Celtic music in a Unesco town

Sliotar in Prazdniny v Telci 2018

I remember like it was yesterday when we arrived the very first time into Telc. We carefully guided our tour bus through the tight gates of the town. What lay in front of us was one of the most beautiful squares of any town we have ever seen. We were speechless. We were blown away and most of all we felt humble to be able to play in such beautiful surroundings.

But even more so, we became good friends with the Kolář family, who are the driving force behind a fantastic team of people who run the Prazdniny v Telci festival. Since then we have been back several times. It is always a big highlight of our tour.

The old town of Telc is a Unesco World Heritage site. The Town Square is breathtakingly beautiful. When you walk through the city gates, you cannot help but feel that you stepped back in time. In fact, it feels like time somehow loses its meaning. At the top of the Town Square is a beautiful and very well preserved Castle, that dates back to the 14th century. And it is in the castle courtyard where Sliotar will be performing on the 29th of July.

Sliotar Telc Uilleann PipesWhat makes this even more special show this year, apart from having our new album “Voyage” with us, is the fact that back in December Unesco recognised Uilleann Pipes as an important and unique cultural heritage symbol. And having Ray play the Uilleann Pipes in a Beautiful Moravian Unesco town is just a such a beautiful link in our books. We might geek out with this a bit.

So, on the 29th of July, make your way through the beautiful Moravian countryside into the town of Telc and together we can make this a night we all will remember for a long time. In the meantime, don’t forget to keep it Celtic!

J.P. from Sliotar