Monday, March 11, 2024

Celtic Ceilidh set for March 16 in Long Lake

People watch a concert

On Saturday, March 16 from noon to 4 p.m. the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department will host a Celtic Ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) at the Long Lake Town Hall located at 1204 Main Street in Long Lake, NY.

The event will kick off at noon, featuring a live music concert and performance from North Country Fair. From 1 to 2:30 p.m., North Country Fair invites any interested musicians to join the stage for an open Celtic music jam. From 2:30 to 4 p.m., all are welcome to join in the fun for traditional Contra Dancing set to lively Celtic music. All ability levels welcome and instruction will be provided for first timers. This activity is for ages 12 and up. Come to dance or just listen and watch.

Contra Dancing comes from mixed origins including English Country and Scottish country dance. There is absolutely no experience necessary, and all dances will be taught. Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Long Lake Lions Club. All proceeds go to the Long Lake Lions Club and are used to fund programs in Long Lake throughout the year.

North Country Fair is an arrangement of local musicians from Wanakena, Vermont and Tupper Lake specializing in Celtic music and instruments. Featuring Doug Riley on cittern, guitar and vocals; Rick Kovacs on fiddle and guitar; Riczi Kovacs, Rick’s son on Irish Flute, guitar, and tin whistles’; Rick’s wife, Angie on harp and vocals, and Katrina Sheats on vocals.

The original North Country Fair got their start in the late 90s and featured Doug, Rick, and Rick’s wife Angie. Since then, they’ve added Katrina and Riczi to the arrangement, but remained true to their Celtic and Quebecois roots with their music.

Admission to the family-friendly Celtic Ceilidh event is free.

Call (518) 624-3077 for more information.

Musicians on stage

Long Lake Celtic Ceilidh graphic

All photos by Alexandra Roalsvig/Town of Long Lake.

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