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Celtic Fest to offer free youth programs Friday

Those who attend the free youth programing at the 17th annual Celtic Festival presented by KVMR 89.5 FM Friday will get a chance to go on-stage Sunday during the event. Pictured here are some participants from 2012's youth programing, performing on the mainstage at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
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WHO: Community Radio KVMR 89.5 FM

WHAT: 17th annual KVMR Celtic Festival — Youth Arts Program

WHEN: Friday, 4-7 p.m. — FREE Youth Arts Program

4 p.m. — Merloch the Magician — First Time Attendees

4 p.m. — Ethan Lewis and Colin Cotter

5 p.m. — Merloch the Magician - Previous Attendees.

5 p.m. — Mànran

6 p.m. — Desmond School of Dance

6 p.m. — David Brewer

WHERE Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

TICKETS: Free, register online at http://kvmrcelticfestival.org/youth-arts-program2013.html#register

INFO: http://www.kvmrcelticfestival.org

On Friday, before the gates open to the Celtic Festival, KVMR will once again offer a free Youth Arts Program from 4 to 7 p.m. for those age 10 to 18.

Five workshops are scheduled to give youth an opportunity to spend time with world-class artists spanning the genres of music, magic and dance.

All youth who attend the program will get a $5 one-day pass for the festival day of their choice.

Scottish musicians Mànran, known for their combination of Gaelic and English songs, will demonstrate their approach to both traditional and original music in an interactive workshop. They’ll also talk about the revival of Gaelic language in Scottish music and culture. The six-member band combines driving highland and uilleann pipes, accordion, fiddle, flute, drums and bass.

Molly’s Revenge Piper Dave Brewer will unravel the mysteries of how the great highland bagpipes work, how they’ve been used historically through war and peace and how they are used today. Brewer has studied at the Ceolas Music School with some of the best pipers in the world.

Back by popular demand, Merloch the Magician Silvermaine will teach two classes of the Art of Magic, one for beginners and one for previous attendees. This workshop will teach young people two professional quality, fully scripted card magic routines.

Ethan Lewis and Colin Cotter, instructors from Alasdair Fraser’s California fiddle camps, will have young people to bring an instrument and learn a tune and add ornamentation and groove to the music. Lewis and Cotter’s band, A Thousand Years at Sea, has released three CDs and performed across the U.S.

The Desmond School of Irish Dancing will teach Irish Step Dancing. Kathleen Desmond has taught dance for more than 25 years and has trained several Irish dancing champions who have competed in national and world competitions.

On Sunday, a rehearsed performance will take place during the Youth Showcase on the main stage.

Check out KVMR’s website for the full schedule and registration form: http://www.kvmr.org/.

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