By Barbara B. Covell
For the TODAY
For the village of Yachats, fall is a time of magic. Now in its 18th year, the Yachats Celtic Music Festival showcases the best that the Gem of the Oregon Coast has to offer. Local merchants feature deals on merchandise, restaurants offer Celtic-inspired cuisines, motels welcome both the performing artists and inspired festival guests, and multiple venues host concerts, workshops, whisky tastings, storytelling, vendors, dances and more.
Clearly this popular Festival draws an appreciative audience intent on learning about Celtic heritage and lifestyles. Vendors will offer Celtic inspired merchandise, including jewelry, books, musical instruments, imported goods, food and pottery.
The real draw to this festival is the music, which incorporates traditional, folk and modern Irish, English and Scottish songs and ballads. Musicians play conventional string instruments as well as the sounds from traditional music, such as the whistle, bagpipes, uilleann pipes, bouzouki, accordion, Celtic harps, Swedish nyckelharpa, Ukrainian bandura, and cittern.
This year’s feature bands include Còig, Pat Broaders, Kevin Carr, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, Warbelow Range with Caitlin Warbelow, the Founding, and Open the Door for Three.
“They are all superstars and headline performers,” said organizer Stephen Farish. “This lineup will knock people out. Every single artist is popular in the genre.”
All scheduled musicians are performing at the festival for the first time, with the exception of Kevin Carr, who is returning to play the “Piper at the Point” on Friday and Saturday evening. Carr’s blend of instrumentals and storytelling make him a popular choice for guests, especially families with young children.
The festival offers free events every day, from live music to dancing and after-hours jam sessions. Throughout, the Yachats Commons will offer a “pub style” atmosphere with Celtic inspired food and drink catered by the Drift Inn, available for purchase.
The Yachats Celtic Music Festival is sponsored by the non-profit Polly Plumb Productions, which is dedicated to bringing various forms of art to the coast.
“Polly Plumb wants to bring good music here,” said Farish. “We shouldn’t have to travel to a big city to see headliner bands. Life is a collection of moments. We couldn’t do it without the dozens of loyal volunteers, the support of our community, the sponsors and donors. This is really a full-on community effort.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.yachatscelticmusicfestival.org. Weekend tickets are $95, with day tickets $50 and individual event tickets ranging from $30 to $35.