Friday, July 21, 2006

Artpark’s Annual Celtic Festival

“Tuesday in the Park” Sham-Rocks on August 1!Artpark’s Annual Celtic Festival Features World-Famous Bands!
(Lewiston, NY) Two of the world’s most internationally-popular Celtic-rock bands, Gaelic Storm and Enter The Haggis, co-headline Artpark’s annual Celtic Festival, slated as the August 1 installment of the “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park” free outdoor concert series. The show begins at 6:30pm.Gaelic Storm, founded on St. Patrick’s Day 1996, was catapulted out of their formative pub haunts by an appearance as the “party band” in the blockbuster film Titanic. Now playing over 125 dates a year, Gaelic Storm routinely breaks festival attendance records, including the largest Celtic Festival in the world (Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France). In addition, they are a fixture in the Top 10 of Billboard’s World Music Charts and the subject of a mini-documentary that airs regularly on Cinemax.

A Toronto-based outfit that began recording in 1996, Enter The Haggis has built an international touring and recording career based largely on high-energy performances. ETH, as their fans (affectionately titled “Haggis Heads”) refer to them, is led by Craig Downie, the band’s Scottish-born bagpiper, who was a member of the award-winning General Motors Pipe Band by age 12. Over the past year, Enter The Haggis has filmed a TV spot on A&E Breakfast With The Arts, performed on the popular PBS program Out Of Ireland (which aired on 260 channels nationwide), and launched their current intercontinental tour which began in Europe in March.

Intermission will include a performance by Grand Island’s McCarthy School of Irish Dance.Every Tuesday evening event includes a plethora of hands-on art activities for children, which are sponsored by the New York Power Authority.The “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park at Artpark” concert series is also sponsored by Certo Brothers, Sevenson Environmental Services, Modern Corporation and Tim Horton’s.

For more information on Artpark’s 2006 lineup, contact the Box Office at 716-754-4375 or visit

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