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Medieval Feast 2015

The year is 845 AD. Kenneth McAlpin (Cináed mac Ailpín) has joined the Picts and Gaelic Dal Riata into a Gaelic kingdom with strong Norse connections. While the Vikings are still raiding along the eastern and southern coasts of the island into what is now England, they are beginning to settle and intermarry with the Gaels of the Western Isles and Highlands. Our mythical kingdom in the Islands of Dal Riata is equal parts newly Christian, brought from Ireland by St Columba, old Druid, and Viking Norse, with the customs of each belief system very much in evidence. As our court gathers to celebrate their midwinter feast, each of these cultures will be integral to the evening. The mists of legend swirl around the period as the old ways and the new ways collide.

Enjoy a little history with a side dish of humor. Shake off the snow and wintry doldrums and wear your favorite Medieval period finery (plain clothing allowed, too, if you must). Be prepared to enjoy numerous dishes prepared using traditional ingredients of the period. Bring your finest period dining utensils, plates, mugs, goblets and napkins, candles (column styles stand easily on the table – if you bring tapers, bring candleholders, as well.) Place settings can be provided, if necessary.

Special guest entertainers – the COSMIC Symphony Flute Choir. Traditional Dancing after dinner. For additional information please email president@cssm.org. Advance tickets only, are available now. Tickets are $25, additional online fees apply.


Carlos Núñez Band

Spring/Summer Concert

The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland in partnership with St. Mary’s Ryken SOFIA Club, presences Carlos Núñez in concert, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Romuald Hall Auditorium at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, 2600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown, MD. Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, the Celtic region in the North West of Spain. He is considered one of the biggest artists in the international World / Celtic Music scene, having the quality of a classical music virtuoso and the charisma of a rock star. Carlos has expanded the borders of Celtic music to Flamenco, Fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian or Classical music, Movie Soundtracks, Contemporary Dance… As he describes it, he plays Celtic music with Latin passion.

SONY MUSIC (formerly BMG) have released his 10 albums to date that have sold 1 million copies since his debut in 1996 accumulating several Platinum and Gold CDs and DVDs, as well as 2 Latin Grammy nominations. The album Santiago, for which he became honorary member of The Chieftains, was awarded a Grammy in 1997. Carlos Núñez now prepares his return to the US, where he performed hundreds of shows in the early 90s, either with The Chieftains, or with his own band. Since his last US release and tour over 10 years ago, he has concentrated in Europe, Latin America and Japan, territories in which he is considered on the top of his genre, performing an average of 100 dates per year.

Fall 2012 marked the release of Discover, his a greatest-hits, double CD collection on SONY MASTERWORKS, and includes some of his collaborations with artists like The Chieftains, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, and many more. Its’ popularity brought Carlos’s long-awaited return to North America. Major touring ensued Fall 2012 and again summer 2013 with new band line-up featuring his brother Xurxo on percussion, Pancho Alvarez on Brazilian viola, and fiddler/step-dancer Jon Pilatzke, whom he met while with The Chieftains.

Núñez and company returned to 30 North American cities in February and March 2014 with a new album, “Inter-Celtic”, that features music and artists from the different Celtic countries, such as The Chieftains or Altan from Ireland, Alan Stivell from Brittany, or Scottish pipers, but also Ry Cooder.

Come out for a once in a lifetime experience in southern Maryland with Carlos Núñez in concert at 7:30pm. Tickets $30 at the door; advance sale discounts are available online here. Carlos Núñez and his band were presented in Southern Maryland to a sellout crowd last year, so don’t delay – buy your tickets today! For more information regarding Carlos Núñez and his music, go to www.carlosnunez.com.

This event is sponsored in part by somdnews.com, Café des Artistes, and other private donors.


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The Celtic Society of Southern Maryland Welcomes you in the languages of the seven Celtic Nations:

Benvidas (Galician (Galicia/Asturias, Spain) for “Welcome” [to men and women])

Ceud Mile Failte (Scots Gaelic for “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”)

Céad Mile Fáilte (Irish Gaelic for “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes”)

Croeso (Welsh (Wales) for “Welcome”)

Digemer Mad (Breton (Brittany, France) for “Welcome”)

Dynnargh Dhis (Cornish (Cornwall) for “Welcome”)

Failt Erriu – (Manx (Isle of Man) for “Welcome”)

Our mission is to educate the general public through our celebrations and coordinating service, the Highland Games and Celtic Festival, music, dance, dress, heraldry, genealogy, and history as we celebrate the cultural heritage of the seven Celtic Nations: Ireland; Scotland; Wales; Isle of Man; Brittany; Cornwall; and Galicia/Asturias.

Thank you for visiting our website and supporting our events. We look forward to seeing you throughout the years as we share together the many aspects of this great culture.

Slainte!