County Down, Northern Ireland – The annual Celtic Fusion festival will be taking place in the next days, between the 4-15th August 2004 in County Down, Northern Ireland. This year’s line-up is a mix of traditional and contemporary sounds from the “Celtic” nations and regions.
The program will feature small intimate gigs, workshops, sessions and the big festival stage in the outstanding beautiful Mountains of Mourne. The quality of the music and place promises an experience for music lovers not to be missed. The festival now in its third year draws visitors from across the globe to a festival unique in style and character. Some of the artists scheduled are: Don McLean legendary singer/songwriter; Salsa Celtica – salsa celtic Latin adventure, Lúnasa – classic award winning Irish; The Eleanor McEvoy Band – uptempo celt; The Finlay McDonald Band contemporary bagpipes, Saltfishforty all the way from the Orkneys; Dougie Maclean, renowned Scottish singer songwriter who wrote Caledonia; flute sensation band Flook; the of debut of Teine – a young female group from Lewis; and many others.
The pub sessions and workshops will compliment the mainstream program. In addition to this program there will be a number of other arts events including the premiere of Folks, a photographic record of some of the nationally and locally famous musicians, A preview of a new film by a Scottish independent film maker about the life and works of Robert Burns; Muir-Traigh Ebb a visual arts exhibition from Skye; Poets and Writers, a BBC exhibition featuring Irish authors and poets; and Paddy on the Road.