KVMR salutes Celtic Festival On Air one month early
It’s still a month away, but plans for KVMR 89.5 FM’s 18th annual Celtic Festival Sept. 26-28 are ramping up.
In fact, the noncommercial radio station will celebrate the coming event this Saturday morning with special programming featuring this year’s music artists and opportunities for new or renewing members to get tickets to the festival.
Perhaps the biggest change will be a one-time-only special airing of “Celtic Cadence” with County Clare native Annie O’Dea Hestbeck, instead of the usual “County Line Bluegrass” show, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
“I’m inviting some of my KVMR friends over to join me on air,” beamed Annie, one of the main stage emcees at the festival. “It’ll be an on-air ceilidh (party) celebrating this grand tradition, maybe even with some live music.”
So expect to hear the likes of Friday Morning Show host Jerianne Van Dijk, folk deejay Laurie DesJardin and Wednesday Music Magazine host Jenny Michael during the special show.
“Besides Eric Rice (the bluegrass host) could use the week off to rest up for the Strawberry Music Festival broadcast he’s producing,” she added with a wink of the eye.
“Backroads” host Larry Hillberg — sporting his, um, unusual kilt — will kick off the Saturday morning festival fun during his 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. program by offering ticket packages to the Nevada County Fairgrounds event as well.
Meanwhile, KVMR Celtic Festival producer John Taber is pretty gaga over this year’s musical line-up.
“We’ve got the Celtic rockish Screaming Orphans making their first appearance here,” he said. “They’re the Diver Sisters from Ireland via New York.”
Plus, as Taber smiled and said “back by popular demand” is the Bakersfield Celtic band 1916, last year’s festival surprise hit.
And Saturday night headliners Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac Sept. 27, are “a pair of absolutely dynamic Celtic performers,” according to Taber.
Add to that, says Taber, the costumed revelry, the large merchant Marketplace, Scottish athletic games, animals of the Celtic lands, and it’s, ta-da, “an inspiring, transformative Brigadoon.”
Besides, it isn’t everywhere that you can witness the return of Claude The Fire-Eating Dragon.
“Run for your lives,” quipped Taber. “Well, run to the Celtic Festival and get a glimpse of Claude.”
Ticket and festival information is available online at kvmr.org/celticfestival
On The Road Again
Texas roots rock music artist Guy Forsyth does a benefit show for KVMR Monday, Labor Day, at the Country Club Saloon, 4007 Taylor Road, Loomis.
All ticket proceeds from this show featuring Forsyth — one of the co-founders of the raucous and irreverent Austin band, the Asylum Street Spankers — will go to the Nevada City community radio station. The suggested minimum fee is $10.
It will also be broadcast live 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as an “On The Road Live” special on the station as well (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
Achilles in Chico
They’re still buzzing about the performances Achilles Wheel put on at California Worldfest in July, but the Nevada City band’s performance at the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico will be broadcast live in its entirety at 7:20 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Fat is Good?
Does eating fat make you get fatter? “Nutrition Mythbusters” Katie Carter and Victoria LaFont are back at 1 p.m. Friday (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming) talking about how eating the right kind of fats can actually improve brain function, increase energy levels, and help weight loss.
A weekly wrap-up of news and oddities about community radio station KVMR 89.5 FM, a noncommercial station offering diverse musical programming, independent news and provocative public affairs from about 180 volunteer “citizen-broadcasters.” A video and other information about the station’s new building is available at <bridgestreetproject.org> Complete program listings are available at kvmr.org.
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