Get ready to flip your kilts!

Saturday, Aug. 6, 12-4 p.m. 

Rain date is Aug. 7, 12-4 p.m.

Join the Warner House during its 300th season for an afternoon of Celtic music in the garden!  The Celtic Festival celebrates the first owner of the house, Capt. Archibald Macpheadris. A Scots-Irish immigrant, Macpheadris was in Portsmouth about 1712, and he had the impressive Warner House built for him, c. 1716.  In 1709, Macpheadris joined the Scots Charitable Society in Boston, the oldest charitable society in the Western Hemisphere.  Representatives from the Society will be on hand to describe the Scottish presence in colonial New England. 

Receive a special discount for a Macpheadris-era inspired brew at Earth Eagle Brewings.  Find out more about the "Archie" brew in the Earth Eagle bloggery, click here.

Cost is $10 members and $15 non-members.  Children 12 and under are free.  Food will be available to purchase from RiRa Irish Pub.

The Warner House has received a $500 grant from NHSCOT to help with the festival.  For more on the New Hampshire Highland Games, click 

Musical acts include the following:

Joseph Mone, bagpiper

Joe Mone has been performing at celebrations throughout New England, including Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, for over 15 years. He is a current member of the N.H. Ancient Order of the Hibernians Pipers and Drum Band and traveled to Ireland to perform with them in 2010.  In 2012, Joe competed in Glasgow, Scotland, with the Colum Cille Pipers and Drums of Cape Cod to compete in the World Pipe Band Competition.  A founding member and instructor for the Newport R.I. AOH Band and the Providence R.I. Police Pipes and Drums Corps, Joe played for five years with the Brian Born Pipe Band in Falmouth, MA.

Joe resides in Rochester, NH, and is available to play the pipes at special occasions throughout New England.


John Nolan, musician

John Nolan was brought up in the Scottish Border town of Coldstream, on the banks of the Tweed, within sight of the Cheviot Hills and the battle site of Flodden Field. He has had a lifelong interest in the ballads and songs of the region, and in their historical context.

John has lived in Farmington, New Hampshire, since 1984, and was the longtime editor of the Rochester Times until his retirement in 2015. He is a member of Farmington Historical Society, a pseudo-expert on Vice-President Henry Wilson (b. Farmington, 1816), and the founder of W.O.O.O.F., Wilson Out Of Obscurity Forthwith.


Penhallow, the band

Penhallow is a local Portsmouth band that plays traditional Irish music as well as fast jigs and reels. Performers include Paul Delnero, Lloyd Allen, Tyler Buck, Jeff Murdock and Joseph Fuller.

Bob and Mary Paul, musicians

Bob and Mary Paul have been a long time part of the Celtic music scene in the Portsmouth area. They are known largely for their moving arrangements of music by the harper Turlough O’Carolan on harp and hammered dulcimer, but also draw on dance music traditions from all around the Atlantic.  As members of The Angel Band, they performed extensively around New England, as well as Ireland and Canada.  Mary currently plays with the New England Irish Harp Orchestra, while Bob is a regular at various sessions on whatever instrument he feels like toting, including octave mandolin and fiddle.

The Murray Academy of Irish Dance

The Murray Academy of Irish Dance is directed by Anne Murray MacRitchie, TCRG and has been bringing the tradition of Irish Step Dancing to the Seacoast for the past five years. Two of their dancers recently took 2nd and 5th place in a national competition.  For more information on the Murray Academy, click here.


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