Celtic Cultural Minute

Thursday, 8pm

A weekly feature aired during WDIY's Celtic Faire every Thursday.

The Life of the Great Poet Robbie Burns

Sep 5, 2017

The great poet Robbie Burns was born on January 25, 1759, in a small farmhouse on the wild and windy coast of Ayrshire, Scotland.  The child of self-educated tenant farmers, he spent his youth working long days on the families’ hardscrabble farms, then reading and dreaming by candlelight far into the long nights.  He would die at only 37 years old, succumbing to rheumatic fever, and leaving behind many a lass’s broken heart. 

Types of Celtic Bagpipes

Aug 31, 2017

The annual Celtic Classic & Highland Games arrive this weekend here in Bethlehem, and the stirring, whirling call of the bagpipes will echo off of the autumn hills to open and close the games. These iconic pipes have a history even older than the Games themselves.

The History of the Highland Games

Aug 31, 2017

The story of the Highland Games is a colorful story of sports, culture and community, a celebration of the heritage and history of Scotland and the Scottish Highlands.

Turlough O'Carolan: The Imfamous Harper and Composer

Aug 31, 2017

Learn about the blind harper and composer Turlough O'Carolan. During his lifetime O’Carolan became very popular, especially renowned for his compositions, lyrics, and poetry. 

Scottish Traditional Dancing

Aug 30, 2017

It’s September, and that means that Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic is only a few weeks away.  We’ll spend September learning a wee bit more about some of what you’ll find at the Festival.

Naturally, there’ll be lots of glorious music…but there’ll be dancing, as well, much of it Scottish traditional dance, in all its many forms.

100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising

Aug 15, 2017

Traveling across Ireland from East to West, the landscape shifts from wide fields and flat bogs to the smaller, rougher fields of Connemara, of Cork and Kerry, of Donegal.  Where once the boundaries had been hedgerows, ditches, and dykes, they now become dry stone walls, delicate yet strong, each one unique.  “You’d swear the hills were edged with broken granite lace”, says songwriter Dave Goulder

This month’s Celtic Cultural Minute features information about the educational resources available at this year’s Celtic Classic; running September 27th through the 29th at the Historic Industrial Quarter in downtown Bethlehem.

Last week, we shared information about the expanded area of the festival featuring educational activities and resources for people of all ages to learn more about Celtic heritage and traditions. It will be called, “Heritage Hollow.”

This month’s Celtic Cultural Minute has been featuring information about the educational activities available at this year’s Celtic Classic; running September 27th through the 29th at the Historic Industrial Quarter in downtown Bethlehem.

This next item may be of particular interest to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in our listening area.

Heritage Hollow

Sep 20, 2013

This month’s Celtic Cultural Minute features information about the educational activities available at this year’s Celtic Classic; running September 27th through the 29th at the Historic Industrial Quarter in downtown Bethlehem.

The Celtic Cultural Alliance is pleased to announce an expanded area of the festival to feature educational activities and resources for people of all ages to learn more about Celtic heritage and traditions. It will be called, “Heritage Hollow ” and will be open on Saturday from 10am-6pm, and Sunday from 11am-6pm.

Social Dancing

Sep 20, 2013

This month’s Celtic Cultural Minute will feature information about the educational activities available at this year’s Celtic Classic; running September 27th through the 29th at the Historic Industrial Quarter in downtown Bethlehem.

Social Dancing back again! This year, located at Moravian College’s Foy Hall on Saturday afternoon, after the Scottish Highland Dance Competition is over.

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