Sunday Brunch Celtic Music Session

Sams highly regarded Celtic Brunch will be availlable both Saturday and Sunday from 10 till 4 on Saturday and Sunday from 10 til it runs out. This has become a stop on a lot of peoples Celtic Calling weekend. Come and enjoy Sunday Brunch, and some relaxed tunes and songs  in an informal session environment. If you play a traditional Irish music you are welcome to join in the session.

Music will start around 12 30pm

Sams Uptown Café, 28 Capitol Street -  FREE

7pm:  Seamus Egan Project, on Mountain Stage, with special guest host, Kathy Mathea.

In 2017, Seamus Egan, founding member of the seminal band Solas, will be touring for the first time ever, as The Seamus Egan Project.(includes Moira Smiley on Vocals and Accordion). They will be playing from the  entirety of his immense and influential catalog of music, as well as new music he’s never recorded or performed live. Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking album, When Juniper Sleeps, which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through the 20 year recording career of this iconic band, along with new tunes, Egan will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition, and beyond.

WV Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston,  WV 25305.

12 30- 1-30 pm:, Irish sean nós Step Dancing workshop with Will Roboski.

Any age is welcome, as the movements are 'low to the ground' and 'easy on the joints!' Fun for all and all for fun!

This workshop is designed for beginner percussive dancers. If you have an interest in percussive, footwork-oriented dance like Irish step dance, clogging, or tap and you love Irish music...this class is for you! Yes, you!

Registration limited to 20. Charleston Ballet Company,  100 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV, 25301. Adults $10 :: Students $5,  To register: william.roboski@gmail.comType your paragraph here.

4-6pm: ‘Staged Readings of 5 Plays’

Get to vote on for the Celtic Calling Audience Favorite Award, from the Winner and 4 Honorable Mentions of our Playwright Competition: that received over 50 entries. The competition was fierce and the decisions, difficult!

These plays were selected to be performed during the Festival:
Four honorable mentions, in no particular order, are:
Hamlet in Hiding by Rich Rubin
The Egg and the Branch by Stephen Murray
Til the End of the Dawn by Lia Rodriguez
Kennedy’s Acolytes by Jack Gilhooley
Our Judge’s Choice Award goes to
Knock by Lezlie Revelle
Congratulations to our winners, and to all of the entrants—our jobs were exceedingly difficult this year!

The Boulevard Tavern,  806 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25301, Admission – $5

2-4pm: Guinness Cooking Competition

Drop a savory or sweet dish, containing Guinness, to serve 1-2, from 2pm to be entered in the Competition. Judge Steven Keith, ‘The Food Guy’ from the Charleston Gazette-Mail will commence judging from 3pm. All entries must be accompanied with Recipe and Instructions on how you made dish. Prizes for winners. After judging has finished and winners announced, contestants have the opportunity to sample others dishes.

Adelphia Sports Bar, 218 Capitol St. Charleston WV, 25301, 304-343-5551- FREE


4pm: ‘Celtic Hymnsing’  (Organ and Highland Bagpipe Solos) with Sarah and Joe Marchio

All the stops will be pulled out on the two magnificent pipe organs at First Presbyterian Church as they join forces with the great Highland Bagpipe in a program featuring Celtic sacred music. Come and raise your voice in singing great Welsh, Scottish, Irish, and English hymns amid solos and duets arranged for organ and bagpipe solo. Come and experience a Celtic sound world like never before in a sacred space surrounded by Celtic readings and prayers.

Joe a native of Charleston,  is the First Congregational Church of Chatham music director and organist, and is also the conductor of the Chatham Chorale. He is joined by his wife Sarah on bagpipes. Sarah has studied piping in Scotland and Nova Scotia.  A unique combination of music and talent

First Presbyterian

16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301 - FREE


Sunday March 4th 2018 

2pm:  ‘Song of Granite' - Film

Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in THE SONG IN GRANITE, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes, documentary footage, and beautiful black and white cinematography. Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, the film celebrates the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man. It was selected as the Irish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.
WVIFF 'Underground Cinema, 230 Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301 - (304) 395 6688 - Admission - $9 Adults, $5 Students

2 pm Mountain Thyme   

Mountain Thyme is an all-women band in West Virginia that has performed and preserved music that they describe as “Appalachian Celtic” in the region since 1982. Songs feature multi-layered vocal harmonies and unaccompanied singing. Themes range from traditional ballads to contemporary folk— encompassing rousing accounts of romantic escapades, tales of trial and challenge, historical sagas, stories of personal experience and place, and amusing expressions of everyday life and events. The band’s Celtic-flavored tunes include jigs, reels, hornpipes, marches, waltzes, contemporary melodies written in traditional style, and original compositions.  

3rd  Floor, Children's Department

Kanawha County Main Library,

123, Capitol Street, Charleston, WV 25301, (304) 343 4646 – FREE


11 am: ‘Kirkin of the Tartans'

​The Kirkin’ is a traditional worship service but with specific significance to Scots.  Central to its theme is the presentation of various tartans of clans regions, regiments, symbolizing the re-dedication of Scots everywhere to God’s service.  

It will include a procession into the sanctuary led by a piper, and beautiful Celtic music.  During the service, tartans will be blessed in recognition of our heritage.  At the end of the service, a prayer of dedication will be given, and a recessional will be led by a piper exiting the church.

Wear your Scottish garb and bring your family tartan for a kirkin’ (blessing)

Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia Street East
Charleston, WV 25301, 304-342-6558