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Celtic Concert To Kick Off Highland Fest

The 25th annual McHenry Highland Festival will get under way tomorrow, June 1, with a cabaret-style Celtic concert at the Wisp Resort. The Celtic rock duo Prydein will be featured in the event, having performed in 2011 to rave reviews, a spokesperson said. The players, who are from northern Vermont, mix traditional Celtic repertoire with a rock-music sensibility, performing on Highland bagpipes, guitar, drums, flutes, tin whistles, bouzouki, and mandolin, along with vocals. The concert will also include a special guest appearance by Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout, plus a performance by two of the premier dancers of Duffy’s School of Irish Dance.

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The festival will continue on Saturday, June 2, at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, with the doors opening at 10 a.m. The daylong celebration will include Scottish and Irish dance, massed marching bagpipe bands, Highland athletic competitions, a Celtic dog “pat and chat,” clan tents and historical re-enactors, Highland cattle, border collies herding sheep and geese, and Celtic vendors. There will also be a climbing wall, horse-drawn cart rides, face painting, and more activities all day. The featured music groups this year are festival newcomer Clandestine, offering a “hard-driving, toe-tapping, Texas Celtic” sound; Cumberland’s Shanty Irish band; and again Scottish fiddler Rideout. For a complete schedule of events, including Sunday’s Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans, persons may go to www.highlandfest.info. Tickets to the concert on Friday are $40 per person, which includes a light buffet, a raffle ticket, and whiskey tasting. Tickets should be purchased in advance online at the site noted above, at the Garrett County Visitors Center in McHenry, or Gregg’s Pharmacy in Oakland.

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