Both first-time and returning performers play the 20th annual Celtic Feis

Both first-time and returning performers play the 20th annual Celtic Feis

Bands and performers will play music from the entire spectrum of Celtic music

Music flowed through the rooms of Galway Bay on Wednesday as performers sang lilting ballads or shrill rebel music on the second day of the Celtic Music Feis.

An annual music festival celebrating Celtic music in all its diverse forms, it hosts bands that return year after year, as well as performers making their first appearance this year.

“It’s amazing. Brilliant. We love coming here,” Sean Daly said of Sean Daly and the Shams. “Meeting different people, different cultures.”

Daly and the Shams sing a wide range of songs written about the Irish people’s century-long struggle against English rule for their freedom, bouncing from singing “Foggy Dew”, a classic song about the 1916 Easter Rising, to more recent songs such as Roll of Honor, who sings about the Irish hunger strikers who died when they were illegally imprisoned during Margaret Thatcher’s government. Daly and the band recently toured with the Irish Brigade, who are famous for composing many well-known rebel songs, Daly said.

“All the other musicians are so great and so friendly,” said Kathryn Rose, a folk singer who performed during the feis for the first time. “It’s like a big old family reunion.

Also this year, other crowd favorites such as Whiskydicks and Coming up Threes, who are famous for their spirited duet of bands at the festival, will perform.

Rose said she is excited to be performing in the same lineup, or even sharing the stage, with famous names from the scene such as Rory Makem or Hank Cramer. On a Wednesday afternoon, she sat in the pub as music flowed from various stages from sea shacks to classic ballads to more modern.

“I was over the moon about the first set of the day,” Rose said, talking about the set she played with Cramer, who played all 20 iterations of the feis from the start. “That was really special.

The celebration will be joined by other bands and artists who will step up from Saturday to Sunday. Tickets are still available at the door.

Contact senior reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mllockett@thedailyworld.com.

Michael S. Lockett / The Daily World Sean Daly and the Shams play the 20th annual Celtic Music Feis at Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores on October 18.

Michael S. Lockett / The Daily World Sean Daly and the Shams play the 20th annual Celtic Music Feis at Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores on October 18.

Michael S. Lockett / The Daily World Hank Cramer, who has performed at every iteration of the music festival, plays Oct. 18 at the 20th annual Celtic Music Feis in Ocean Shores.

Michael S. Lockett / The Daily World Hank Cramer, who has performed at every iteration of the music festival, plays Oct. 18 at the 20th annual Celtic Music Feis in Ocean Shores.

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