Broome County Celtic Music Fest comes to Chenango Bridge this weekend


Get out your kilt and grab a lawn chair for a demonstration of the pageantry of pipe bands this weekend.

McGirk’s Irish Pub in Chenango Bridge is hosting the second annual Broome County Celtic Music Fest on Saturday.

BC Celtic Pipes and Drums and four bands from outside of our area will perform on the first fairway of the neighboring Chenango Commons golf course.

Each band will present its highly choreographed pieces individually, and then all five will perform a final piece together.

McGirk’s owner and BC Celtic piper Tim Ward says it wasn’t difficult convincing the other bands to join them.

“That’s got a lot to do with our band I believe.  We just got back from playing the Ceres Highland Games in Scotland where we had a noted celebrity actually walk over to us, Gordon Ramsey, he was one of the judges at the games, he came over and said, ‘This is quite possibly one of the best pipe bands I’ve ever heard.,” said Ward.

Band members even had their photo taken with Ramsey.

Saturday’s event begins at 11 a.m. with live traditional Irish music.

Then, following the national anthem at noon, the bands will take turns performing on the fairway.

Once the exhibition is over, there will be seven live Celtic bands in the Chenango Commons party tent along with food and drink.

The evening concludes with Old Friends performing inside McGirk’s.

Tickets are $10 dollars and can be purchased at

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