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Ceili (pronounced “kay-lee”) is an ancient Irish word meaning a gathering of friends with music and dance. It also describes the Celtic Solstice Celebration at White Horse Black Mountain on June 21.

The band Carolina Ceili extends an invitation to all to enjoy an evening of Celtic music, dance and art to celebrate the longest day of the year. On display will be art from the students of the Roots + Wings School of Art and Design in Asheville, as well as art by local Asheville artist Sundara Fawn and Celtic jewelry by Anaistaisscia Warner.

Special guests include Connell Sanderson on bagpipes, flutes and whistles, and Cristina “Rainflower” Holt, the owner of Rainflower Hoops in Atlanta who will provide lighted hoop dancing in lieu of the traditional Celtic bonfire.

The Summer solstice is a time of celebration, of honoring the light and mankind’s connection to the sun and the earth. Every culture has festivals to honor solstice. Ancient people around the earth built numerous monuments to commemorate this time, the most well known being Stonehenge. In ancient times, solstices and equinoxes were important in guiding people to develop and maintain calendars, as well as helping to understand the seasons and weather, which would help maintain crops.

A percentage of all ticket and merchandise sales will go to benefit the Roots + Wings Student Scholarship Fund.

Carolina Ceili consists of Maggie Anderson on vocals, penny whistle and bodhran (an Irish frame drum); Laurie Fisher on vocals, penny whistle and fiddle; Darlyne Cain on vocals and guitar; and Marcos Harkness on vocals and mandolin.

Long day, short night

What: Celtic Solstice Celebration

When: 7:30 p.m. June 21

Where: White Horse Black Mountain, Black Mountain

Cost: $12 advance, $15 door

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