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Although the pop-culture industry has made many believe that “Celtic” equals “Irish,” there’s much more to the equation. In addition to Ireland, the Celtic nations and regions include Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Brittany, and Galicia—places well represented by music, dance, crafts, storytelling, and more at this weekend’s Potomac Celtic Festival. Veteran Scottish folk band the Tannahill Weavers, famed for bagpipe-guitar-bouzouki rave-ups and great close-harmony singing, and legendary balladeer Tommy Makem head up the festival’s music lineup. Also on hand will be Clandestine (pictured)—a Celtic band from, of all places, Houston. The band’s vocalist, Jennifer Hamel, brings dramatic energy to her interpretations of ballads like “The Cruel Sister” and the self-penned neo-trad number “Dunlavy’s Castle.” And New Orleans’ Poor Clares will present their own version of Celtic music made in an unlikely locale. The Clares’ Beth Patterson plays a rockin’ and reelin’ bouzouki, and bandmate Justin Murphy can hold his own against anyone on flute and whistle. The D.C. Celtic-music community will be well represented by IONA, Elke Baker, Celtic Thunder, Grace Griffith, and Lisa Moscatiello and Rosie Shipley, among others. In all, there will be more than 40 bands on six stages, and most performers will be present both days, so festivalgoers needn’t miss any favorites. Party down Celtic style from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Morven Park International Equestrian Center, Route 15 & Tutt Lane, Leesburg. $12. (800) 752-6118. (Ken Roseman)