We are proud to announce the 2017 St. Augustine Celtic Festival Performers
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
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.
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.
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
Jig to a Milestone
Jig to a Milestone is an eclectic folk duo from the steamy swamps of Gainesville, Florida. Since 2012 they have been performing everywhere from smoky pubs to the big stages of festivals and everywhere in between. Their sound and influence crosses genres and includes traditional Irish and Scottish music, Sea Shanties, Country and Bluegrass, Americana, Musical Comedy, Science Fiction, Singer Songwriters, Punk, Obscure Indie bands and more. They bring high energy, quick wit and many bad jokes and toasts to every performance. Whether it’s an intimate acoustic setting or a rowdy Renaissance Faire, Jig to a Milestone is right at home and ready to entertain to your heart’s delight.
The Real McKenzies
The Real McKenzies is a Canadian Celtic punkband founded in 1992 and based in Vancouver, British Columbia.They are one of the founders of the Celtic punk movement.
In addition to writing and performing original music, Real McKenzies perform traditional Scottish songs, giving them a new punk-influenced sound.
Whiskey of the Damned
Whiskey of the Damned is a five piece, Celtic influenced rock group put together by Ireland native Eoin McCarthy. Located in Milwaukee WI, Whiskey of the Damned are a group of talented musicians dedicated to playing high energy, raucous concerts filled with an unmistakable mixture of American and Irish rock. Described as a mix of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s, and Flogging Molly, you do not want to miss this act perform live.
Please join us in 2017 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.