Saturday, October 18, 2014


The Celtaire Band has played for 20 years at the Texas Renaissance Festival as well as other historical gatherings and events. Mel Peters, plays fiddle, guitar, pennywhistle, jaw harp, vocals (day job: Design Engineer), Mark Shafer, plays mandolin, guitar, vocals (day job: ISD Technology Manager), Mary Shafer, plays guitar, vocals (retired Educator), Betty Peters, plays percussion: Bass Box, tambourine, Wash-tub Bass, spoons & the very popular Limberjack (day job: Oil & Gas Sr. Corporate Accountant,)

Their music focus is straight out of the 1830-1860s.  And of course they dress in the period clothing of that era.  They have performed at some very notable events:  Dickens on The Strand-Galveston, The Alamo, Bandera Cowboy Celebration, Old Town Spring events, Jesse Jones Historical Park bi-annual events, San Jacinto, Liendo Plantation –Civil War Weekend, Varner-Hogg Plantation, Huntsville Folk Festival, King William Fair, Washington on the Brazos, Winedale Christmas-Round Top, many Old-English Contra Dances and Old Fashioned Galas, and often at George Ranch Historical Park.  They pride themselves in involving the audience, such as playing on tambourines and the wash-tub bass. The ones that perform get a little "Player of the Day" certificate to take home with them....after all they did get to play with the Band!

Families and kiddos LOVE to watch their Limber jack dance.  It's a replica from a 1790s wooden toy that is manipulated to dance on a wooden board, to the beat of their live music.  The kids are especially amazed that a wooden toy can dance and twirl around...with no electricity or batteries. Remember folks, kids get in free so bring yours or your grandchildren for a fun evening for the whole family.
The Celtaire Band, ( is passionate about keeping these Living History programs alive.  Come take a trip back in time with this re-enactor band that truly has a desire to keep our history alive...for this and future generations.
Bring a covered dish and $15 per person (kids are free) to enjoy Wharton’s most unique dining/live music entertainment. See for more details and directions.

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