2015 Pipes in the Valley
Saturday, September 26th 2015
14th Annual “Pipes in the Valley” Celtic Music Festival
New and improved format!
The 14th Annual “Pipes in the Valley” Celtic Music Festival transports you to another world on Saturday, September 26th, 11am-10:30pm at Mortensen’s Riverfront Plaza located at 300 Columbus Blvd in downtown Hartford. THE SCIENCE CENTER GARAGE IS CLOSED ON 9/26; PLEASE USE OTHER AREA GARAGES OR THE CONVENTION CENTER (RATE: $9; MENTION PIV). [Photography by Andy Hart.]
Look for a lot of changes this year to our programming format and logistics: most children’s activities will be found on the “Upper Plaza,” while the remaining activities, including all food and merchandise vendors, will be relocated to the Lower Plaza and Riverwalk area.
Bands performing this year include the ever-popular Scottish pipe & drum group, Albannach; Barleyjuice, one of our favorite Celtic traditional/pop/rock bands out of Philadelphia returns; the Celtic kick-ass Northhampton band, Dicey Riley, is in the house; making its PIV debut, Three Pints Shy is a fun, frenetic NY band fond of Irish ballads and drinking songs; also new to the PIV stage, Dublin native, John Byrne and company exudes the true Irish spirit of music, mirth and tradition.
We had so much fun with “Kilted Colin” last year that we had to ask him back before he even left! Don’t miss his antics or the chance to be “part of the show!” Kids and parents alike will once again enjoy actually participating as “actors” in Middle-earth’s charming and creative story-telling experience and puppet theatre.
What’s in a name?! Curious as to who might shake out of your family tree?! Begin your ancestral search with our onsite genealogist, Sierra Dixon, of the CT Historical Society. Free guidance and helpful resources set you on your path of discovery!
The 6th annual Highland Classic is a fusion of strongman and the classic highland games. This popular event was created back in the 80’s by Dr. Douglas Edmunds of Scotland. It allows both the Strongmen competitors and Highland Games athletes to showcase their strengths together in one event. (See link below for more info or to sign up for this awesome event!)
“Pipes in the Valley” is brought to you by the Olde Burnside Brewing Co., of East Hartford, in partnership with Riverfront Recapture. Admission is free and fun for anyone of any age! The massed bag pipe bands will cross the bridge at noon, as is our tradition. The “Games” begin at 9am on the lower level by the river and you’re free to get there early for that. These are just some of the day’s highlights with many free activities for the kids and so much more!