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Celtic Fling
Kick-Off Concert

June 23 • Gates Open at 4PM

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The 19th annual Celtic Fling and Highland Games at Mount Hope kicks off on June 23 at 4:00PM with the Celtic Kick-Off Concert—featuring some of our favorite performers! Bring your appetite and enjoy delicious food and refreshing ales while listening to the live music!


Celtic Kick-Off Concert tickets are now available in the Mount Hope Virtual Box Office! Save the most by purchasing your tickets in advance—$23.95 Online ($26.95 At Gate)! Please Note: Children's tickets (Ages 5 to 11) are $10.95 at the gate and online. Children 4 and under are free.


4:00PM - Gates Open, Food & Drink Service Begins
4:30-5:15PM - Searson
5:45-6:30PM - Burning Bridget Cleary
7:00-8:00PM - The Town Pants
8:30PM-10:00PM - The StepCrew
*Note: Tutberry's Tuber Tavern, Scappi's Brick Hearth and The Prime Cut close at 8:30PM. Bosun Pete's and the Rusty Scupper close at 9:00PM. Last call for beer, wine and cider at the Anchor & Mermaid Wharf is 9:45PM. For more information on menus, please visit the Featured Food page.

Featured Performers

The StepCrew

The StepCrew, an unbelievable new show which brings together three styles of exhilarating dance forms – Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and Tap. With virtuosic dancers and musicians from the likes of The Chieftains, Cherish The Ladies, and Bowfire, this cast of outstanding talent takes you on a dance journey as champions in their respective art forms show audiences the amazing similarities and differences between these three captivating styles. As if dancing weren’t enough, The StepCrew boasts three world-class fiddlers backed by an amazing five-piece ensemble comprised of some of the most talented and respected musicians in the Celtic music scene today.

Visit StepCrew.com for more!

The Town Pants
The Town Pants

With a decade’s worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. And while The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, but The Town Pants are determined to change that.

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Burning Bridget Cleary
Burning Bridget Cleary

Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits. Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. She's joined by fiddler and vocalist, Amy Beshara, from the NYC Scottish music scene. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. Their latest CD, “These Are the Days,” was one of the most played albums on the 2016 Folk-DJ Charts. Says Jack Baker of The Irish American News, "This is trad music at its best; alive, vibrant and lyrical. Don't miss seeing this band."

Visit BurningBridgetCleary.com for more!


For over a decade now, Searson has toured the world with their unique blend of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and intricate step dancing. At the core of Searson, are Colleen and Erin Searson, two sisters who hail from Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada. Their spirited live shows feature sibling vocal harmonies, and both sisters "pounding the boards" with Ottawa Valley step dancing. Rounding out the band are top-notch Canadian musicians Danno O'Shea - performing and composing for over 17 years on drums and percussion with a jazz degree from Humber College - and bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier, who has studied at Humber College and Capilano University, gradually gravitating towards roots music. Together, this talented quartet performs sets that feature their original style of "Canadian Celtic Pop" which includes a mix of traditional and original instrumental and vocal selections.

Visit SearsonBand.com for more!