2016 Confirmed Celtic Music Bands
Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for “Scottish” or “Scotsman”, and that’s exactly what they are. Albannach are all born and bred in Scotland and their purpose in life is to share their intriguing culture, history and heritage with you by means of their music.
Albannach is not just another Scottish ‘Pipes & Drums’ band. They bring a new and exciting form of music. A championship winning piper, an extremely talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhran musician bring a brand new approach to percussion and Celtic music. Their style of music is exciting, energetic and enchanting and leaves you begging for more.
The Dublin City Ramblers
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.
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.
Based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Rathkeltair has been on the road full-time since 2003. Highly regarded for their extraordinary energy, showmanship and professionalism, Rathkeltair enjoys a loyal and rapidly expanding community of friends and fans.
Rathkeltair features three veteran road-warriors from England, Northern Ireland and America. Noted singer-songwriter/guitarist Trevor Tanner, former front man for The Bolshoi, a mainstay of the UK club scene at the height of the MTV era and the subject of a rabid international underground cult following, writes most of the band’s original material. Drummer Nick Watson (formerly of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) and bagpiper/multi-instrumentalist Neil Anderson are two of the original members of Clan Na Gael (7 Nations), the NYC-based band that kicked off the “kilt rock” phenomenon in the U.S. in the mid-90’s and inspired many of the groups working in that genre today.
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.
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.
Scuttered the Bruce
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.
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.”
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 founder of St Augustine, Pedro Menendez, was from the Celtic region of Spain.
Sights: Celtic musicians, Highland Games, Clans & Celtic Vendors.
Sounds: Arguably the best collaboration of Celtic artists assembled in the US.
Tastes: Savor both Celtic food and local offerings.