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2nd Annual MCLA CeltFest

Tuesday, March 24, 2009; 7:30 pm
MCLA's Venable Gym 

**Exclusive housing sponsor: The Porches Inn 

Break out your kilts - it's CeltFest time at MCLA! This event brings together rich Celtic traditions, adding in some heavy-handed punk flavoring and some homegrown kilt wearers. Celtfest creates a show for all audiences, from the lovers of the fiddle's jigs and reels to the traditional bagpipes and contemporary Celtic-Punk Rock. CeltFest will feature New York's own Black 47, along with J.P. Murphy, the Berkshire Highlanders, Pipes and Change and MCLA's Step Team.

Co-presented with the Student Activities Council.


Black 47Black 47 espouses an unblinkingly political and thoroughly Irish form of rock 'n' roll, with songs covering topics from the Northern Ireland conflict to civil rights and urban unrest in contemporary New York. Black 47 earned their chops playing the pub scene in Manhattan and self-producing their first indie record, Black 47, before converting The Cars' Ric Ocasek to the cause and gaining mainstream attention with their second album.

"Usually most comfortable playing loud and live with upraised fists and chunky guitar riffs in local hangouts - explodes with declarations of gnashing street poetry punctuated with wailing uilleann pipes, Joe Strummer-style chord chops and Bourbon Street sax sojourns." - The Rolling Stone


J.P. MurphyJ.P. Murphy was formed in early 1991 by Patrick Gray Sr. who sings lead and plays rhythm guitar or banjo as well as an occasional harmonica. His love for his Irish heritage, the words and music he grew up with, made it a natural choice for him to form a traditional Irish group.

The group performs the traditional Irish music that reflects the struggles as well as the triumphs of an enduring fun loving people. The great battle songs like the "Patriots Game" and "James Connolly" bring you back to a time where a people's strength came from the heart and the music was the medium that carried the message of unity. The drinking songs made famous throughout the world like "Whiskey in the Jar" and "Wild Rover" are arranged and performed to get your feet stomping and your hearts pounding while the stout keeps flowing.


Berkshire Highlanders "Pittsfield Needs a Pipe Band" At least, that was the claim of a small display ad that appeared in April 1976, in the Berkshire Eagle. The ad drew a group of about 30 potential pipers and drummers, but their numbers quickly dwindled to only four or five when they learned the investment in time, effort, and money that was required to become a pipe band musician.

From those modest beginnings in the bicentennial year, The Berkshire Highlanders grew rapidly, ultimately achieving not just local, but international recognition.




To buy tickets, call 413.662.5204.
To become a member and support this great work, call 413.662.5224.
For more information, call 413.664.8718.