As part of the ongoing winter-themed musical events, Timberline Four Seasons Resort will feature Celtic music Saturday at 6 p.m. This is in keeping with the resort's spotlight on the vast musical heritage of this portion of West Virginia.
The public is invited and there will be no charge for any of the performances.
Even though the Celts as an individual race are long gone, Celtic culture and music is increasing in popularity nationally as well as regionally, a resort spokesperson said. The connection between Irish and Scottish music is expressed in Celtic-style music, and there is an obvious influence of these earlier musical styles on the music now being now performed in the Appalachian Mountains of this area.
Traditional Celtic music originated in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Galicia and more recently in the United States and the maritime provinces of Canada. The close association of Celtic and current country and mountain music is exemplified in performances by West Virginia's Grammy Award-winning country music star Kathy Mattea, who has emerged as a critically acclaimed artist in the ethnic music of her West Virginia roots: folk, Celtic and bluegrass.
The Celtic performance will feature traditional Irish and Scottish music on Irish fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals. Live interactive late-night entertainment by Sunshine Rivers will be blues, contemporary rock and country and karaoke.
Artists appearing at this year's performance include Pete Tenney, formerly of Hickory Wind, a group which has toured worldwide. Tenney served as multi-instrumentalist for this group. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Blair Stevens will appear with Tenney performing traditional Celtic/Irish and original sounds.
For hotel reservations, call 800-SNOWING or visit www.timberline.com.
For vacation home or condominiums rental, call 304-866-2127 or visit www.t4sr.com.