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Crossroads International Celtic Festival
SOUTH CARTHAGE — The hills and valleys of picturesque Western Maine will come alive with music Sept.11-15, when the inaugural Crossroads International Celtic Festival (Crossroads) takes place at multiple venues throughout Western Maine communities including unique locations like Stratton Brook, the newest hut in the Maine Huts & Trails system; Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore; Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris and Skye Theatre in South Carthage.
These venues, along with the scenic towns and villages of Rangeley, Stratton, Carrabassett Valley, Kingfield, Phillips, Farmington, South Carthage, Rumford, Oxford, Lovell, Fryeburg and Bethel will host an impressive group of more than 100 musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and artists. Joining some of Maine's finest musicians will be performers from around the world including Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Scotland, Ireland, and across the United States.
"These unique, inviting and scenic venues in Western Maine will add another level to the quality of the festival and are perfect backdrops for the dozens of concerts and community events that are part of this celebration of music and culture," said Phill McIntyre, artistic director of Crossroads. "The venues will perfectly complement the 40-plus high-caliber groups of artists performing during the festival."
Many of the communities of Western Maine are not only hosting the Crossroads' concerts, they are rolling out the red carpet for concertgoers by planning additional family-friendly events including an art walk, quilt show, street fair and more.
In addition, each day's artists will perform after hours at the Whitecap Lodge at Sunday River Resort in Newry (The Festival Club) in a lively, intimate and relaxed setting from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Lodging is available throughout the region, which is considered one of the most scenic in New England for fall drives. Properties include the Comfort Inn in Wilton, the Bethel Inn in Bethel and the Wilson Lake Inn in Wilton. Additional options can be found by contacting any of the seven chambers of commerce that serve western Maine: Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, www.franklincountymaine.org; Flagstaff Area Business Association, www.eustismaine.com; Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, www.bethelmaine.com; Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce, www.oxfordhillsmaine.com; River Valley Chamber of Commerce, www.rivervalleychamber.com, Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce, www.rangeleymaine.com; or Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce, www.jay-livermore-lf.org.
Festival goers who want to stay in the heart of the action and attend the nightly Festival Club can take advantage of Sunday River Resort's special rates for Crossroads guests at the Grand Summit or Jordan Grand Hotels. Reservations can be made by calling 800-207-2365 and using the code 85C2HX.
Over the course of the five days, Crossroads will celebrate Celtic music and culture with performances in several musical genres including Celtic, Celtic Rock, Cajun, Acadian, Quebecois, traditional and original folk, gypsy and jazz. In all, 18 live concerts featuring more than 100 artists will take place.
"We have taken great care to create the perfect mix of both performer and venue so the experience will be authentic and exciting," said McIntyre.
Festival acts include David Munnelly and Mick Conneely from Ireland; the Maeve Gilchrist Trio from Edinburgh, Scotland; Buddy MacDonald and Sprag Session from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and the Don Roy Ensemble of Portland.
For more information on venues, community events, a complete list of artists and performances, go to www.crossroadscelticfestival.com. Individual festival tickets and money-saving Family Packs can also be purchased on the website.
A consortium of partner organizations has created this dynamic, cross-county festival to celebrate Celtic music, promote economic development in western Maine and support local arts organizations. Crossroads International Celtic Festival is sponsored by United Insurance, Linda Clifford Scottish & Irish Merchant, and supported in part by grants from the Maine Office of Tourism, the Maine Community Foundation, and the Maine Arts Commission.