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Welcome to the Durango Celtic Festival!

Sunday, July 13, and August 10, 6pm
Two part summer ceilidh series. Free!

These are a fundraiser for The Durango Celtic Festival. The Scots call it a ceilidh (kay-lee), the Irish call it a ceili (kay-lee) or a hooley…… but either way, it is a traditional Gaelic social gathering where music, dance, song, good conversation and merriment flow freely. The Durango Celtic Festival and The Irish Embassy Pub are hosting two ceilidhs this summer to share the Irish and Scottish cultures – how they are the same and how they are different. Bring your family and come join us for two evenings of merriment.



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Just one week prior to the great spring celebration of St. Patrick’s Day - Durango, Colorado hosted its second annual Celtic Festival.  It was a rousing three days of traditional and modern Celtic music, covering the sounds of Ireland, Scotland, the Hebrides, and Cape Breton, along with original blends.  The Durango Celtic Festival featured music venues at the Henry Strater Theatre and the Irish Embassy Pub.  The festival closed Sunday, March 9 with a high energy Irish session at the Irish Embassy Pub featuring many of our performers. In addition to the outstanding live musical performances, the festival offered music and dance workshops, an opening Ceilidh, and a fun Storytelling Event. Get ready for the 3rd Annual Durango Celtic Festival March 12-15th 2015.

Thanks to our 2014 headliners for a fabulous festival…



Authentic, Joyous Irish Music…. traditional with a touch of chamber music and music hall, Colcannon plays Irish music with panache, warmth and wit. Timeless songs and great musicianship transport the audience to another time and place. Colcannon is equally at home on the stage at a folk music festival or performing with a symphony orchestra. […]



Tramor (Overseas) is the new Welsh American Acoustic Project of John Good, formally of Oceans Apart, and harper extraordinaire John Piggott. 

John Good is well known throughout the West, South, Midwest and in his native Wales as a multi-instrumentalist, Welsh piper, singer/songwriter, storyteller, composer and poet. A veteran of many Celtic festivals and concerts, including […]

Willson & McKee

Willson and McKee

Kim McKee A Colorado native, classical training was her foundation, but traditional folk music became her passion. In the late 70’s early 80’s traditional music was not that readily available, so she did her research by attending festivals, gathering unusual folk instruments, studying books, interviewing people from Ireland and Scotland, collecting stories and songs, having […]

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Durango is easy to reach…

BY CAR OR AIR – Durango is easy to reach by road on two major U.S. Highways. From the west or east, visitors can arrive in Durango on U.S. Highway 160, a road once known as the Old Spanish Trail. From the north or south, visitors can arrive on U.S. Highway 550. Above Durango, U.S. […]

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And Durango is just…well…beautiful!

Nestled at the southwestern foot of the Rocky Mountains in the beautiful San Juans, Durango’s backyard is more than 2 million acres of pine forests, aspen groves, lakes, streams and spectacular views. Founded in 1881, Durango is known for its rich history. Surrounded natural beauty – the La Plata Mountains as the backdrop and the […]


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Our 2014 Headliners...

Festival Hours

Thursday 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Friday         4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday    11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday      11:00 am – 2:00 pm


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COLCANNON - Jenny Picking Cockles Jennys Chickens

COLCANNON - Jenny Picking Cockles Jennys Chickens

TRAMOR - Live in Portland

TRAMOR - Live in Portland

WILLSON & McKEE - Broome Bisoms

WILLSON & McKEE - Broome Bisoms

2014 Sneak Preview…

COLCANNON Jenny Picking Cockles / Jennys Chickens TRAMOR Live in Portland WILLSON & McKEE Broome Bisoms