The Entertainment Director is pleased to announce the selection of the National and Featured performers. Details may be found from the menu to the right.
In addition we now have the details of the Ragamuffin Road performers.
Dance performers will be announced shortly.
We have been thinking long and hard about what names to give our four stages. We wanted to be truly Celtic, and include as many of the six or seven (depending on how you count them) nations as we could.
In the Will Rogers Auditorium is the Éire Stage. Éire is the Irish name for the entire island of Ireland. The modern Irish Éire evolved from the Old Irish word Ériu, which was the name of a Gaelic goddess. Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron goddess of Ireland, a goddess of sovereignty, or simply a goddess of the land. The Éire stage is represented by the flag of Leinster which was also used from the 17th century until 1922 as an unofficial flag of Ireland. It is sometimes referred to as the flag if the Irish Americans.
The stage at the far end of the Will Rogers Coliseum is the Alba Stage. Alba is the Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland The term first appears in the writings of Ptolemy and later as Albion in Latin documents. By the ninth or tenth centuries, it came to be used in the form of Alba by Gaelic speakers as the name given to the kingdoms of the Picts north of the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. The Alba stage is represented by the national Flag of Scotland, also known as the St Andrew's Cross or The Saltire.
The stage at the east end of the plaza is the Kernow Stage. Kernow is the ancient Gaelic name for Cornwall, geographically located at the extreme south-west peninsula of Britain. The somewhat rugged terrain, plus the inhospitable Dartmoor in the neighboring county of Devon, stopped the westward movement of the Roman Armies. Tintagel on the northern Cornish coast, is also the home of the legendary (as some people think) King Arthur. The Kernow stage is represented by the flag of St Piran used by the people of Cornwall as a symbol of identity.
The stage within Ragamuffin Road is the Vannin Stage. Ellan Vannin is the Manx name for the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown Dependency, located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. Technically not part of Great Britain, it has it's own, and oldest continuously operating parliamentary system. The Isle of Man is birthplace to the Gibb brothers - the Bee Gees. The Vannin stage is represented by the flag of the Isle of Man showing a triskelion, composed of three armored legs with golden spurs, upon a red background. The three legs are known in the Manx language as the tre cassyn, "the three legs".