We are proud to announce the 2018 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival Performers
Albannach (Saturday & Sunday)
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 member group consists of Jamesie-bass drums/vocals, Jacquie-bass drums/vocals, Donnie-champion piper, Colin-lead drums/snare, and DidgeriDrew- didgeridoo.
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.
Dublin City Ramblers (Saturday & Sunday)
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, Humor, 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.
New York natives, Emish, have forged their own Americana folk rock sound by colliding a background of Irish, rock, and folk influences. This independent, power-folk band initially found success in a grassroots manner. Supported by their dedicated fan base, Emish has repeatedly been voted the “Best Band of the Hudson Valley” and are the current title holder for 2012. Bobby Curreri has also been named as the “Best Singer/Songwriter” for the past two consecutive years. Since its inception in 2005, the group has grown to include support from the national stage as well. Their high-energy, live performances and distinct sound have catapulted Emish to be a sought-out headlining act at major festivals and concerts across the U.S.
Enter the Haggis (Saturday Only)
Since 1995, Enter The Haggis have led the charge among Celtic Folk Rock bands, delighting fans with their memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency and high quality recordings. The Toronto-based band has released eight acclaimed studio albums, the most recent debuting at #9 on the U.S. national Billboard Heatseekers charts. Their original songs such as “One Last Drink”, “Down With The Ship” and “Gasoline” have become folk rock anthems, appearing in films such as “Goon”, “10mph” and “Addicted to Plastic”, and reaching as high as #25 on U.S. radio.
The band’s new single, “Mrs. Elliott”, is a triumphant return to form, showcasing Enter The Haggis’ signature sound and instrumentation; bagpipes blaze over a powerhouse hard-rock rhythm section as Lewington and Buchanan trade off on lead vocals. “Mrs. Elliott” is the opening track on the band’s 20th Anniversary retrospective double album “Cheers and Echoes”, which features the band’s best loved songs. Praise for Enter The Haggis has appeared in major national publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail.
Brian Baldino (formerly of Enter the Haggis) and Rose Baldino (formerly of Burning Bridget Cleary) are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album “Wide Awake” (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels, their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you’ll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
Rathkeltair blends compelling and catchy original songs with tight, driving straight-ahead rock-n-roll, while never forgetting its Celtic roots. Core members Nick Watson (drums, vocals) and Trevor Tanner (guitar, vocals) are from Belfast and London, respectively.
Unique in their musicianship and high-energy performances, Rathkeltair is one of the most respected and entertaining bands in the Celtic music world today, utilizing a potpourri of world-class Celtic musicians to deliver a heady mix of bagpipe driven, foot-stomping tunes and original songs which have been enthralling U.S. Celtic audiences for many years. With a large back catalogue of original and traditional material to draw on, this band is a must-see and truly original musical experience.
Seven Nations (Saturday Only)
The story of SEVEN NATIONS is that of a truly original and determined band that began in New York City, with members now hailing from California, to Toronto, to 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.
The Steel City Rovers (Saturday Only)
The Steel City Rovers are Celtibilly; the cross-pollination of the Celtic and North American traditions. Sophisticated and hypnotizing musical arrangements. Expressive and clever lyrical compositions. The Rovers are warm and engaging performers who are simply electric to witness in person. Ryan is a powerful baritone and is joined on harmonies by his guitar-playing brother Joel for that inimitable familial vocal blend. The rest of the band often harmonizes as well, creating a classic Celtic feel. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist, rotating quickly between wind, strings, keys and even the Scottish small pipes. Dave on fiddle is lightning-quick and incredibly precise. Dave on percussion plays a dynamic setup of his own invention. This act is always fresh, familiar and fun. In their ambitious first few years, these Canadians have risen to appear internationally on coveted stages, to be nominated for numerous music awards, and to have their original works top the traditional radio charts.
Please join us in 2018 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.