Celtic musicians set to perform at Bushy Run Battlefield

October 3, 2018

Bushy Run Battlefield will host an Oct. 17 performance by the musical group Celtic Ceol. Here, re-enactors are seen in 2014 at the 255th anniversary of the battle at the Penn Township historical site.

“Celtic Ceol: A Musical Journey” is the name of a History Speaks Series program set for 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Bushy Run Battlefield, off Route 993 in Penn Township.

The fourth installment of the new series, sponsored by Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society, will feature a performance of 17th- and 18th-century Celtic music. Celtic Ceol founder Brenda Walker also will discuss the history and background of the featured music.

Walker formed the group three years ago with musicians who played together at various area churches and were interested in playing Celtic music, according to a release. Today, Celtic Ceol plays various venues in Western Pennsylvania while wearing authentic period clothing.

“After watching Celtic Ceol perform for the Murrysville Historical Society, I knew they would be a superb choice for our speaker series” says Maxine Ruble, volunteer and co-chair of the heritage society’s education committee. “This program is sure to delight lovers of music, history and period re-enactment.”

In addition to Walker, who plays the Irish whistle, the ensemble includes Tom Lighthall on guitar, Ruth Poscich on lap dulcimer, Nancy Podey on fiddle and Larry Podey on hammered dulcimer and banjo. Poscich and Lighthall also play the bodhran, a Celtic drum.

Reservations are recommended for the program, which will conclude with light refreshments. A ticket is $8 in advance, or $10 at the door.

For tickets, call 724-527-5583 or email secretary@bushyrunbattlefield.com.

For more information on the History Speaks Series, visit bushyrunbattlefield.com.

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