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Celtibillies perform at Jackson Park concert series

PULASKI — Celtic and Appalachian music will flow from the gazebo at Jackson Park this Friday, July 11, during the performance of the Celtibillies.
As part of the Jackson Park concert series, sponsored by the Town of Pulaski and the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, the Celtibillies will give a free performance in the park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Unlimited has described the music of the Celtibillies, formed in 1994 as a contradance band, as “a masterful work of art that transcends all musical genres.”
Upon the band’s formation, the Celtibillies began exploring the deep-rooted connections between Celtic music and the Appalachian music of their home region of Southwest Virginia. Their music expanded beyond dance tunes to include a wide range of traditional Celtic and Appalachian old-time music and song as well as original music. The Celtibillies’ performances are now a rousing mixture of vocal arrangements and spirited jigs, reels, waltzes, strathspeys, and breakdowns.
Band members include: Becky Barlow on hammered dulcimer, keyboard and bodhran, Jack Hinshelwood on fiddle, guitar and harmonica, Tim Sauls on banjo, bouzouki, fiddle and guitar, and Jeff Hofmann on bass.
The Celtibillies have performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Savannah Folk Festival, Williamsburg Scottish Festival, Bele Chere, Virginia Highlands Festival, Blue Ridge Music Center and the Chesapeake Celtic Festival. Their performances have also been featured on WBRA Public TV and the nationally syndicated Song of the Mountains PBS series, and their recordings have been featured on the “Thistle & Shamrock” program on National Public Radio.
Since 2004, the Celtibillies have been named to the Touring Artist Directory by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which supports excellence in all the arts and is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The music of the Celtibillies has also been featured in two movie soundtracks, including “In the Company of Strangers,” an independent full-length motion picture that won “Best Dramatic Feature Film” in the 2002 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, and the Appalachian Film Festival Best Documentary “Down in the Old Belt,” about the history and decline of a small tobacco farm in Virginia.
The Celtibillies also appreciate and strive to promote the dance traditions associated with Celtic and Appalachian music. Many concerts include dancers who excel in Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish and clogging traditions.
The band has released three recordings to critical acclaim including “Come Dance and Sing,” “Greenwoodside” and “The Shoemaker’s Child.”
Dirty Linen says “an enjoyable listen, filled with standards from both Irish and American traditions.”
Dulcimer Player News stated “thoroughly delightful whether they’re belting out a set of jigs and reels, a rollicking string band tune, an old blues song or a contemplative ballad.”
Bluegrass Unlimited said, “The band casts a wide musical net and succeeds.”
The music of Celtibillies is an expression of love and respect for the music, dance and cultural heritage of two great traditions that are forever linked by their common roots and bonds.

Bring your blankets and chairs this Friday to Jackson Park and enjoy the fun. Concessions will be provided by Donna Surber.
The Jackson Park concert series continues on July 18 with the oldies rock of the Rock ‘n’ Cruisers, Aug. 1, with the big band sound of the Old Pros, and will finish off on Aug. 15 with the bluegrass of Tennessee Borderline.
For more information, contact the Fine Arts Center at (540) 980-7363.

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Celtibillies perform at Jackson Park concert series

PULASKI — Celtic and Appalachian music will flow from the gazebo at Jackson Park this Friday, July 11, during the performance of the Celtibillies.
As part of the Jackson Park concert series, sponsored by the Town of Pulaski and the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, the Celtibillies will give a free performance in the park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bluegrass Unlimited has described the music of the Celtibillies, formed in 1994 as a contradance band, as “a masterful work of art that transcends all musical genres.”
Upon the band’s formation, the Celtibillies began exploring the deep-rooted connections between Celtic music and the Appalachian music of their home region of Southwest Virginia. Their music expanded beyond dance tunes to include a wide range of traditional Celtic and Appalachian old-time music and song as well as original music. The Celtibillies’ performances are now a rousing mixture of vocal arrangements and spirited jigs, reels, waltzes, strathspeys, and breakdowns.
Band members include: Becky Barlow on hammered dulcimer, keyboard and bodhran, Jack Hinshelwood on fiddle, guitar and harmonica, Tim Sauls on banjo, bouzouki, fiddle and guitar, and Jeff Hofmann on bass.
The Celtibillies have performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Savannah Folk Festival, Williamsburg Scottish Festival, Bele Chere, Virginia Highlands Festival, Blue Ridge Music Center and the Chesapeake Celtic Festival. Their performances have also been featured on WBRA Public TV and the nationally syndicated Song of the Mountains PBS series, and their recordings have been featured on the “Thistle & Shamrock” program on National Public Radio.
Since 2004, the Celtibillies have been named to the Touring Artist Directory by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which supports excellence in all the arts and is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The music of the Celtibillies has also been featured in two movie soundtracks, including “In the Company of Strangers,” an independent full-length motion picture that won “Best Dramatic Feature Film” in the 2002 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, and the Appalachian Film Festival Best Documentary “Down in the Old Belt,” about the history and decline of a small tobacco farm in Virginia.
The Celtibillies also appreciate and strive to promote the dance traditions associated with Celtic and Appalachian music. Many concerts include dancers who excel in Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish and clogging traditions.
The band has released three recordings to critical acclaim including “Come Dance and Sing,” “Greenwoodside” and “The Shoemaker’s Child.”
Dirty Linen says “an enjoyable listen, filled with standards from both Irish and American traditions.”
Dulcimer Player News stated “thoroughly delightful whether they’re belting out a set of jigs and reels, a rollicking string band tune, an old blues song or a contemplative ballad.”
Bluegrass Unlimited said, “The band casts a wide musical net and succeeds.”
The music of Celtibillies is an expression of love and respect for the music, dance and cultural heritage of two great traditions that are forever linked by their common roots and bonds.

Bring your blankets and chairs this Friday to Jackson Park and enjoy the fun. Concessions will be provided by Donna Surber.
The Jackson Park concert series continues on July 18 with the oldies rock of the Rock ‘n’ Cruisers, Aug. 1, with the big band sound of the Old Pros, and will finish off on Aug. 15 with the bluegrass of Tennessee Borderline.
For more information, contact the Fine Arts Center at (540) 980-7363.

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