The Barbados Celtic Festival is a music festival celebrating the links between the Celtic Countries of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Nova Scotia, the Gallic regions in Europe and the sunny Caribbean island of Barbados – folk music and flavours of food fused between all the countries.
It all began in the 1990s when Welsh woman Ruth Williams brought her fathers Male Voice Choir over from Wales to perform in the Frank Collymore Hall. Since then many well kent faces from all the Celtic areas of the world - Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, and Canada's Nova Scotia have travelled to Barbados to take part and to enjoy Celtic music and activities on the last weekend in May every year.
Carol Anderson from Edinburgh Scotland took over in 2011 and brought in the iconic folk musician Eddi Reader and her band to perform. Its a rich cultural exchange of music and food between the wonderful Bajans with their rich Celtic history, and the current music from around the world.
This music festival has enjoyed performances from FARA, Eddi Reader, Alan Kelly Gang, Peatbog Faeries, Sandra Macbeth, Martyn Graves, Hamish Moore, Jock the Box, Duncan Mackinnon, Big Rory and Ochie, Seudan, The Mackenzie Brothers, Jeana Leslie, Siobhan Miller, Heidi Talbot, John McCusker to name a few.
We are back for another festival on the last weekend in May 2020. Put the dates in your diaries!
Sandra MacBeth and Eddi Reader perform Live at the 2016 Festival