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Youth invited to participate in Celtic Festival

This fall, KVMR begins its Youth Arts Program as a part of the 14th annual Celtic Festival. The program is free and open to youth ages 10-18.

It includes the pre-festival workshop and the opportunity to participate in an integrated, rehearsed evening performance on the last day of the Celtic Festival on Sunday, Oct. 3.

The program is intended to give area youth an opportunity to spend time with world-class artists across the genres of music, theater and dance inspiring them to either get involved with or continue the study of arts in their area of interest.



The arts offer meaningful ways to engage children intellectually, emotionally and physically. Research shows that study in the performing arts:

• Increases children’s self-confidence




• Improves learning

• Increases self-discipline and expression

• Promotes tolerance and increases understanding of different cultures

• Instills a sense of joy

• One hour workshop of their choice

• Refreshments

• $5 one day youth ticket to the 14th annual KVMR Celtic Festival (to be purchased on site at the workshop and good for one ticket per attending youth).

• Around the World with 30 Instruments with Four Shillings Short

• Guitar and performance workshop with John Doyle

• Performing in Character with the Privateers of the Dauntless

• Introduction to Irish Step Dance with Desmond School of Dance

Four Shillings Short

Aodh Óg Ó Tuama and Christy Martin are the duo of Four Shillings Short. Born in Cork, Ireland, Aodh Óg (pronounced, ayog) studied medieval and renaissance music in college. He received a music fellowship to study at Stanford University in 1984. He played in a group called Driveling Druids before forming the group Four Shillings Short.

A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Christy was born into a musical family. She played the sitar for 10 years, starting at the age of 16. She took up folk music in the ’80’s and has been playing hammer dulcimer since 1993. She was formerly in a band called Your Mother Should Know.

John Doyle

As a member of Irish-American supergroup Solas – and a highly sought-after session player – Doyle pioneered a rhythmic, sophisticated approach to Irish guitar accompaniment, setting a new standard for the instrument.

John was playing professionally by the age of 16, and soon moved to New York City, where he began playing with Eileen Ivers and Seamus Egan. He first rose to international prominence with Solas (Gaelic for “light”), the all-star Irish/American band whose emergence heralded the arrival of a new generation of bold, inventive traditional musicians.

Privateers of the Dauntless

The Privateers of the Dauntless are dedicated to the preservation and education of maritime history of the 16th and 17th centuries. They endeavor to bring history alive through live historical reenactment on a land-transportable stage that closely emulates a 16th century square rigged merchant/privateer vessel. Members assume the attire and persona of the Captain, officers, and crew of an ancient sailing vessel.

Through this medium they educate the public, both young and old, in the daily life, duties, skills, terminology, and even the politics of the maritime life. The living history is taught through “skits” and improvisational acting that captures the imagination teaches the skills and history of a past era.

Desmond School of Irish Dance

Kathleen Desmond, T.C.R.G., is licensed with the Commission of Irish Dance in Dublin Ireland as well as a registered member of the North American Irish Dance Teachers Association and the Western U.S. Region Irish Dance Teachers

Association. Kathleen has been teaching for more than 25 years. She started dancing at the Deely School of Irish Dance at about 8 years of age and was one of the top dancers at Deely, a world renowned school. She has placed in several championships and was one of the Deely School’s main choreographers and teachers. She started her own school, the Desmond School of Irish Dance in 1995, shortly after she achieved her T.C.R.G. certification. She has trained several Irish Dancing champions in her career, many who have competed in the Nationals and the World Irish Dancing championships.

The program is being operated in cooperation with local teachers and schools who have an interest in the program and its offerings.

Free Friday Workshops – Oct. 1, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Community Center The Friday Workshops are free to any area student ages 10 to 18.

Adults are welcome if accompanied by a participating youth.

Even thought there is no fee, pre-registration is requested for the Friday workshops. Registration rorm is at http://kvmr.org/celticfestival/youth-arts-program.html. Fill it out and return it by Sept. 15. Or, call the KVMR office at (530) 265-9073 for a registration form.

Check in for the workshops will be open at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Parking for the workshops is at Gate 2 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Please do not park in Gate 4 parking. Check in at the Community Center and then you will be directed to the appropriate workshop area.

Community Center

4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. – Theater – Privateers of the Dauntless

5 to 5:45 p.m. – Irish Step Dancing – Desmond School of Irish Dance

6 to 6:45 p.m. – The Art of Magic – Merlock Silvermane

Oak Grove Stage

4 to 4:45 p.m. – Around the World with 30 Instruments – Four Shillings Short

5 to 5:45 p.m. – Guitar workshop – John Doyle

6 to 6:45pm – Songwriting – The Elders


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