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THUNDER BAY, ON  -------  March 26, 2013 ---  Concerts and camping under the stars plus a healthy sampling of Celtic Fair Festival Under the Starseverything Celtic highlight the Celtic Fair July 19th to 21st at Fort William Historical Park.

Main stage entertainment features an exciting music mix with decidedly international flavour while the heritage site will have plenty of everything Celtic from food and beverages to mementoes on sale to pipe bands and even a wee bit of jousting.

Festivities kick off Friday night, July 19th with the popular Irish Rovers.  Known for their syndicated television series and string of hits including “The Unicorn,” and “Wasn’t That a Party,” they have become international ambassadors of Irish music.  Natives of Ireland, the group formed in Canada in 1963, and have been performing together for close to 50 years.

Adding some rocking zest is Celtica, featuring their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums, and high energy rock highlighted by fire juggling and flame-throwing guitars. They cover the classics in their own unique style, combining the likes of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water" with the traditional, “Scotland the Brave.”  A truly international group, band members hail from as far afield as Austria, Scotland, and the USA.

Adding some regional Franco-Ontarian flavour is well-known local performer, Pierre Schreyer.  One of Canada's leading Pipe Band traditional fiddlers, Pierre is a fiddle champion, JUNO and Canadian Folk Music nominee as well as the creator of the Canadian Celtic celebration.

Saturday evening, July 20th features four-time Grammy winner, Pat Benatar.  A multiple Platinum and Gold seller, Pat has had 14 Top 40 singles, including the 80s classics, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” as well as “Love is a Battlefield.”  Pat is in high demand on the classic rock circuit, having recently toured with Loverboy and Journey in 2012.  Pat shares the stage with her husband, accomplished guitarist and producer, Neil Girardo.

Also lighting up the stage is six-time Juno winner Colin James. During his 25-year career, the versatile performer has demonstrated virtuosity with a variety of music genres, including blues, rock, pop, and swing.  The multi-platinum album seller has performed with music legends including Bonnie Raitt, Lenny Kravitz, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Mick Fleetwood, and The Chieftains.

Representing the “British Invasion” for the evening is Sweet. Known for hits including “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox on the Run,” the four-member group will rekindle the ‘glam rock’ period of the early 70s.               

More local talent is on hand with Flamenco Caravan.  Formed in 1999, Flamenco Caravan blends influences ranging from flamenco, jazz, and rock to elements of Latin, sacred and folk music.  Led by flamenco guitarist Esteban Figueroa, the group has opened for music notables including Colin James, Jeff Healey, and Paul Shaffer.

For something truly different, the southern Ontario-based Knights of Valor will put on displays of full contact period jousting on the heritage site. Shane Adams, host of the History Channel’s “Full Metal Jousting,” will be on hand to chat with visitors.

Tasty Celtic cuisine and beverages will be available.  The Fair also features local pipe bands, Celtic musicians, jugglers and magicians, Celtic vendors, Highland games, and plenty of activities for the kids. 

Patrons can take advantage of the Celtic Fair’s unique “concert and camping” all-inclusive combination packages.  RV weekend camp site rates are: $70 with power, $50 without power. Full weekend admission passes are: $60 adults, seniors, students; $30 youths age 6-12; free, kids age 5 and under.

All-inclusive admission package: $60, adults, seniors, students; $30 youths age 6-12.; free kids age 5 and under.                                                    

Daily admission to the Celtic Fair:  $15 adults, seniors, students; $7.50 youths age 6 to 12, and free for kids age 5 and under.

Evening concert admission, Friday: $15 adults, seniors, students; $7.50 youths age 6 to 12 and free children age 5 and under.

Evening concert admission Saturday July 20, in advance:  $30 adults, seniors, students; $15 youths age 6-12, at the gate, $40 adults, seniors, students, and $20 youths age 6-12.

Tickets will be on sale Tuesday, March 26th.  Call 473-2344 for information.

The 2013 Celtic Fair promises to be one of the largest expositions of Celtic culture ever staged in Northern Ontario.  Mark your calendars for the Celtic Fair July 19th – 21st at Fort William Historical


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