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Pipes, Fiddles and Male Choirs: Barbados’ Celtic Festival 2019

by Karen Rollins May 20, 2019

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The historic connection between Barbados and the Celtic nations of Ireland, Wales and Scotland will be celebrated in style on the island from 21-26 May at the Barbados Celtic Festival.

The event, which is billed as ‘a cultural exchange of food and music’, features a week of exciting entertainment events to be savoured by locals and tourists.

This year, patrons will be treated to a diverse programme of activities. Some of the events include a school concert at St Patrick’s Cathedral, a catamaran day cruise, a Bridgetown street parade. Plus, a ‘Caribbean Jump Up Ceilidh’ which is free and will showcase Scottish dancers, singers and fiddlers as well as local musicians.

On Friday 24 May there will be a concert at the Barbados Museum from the Gwalia Singers, a male voice Welsh choir from Swansea. On Sunday 26 May a lunch buffet will feature live music from the Reading Scottish Pipe Band which has been established in Berkshire for the last 60 years and plays around the world.

Some events will also be staged at Harbour Lights, the Flower Forest in St Thomas, and Blakeys on the Boardwalk.

The official Barbados Celtic Festival website says the original gathering started in the 1990s when a Welsh woman brought her father’s male voice choir over to perform in the Frank Collymore Hall.

Since then the experience has gained increasing popularity and really offers something for anyone who loves Celtic traditions and music with a Bajan twist!

Visit the official Barbados Celtic Festival Facebook page for more information.


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Posted by Celtic Festival Barbados on Tuesday, 18 September 2018