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Friday, October 21, 2005

Clear Lake Celtic Festival Update

The 9th Annual Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival and Texas State Championship Highland Games, benefiting International Space School Foundation 501©3, St. Brendan's Project, and KPFT Public Radio, will be held this Saturday, October 22, Noon to 10PM at Clear Lake Park, Landolt Pavilion, NASA Rd 1. This year, there will be seven live bands and three dance acts performing at the pavilion. Also, we're very excited to be hosting the Texas State Championship Highland Games on the adjacent field. There are lots of crafts vendors participating, including great food and drinks, so this will be a really fun family event primarily benefiting International Space School Foundation. The International Space School Foundation 501C3 arranges host families, prepares space educational events, and buys airfare to bring up to forty high school students from as many as sixteen foreign countries to visit the Johnson Space Center each summer. The students are chosen by their home schools and during their visit to JSC, they are engaged in a space education camp and various cultural activities. Many previous participants have chosen to pursue educations in science in both their home countries and the United States. Admission to the festival is just $10; kids are free. We hope you can make it out to support a great cause and have a fun day of fantastic entertainment. Children especially enjoy the dance acts which are scheduled to perform at 1:45 PM, 3:00 PM, and 6:15 PM. For more information please visit Since the Astros are playing in the World Series Saturday night (YEAH!), the performance schedule at the Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival has been adjusted to the schedule below and there will be TVs to watch the game. Please come out and enjoy it all. Noon.......Bandella 12:45.......Constant Billy 01:15.......Kennedy International Dancers 01:40.......Murder The Stout 02:30.......Cass Academy of Irish Dance 03:00.......Clan Ceilidh 03:45.......Celtic Voyage 04:30.......Needfire 05:30.......McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas 06:00.......Blaggards 07:00.......Needfire ---- Needfire This five-piece Celtic-rock band from Dallas takes traditional Celtic melodies and brings them into a modern rock context with original lyrics and hard-hitting performances. Bassist Ed Walewski, bagpiper/guitarist Jim Folstad and award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist John Cleghorn (all formerly of The Killdares) have joined forces with the energetic fiddling of Dylan Cleghorn and driving percussion of Matt Henthorn to form NeedFire. Visit their website for performance calendars and more information. Blaggards Patrick Devlin, Brian Vogel, Turi Hoiseth, and Chad Smalley ganged up from Dublin, Boston, New York, and the Midwest to create their own brew of Stout Irish Rock! A favorite at the Clear Lake Celtic Fest. We're glad your back, Patrick! Visit their website for more info! Murder the Stout Hugh Morrison rocks on his squeezebox! This five piece clan is Houston's most up and coming talented and dynamic Celtic act! Email them for more info or visit their website! Clan Ceilidh Traditional Welsh/English/Irish melodies played with guitar, djembe, cello, and harmonica. This clan knows how to have fun and welcome your participation for special performances at Molly's Pub in Kemah. All proceeds donated to the International Space School Foundation. Constant Billy Bill Galbraith and Emily Standish are traditional favorites at the Clear Lake Celtic Music Festival! As they put it, in a greatly understated phrase, "Music fom Britain and Ireland shaken and stirred into a Rock, Swing, and Classical cocktail." Visit their website! Celtic Voyage Grant and Sandy Dawson have joined up with Ian Gault and Hector Carmona to play Irish, Welsh, and Aussie tunes performed with outstanding vocals and incredible energy! Bandella Chris Hadfield, Micki Pettit, and Steve Robinson have come together with acoustic and vocal talents producing an experience of global proportion. Don't miss their opening act! McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas Don't miss this! Superb precision Irish dance steps done in marvelous and authentic traditional costumes. These kids are great! Check their website! Kennedy International Dancers This incredible group performs Irish, Scottish, and Breton folk dances with a 50-year age range among them! You'll be delighted! For more information on performances, email CJ! Landolt Pavilion at Clear Lake Park 5001 Nasa Pkway, Houston, TX 713.365.9648
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