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ARCC Cloggers

The ARCC Cloggers will return for another show-stopping performance at the 9th Annual Northeast South Dakota Celtic Faire and Games.  The Cloggers consist of Dance Instructors and students for the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center in Aberdeen, SD.   Clogging bridges the gap between the traditional Sean-nos dancing of Ireland and the traditional North American Scots-Irish folk dancing that was done by Early American Scots-Irish settlers.  Clogging is an American adaptation of several dance forms that included sean-nos dance from Ireland, Highland dance from Scotland and African-American buckdance.  The dance form is performed with a hard heeled shoe and blends the intricate rhythms and dance steps of the three cultures.  The Dancers can number between 4 and 10 on any given year.

Hounds of Finn

The Hounds of Finn is a high-energy, folk-rock group forged from the roots of Celtic and American traditions.  Based in St. Paul, MN, the Hounds perform both original and standard material inspired by Celtic, Americana, Bluegrass, and folk/rock music from around the world; topped off with a sprinkling of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes.  The Hounds have been performing together since 2007 and have produced two, full-length CDs, EP's and a full length live performance DVD.  They have also written a jingle for Finnegan's Beer "Drink Like You Care." The Hounds share a passion for performing, creating and exploring music.  The Hounds of Finn consists of Pete McCauley, Michelle MacGregor and Lojo Russo. As an ensemble, we are driven to advance to the next professional level.   For us, that means performing more concerts and festivals.  We seek to bridge the gap between Celtic folk music and modern rock.  We enjoy reaching out to audiences across genres, expanding minds, and generating excitement about the roots of the music that inspires us!​  The Hounds of Finn will be the featured entertainment for the Saturday evening concert!

Check out their website:  www.houndsoffinn.com

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Twin Cities Scottish Dance Academy

Led by instructors Allie and Victoria Schmitz, the Twin Cities Scottish Dance Academy (TCSDA) was created to spread Scottish Highland dance throughout Minnesota. The Twin Cities Scottish Dance Academy is dedicated to the education of Scottish Highland dance for students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. TCSDA strives to instill in each student a passion and love of the art that is Scottish Highland dance.

​Very much a part of a Scottish family, Alexandra and Victoria have been dancing with their three other sisters for more than 15 years. As a family, the girls have traveled to competitions around the US and have even made it to Scotland a few times to compete and visit their relatives that live there. Alexandra and Victoria have both qualified as Midwest representatives for the USIR National Championships, Victoria in 2010 and Alexandra in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Visit their website: http://groups101.com/tcsda

Alexandra and Victoria received their teacher certifications through the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance (SDTA) and are members of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA). Alexandra is also the Performance Coordinator of the Minnesota Scottish Celtic Dance Association  (MSCDA). Alexandra and Victoria are passionate about passing along the tradition of Scottish dancing to their students.​

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​Mactir Academy of Irish Dance

Emily Wolff, TCRG, Owner

2241 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Our Mission...

-Inspire dancers to strive for excellence both in and out of the dance studio.
-Spread the joy and beautiful tradition of Irish step dancing.
-Use dance as a vehicle to build confidence, poise, and create lifelong friendships. 

 Our Philosophy...

​Mactír Academy of Irish Dance (meaning Wolf Academy of Irish Dance) offers both competitive and performance based classes with a focus on precision, teamwork, and grace. Mactir Academy strives to be the premiere team-based competition school in Minnesota, where dancers and families choose their own journey. Whether that is going to a couple feiseanna (competitions) a year, performing with local and international bands, or competing in the Irish Dance World Championships. Our dancers celebrate this exquisite art form in a variety of settings and spread the joy of Irish Dance to everyone they meet.  www.mactiririshdance.com

Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band

​The Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band was established in 1962 to preserve and advance Celtic piping, drumming, and dancing.  They are one of the oldest existing pipe bands in the Upper Midwest.  Over the years The Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band has become a fixture in parades, celebrations, dances and an increasing number of private festivities.  Their distinct Irish uniforms-saffron kilt, black tunic, and black cabeen (beret) with green or red plumes are modeled after traditional Irish pipe bands.  A number of the band members wear the original brass buttons from uniforms of the Irish Volunteers, the very units involved in the historic Easter Uprising in Dublin, Ireland, 1916.  Some of the music performed by the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band came out of that fierce era of Ireland​'s past.  Other pieces are more modern and many are much older-ancient reels and airs, timeless ballad and war marches, and lively, lighthearted jigs.  Listen to their music below!

Check out their website:  www.brianborupipeband.com

NESD Celtic Faire & Games events Schedule

The Northerly Gales

The Northerly Gale is a Twin Cities-based acoustic Folk Quartet with voice, guitar, fiddle and bass augmented by harmonica, whistle, pipes and bodhran.    Jimmy Sherman (pipes/harmonicas/whistles/vocals) has been a piper with The Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band of St. Paul, MN for 15 years.  While learning Irish traditional music with Boru, he has also studied Highland Piping at the College of Piping in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds certification for that institution.  He often collaborates with other local musicians and pipers and composes music as well.  Randy Conway (bass/bodhran/vocals) slaps the bass and pounds the drum with a ferocity few can match.  Danny Schwarze (guitar/vocals) started down a slippery slope when he first picked up a guitar.  Little did he know the influence those six strings would have on his life.  Not only does he play guitar and bodhran, he's been know to dabble in a variety of other string and percussion instruments.  If it can be plucked and strummed, bowed or struck, he will eagerly strive to master it.  Now based in St. Paul, MN, Danny is an elementary school wrangler by day and guitar slinger by night with a background in rock, jazz, traditional Irish and American folk and classical music.  Rounding out the Quartet is Tamara Maluda with vocals and fiddle.

Check out their website:  www.northerlygales.com

R.J. Lundgren as Pope Malarkey the First

RJ spent several years as a radio announcer before going into business and eventually professional acting.  In recent years he has appeared in the stage versions of “Man of La Mancha” and “one Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and has appeared in the films “Haunting Villisca,” The “Season,” “Resist Evil,” "Danny Johnson Saves the World,” and a number of Indy Short Films.  He is currently a Board Member of the Iowa Community Theatre Association.  Lundgren resides in Des Moines, Iowa, where he spends time with family and continues to pursue acting as well as writing.

The Pope is coming to the Celtic Faire!! The first Irish Pope, His Hooleyness, Malarkey I, is coming to the NESD Celtic Faire!!

As the story goes….  Formerly Brother Blarney, His Hooleyness, Malarkey I, belonged to the Brothers of the Sacred Shamrock.  Found as a babe abandoned in a patch of cloves in Blarney, Ireland, by the Brothers of the Sacred Shamrock, he was raised by the Brothers until he was old enough to join the Order. Upon joining the Order, he became Brother Blarney and worked tirelessly in the Order’s distilleries making sure the Irish whiskey they made was practically perfect in every way.  When the previous Puntiff tragically drowned in a vat of whiskey, Brother Blarney was elevated to Puntiff, taking the name of Malarkey the First.  Malarkey I’s first order as Puntiff, was to change the sacramental wine to Irish whiskey.  Attendance at communion jumped 2,000%, and for this His Hooleyness has been widely known as the Peoples Pope.

O'Bleary's Pub

​The Pub will offer mead and a variety of popular Celtic Beers throughout the Faire.

The Long Nines

The Long Nines consist of Pete, Joel, Alexis and Jeremy Burckhard and form the Irish Folk Band of The Long Nines.  Based in Aberdeen, SD.  The Long Nines' music is a mix of traditional Irish drinking songs, pub songs, a pinch of Pouges and Flogging Molly.  The Long Nines have been playing together since Pete's children and grandchildren began exploring music and finally became an official band about 10  years ago.  "We play this music because it's fun," explains Joel.  "It's fun for us, it's fun for the people listening, and it is just always a good time."  Come to the Faire and enjoy a mug-swinging, feet-stomping good time with the Burckhard family.

2017 Celtic Fair Schedule will be Published in August, 2017