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Celtic Music Fest continues as cultural celebration

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Headlining act, Blaggards, firing up the crowd with an energetic performance.  Photo by Quinn Donoghue Jaye Skye, a regular attendee of Celtic Music Fest and other events at Sherwood, looking festive in her Renaissance-themed attire. Photo by Quinn Donoghue Loyal festival goers gather to celebrate the event. Left to right: Jessica Krobot, Jenny French, Brandon French, Jessica Clark, Kaylyn Clements.  Photo by Quinn Donoghue 10-year old fiddling extraordinaire, Emlyn Drake, impresses audience members with her unique talent and charismatic stage presence.  Photo by Quinn Donoghue Owner of Faire Treasures, Kitty Vinson, selling Renaissance costumes and other accessories.  Photo by Quinn Donoghue Nichole and Chris Peacock, owners of Royal Peacock, displaying their Renaissance-inspired jewelry. Photo by Quinn Donoghue

The 12th annual Celtic Musical Festival and Highland Games took place last weekend at the Sherwood Forest Faire in McDade. The event featured a long list of different acts, highlighted by Celtic rock band Blaggardsand 10-year old fiddler prodigy Emlyn Drake. Other notable artists included Celtica, Cleghorn, Port O’Thority, David O’Leary and Shillelagh.Zane Baker, the director of entertainment, spoke about the festival’s cultural significance. “The traditions are still there, in some places, but they’re almost in shadows,” Baker said. “When you hear the music, you kind of think about an original thought of a Celt from way back in the old days and where it came ...

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