17th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 16 & 17, 2017

Saturday 10am-10pm | Sunday 10am-6pm



pavilion stage

The Pavilion Stage

Located in Region 2. Niagara Celtic's main performance stage, the Pavilion plays host to Saturday night's Ceilidh Celebration. Music and dancing here are nearly non-stop all weekend from local favorites to international rockers.


the glen

The Glen

Located in Region 8. With a beautiful backdrop of Great Lake Ontario and a peaceful surrounding atmosphere, The Glen is the heart of our festival's east end. Bring a comfy blanket and relax as you enjoy the spectacular sounds of many fabulous performers!


celtic arts stage

Celtic Arts Stage

Located in Region 3. Celtic sounds originated with solo performers, small bands and groups. The Celtic Arts Stage honors their modern counterparts who blend musical traditions and sounds with a touch of their own style.



Showcases at Clan Village

Located in Region 5. Multiple times daily you can enjoy up-close performances by amazing musicians. This immersive concert experience is unlike anything you'll find at our stages, and is sure to be fun and memorable.


2017 Performance List

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.


 Ardán-Rochez School of Irish Dance

Ardán-Rochez School of Irish Dance


Ardán-Rochez Academy of Irish Dance cultivates an attitude of confidence and self-esteem in each of its dancers, while passing on a piece of Irish culture and tradition. They offer Irish dance instruction in Amherst, NY, and have had dancers compete in the Mid-Atlantic Oireachtas, the North American Irish Dance Championships, the All-Ireland Competition, and the World Irish Dance Championships.


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 Rochester Set Dancers perform these dances first-hand!


Boughton Hill Band

Boughton Hill Band


The Boughton Hill Band has been together in one form or another since 1996. They specialize in Celtic & Americana music, instrumental jigs, rags & folk songs. This is their 13th consecutive year performing at the Niagara Celtic Festival!





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


Caledonian pipe band

Caledonian Pipe Band


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.


Catch and Release

Catch and Release Band


Catch and Release is a 5-piece high-energy Celtic influenced band out of Rochester, New York. They cover both traditional and modern Celtic/Irish songs, as well as some standards, polkas, and even a few surprises. The band adds its own styling and rock beat to these tunes to provide the audience with a fun and engaging listening experience.


tom keefer and celtic cross

Celtic Cross Duo


Enjoy the smaller sounds from Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross. The duo, made of a few band members, will delight you with wonderful Celtic sounds!





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


Celtic Spirit

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.


Clann Na Cara Irish Dance

Clann Na Cara Irish Dance


Clann Na Cara Irish Dance (pronounced ‘Clonn Na Karra') was 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.


Dark Road Duo

Dark Road Duo New!


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

Emerald Isle New!


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


Feadán Òr Pipe Band

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.





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. Kindred is the husband and wife team of David and Felicia Meyer.


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' Pipes and Drums

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.





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

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.


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.


poor ould goat

Poor Ould Goat


Poor Ould Goat plays Irish folk/rock, bluegrass, country, rock, Americana and original songs with high energy on acoustic instruments. The four members play a pile of instruments, collectively including mandolin, accordion, guitar, djembe, bouzouki, banjo, bodhran, doumbek, tin whistle, drum kit, and three vocals.


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, Reardon & Garvey Band keeps audiences highly entertained.


rochester scottish

Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums


Now in its 95th year, The Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums is more than ever 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.



Royal Scottish Country Dance Society


Scottish Country Dancing is a distinctive, historical form of social dancing by common folk and the elite. Thanks to the social pattern of Scotland, Scottish Country Dancing has never died. This socially inclusive traditional dancing helped make Scottish Country Dancing accessible to all, from the barn to the ballroom.


rush the growler

Rush the Growler


Rush The Growler’s origins go back over 20 years.Their name comes from a term used long ago about buckets (growlers) that workers filled with beer at the local tavern as they rushed home from work.


Schiehallion Scottish Dancers

Schiehallion Scottish Dancers


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.


The 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.


shannonside ceii 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.


sisters of murphy

Sisters of Murphy


Sisters of Murphy are a seven piece Irish/Celtic Rock band from sometimes sunny Rochester, NY. Performing for a decade, they play original music as well as some Irish/Celtic folk, rock and traditional covers.


step in time

Step in Time


Step In Time: Celtic, Eclectic...Our diverse repertoire of Celtic, seafaring and music from the 14th century to the present 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 hallmarks of Step In Time band.


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 chorus of a pub favorite, or touched by the powerful emotion from within his songs. 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


Tom has opened for international acts the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Enter The Haggis as well as headlining and been a main stage performer at many Celtic festivals. Having played all over New York, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Canada Tom is “road-ready” for Celtic entertainment. Don’t miss out on the fun.



Two2Many New!


Two2Many is on Ohio band founded around the music of and from Ireland. They play traditional Irish music, original compositions, plus songs from those of Irish heritage, while putting a Two2Many spin on all of it.



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