Category: Musicians 2016


Dàimh – Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye. Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Dàimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 […]



RUNA is back for a 2nd year at the Durango Celtic Festival! RUNA draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members and offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material.  Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music […]



Brought together by the joy of being immersed in Celtic music, Makhbeth was formed in 2013.  Blending the dark sounds of the cello and the driving fiddle, Makhbeth explores Celtic styles from all across the world – from Scotland to Brittany and Ireland to Cape Breton Island. Playing fiddle and singing, Bethany Wanket graduated from […]


Westwind Pipes & Drums

Westwind Pipes & Drums includes musicians from all around the Four Corners. The band plays for many civic events and community parades and festivals in Durango, Telluride, Bayfield, Ouray, Ridgway, Cortez and Mancos, as well as Aztec and Farmington, New Mexico. Bagpipes and drums introduce a stirring element to any musical festivities, whether performing traditional Scottish […]



Big’ns is a four-piece band performing mostly traditional Irish pub tunes and hailing from Pagosa Springs, CO. Eli Carpenter (guitar, vocals) is the big driving force behind the Big’ns, strumming the six-string and wailing out Clancy Brothers and Pogues lyrics like there is no tomorrow. Eli recruited Jess Wilton (mandolin, vocals) to play a St. Patty’s […]



Gypsyfire is Charles Stacey, Cynthia Whiddon Green, and Steve Sprague.  Charlie and Cynthia have been performing together for 21 years.  Cynthia brings her Scottish heritage and the songs she grew up with in the Alleghany Mountains in West Virginia and merges them with the traditional Irish ballads that Charlie grew up with.  Charlie then demonstrates that […]


Better Knot

Featuring Chad MacCluskey on guitar, Khara Wolf on flute, oboe, and whistle, and Brent Williams on violin, this high energy Neo-Celtic group started exploring music from all over the world in early 2014. Enriched by their distinctive backgrounds in jazz and classical music, their unique Celtic sound has captivated audiences throughout the Four Corners.


Alta Graham – Celtic Harp

Alta Graham will be performing a Complimentary Concert in the Lobby of the Strater on Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come enjoy the beautiful Celtic Harp as part of the Durango Celtic Festival. This concert is FREE! Dr. Alta Graham is the owner and director of The Consulting Composer, an online […]


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