Like in years past the young and old alike mixed and mingled in all of the concerts and also in the food and market tents which held goodies to savor and so much to buy.
The main attractions were of course the many concerts that featured some of the best Celtic groups from all over. This year Gaelic Storm was the biggest draw. If you saw Titanic, you saw and heard this talented band who provided the music and was also the band playing the tune "John Ryan's Polka" for the Irish party in third class. Unlike the ship, the group has sailed off into quite a sunny career in the Celtic/American music scene. Most of their first albums were reflective of many of the Celtic groups on the scene these days, but their newest album has much more of a rock and roll feel, and so did the performance we enjoyed in their Saturday evening show. The music certainly did not disappoint with more white hairs in that "mosh pit" up front than I have every seen. The group seems to be reaching all ages, and really enjoys sharing their love of all Celtic music with the audience.
Leahy (pictured here), an eight sibling band from Canada had no trouble holding all captive with their explosive musical ability. I really enjoyed the true Celtic soul in their music. Donnell (husband of Natalie MacMaster who also is a master fiddler.), the oldest of the siblings plays a mean fiddle, but he is not the only talent in this group as each of the family members are really musically gifted as well. From drums, keyboard, piano, fiddle, to guitar they bring their brand to the Celtic music and keep singing through their phenomenal playing. This was a really enjoyable concert that was way too short in my opinion.