The second annual Coastal Celtic Music Festival comes to the Long Beach Peninsula March 6-8! The music starts at 5 p.m. on Friday the 6th. With twelve artists and four venues, this event promises to be lively. Vendors, food, beer, wine and spirits will be available.
The venues include Crown Alley Irish Pub, the Peninsula Arts Center, the Chautauqua Lodge and the Shelburne Pub. The bands will rotate between the venues, and there will always be someone playing at each location! A shuttle will be available to help you hop between them, and parking is free.
Tickets are available now on Brown Paper Tickets. Day passes are $30-60 depending on what day you attend, or you can enjoy all three days for just $100.
Biddy on the Bench
Portland’s Biddy on the Bench breathes new life into traditional Irish shanties, high-energy rebel song, and mournful Gaelic ballads. Their combination of traditional acoustics and vocal harmony is grounded in the folk sytle of Irish music pioneered by bands like the Dubliners, Planxty and the Bothy Band.
That Irish Guy
That Irish Guy comes from a line of musicians including the celebrated Irish folk singers Sarah Makem (his great grandmother) and Tommy Makem (his grandfather). He was born in 1974 in a Omagh, a town in Ireland. He writes his own songs, drawing on both traditional Irish music and American folk. Find That Irish Guy on Facebook.
The Bold Doherty
Irish folk music artist Zach Daugherty has played at pubs, breweries and festivals for years. His music “warms the heart and sells the beer”. You can find the Bold Doherty on Facebook.
Sons of Malarkey
The perfect mix of traditional Irish music and Celtic Rock, the Sons of Malarkey began with jam sessions around a kitchen table in 2009. Their sets include classics and originals. They play often in the Portland area and throughout the Northwest. Check them out on Facebook and their website.
Marian began playing guitar at the age of five and hasn’t stopped. She is influenced by artists like Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Wills, Christy Moore, and Mary Black. Thinking of each song like a story, music is how Marian connects with people and how she stays connected to herself.
This Seattle based Celtic band has been performing since 2006 and has opened the Young Dubliners and the Chieftains. Expect an energetic and fresh take on the Gaelic-Celtic style. With three studio albums and a live album under their belt, you won’t be disappointed! Find them on Facebook or preview their music on their website .
Gary Novotny and Johnny Connolly
Novotny has been actively involved in the Irish music scene for 20 years. His trademark sound has made him one of the most in-demand guitar players in Irish music today. With unerring rhythm, boundless energy and versatility, he varies from breakneck speed to delicate finger-style in the blink of an eye. Connolly is an accomplished button accordionist whose talents have taken him across continents. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Connolly has been immersed in Irish traditional music since he was 8 years old.
Elizabeth Nicholson & Bob Soper
Elizabeth Nicholson is part of a new generation of Celtic musicians. Known for her gutsy, dynamic approach to harp performance, she is counted among America’s foremost interpreters of traditional Celtic dance music, a genre with lightning-paced tempos and complex ornamentation more typical of flute or fiddle.
Bob Soper is counted among Portland’s most astonishing varied musicians and has become one of the PNWs most sought after fiddle players. Bob has been a member of some of the region’s most beloved and successful ensembles, including the Irish bands Cul an Ti and Grafton Street, as well as the old-time/country-blues group The Pagan Jug Band.
Learn more about Nicholson on her website.