Friday March 1st, 2019: 

9 30pm: The return of 'Bastard Bearded Irishmen' 

​Bastard Bearded Irishmen have been regular visitors to Celtic Calling. There fun shows are a non-stop barrage of party anthems, dancing tunes and maybe even the occasional whiskey-fueled ballad.  The experience is always organic, and sometimes, unpredictable.  Jimmy slides down the bannister  and Danny jumps into the crowd.  Maybe you get to come up and sing ? Who knows?  Quite simply, the guys want you to have as much fun as they’re having.
The band’s third album, “Drinkin’ to the Dead,” was released in  May 2018, and was  full of surprises and new stretches for the band. The album further demonstrates that Bastard Bearded Irishmen is not just a St. Patrick’s Day band. They are regular performers at the North East's Biggest Celtic Festivals and have done 3 Cruise Ship ​Tours.

The Boulevard Tavern,  806 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25301, Admission - $10

6 30 - 9 30PM: Celtic Cooking Class 

Always a popular event at Celtic Calling. Join Chef Larry Snidow cooking up a Celtic Feast, all ingredients included in Price.  Menu includes . For more details and  to  Register click: here

Uncork and Create,

901 Quarrier Street,

Charleston, WV 25301, 304 552 3331

7:30- 9:30pm: 

Appalachian Celtic Consort 

​​The four-member Appalachian Celtic Consort is a popular Charleston, West Virginia-based band that plays traditional Irish and Scottish music but also Appalachian old-time music and original compositions. Their instrumentation includes guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki, banjo, whistles, and bagpipes, as well as diverse percussion, including bodhran, African djembe, and bongos. The band is known for its rollicking and wide-ranging sets, which include jigs, reels, songs, sing-alongs, interactive percussion, a cappella harmonizing, and traditional storytelling.  Hear some tunes and find out more on the Appalachian Celtic Consort Facebook page, or at 

Taylor Books, 226 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301 – (304) 342-1461- FREE

11 30-1 30pm:  Opening Kickoff Event

Celtic Calling opens with 2 hours of music and dance, to brighten a lunchtime.  Mark Burdette from the Kanawha Valley Pipes and Drums, Savanna Brown, a young Scottish Dancer who studies with the WV Highlander's Dance Studio in Elkins, and Wild Ones, who mix, Irish/Scottish traditional music and song will entertain. Mayor Amy Goodwin will officially open the Festival at Noon.

McKinley Carter Wealth Management Stage

Rock City Cake Company, 205, Capitol Street – FREE

7 30pm: The Camino Voyage

A crew including a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat that they built themselves on an inspiring, and dangerous, 2,500 km modern day Celtic odyssey all the way from Ireland to Galicia in Northern Spain. The journey undertaken over 3 years, followed and earlier trip to Iona, the first Christian Monastery established  in Scotland. The boats stops include Wales, Cornwall and Brittany, all regarded as Celtic Nations where music is played. The final destination, Galicia is the home of the Iberian Celts, and the end point of the overland pilgrimage route, to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compstela.

Made by Anú Pictures , an independent film production company established by New York and Ireland based filmmaker Dónal Ó Céilleachair.
Winner – Audience Award – Dingle International Film Festival
Winner – Audience Award – Luxembourg British & Irish Film Season
Winner – The Documentary Award – Irish Screen America Film Festival, NYC
Winner – Documentary Award – An tOireachtas Media Awards, 2018
What they say:
“Unforgettable’ Tim Severin, The Brendan Voyage
“Reflects the Spiritual Power of The Experience” The Times

Floralee Hark Cohen  Cinema by WVIFF, located under Taylor Books,  230 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25302. Admission, Adults - $9, Students - $5

11 30am till close and Saturday March 3rd Daytime St Kilda's Tartan Store

The St Kilda's Tartan Store is a long established Highland Kilt and Accessory Store, located in Carnegie, PA and who vend at major Highland Games and Festivals on the East Coast.  
The St. Kilda's Tartan Store will be set up in Rock City Cake Company from Noon to Close on Friday and during the day on Saturday. The Store is here to serve all Highlandwear needs and offers a full range of Jackets, Kilts and Accessories. Merchandise can be viewed at the website, but the 'new' website does not list accurate prices. If you are interested in anything please contact them ahead of the Festival to be sure they bring it down. This will be a great place to shop for a kilt to wear during the Festival: The Tartan Store

Rock City Cake Company, 205 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV

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6 30 – 10 pm: Beni Kedem Highlanders ‘   

 'Tartan Ball’

 The 'Tartan Ball' a long held Highlanders function is open to the public. Enjoy a great dinner, Riverdance Performance Dancing, and great music. Tickets in advance by Feb. 23rd.

- Dan Carney (Fiddle) and Garrett Maner ( Accordion/Flute) will provide gathering music of Irish and Scottish traditional dance music. Senior members of The Mountain Dance troupe will click a heel with some performance dance routines.

- 7pm, The Welcome, Invocation and Posting of the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance led by the Highlanders Colonel -in-Chief.

- The traditional 'toast tae the haggis' will be enacted.

- Dinner prepared by Beni Kedem Chef's Club will either be Prime Rib or Chicken, vegetarian entrée also avaialable. Everyone is encouraged to sample the haggis. 

- Performance by the The Beni Kedem Highlanders Bagpipe Band

- Parade of Tartans'. Everyone who is wearing a tartan/plaid is invited to share the name and history.

- Mountain Dance will perform more traditional Scottish Dances - Sword, and Irish Step Dance.

-  Becky Bare will sing some great Irish and Scottish ballads.

- Traditional Scottish or Irish Waltz and  and easy to learn 'ceili group' dance.

- The evening concludes  with music and dancing to Randy Damron DJ 

Beni Kedem Temple, 100 Quarrier St, Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343-9405

Admission - $50 Register for Dinner by Sunday  February 25th at phone # above or 304 543 7702