Reserve June 24, 25, & 26 for the
12th Annual Malad Valley Welsh Festival

 

Malad Valley residents invite everyone to the Malad Valley Welsh Festival to celebrate the rich Welsh heritage that has contributed to the quality of life in the settlement of this beautiful valley.

Welsh pioneers were the first to settle in the Malad Valley in the 1860s. One of their many Welsh traditions was an annual cultural arts event called an eisteddfod, with roots going back 900 years.

Eisteddfod was celebrated locally for many years until World War 1. In 2005, after a 90 year break, this annual cultural event, now called the Malad Valley Welsh Festival, once again became a reality.

Today, Malad Valley, Idaho, has the largest per-capita concentration of people of Welsh ancestry outside the country of Wales itself. For that reason, many residents of the Valley enjoy reestablishing their Welsh roots.

Enjoy Friday & Saturday:

  • Welsh culture/history presentations and displays
  • Choral, youth, and piano duet concerts
  • Malad pioneer family displays
  • Community breakfast and lunch
  • Food and home craft booths
  • Wagon rides along historic routes
  • Quilt show
  • Heritage games
  • Celtic musicians and dancers
  • British Isles Missionary Reunion
  • Photo Exhibit

Enjoy Sunday:

  • Fireside Concert (at LDS Stake Center)
    • Concert by internationally known musicians Dr. James Drake (organist) and Dr. Cathryn Clayton (harpist)

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We've extended application deadlines so you can still get into the festival. However, the sooner you get your application in, the better. Thank you!

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Malad’s Welsh History

Malad began largely as a Welsh Mormon settlement whose settlers brought their Welsh traditions with them.

Old Timey Malad

In addition to the Mormon majority, some of the leading families in the community belonged to either the Presbyterian Church or the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. These two denominations each built a place of worship in the town. Some of the minutes from early town . . .

Musicians

2016 Malad Valley Welsh Festival Bands

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Music Schedule
Who Plays When

FRIDAY: 10:00 – 10:30 Louisa’s Legacy 10:45 – 11:15 Valerie Finnigan 11:30 – 12:00 Louisa’s Legacy 12:15 – 12:45 Valerie Finnigan 1:00 – 1:30 Louisa’s Legacy 1:45 – 2:15 Valerie Finnigan SATURDAY: 10:00 – 10:30 Louisa’s Legacy 10:45 – 11:15 Runestone 11:30 – 12:00 Chad Jensen 12:15 – 1:15 Idlewild . . .

Music Schedule
Idlewild
Idlewild

Idlewild plays traditional music from Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Europe and America. Idlewild presents many kinds of music, including haunting harp airs, songs of long ago, and rousing dance tunes, interwoven with bits of history, culture and language. Idlewild performs as a duo on up to five piece ensembles that can include dancers, . . .

Idlewild
Rune Stone
Rune Stone

Rune Stone is an ensemble playing a wide variety of Celtic music, specializing in Irish tunes and songs. They also host jam sessions in Pocatello for other musicians who want to join the fun. Band Members: Evelyn Hitchcock – Accordion Karen Bechtel – Cello Suzanne Friend – Whistle, drum, vocals, . . .

Rune Stone
Valerie Finnigan
Valerie Finnigan

Valerie Finnigan had been making noise with her voice and whatever she could get her hands on ever since she was a baby, teaching herself whatever instrument struck her fancy if lessons weren’t available. She is pleased to bring her voice and harp to her first Malad Welsh Festival.

Valerie Finnigan
Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

  Chad describes his playing as “instrumental acoustic ambiance music.” He plays Celtic music as well as folk, ragtime, blues, and Appalachian tunes on the guitar, banjo, and ukulele.

Chad Jensen
Louisa’s Legacy
Louisa’s Legacy

Louisa’s Legacy is a family ensemble, formed specifically to perform at the Welsh Festival. It is named for an ancestor born in Wales and her daughter, also named Louisa. Half the players live in Provo, Utah and half in Idaho Falls, which makes rehearsing an interesting challenge. Players include: Band . . .

Louisa’s Legacy

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General Festival Chair — Jean Thomas 208-766-5361

Treasurer — Lisa Baker 208-766-4125

Fund Raising — Jean Thomas 208-766-5361 — Dotty Evanson 208-766-4918

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Thanks to all of our volunteers who make this event special!

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