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2016 Celtic Music Bands Saturday and Sunday
Albannach-Saturday @ 12:15 & 9:15 and Sunday @12:15 & 6:15
Founded in 2005, this Pipes & Drum band has taken the USA by storm. Their unique style, charismatic stage performance, and love for all things Scottish has drawn crowds from coast to coast. A MUST SEE! Not just another Scottish Pipes & Drums band! Albannach’s primal drumming and precise piping stirs the soul of anyone who hears them- young and old! These folks ARE Highlanders! Scottish Warriors to the Core!
With 5 CDs, 1 Documentary (Scotumentary), Multiple Fan Tours to Scotland, Canada and the open sea; the Nach Army is 43k and growing! These Celtic Rock Stars are as charismatic off stage as they are on. Being charming, intelligent, funny AND Scottish make all the right ingredients for a great interview. Radio, TV, Print – they are comfortable with it all!
This 5 man group consists of: Jamesie-bass drums/vocals , Jacquie-bass drums/vocals, Donnie-champion piper, Colin-lead drums/snare, and DidgeriDrew- didgeridoo.
The Dublin City Ramblers-Saturday @3:30 & Sunday @ 2:30
Named “Ireland’s No.1 Ballad & Folk Group Of The Year” by The Irish Country Music Association, The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide with their unique blend of Ballads, Folk, Humour, Wit and foot-tapping music. Their impressive career has spanned more than 35 years, with over 30 albums, top ten hits, several awards for best Ballad/Folk Group and, to top it all off, 8 Gold Albums. It is certainly no wonder that they are classed as Ireland’s Number One Group!
They have performed at most Major Festivals worldwide, including headlining The Milwaukee Irish Festival, The Cleveland Irish Festival, Miami Irish Fest, and most U.S., Canadian & other festivals throughout the Globe! Their music has also taken them all over Europe to rapturous receptions. They have performed at every major venue in Ireland and abroad, including Dublin’s National Stadium, National Concert Hall, Cork’s Opera House, England’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and many more.
Emmet Cahill-Saturday only @4:45
After three years of phenomenal success, including three albums shooting to number 1 on the world billboard charts, Emmet is carving out his own unique identity as a solo artist, with an eagerly anticipated debut solo album in 2015.
After attending formal classical training at the prestigious Royal Irish Academy of Music, Emmet soon found himself touring the world, from the United States, to Canada, to Australia as a lead singer with the Irish music group, Celtic Thunder and relishing every moment of it.
Emmet’s talents have been recognized both home and abroad. He has enjoyed success as a multiple prize winner in various competitions across Ireland, the RIAM ‘Promising young singer of 2010’, the ‘John McCormack Young Tenor Award’, as well as being voted ‘Tenor of the year’ in 2013 by The Irish Music Association in the United States in recognition of his performances on stage. He also performed in stage productions at The National Concert Hall as well as The Gaeity Theatre, Dublin.
Emish-Saturday only @2:30
Poor Angus-Sunday only @1:15
Poor Angus is a Hamilton, Ontario based award-winning, progressive Celtic band featuring Highland and Uilleann bagpipes, fiddle, acoustic guitar, Irish whistles, bodhran, mandolin, bass guitar and powerful four-part vocal harmony. Scottish, Irish and East Coast original and traditional pieces are arranged in a dynamic sampling of Celtic styles. Poor Angus has an accomplished, contemporary indie sound and finished Top 4 out of 3000 contestants in the 2013 CBC Searchlight competition. Formed in 2005, this collection of musicians performs their exciting and entertaining music in a manner which appeals to both traditional purists and modern audiences of all ages.
Rathkeltair-Saturday @6:15 & Sunday @5:00
Rathkeltair blends compelling and catchy original songs with tight, driving, straight-ahead rock and roll, while never forgetting its Celtic roots.
Core members Nick Watson (drums, vocals) and Trevor Tanner (guitar, vocals) are from Belfast and London, respectively. The band utilizes a large potpourri of world-class Celtic musicians to deliver a heady mix of bagpipe- driven, foot-stomping tunes and original songs which have enthralled Celtic audiences for years.
Unique in their musicianship and high energy performances, Rathkeltair is one of the most respected and entertaining bands in the Celtic music world today. This band is a must-see and a truly original musical experience!
Searson-Saturday only @ 11:00 am
The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar. Rounding out the live show is Danno O’Shea – performing and composing for over 17 years on drums and percussion with a jazz degree from Humber College – and bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier, who has studied at Humber College and Capilano University, gradually gravitating towards roots music.
Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing.
Scuttered the Bruce-Sunday only @ 11:00 am
Scuttered the Bruce is a voice and string centered band. The vocals alternate between the unrestrained howling of Michael Crandall and the tender croon of Tim Freeman – enabling Scuttered the Bruce to cover the full range of Irish Canon from the boisterous to the sorrowful. Todd Osman’s prominent bouzouki playing gives Scuttered the Bruce their unique sound, filling out the range between Crandall’s mandolin and Ross Campbell’s intricate guitar. Throw in the occasional tin whistle and the old boot on the stomp box, and you’ve got just the right mix to fill up a smoke-filled pub with raucous high spirits – all courtesy of Scuttered the Bruce.
Seven Nations-Saturday @ 1:15 & 7:30 & Sunday @ 3:45
The story of Seven Nations is that of a truly original and determined band based in Orlando, Florida. They have for years booked their own tours and have had their own PBS and CNN specials. Throw away any preconceived notions you may have about Celtic music…this is a band that has invented its own sound and attracted a prodigious national and international following. Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.
“Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod. “We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod. “Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began. Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.” MORE INFO
Please join us in 2016 and celebrate romantic St. Augustine’s Celtic heritage. Saturate your senses in the sights, sounds, and tastes of our Celtic history.
Fact: The founders of St Augustine, 800 colonists and soldiers led by Don Pedro Menendez, were from the Celtic region of Northern Spain. FOR MORE on the remarkable CELTIC HISTORY of ST.AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA:
Tour of St. Augustine’s CELTIC Landmarks
Sights: Celtic musicians, Highland Games, Clans & Celtic Vendors.
Sounds: Arguably the finest collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the US.
Tastes: Savor both Celtic food and local offerings.