Celtic Cultural Alliance Announces 2024 Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival Performer Line Up

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From Trad to Pub Tunes to Celtic Rock

Bethlehem, PA – July 1, 2024 – The Celtic Cultural Alliance (CCA) is excited to announce the performer line up for the 2024 Celtic Classic happening September 27th – 29th. Five stages of world-renowned Celtic entertainers will fill downtown Bethlehem with the sounds of tin whistles, fiddles and of course bagpipes!

There are new names this year. Being introduced for the first time will be: Ally the Piper, award winning piper who plays everything including heavy metal! Conor Mallon arrives from Ireland with their unique sound and Uillean bagpipes. The Byrne Brothers bring their Irish influence and high-energy, award-winning musical and dance show. The 2024 lineup ranges from traditional to Celtic rock and fusion. They will keep toes tapping and inspire a jig or two. Seamus Kennedy, musician /comedian extraordinaire, returns after a 3-year break, Albannach brings back their tribal, Scottish sound and The Prodigals return with a strong Celtic rock vibe. Crowd

favorite Emish is here to play their last gigs before retirement. Local favorites Woomer & Whitaker take the stage with their Celtic repertoire.

Rounding out the line up are crowd favorites Blackwater, On the Lash, Glengarry Bhoys and Gerry Timlin. Gerry is making his 37th appearance, having never missed a Celtic Classic since the first year! The full lineup with bios can be found here: https://celticfest.org/post-grids/entertainment/

“There will be surprises every minute of the 2 ½ day weekend and it will be filled with Celtic presentations ranging from dance and music to traditional competitions, lectures, food & shopping.” Says Jayne Ann Recker, Executive Director of the Celtic Cultural Alliance. “With the outstanding support we’ve received from the community and from our sponsors, this year’s festival is poised to be one of our largest celebrations of Celtic heritage while still remaining a free, family-friendly event.”

The CCA is gearing up for the 37th presentation of the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival, September 27th – 29th, and will continue making major announcements throughout the summer.

For more information on the Celtic Classic and other CCA events, visit: www.celticfest.org or contact info@celticfest.org.

The 37th Annual Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival runs from Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September 29th, 2024, in Historic Downtown Bethlehem. For up-to-the-minute information and updates, follow Celtic Classic on Facebook, X and Instagram (@CelticClassic).

For more information on the Celtic Classic, directions, volunteering opportunities, the weekend’s schedule, and other Celtic Cultural Alliance events, visit the organization’s website at www.celticfest.org.

Find Us On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @CelticClassic.


About the Celtic Cultural Alliance

On Columbus Day weekend in 1988, the first Celtic Classic was presented by a small group of individuals. The goal of this dedicated group was to create an event that symbolized the Celtic spirit and history, and to provide the impetus for an organization that focused on promoting the Celtic culture. This group has now evolved into Celtic Cultural Alliance to better communicate the overall goals of the organization.

The CCA has expanded with year-round programming to support the mission of promoting and preserving Celtic Culture through arts, music, literature, dance, and history programs. In keeping with the spirit of “Next Generation”, the CCA also offers scholarships to promising young students of the Celtic Arts. These yearly scholarships are offered to students of the arts, including Irish Step Dance, Highland Dance, Fiddle, and Bagpipes.

The Celtic Classic has blossomed into one of the largest Highland Games and Celtic Festivals in North America. Annually, over 200,000 visitors come to Historic Bethlehem to join in this celebration of all things Celtic. The organization has expanded into year-round programs. Our educational programming has expanded to include community outreach events in area school districts, religious institutions, local theaters and colleges throughout the Lehigh Valley. A series of scholarships are awarded each year in varied areas of Celtic culture.

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Information provided to TVL by:
Jayne Ann M. Recker
Executive Director – Celtic Cultural Alliance
Vice President – Association of Scottish Games & Festivals