text:

Sune Frederiksen

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