Cowboy Celtic

  • Date(s):  March 09, 2013
  • Time:  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Concert series sponsored by

Concert is included with general museum admission

David Wilkie, the founder of Cowboy Celtic, has been tracking down the roots of cowboy music all the way to the Celtic isles for more than a decade. As Wilkie has discovered, the cattle industry has been going on in Scotland and Ireland for hundreds of years, and cattlemen from Ireland and Scotland brought their culture and musical traditions with them when they moved to North America.

The music of Cowboy Celtic demonstrates that those traditions live on in the cowboy songs of today. This connection between cowboy and Celtic is neither forced nor vague. Rather, it is very natural and direct. The stories of love and loneliness, lawbreakers and lynchings, all reflect the very real world of both the old west and the rural Britons. The connection is in the stories and it is unmistakably in the music. Whether in the traditional songs or old tunes with new lyrics, or in Wilkie's original material, when you hear it, you get that startling recognition that it has always been there.

Cowboy Celtic, centered in Turner Valley, Alberta, includes David Wilkie on mandolin and vocals, Denise Withnell on guitar and vocals, Keri Lynn Zwicker on harp and vocals, and Joseph Hertz on fiddle. Their second CD, “Cowboy Ceilidh,” won the Oklahoma City National Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Music Album in 1999. They were the first Canadians to ever win this award.

“This is more than music. It’s theatre and imagery and history and storytelling and more, all wrapped up in sagebrush and tartan.”

Cowboy Celtic will perform two 45 minute sets separated by an intermission. Concert is included with general museum admission.


  1. 2 Lisa 11 Mar
    Neil, 5 shows to go, UNBELIEVABLE!!!! I guess the old saying is true, time flies when your hnviag fun . I wanted to take a minute to thank you for being such a great guy. You are very talented musician and each and every one of Celtic Thunder fans adore you. I have been following CT since the beginning and I can honestly say you guys keep getting better and better. AMERICA LOVES YOU GUYS and LOVES YOU!!!!!!!! Thank you for taking the time to stop, take pictures and sign autographs in Atlanta. It was a pleasure!!!!! Thank you for accepting the challenges of all that you mentioned above, you did them beautifully. Neil, I believe that you are one of those people that were born to perform. We can all tell that music is in your blood and that you love doing what you do . It shows. Good luck with your Irish tour!!! Wish I had the time to jump on a plane and visit. Hope you enjoy your cup(s) of tea in your own home. Neil, hope you truly enjoy getting re-acquainted with your family and friends. Merry Christmas to you and yours.Please tell your parents that they did a wonderful job raising you and that America has fallen for Neil Byrne!!!! God bless you and your family. Have a happy, healthy and wealthy 2011!!! Shine on! Rhonda
  2. 1 Stan 07 May
    Why does the guitar have the two holes where they are ?
    Is it purely acoustic reasons ?


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