Irish, German heritage celebrated in Carbondale this weekend |

Irish, German heritage celebrated in Carbondale this weekend

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CARBONDALE – Carbondale can’t quite decide if it’s Irish or German this weekend, as two very different celebrations of European culture come together with Friday night’s Celtic Music Festival and Saturday’s fifth annual Oktoberfest.Both events are a collaborative effort between the Carbondale Recreation Department and Steve Standiford of Steve’s Guitars.The Celtic Festival will run from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, with live music in the Irish tradition on the little stage inside Steve’s, and outside under the heated tent on Fourth Street just north of Main.

FEAST, a quartet from Grand Junction featuring Tyme and Kathryn Mientka, Suzanne Nadeau-Porter and David Alderdice, is coming up from Grand Junction. They will be playing at 7 p.m. on the outside stage, and again at 8:30 p.m. inside Steve’s.”The Mientkas both graduated from USC with masters degrees in music performance and then spent eight years in Germany performing,” according to Standiford. “Tyme plays cello and Katie plays piano, and they will lead this amazing, instrumental group through an evening of Celtic numbers.” Also performing Celtic fiddle and dance tunes will be Ann Federowicz and Robert Rosenberg at 6 and 7 p.m., Steve Skinner and Celtic Bard at 6 p.m., and Iain and Joanna Hyde at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Oktoberfest takes place on Saturday, Oct. 14, starting at 8 a.m. with a coffee, pastry and strudel wake-up. The official keg tapping takes place at 11 a.m., with music by the Alpine Echo Band, a bratwurst-eating contest at 2 p.m., and traditional polka music at 2:30 p.m. by The Tom Allen Grengs Band.Limited quantities of liter and half liter pints for $10 and $6 will be sold, with $6 and $4 refills, plus German wines, German pretzels and, of course, traditional Bavarian grilled brats and kraut.Kids can enjoy root beer on tap, face painting and the bounce castle beginning at 11 a.m.

Steve’s Guitars brings even more local music to the mix beginning at noon inside with Rich Huttenhower and Eric Gross, followed by Craig and Lorraine Curry at 1 p.m., Elizabeth Wills at 2 p.m., Jimmy Polowchena at 3 p.m., Nelson Oldham at 4 p.m., and John Michel and Michael Jude at 5 p.m.Rounding out the day will be a special concert by acclaimed Austin singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson at 8:30 p.m. at Steve’s. The concert is being produced by Mike Waters and Big Jig Productions.Gilkyson ( is recognized as one of this country’s finest contemporary folk artists, and has appeared on National Public Radio, as well as the stage of Austin City Limits.

The Boston Globe offered high praise for her latest, award-winning release, “Paradise Hotel,” calling it “Masterfully structured…”, delivering “startlingly intimate songs in a beautifully lived-in voice …” Her earlier CD, “Land of Milk and Honey,” was nominated for a 2004 Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Folk Album, but lost out to Steve Earle.There will be a short opening set performed by Robert McEntee, Gilkyson’s guitar player. Advance-sale tickets are $25 and available at Sounds Easy, 963-1303, online at or by calling Big Jig Entertainment, 925-7379.More information is available at (970) 925-7379 or via e-mail at This concert is a co-production of Big Jig Entertainment and Steve’s Guitars.

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