DUNEDIN – You like a bit of Celtic music, you say? Contemporary or traditional? Care to wet your whistle as you enjoy those tunes? Craft beer, cider or perhaps a non-alcoholic beverage?
Whatever suits your taste, you’re likely to find something to your liking at the 2018 Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival, set for Saturday, Nov. 17, noon 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. Gates will open at 11 a.m.
General admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. VIP tickets are $90. Prices may not include processing fees. Visit dunedincelticmusicfestival.com.
Presented by the Dunedin Scottish Arts Foundation, this annual event centered around traditional and contemporary Celtic music and both local and national craft beer.
Dunedin – with its charming, village-like setting – is proud of the rich Scottish heritage of its founding fathers. Residents celebrate that heritage annually with a number of events, including the Dunedin Highland Games & Festival in the spring and the Dunedin Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival in the fall. The event offers a day filled with a wide variety of music, dancing, craft beer, food, and Celtic crafts & merchandise. This is a rain or shine outdoor festival.
In addition to both national and international Celtic music artists, the main stage will boast performances by the World Champion City of Dunedin Pipe Band, Dunedin Scottish Highlander High School Band and Dunedin Highland Middle School Band.
Attendees also will find a selection of Celtic crafts from both regional and local artisans. Craft vendors such as The Argyll Collection, Carbony Celtic Winds, The Celtic Boutique, Celtic Designs by Melodye, Faire Isles Trading Company, Celtic Elegance, The Celtic Exchange, Flaming Pearl Inc., Irish Ann, La Wren’s Next, Rivermist Clay, Scots Corner, Twisted Picks, Usborne Books & More, Aunt MJ Creations,
Celtic 4 Life, Galvin Leatherworks, Lords of the Seas and McTavish the Haggis are expected to participate in this year’s festival.
Food vendors will be serving up traditional Celtic cuisine as well as American barbeque. According to the event website, scheduled food vendors include Cameron’s British Foods, Chick-fil-A, Frenchy’s, Gramma Toni’s Treats, Holy Cow, Kona Ice of Safety Harbor, Mediterranean Seafood Grill, Papa John’s Pizza, Rich N Rise Thai Food, Smokin’ Rib Shack, The Kings Nuts and the Scottish Cottage.
The 2018 festival will feature music by MacGilliossa, Off Kilter, Seven Nations, City of Dunedin Pipe Band, The Screaming Orphans, and The Glengarry Bhoys! Check out the bands page for info on each band.
For those Celtic music lovers, the festival will present performances on two stages throughout the day. Following is a list of artists scheduled to perform on the Trad stage:
- Isle of Skye Dancers – 1:30 to 2 p.m.
- Dunedin Middle School – 3:30 to 4 p.m.
- Dunedin High School – 5:30 to 6 p.m.
- Isle of Skye Dancers – 6:30 to 7 p.m.
- Announcements – 8:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, on the main stage, the performance lineup is as follows:
- MacGilliossa – Noon to 1:30 p.m.
- Off Kilter – 2 to 3:30 p.m.
- Seven Nations – 4 to 5:30 p.m.
- City of Dunedin Pipe Band – 6 to 6:30 p.m.
- The Screaming Orphans – 7 to 8:15 p.m.
- The Glengarry Bhoys – 8:30 to 10 p.m.
MacGilliossa is a Celtic musical entertainment band with a focus on Irish and Scottish songs and instrumentals. The goal of the band is to thoroughly entertain the audience with foot stomping music. Band members include Paul Macleish, Kathryn “KT” Parker and Dominick Mandano
Macleish was born and raised on the Scottish border in the U.K. He is a championship bagpipe player and he has been playing the pipes since he was 14 years old. Macleish was taught by his father in Scotland, and has won many competitions in the United States and Scotland. He is also a seasoned musician and has been playing guitar, mandolin. whistles and the bodhran and Irish bouzouki in Celtic bands for years.
Off Kilter – the high-energy, progressive Celtic band that became a staple at Walt Disney World – blends many hard-driving musical styles, bringing a new twist to Celtic music.
For 18 years, Off Kilter performed regularly at Epcot’s Canadian Pavilion, harvesting a loyal fan base with their grab-bag of “rocked-up” traditional Celtic tunes, familiar rock and roll with a Celtic twist and original material that incorporates the sound of bagpipes.
The band was formed in 1997.
Seven Nations is known for a passionate, tender and rollicking style that encompasses everything from roots and traditional folk to dance and fusion-rock. The band is also famous for a relentless touring schedule, sometimes spending more than 300 days a year on the road.
Touring full-time since 1994, Seven Nations has performed in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the United States. They performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival as well as performing at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a New Year’s Eve concert at Scotland’s Royal Mile and at the New York City Marathon.
The band’s most recent album, “Tales from the Eighth Nation,” was released in April 2014.
The name Seven Nations refers to the seven nations of the Celtic world, now known as Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Gallaecia.
The Screaming Orphans are four sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland.
According to the band’s website, there is a great tradition of music to be found in Irish homes –especially in the Irish-speaking areas, which have produced the likes of Clannad, Enya and Mairead, Micheal and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill.
“Our home was no exception,” band members say. “From when we were young, we’ve been singing and playing traditional Irish music but when we hit our teenage years we knew it was time to start our own pop rock band.”
The band’s first gigs were at local surf festivals at Bundoran playing covers. They were soon writing their own music and travelling to Dublin to play the singer-songwriter clubs. At one of these shows, they were seen by the director of London-based Blue Mountain Music publishing company founded by Chris Blackwell of Island Music and subsequently signed a deal with them.
Soon came an invitation to play at a St. Brigid’s Day concert in Kildare along with such artists as Christy Moore, Liam O’Maonlai and Sinead O’Connor. O’Connor asked them to be her back-up singers and open for her on her Gospel Oak Tour. The band traveled across Europe, America and Canada, and appeared on David Letterman and other TV shows as part of her show and as a band in their own right.
In 2001, the band signed with Warner UK and recorded “Listen and Learn,” their debut album.
For more than a decade, The Glengarry Bhoys have been creating signature sound fuses the roots of their Glengarry heritage with the multicultural sounds of modern Celtic contemporary music. As a group, the band has taken 175 years of Celtic music in Canada and raised the bar – along with the roof on several occasions – to new heights. Their blend of traditional and contemporary music has brought them international acclaim.
According to the band’s website, their energy and good humor, as much a part of the show as their musicianship, crosses all cultures and ages. Hailing from a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-stompers always push the musical envelope but never stray too far from the traditional from whence they came.
The band has been on the road in support of their latest release as well as their last album, “Eight.”
"The makeup and artistry that is The Glengarry Bhoys clearly shines with our latest release ‘Eight,’” said Graham Wright, the band’s leader. “’Eight’ exceeds everyone's expectations, and will surely show why The Glengarry Bhoys are recognized as one of the top Celtic acts of today."
For more information about bands playing, performance times, parking, and much more, visit www.dunedincelticmusicfestival.com.