2023 Performer Bios & Links

Want to learn more about your favorite performer?  Visit their links below.

MAIN STAGE

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Albannach

Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for “Scottish” or “Scotsman.”  Albannach is comprised of two Scotsmen and one Scottish lass, all born and bred in Scotland! Plus one American-born Scot and an Irishman.  Their main purpose in life is to share their intriguing culture, history and heritage with you by means of their music.  HUGELY popular, their unmistakable drumming & didgeridoo bring you immediately to the stage when they perform!

Dublin City Ramblers

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 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 at most Major Festivals worldwide.

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Dragonfly

Led by guitar virtuoso Trevor Tanner, known for fronting the former group Rathkeltair, the recently formed Dragonfly plays their original songs, Celtic tunes, and covers from various genres.

Dragonfly includes Trevor Tanner on vocals and guitars, multi-instrumentalist and troubadour Brendan Doherty on vocals, banjo, mandolin, and guitar, and Stan Piper on upright bass.

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Jamison

Jamison is a high-energy six-piece band from Philadelphia, PA that that can take traditional Irish tunes and turn them upside down, blending in rock, reggae, modern pop, and hip-hop along the way. Crowds can’t help but get to their feet as Jamison takes Irish music to the next level with original songs and eccentric versions of covers or festival favorites.  You’ll be drawn into a unique experience with the band’s contagious good vibes.

La Unica

La Unica (pronounced “La-Ooh-Knee-Ka”) is a Washington, DC based band who’ve been bringing their “Irish Latin Rock” sound to audiences for 13 years.

In a style all their own, La Unica’s five musicians seamlessly harness sounds from Latin America and Ireland to create a patented “Irish Latin Rock” musical experience.  La Unica plays a mix of original creations and familiar-sounding cover songs which are sung in both English and Spanish, appealing to, well, everyone!  La Unica offers a truly original sound and provides a high-energy show which gets even the shyest of guests dancing and excited to party.

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Seven Nations

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. Their instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give them a distinctive sound and that’s what makes them different.

Steel City Rovers

The Steel City Rovers — an highly active touring band — headlines large festival stages performing dynamic and expressive music that is a unique composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles including bluegrass, folk and roots. The Rovers stand out for their powerful, emotive vocals and engaging entertainment. They create, collaborate and work hard to further the love and awareness of music.

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Syr

SYR (pronounced sire) is a Celtic Folk Rock band from Columbia, SC. Taking inspiration from Celtic history, stories and myth, SYR creates powerful songs with themes of battle, love and victory, celebrating the rich heritage of the Celtic Nations in a contemporary style with broad audience appeal. SYR’s reputation for a high-energy performance has made them a popular attraction for many Celtic festivals and events.

SECOND STAGE

BLUE LOTUS WORLD DANCE COMPANY

Blue Lotus World Dance Co.

Celtic Dance

Blue Lotus World Dance Company is a performance group that showcases various World Dance Styles such as Folkloric and American Cabaret styles of Bellydance. Bellydance and other world dance styles are a celebration of the human spirit. This style of dance knows no age or size. The dance empowers women by nurturing their minds, body, and spirit. Blue Lotus welcomes you to join us in the feminine divine of Middle Eastern and World Dance Styles.

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Zach Briggs

Songs & Storytelling

Zach is an excellent host and skilled entertainer, bringing warmth, charm, and lighthearted humor to every performance. Based out Orlando FL, Zach has been singing/playing guitar professionally since 2002. Zach is an outstanding talent, a virtuoso on guitar and an outstanding writer…and super funny!  He’s a must see!

First Coast Highlanders

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Bagpipe Workshop

The First Coast Highlanders, formed in 2016, is a Scottish Highland Bagpipe and Drum band based outside of Jacksonville in Clay County, Florida. They are a performance and entertainment bagpipe band, a teaching organization, and a non-profit cultural group. They promote Celtic culture through music with the to support the Celtic culture in the community by providing instruction to anyone interested in learning the Great Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Drums.

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John Miles, Lecturer

John Miles is a retired US Marine Corps Officer and former college professor that presents lectures to multiple Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festivals throughout the country. John is a six-time published author in Marine Corps Gazette, the professional journal of the Marine Corps. Additionally, his articles have been published by the journal Scot’s Heritage Magazine, the magazine Pipes & Drums, the webpage of History Scotland, the periodicals American Frontiersman, and Military History magazine as well as the journal The Highlander. His topics this year will be “The Loch Ness Monster” and “Did Henry Sinclair of Scotland Discover America?”

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Capt. Mayhem, Magic

Captain William Mayhem, a.k.a. Bill McRea, has a 40 year history in the entertainment world, performing as a magician and comedian for well over 7000 appearances, performances and presentations around the world. Over a dozen years of his career was while he traveled the world with the United States Air Force. His talents as a magician have been utilized in motivational speaking programs, television commercials, theater productions, corporate training videos, anti-gang/drug seminars and safety programs. Relocating to his hometown of St Augustine Fl, in January 2007, he has taken his passion of magic and love of pirate lore and history and blended them together into William Mayhem THE Pirate Magician of St Augustine.

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Steel City Rovers

Music Workshop

The Steel City Rovers — an highly active touring band — headlines large festival stages performing dynamic and expressive music that is a unique composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles including bluegrass, folk and roots. The Rovers stand out for their powerful, emotive vocals and engaging entertainment. They create, collaborate and work hard to further the love and awareness of music.

Mickey Sweeney

Hammered Dulcimer Player