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A Celtic Fest

Billed as a sacred, uplifting and fun event, filled with a range of music, dance, foods, vendors and playfulness, the new Celtic Festival of the Sun will be held Friday through Sunday, June 29-July 1, at Ashland Wellsprings, 2253 Highway 99 North.

The festival, presented by RavenBranch Productions, will feature Celtic musicians Brian Freeman, Madrona, Trine, Altar Wind, Kindred Souls, Talia Rose, Kyle Alden, Meredith McFadden, Kevin Carr, CrossRoads, Katherine Claire, Carr Family Band, Hanz Araki, Kyle Alden, Susan Spurlock, Zahara Solomon and Robert Johnston.

The traditional music forms use Irish fiddles, Scottish bagpipes, Celtic harps and singing known as "sean nos."

In the spirit of multiday, summer country fairs of earlier times, the festival features storytellers, jugglers, puppeteers, magicians and craftspeople. The event opens at noon Friday, with a parade led by bagpiper Johnston. Sunday is Family Day, with activities for children.

"It's an exquisite Celtic experience, for both pleasure and learning and great for the whole family," says organizer and musician Talia Rose. "It's wonderful to bring such high-quality Celtic music to so many people, along with a message of joy, beauty and lots of fun. It's also a sacred and precious experience."

When not performing, some of the talent will hold workshops: storytelling with Carr on Friday; bodhran with Sue Carney on Friday and Sunday; Celtic harp and storytelling with Rose on Saturday; and "sean nos" and pennywhistle with Pat O'Scannell on Sunday.

The festival summons the energy and tradition of "the Emerald Wyrlds (to) delight, enchant and bring people into a more direct connection with themselves, each other and our Living Earth ... in sync with the rich cultural, artistic and performance environment of our beautiful Ashland," notes the festival's website.

Advance passes cost $25 per day and are available at Music Coop or www.celticfestivalofthesun.com. Day passes will cost $30 at the door.