"Pipes in the Valley!" A Celtic music festival
featuring Scotland's wildly popular bag rockers, The Red
Hot Chilli Pipers! And have you ever savored a Scottish meat pie with HP
Sauce? Have you seen the spectacle of the massed bag pipe bands march across the Founders Bridge at noon?
Where can you marvel at the brute
strength of the Highland Games, while your kids squeal with delight in the
bouncy castles or star as a character in
their own fairytale! What treasures may be found among the Celtic vendors;
holiday shopping, anyone? Did we
mention the awesome selection of local micro brews from The Olde Burnside
Brewing Co or wet your whistle at
the McClelland's single malt Scotch tasting? There is no admission and
there is no better place to be on
September 28th! Join us at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, downtown Hartford,
from 11am-10:30 pm. Whether you're
9 or 90, there is something to please your senses, ease your mind from
life's troubles for a wee while and
enjoy the camaraderie of fine Celtic music, smiles all around and a day of your
life well spent!
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, lately featured on CPTV, are simply the band
not to be missed with their brand new CD "Breathe." The rest of the music lineup includes the
ever-charming Irish lasses of Screaming Orphans; the rowdy, rollicking Pub Crawlers; Northhampton's Dicey Riley;
and two more traditional local bands, The Jolly Beggars and The Mighty Ploughboys; Irish stepdancing, birds of
prey and so much more! www.pipesinthevalley.com
If you just can't wait for Saturday, then meet us on the plaza Friday
afternoon for the first PIV Happy
Hour! Free admission from 4-7:30pm with live music. Wind down your work
week with a cool micro brew or a
dram of Onyx Moonshine and get a wee preview of Saturday's fun! But that's
not all!! Lady Katherine Cruises
will whisk you down river for a lively Scotch Tasting with Campari America
brands, upscale buffet and a live band -
Dicey Riley. For details http://www.riverfront.org/events/pipes-in-valley-happy-hour
or call (866) 867-4837 to make
your reservation now!
Preliminary Band Schedule and Announcement of The 4th annual
The 4th annual Highlander Classic is a fusion of
strongman as well as classic highland games. This event was created back in the
80's by Dr. Douglas Edmunds of Scotland. It allowed both the Strongmen
competitors and Highland Games Athletes to showcase their strengths together in
This is the former Sheraton-Hartford on East River Drive in East Hartford and
they just finished up a 6.5 million dollar renovation, along with a change of
ownership! This hotel is just a short walk over the Founders Bridge to our venue
and we are thrilled to be back here again!
Connecticut's premiere Celtic music festival, 'Pipes In the Valley',
it's 11th year. This video features
an interview with Jason McClellan of the Olde Burnside Brewery,
who is the Festival Coordinator.
Captivating scenes from previous year's festivals are highlighted as Jason details
the festive atmosphere we strive to create every year.
Bands performing this year include Celtica, Albannach, Searson, the Jolly Beggars and the Mighty
Ploughboys. The free festival also has Highland Games, Pipe bands, vendors,
celtic foods, puppet shows and crafts for the kids and more! The event is
presented annually by the Olde Burnside Brewing Company and Riverfront
For more information visit our EVENT page.
Video by Wooing Scotsman Production.
Activities for the Kids
There is more at the Pipes in the Valley
Festival than great beers. There are plenty of great events for the kids
too. Some events include: arts and crafts, sword demonstrations, Celtic
dancing, and much more! Find out how much fun the Hartford Riverfront can
be at the Pipes in the Valley Festival.
"The McClellan Family, Sponsors and Friends of "Pipes in the Valley
2013" wish to extend their sincere condolences to the Marc Christman
family upon the loss of their devoted wife/mother/friend to all, Laine
Christman. As part of the Celtic community Laine so loved, we dedicate
this year's festival in her memory. As a tenor drummer in the
Manchester Regional Police & Fire Pipeband, this photo shows Laine
performing on stage with her favorite Scottish band, The Red Hot Chilli
Pipers, no doubt the pinnacle of her musical career. Your drum is now
silenced Laine, but your smile, your caring way, your zest for life will
long be remembered. God bless you and those your leave behind.