CELTIC YULEFEST Benefit featuring CAROLINA CEILI on Sun Dec 7 2014 at 7:30pm

$12 in advance

$15 at the door

A Ceili (or cèilidh or ceilidh  ---- Pronounced “KAY-ley”), it is the Gaelic word for a social gathering where traditional music, dancing, and storytelling abound. It’s a party, a celebration. In the “old days”,  there were céilidhs in community halls on Friday and Saturday nights - social events celebrating local customs and culture. Today céilidhs are seeing a resurgance, still serving as an important and popular social outlet in rural parts of Ireland and Scotland, especially in the Gaelic-speaking west coast regions. And, there are special céilidhs held during busy festival and holiday times, like Christmas.  

YuleFest (or Yule or Yuletide ) is an ancient religious festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas.

When you combine the YuleFest tradition with the traditional holiday Ceili, you have a wonderful celebration we're calling CELTIC YULEFEST and we hope to make this an annual tradition here at White Horse Black Mountain.

Leading our Celtic Yulefest will be a wonderful group of talented musicians called CAROLINA CEILI.  The band has prepared a delightful program of olde Celtic, English, German and Spanish carols and Christmas fiddle tunes. They'' be featuring lots of a capella singing, fun sing-alongs, special guest harpist Eliza Sydney, plus a special surprise or two including traditional Morris Dancing by the Asheville Morris Men.

A percentage of the ticket and merchandise sales go to  benefit the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry, a Black Mountain charity that helps families in need with food, clothing, shelter, and job training. A collection box will be available at the show for donations of nonperishable foods, clothing, and hygiene items.

We're encourage you to get your tickets early for this wonderful event.

Nollaig Shona Daoibh 
is the traditional Celtic Christmas greeting 
throughout Irelandand translated it means 
"Happy Christmas to You". 

More about Carolina Ceili 
The ensemble features  Maggie Anderson (bodrhan/flute), Darlyne Cain (guitar), Laurie Fisher (fiddle, flute) and Marcos Harkness (mandolin)

CLICK HERE to visit the CAROLINA CEILI website

S.C. native DARLYNE CAIN earned a BA in music from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, studying classical piano and guitar. With a passion to explore her musical potential, Darlyne bought a one-way ticket to Europe where she played Irish harp on the street. Darlyne is a full-time musician, teaching piano and guitar, and playing in clubs and on cruise ships, writing and performing pop, americana, bluegrass, blues, celtic, R&B, funk, gospel, jazz, reggae, and Latin music, and has recorded 4 CDs of original music.
Multi-talented LAURIE FISHER has been a full-time fiddler for the last 20 years, after graduating from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. Her lively rhythmic bowing is a delight to hear and dance to. She enjoys many styles of fiddling, including Irish, Scottish, French Canadian, and the large pastiche of American fiddle music. Laurie plays many other instruments, including piano and bass guitar, and is also a popular contra dance caller as well.

MAGGIE ANDERSON is a recent transplant to the WNC area. She was a music major at Rhodes College in Memphis and from there went on to perform in opera, musical theatre, and various pop, rock and blues bands, finally finding her true calling in celtic music when she founded popular Atlanta-based celtic band Keltic Kudzu in the year 2000. Maggie plays bodhran and piano, but most loves singing complex harmonies and arranging traditional celtic tunes for the contemporary audience.

MARCOS HARKNESS got his first taste of music-making in his native Panama when his father, a classical pianist, sat him on his lap at age 4 and taught him first a scale, and then the right-hand part of a Bach piece. Soon after, he was enrolled in violin and piano lessons, and before long he was playing different instruments in concert and marching bands, as well as playing guitar in rock bands on the side. He discovered bluegrass and traditional Irish music after moving to the U.S. to attend Penn State, and was involved in the home-grown folk music scene in Washington D.C., where he founded the acoustic group The Stick Mob. His songs are influenced by diverse sounds of his youth, including traditional Panamanian cumbia, salsa, merengue, the Beatles, classical composers, heavy meta, punk rock, blues, and traditional string band music. Marcos moved to Asheville in 2012 and joined Carolina Ceili in 2014.