Our 2017 Program


 September 22, 7:00 PM at Mountain Empire Community College
September 23, all day downtown Big Stone Gap VA


New for 2017:

Big Stone Celtic Colors 5K, and Beer Garden!


Powell Valley, Big Stone Gap VA


Billy Jackson from Scotland is our headliner in concert beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday September 22, 2017 at the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College. This concert is free, thanks to the support of the Pro-Art Association.

Internationally known harper and composer William Jackson has been a major force in Scottish Music for many years. As a founding member of the band Ossian (1976-1989) he was part of the revival of traditional music in Scotland in the 70’s and 80’s, and became known as an innovative composer, using a mix of traditional and classical musicians in such acclaimed works as The Wellpark Suite (1985), A Scottish Island (1998) and Duan Albanach (2003).

Read more about Billy Jackson here.


Other performers include:

On Saturday September the 23rd all day in downtown Big Stone Gap there will be a mixture of activities including the parade, 5K run, Bike race, beer garden, music stages, workshops, demonstrations, kids' games, Highland games, sheepdogs, etc.

Music will be at Miner's Park, The Farmers' Market, Coal Museum, John Fox Jr. House, Southwest Virginia Museumand Tales of the Lonesome Pine Bookstore.  Highland Games and sheepdogs will be at Bullitt Park.  Kids' activities will be at the Library and Bullitt Park. The Celtic Kitchen will again be at BSG Presbyterian Church, which will also be the venue for an 'Open Mic.'  Vendors and demonstrators will be at the Farmers Market, Miners Park, the new Visitors Center and the adjacent sidewalks. 

Beer Garden will open at noon at Miner's Park. Only 21 and older with an ID will be permitted into the Beer Garden area. ID is required regardless of age. No alcohol can leave the Beer Garden area.


All venues are free except for nominal charges for the Celtic Kitchen ($5) and High Tea ($5) at the Fox House.
MEOC Shuttle Buses are available for transportation between venues.


BIG STONE CELTIC FESTIVAL 2017 (Subject to change)
8:30 AM
(at Bullitt Park)
Tour De Cracker's Neck Bike Race Registration
(race at 9:00 AM)
10:00 AM
(at The Farmer's Market)
11:00 AM
(Starts at the Fire Hall, opposite Farmer's Market)
PARADE -- All Welcome!  
SHAWNEE AVE., Shawnee Car Care
11:30 AM Celtic Colours 5K Sign up (race at 1:00)


11:30 AM Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums
Noon Beer Garden Opens (ID Required)
Noon  Raven & Red
1:00 PM Sigean
2:00 PM Medal Ceremony, Union French Club, Union Chorus, All an Act
3:00 PM 4 Leaf Peat
6:00 PM  Ceilidh Dance with Sigean and Friends
2-4:00 PM High Tea ($5 per person)
2:30 PM Raven & Red
3:30 PM Ron Short
12:30 PM Ron Short
 1:30 PM Jack Beck
12:30 PM  Kids Crafts
1:00 PM  Billy Jackson
1:30 PM Bagpipes Galore
2:30 PM Billy Jackson
3:30 PM Conversation with Jack Beck & John Morman
9:00 AM Tour de Crackers Neck Bike Race Starts
11:30 AM Children's Celtic Activities, and Hogwarts Express
12:30 PM Sheepdog Demonstrations All Afternoon
12:30 PM Highland Games 
2:00 PM Highland Games Adult Team Competitions
4:00 - 6:00 PM (in the kitchen/hall) Celtic Kitchen ($5 per tasting plate)



3:00 PM JAMS Kids Performance


Big Stone Celtic is grateful to Pro-Art for the sponsorship of our featured headliners.  Big Stone Celtic is a mainly free event so we are also grateful to the many organizations and individuals who have given generously to make this tribute to the connections between the town and their Celtic forebears possible.




Want to participate in our Festival?  Have an idea?  Available to volunteer at a venue?  Know anyone who does Celtic sports?  We'd love to hear from you.  This festival is a community-driven effort to increase downtown visibility and showcase the Celtic roots of Southwest Virginia's resilient and lovely people.  If you want to help with any element of this you may contact us through our website.