'Pipes in the Valley' festival brings Celtic music to riverfront

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Sep. 23, 2011
The 'Pipes in the Valley' Celtic music festival will feature the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The 2011 “Pipes in the Valley” Celtic music festival will be held on Hartford’s Mortensen Riverfront Plaza on Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The 10th anniversary festival, one of the most popular riverfront events, is expected to draw thousands to see a variety of acts, including The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, a popular bagpipe group that has performed all over the world. The line-up also includes Black47 and Screaming Orphans, among the most popular groups in Celtic music.

The music festival features bagpipes, traditional Celtic dancing performed by the Callendish School of Celtic Arts, and Phoenix Swords, a group that performs with flaming swords. On the river will be an exhibition of Irish currach rowing, which is done in traditional wood plank boats.

There will be whiskey-tasting, and beer from Olde Burnside Brewing Company, which specializes in Irish ales and is based in East Hartford. Visitors will find a range of foods and imported cultural items, as well.

“Pipes in the Valley” is sponsored by Riverfront Recapture, East Hartford Community Cultural Center, East Hartford Parks and Recreation, SBM Charitable Foundation and Highland Park Market. For more information, go to the website www.pipesinthevalley.com.

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