Performance by Callanish

We are happy to welcome limited audiences to our live performances in the State College Presbyterian Church (all but River Drivers). Audiences will be limited to 250 people. Instead of the traditional Festival button, we’ll be selling wristbands at the door for $10. The wristband will be good for all three days, but they won’t guarantee a seat – it’s possible for shows to sell out.


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Performance by Callanish

July 8, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Callanish, a Celtic band based in central Pennsylvania, plays Irish and Scottish music in the traditional style. Its repertoire includes lively jigs and reels, haunting airs, and rollicking songs from Ireland, Scotland, and elsewhere in the British Isles. The band regularly plays at festivals and concert series, as well as at weddings and parties.

The four women of Callanish are Patty Lambert, Betsy Gamble, Louisa Smith, and Holly Foy.  Patty Lambert plays wooden flute, whistle, and concertina. Formerly on the faculty of the Music Academy, she now teaches privately in her home. Betsy Gamble plays fiddle, viola, and pipes and is a piper in the Nittany Highland Pipe and Drum Band. Lead singer Louisa Smith is a 2009 graduate of the Penn State School of Theatre and a classically trained vocalist. She also plays bodhran, spoons, and other percussion. Holly Foy plays guitar, bouzouki, and banjo and in her spare time coordinates the Festival’s street painting presentation.

The band has performed at First Night State College, the Centre County Grange Fair, Laurelfest, and the Williamsport Community Arts Center, where the band opened for Women of Ireland. The band’s latest CD is The Hare’s Paw.

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July 8, 2021
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
814 237 3682


State College Presbyterian Church
132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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