Parkersburg to host Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival

Photo Provided Mad Maudlin, with Glenn Mackie on bagpipes, Carter Jastram on guitar, John Garcia on fiddle and Tim O’Neill on percussion will be among the entertainment at this year’s Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival in Parkersburg.

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley’s Celtic Heritage will be highlighted April 20 during the 2019 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival at the City Park Pavilion in Parkersburg.

The 14th annual festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with admission of $5 per person, with children ages 12 and under free.

This year’s festival will offer entertainment, crafters demonstrating weaving, spinning, tatting and other artisan skills, children’s games and activities including a Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt and local cartoonist J.D. Williamson will be on hand with stories and fun.

Melinda Crawford, director of the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., will perform at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the festival.

Crawford conducts workshops in Scottish fiddling all over the U.S. She is an associate professor of music at Westminster where she directs the Scottish string ensemble, orchestra, and teaches violin, viola and Scottish fiddling. She received her doctorate in music education from Ohio State University.

Photo Provided Celtic Rush will perform during the 2019 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival on April 20 at City Park in Parkersburg.

Celtic Rush is a traditional Irish band with a non-traditional twist performing throughout northeast Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The group performs with a variety of instruments including fiddle, guitars, tin whistle, upright bass, mandolin, and Irish drum (bodhran). Their music repertoire includes Irish and Scottish jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes and polkas, sometimes even adding some unexpected non-traditional favorites. Celtic Rush will take to the stage at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on April 20.

Mad Maudlin, on stage at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., is a traditional Celtic folk band that leans a bit to the Scottish side playing upbeat songs and tender ballads, accompanied by guitar, fiddle, whistle, button box accordion, bodhran, and Scottish Border pipes. The band has sets that include traditional and modern Celtic and original music.

The West Virginia Highland Dancers will be entertaining festival-goers with performances of traditional Scottish and Irish dancing at 1;30 p.m.

Another event at the festival is the popular Bonnie Knees competition for all ages. There will also be genealogy help for those searching for their Celtic roots; Scottish Clan exhibitors, and local history displays. There will be a Henderson Hall display, with copies of the only book ever published about the local Henderson family and their ancestors available for sale and the author, Pamela Douglas Brust, will be on hand to sign copies. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Henderson Hall.

Members of the local Civil War re-enactors group Carlin’s Battery D will participate, as will vendors selling Celtic wares including Athens resident Kelly Lawrence, of Green Mantle Studio, who will have her artwork depicting ancient Celtic culture and mythology.

Photo Provided Melinda Crawford, who has performed on stages throughout the U.S. and Scotland, will be playing her fiddle during the festival.

Heather Cooper, of Hawthorne, will be on hand, and the St. Andrew Pipes and Drums, based in Parkersburg, will play during opening ceremonies.

Hotdog Willy will be at the festival with food and drinks. Raffle prizes this year include a Scottish Dirk and Scottish flag.

For more information go to the festival website at; the Facebook Page or email