Entertainment

 
 

2019 Performers

 
96th highlanders  

The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Inc.

The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Inc. of Jamestown, New York, is under the direction of Pipe Major Pamela Silver & Drum Sgt. Doug Clark & Drum Major John Shaughnesy. The 96th Highlanders proudly represent Southwestern New York and Northern Pennsylvania.

 

blarney bunch  

The Blarney Bunch

This popular South Buffalo band performs wonderful tunes that delight fans and fairgoers each year.

 

boree log set dancers  

Boree Log Set Dancers

Set dancing is the popular and an early form of folk dancing. They are based on old court dances and allow for some amazingly fun group dances! Come and see the performances these dances first-hand!

 

buffalo niagara scotia  

Buffalo Niagara Scotia Pipes & Drums New!

One of WNY's newest pipe bands, BNS is dedicated to strengthening Scottish pride in the region through the art of playing bagpipes. They welcome newcomers of all ages.

 

buffalo caledonian  

Caledonian Pipe Band of Buffalo

The Caledonian Pipe Band of Buffalo was formed in 1958, and is a family-based organization. They field in Grade 4 and Grade 5 competitions.

 

cairde  

Cairde

Cairde’s always expanding repertoire that runs the gamut from centuries-old traditional tunes. They play an exciting blend of Irish & Scottish traditional and contemporary tunes, pub and fiery rebel songs, along with American folk.

 

celticmoon  

CelticMoon

CelticMoon entertains with Irish traditional and Irish American favorites for pubs, family gatherings, weddings, wedding rehearsals, festivals and life celebrations (wakes).

 

celtic spirit pipe band  

Celtic Spirit Pipe Band

Formed in 1999, Celtic Spirit has grown into one of Western New York’s top Celtic music performance ensembles. The band mixes traditional pipe music with various modern instruments in unique arrangements created by the band. The band’s performances span regular appearances at area Celtic festivals and traditional parade marching to playing high profiles shows.

 

clancy brothers tribute  

Clancy Brothers Tribute  New!

Honoring the tradition of Irish song that Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers brought to the world. Established local musicians known for their own successes come together to celebrate the Irish music that inspired them.

 

clan na carra  

Clann Na Carra Irish Dance

Pronounced ‘Clonn Na Karra', they were founded in 2006 by four champion dancers. It has since grown to include 6 locations across Buffalo and Binghamton. Clann Na Cara has performed in St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Irish festivals, TV performances, charity events, concerts, weddings, schools, nursing homes, and the list goes on. Competitively, dancers have been honored with numerous national and international awards.

 

crikwater  

Crikwater

Born in the rustbelt Irish American neighborhood of South Buffalo, NY in 2010, Crikwater have become the premier Irish American Traditional Folk Band in Western New York. The pub-scene veterans offer up a mix of fiery fiddle tunes, rowdy pub sing-a-longs, elegant ballads and original songs.

 

dark road duo  

Dark Road Duo

Dark Road Duo has a playlist of traditional blues, country and folk music. Their sounds are comprised of harmonica and inimitable dulcet vocals, accompanied by acoustic rhythm guitar and warm harmonies.

 

gordon highlanders  

"D" Company Buffalo City Guard Gordon Highlanders

The Gordon Highlanders were formed in 1837 in defense of the City of Buffalo. They are the oldest continuing organization in the City of Buffalo, this year celebrating their 175th anniversary. They march in parades all across Western New York and participate in many community activities.

 

emerald isle band  

Emerald Isle Band

Emerald Isle plays a mix of traditional Irish, Scottish and sea chanties on fiddle, accordion, bass, guitar, penny whistle, bodhran, harmonicas and banjo.

 

Feadán Òr  

Feadán Òr Pipe Band

Feadán Òr performed for about 18 years, and was one of the most known bands in the area. Their newest incarnation has been around for a few years now. Their aim is to promote traditional scottish bagpiping, drumming and dancing, in performances and through teaching (they also offer lessons in all three skills).

 

glengarry bhoys  

Glengarry Bhoys

Their objective is simple yet evocative: “…if our audience can only get 10% of the satisfaction we get entertaining them, then we surpass objective.” Accordingly and repeatedly, they do!! From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers have earned a reputation as entertainers that challenge you to sit still during their engaging performances.

 

Harvester 56 Theater Dance Academy  

Harvester 56 Theater Dance Academy New!

Founded in 2017, The Harvester 56 Theater Dance Academy provides quality dance instruction at an affordable price. Classes are taught by professionally trained instructors in a fun and relaxed environment in Batavia NY. We offer classes for students in Kindergarten through Adult, beginner to advanced. Competition team is available. They are currently the only school in Genesee County offering Irish Dance.

 

kindred  

Kindred

With a rare blending of voice, cello, guitars, and percussion, Kindred draw their music from the Irish poets, pubs, and county fairs; from the Scottish Highlands, Atlantic Canada, and the Appalachian crannies of the American southeast.

 

the leftovers  

The LeftOvers

The LeftOvers established a following throughout Western New York in 2001. With music ranging from popular drinking songs to the historical and poignant rebel songs of Irish past, The LeftOvers offer a large variety of rebel tunes and ballads. They drink a lot, they tell bad jokes, and they won’t play songs that make you think too much. The LeftOvers offer something for every Celtic heart.

 

mackenzie highlanders'  

MacKenzie Highlanders' Pipes and Drums

MacKenzie Highlanders' Pipes and Drums With roots dating back to 1913, the band has had many incarnations over the years. Now the tradition continues... The MacKenzie Highlanders' offer free bagpipe and Scottish drum lessons to all interested in becoming a member.

 

matt englert  

Matt Englert  New!

This is Matt's first appearance to Niagara Celtic as a solo artist. In addition to his Celtic repetoire, he can be found playing a variety of Roots-Americana in clubs and coffeehouses all over western New York.

 

mccarthyizm  

McCarthyizm

Born in the days before alternative was a marketing term, McCarthyizm soon became a band known for blending 60’s garage and 80’s underground rock with strong melodies and intelligent lyrics. Add some raucous rhythm and a tasty measure of Celtic flavoring and you’ve got a cocktail with a punch that delivers one helluva good time, all the time.

 

mcmahon school of Irish dance  

McMahon School of Irish Dance

The McMahon Dancers, based in Rochester NY, are well known for their high-energy shows that never fail to engage its audience, whether young or old. Every performance is marked by toe tapping and hand-clapping in the spirit of Irish culture, music and tradition.

 

merry mischief  

Merry Mischief

Songs of pirates, sailors, lonely maidens, dragons, and days gone by... where beggars and thieves earned their way on the byways of merry olde England & Ireland. So sit ye down by the fire of our music, sung in two-part harmony, with a wink, a jest & a limerick or two...and rest ye awhile with a tear or a smile.

 

niagara frontier fiddle club  

Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club

The Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club is dedicated to the preservation and performance of Old Time Fiddle Music. We are an acoustical group and our motto is ‘Fiddling For Fun.’ We are an acoustic group made up of Fiddlers, Guitars, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolins, Dobro and Spoons. We also feature singers and story telling, which provides us with a variety show that is pleasing to all who listen to us.

 

niagara regional  

Niagara Regional Police Pipes and Drums

The Niagara Regional Police Pipes and Drums is located in Niagara Falls, Canada. They perfom locally and across Canada and the USA at Scottish Highland Games and other Celtic events, both as a concert and competition Pipe Band.

 

penny whiskey  

Penny Whiskey

Penny Whiskey is a group of fun loving folks who truly have a good time doing what they love most…entertaining. They offer the best in acoustic music from Ireland & Scotland, along with home grown bluegrass and folk influences. With audience participation songs, rousing pub sings, comedy tunes and tearful ballads, Penny Whiskey offers something for everyone.

 

reardon & garvey band  

Reardon & Garvey Band

The Reardon & Garvey band performs traditional and contemporary Irish music, American Folk tunes, and some new contemporary songs. With the combination of 3 and 4 part harmonies and instrumentation, they keep audiences highly entertained.

 

Rince na Tiarna Irish Dance School  

Rince na Tiarna Irish Dance School

Rince na Tiarna (Gaelic for ‘Lord of the Dance’) is a family oriented school that teaches students from five to young adult, while nurturing pride in Gaelic culture. From beginner to champion, hard work, creativity and fun generate a certain spirit and style that is unique to their school and students.

 

rochester scottish  

Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums

The Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums is the city of Rochester’s Celtic Ambassador to the world, carrying its unparalleled tradition forward into the 21st Century. The band has greatly expanded its repertoire to include both traditional martial music and more modern tunes.

 

rosewood bridge  

Rosewood Bridge

Rosewood Bridge plays fun up-tempo acoustic music: their favorite acoustic songs, Irish and Americana songs, a little country, a little rock, and a few originals too.

 

schiehallion scottish  

Schiehallion Dance Ensemble

The Schiehallion Dance Ensemble have been fine ambassadors (both officially and unofficially) not only for their hometown of Hamilton, but also for all of Ontario and Canada. Through her dancers, director Sandra Bald Jones has helped to perpetuate Scottish cultural heritage, bringing highland dancing to the attention of many delighted audiences.

 

shannonside ceili dancers  

Shannonside Ceili Dancers

The Shannonside Ceili Dancers were originally formed by mothers of girls taking Irish step dancing lessons. Rather than sit in the hallway and wait for the classes to end, they decided to take up dancing themselves. Today we welcome men and women, new and experienced dancers, those of Irish birth/descent and those who just love the music and culture.

 

screaming orphans  

Screaming Orphans

The Screaming Orphans are four sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland. They can never forget their roots in traditional Irish music, the Screaming Orphans draw on a diverse set of influences ranging from Simon and Garfunkel, The Bangles to The McNulty Family, with a strong focus on melody-driven songs with pop and rocks strains.

 

steel city rovers  

Steel City Rovers

The Steel City Rovers from Hamilton, Ontario, are a Celtic rooted band that roves through their musical performance in an adventuresome manner. Add to that the group's ability to integrate some of the best of other Trad music genres and you get an infectious blend of sound that will keep you on the edge of your seat. They’re hard to pin down, they’re creative, and perform with an inescapable passion for their music.

 

step in time  

Step in Time

Their diverse repertoire of Celtic, seafaring and music from the 14th century to now is performed with outstanding vocals and varied instrumentation, including: Guitar, Pipes, Whistles, Concertina, Bouzouki, Bodhran, Harmonica, Flute and Recorder. Performances full of energy and humor are their hallmarks.

 

tom callahan  

Tom Callahan

Tom Callahan’s unique voice is rich, powerful, and expressive and his music is captivating. Audiences are often inclined to join in on a rousing pub favorite. Tom plays several instruments, but his signature is the 12-string guitar which he has played since the age of fifteen.

 

tom keefer and celtic cross  

Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross

Firmly dedicated to preserving Scottish and Irish heritage through song, Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross delivers music from their ancestors. Having played all over New York, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Canada, they are "road-ready" for Celtic entertainment.

 

tuatha dea  

Tuatha Dea

Combining primal rhythms, melodic and ethereal ballads, screaming guitar riffs with an Appalachian/Celtic vibe, Tuatha Dea delivers an authentic tribal and clannish feel that not only draws the audience into the music but into the moment and clan as well. They embrace their Celtic heritage and mesh it with their own bold blend of mainstream rock, mountain drumming and Appalachian blues to produce a truly unique sound that has a universal appeal!

 
 

Stages

 

fg stage

Fireside Stage

Music and dancing at the Fireside is nearly non-stop all weekend, from local favorites to international rockers. It's the new home for the Saturday Evening Ceilidh, and will be surrounded by lights, food, ceremonial fires- everything you love about Niagara Celtic!

 

dragonfly stage

Dragonfly Stage

Music is alive at the Dagda Faire! The Dragonfly will host a variety of musical acts, all with the goal of keeping the Dagda's atmosphere full of fun and excitement!

 

celtic arts stage

Celtic Arts Theatre

Celtic sounds originated with solo performers, small bands and groups. The Celtic Arts Theatre honors their modern counterparts who blend musical traditions and sounds with a touch of their own style. The theatre is our only indoor stage, and offers food and restaurant-style seating.

 

motte & bailey

Motte & Bailey Arena New!

This quaint wood arena has built in bleachers and a roof, allowing seating like you've never before experienced at Niagara Celtic. Enjoy dancers, pipe band showcases, unique demonstrations and more!

 

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