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Celtic Legacy headlines the Colorado Renaissance Festival

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Those in the know just call it "Faire" and everybody knows what they mean. If you don't, it's the Colorado Renaissance Festival, and it runs eight weekends every summer in Larkspur, near Castle Rock. The official theme is the Renaissance period in England, complete with King and Queen, period dress and food, and people talking in fake British accents. Unofficially, you'll find all sorts of fantasy and medieval characters, from faeries and fools to swordsmen, archers, dancers, and my favorite, Captain Jack Sparrowe, along with various other pirates, and once in a while even a stormtrooper or two.

The music is very entertaining, and one of the bands that has lasted the longest is Celtic Legacy, headed up by bagpiper Ben Holmes, who has been performing at this festival for 27 years now, with an array of other musicians. These days, those other musicians are mostly drummers, and it takes several of them to match the gusto of this veteran piper. One of his drummers joins him from time to time on the pipes, and some extra substance is provided by a guitar player, as the band plays traditional Celtic music, and a few specialty tunes, such as The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Tequila.

The third weekend of the eight is the Celtic weekend, and you'll find whole bagpipe bands, along with plenty of kilted gentleman and ladies in tartan garb. Celtic Legacy is outstanding every weekend, but really hits its stride on Celtic weekend. Faire runs a couple more weekends (until August 3), so get down there to see them or you'll have to wait until next year.

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