Welcome to Big Stone Celtic 2018!

Friday September 21 and Saturday the 22nd, 2018
A celebration of the traditions of the Celtic Nations
~ music, song, stories, food, crafts and dance.


Thank you to everyone that attended our summer concert series July 6-8!  Please follow us on this page and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bigstonecelticday, for continuing updates on everything from the Highland Games Competitions, Music, Vendors, and the ever favorite Sheep Dog Demonstrations.  See you in September!


New for 2018!

Big Stone Celtic Summer Concert Series

We are delighted to announce some advance concerts in July by two times headliner at Big Stone Celtic, Barbara Dickson. Barbara was a big hit on her previous visits and these performances by this internationally recognized ‘superstar’ of Scottish music are not to be missed!

Barbara Dickson's illustrious career has garnered international success, numerous awards, and even a Guinness World Record for best-selling female duet of all time (with Elaine Paige). With seventeen Platinum and Gold albums, she has sold more albums than any Scottish female in history. Dickson is as well-known for acting as for music, earning two Olivier Awards during her career and working with iconic composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Friday July 6 th at 7pm – Lincoln Theater, Marion VA (Celtic Clanjamphry Live series).

Saturday July 7 th at 7pm – Goodloe Center at MECC (free event with collection for Appalachian Feline Friends).

Sunday July 8 th at 3pm – Chapel of all Faiths, UVA Wise (free event with collection for Big Stone Celtic).

We are grateful to ProArt for funding the Saturday and Sunday concerts as a means to promote our festival in September.

www.proartva.org    www.thelincoln.org



A Brief History

Big Stone Celtic began in 2007 with a small half day festival in one venue (Miners Park) to test the waters and see what interest there might be for a larger event. Numbers were encouraging, so the festival expanded to a full day, using a variety of downtown venues and modeled on traditional music festivals in the Celtic Nations of Europe. More recently with the support of Pro-Art a Friday evening concert has been added to begin the move towards a full weekend event.

Big Stone Celtic encourages visitors to the downtown area with its diverse merchants. The festival is an opportunity for folk from across the region to enjoy the Celtic culture of their settler forebearers. Finally, we try to emphasize the strong links between Celtic music and that of the Appalachian Mountains.

Because most of the venues are public areas it is difficult to charge an entry fee, therefore the festival is largely a free event with most costs covered by donations from Pro-Art , local government, businesses and individuals.

In 2012 the festival became a 501c3 non-profit under the umbrella of The Folk Alliance.

What Does "Celtic" Mean?

The term Celtic is strictly speaking more to do with a shared culture rather than shared genes. The culture began in eastern or central Europe (there are competing theories on exactly where), and spread to most of the continent before eventually being pushed to the extreme western fringes. There are currently seven recognized Celtic nations - Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia and The Isle of Man. In addition Nova Scotia is aiming to be recognized as the eighth. We would contend that Appalachia has a strong case to be the ninth.

The culture is recognizable through linked language, music, food and artistic design as well as games and sports.

In our area the main connection is to the Lowland Scots and the Scotch Irish (Ulster Scots) and is exemplified in many ways including music, ballads, language and social community, not to mention a strongly independent attitude.



For regular updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BigStoneCelticDay

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We are very grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support -

  • Pro-Art
  • Quesenberry'S
  • Wise County
  • Town of Big Stone Gap
  • Freedom Chevrolet
  • South-West Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Wellmont Health System
  • Moving Forward
  • Tales of the Lonesome Pine
  • Cloverleaf Chiropractic
  • Belltone Hearing Care Center
  • Mike Dizney
  • Old Dominion Power
  • Riggs Oil
  • Big Stone Gap Lawyers
  • Gap Lumber
  • Bennett and Edwards Realty
  • and five anonymous donors