When the University of Hartford was incorporated just over 50 years ago by business and community leaders, they envisioned a center of education and culture for Greater Hartford. At its core, it would be a university for the community created by the community.
The University has come a long way since its humble beginnings on Hartford’s last remaining farm, evolving from a local school for commuters into a comprehensive university that attracts students from throughout the world. Yet it remains true to its original mission of serving as a valued resource for individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout the Hartford region, offering hundreds of programs that serve the University and its neighbors every day. For close to 45 years listener supported WWUH has served an important role in the University's community service mission.
Steve Dieterich became the producer/host of Celtic Airs in August 1993. His show focuses on traditional music from Ireland and Scotland with additional selections from Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, Galicia and the Canadian Maritimes as well.
In an effort to raise funds for WWUH, and to present live Celtic music in the greater Hartford area, Steve initiated the Celtic Airs Concert Series in August 1994. More than eighty concerts have been offered thus far featuring well known artists such as Dervish, Patrick Street, Battlefield Band, Tannahill Weavers, Solas, Danu, and many others. Steve has helped to introduce new talent as well: Teada, Ealu, Bohola, Flook, and Julee Glaub. Several foreign bands have made their USA debut performing for the Celtic Airs Concert Series.
Celtic Airs concerts take place at the University of Hartford. For upcoming concert details see the Benefit Concerts menu item.