2020 AUSTIN CELTIC FESTIVAL ONLINE PERFORMERS
Formed at school in Dublin's late 1980's, Kíla are heralded as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. Their unique sound has been ever-evolving, rooted in tradition, yet inspired by a myriad of influences and ideas from all around the world. Often defined as contemporary Irish World music, Kíla fuses the effects of their own melodies and Irish (Gaeilge) lyrics, Irish folk instruments such as whistles, fiddles, Uilleann pipes, bones, and bodhrán with djembe, congas, drums, mandolins, brass, and acoustic/electric/ bass guitars. Kíla's eight members come from the differing musical backgrounds of traditional, classical, and rock. The result is a fresh blend of freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs, and primal rhythms that transcend the traditional boundaries of Irish music.
ALTAN (Special Sneak Peek)
“THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE CELTIC REALM” – The Boston Globe
“A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN” and “THE BEST TRADITIONAL IRISH BAND” – Dolly Parton on her collaboration with Altan on two of her albums Heartsongs (1994) and Little Sparrow (2001)
The spirit and sound of Altan come from the deep and rich musical tradition of their native Co. Donegal. On one of his many visits to the Donegal Gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair, Belfast born flute player Frankie Kennedy met fiddler and singer Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, sparking off a deep musical connection, marriage in 1981, and a journey that took them all over the world. Their vision was to bring the unique repertoire of Donegal music to the world and that mission is still as strong as ever.
HANZ ARAKI BAND
Considered one of the most talented Irish musicians in America today, flautist, whistle player, singer, and Juno Award-winner Hanz Araki has been lauded by publications and audiences alike. Three decades of musical exploration into Irish, Scottish, Japanese, and American traditions has yielded his distinct style described by Fatea Magazine as “achingly beautiful.” Hanz will be playing with an amazing band lineup including Colleen Raney and Liz and Dan Faiella.
Hailing from the island of Tiree, Skerryvore formed in 2005; their music is an eclectic fusion of rock, pop and traditional music with an emphatic thundering of drums and bagpipes and is as rich as a single malt scotch. With their outstanding musicianship and the mesmerizing voice of award-winning Dalglish, Skerryvore has become an international sensation. In addition to Dalglish on lead vocals and guitar, the band includes brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordions), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards), Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and Scott Wood (bagpipes). The band took their unique name after the lighthouse that sits on a remote reef of the same name off of Tiree; it is the tallest in Scotland.
The name is pronounced Sker-ee-vore.
"Mànran live are electric and quite simply unstoppable" - Sunday Herald
“Mànran are up there with the best folk-rock bands our country has ever produced.” The Daily Record
"Gaelic folk superstars" - BBC Radio Scotland
Fàilte bhlàth oirbh uile!
Multi award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran look ahead to celebrating 10 years at the heart of the Scottish traditional music scene. Internationally recognised as one of the most iconic and respected Scottish bands on the road today, the seven-piece show no signs of slowing down as they continue to push boundaries and explore new musical and geographical territory each year, bringing their uplifting and unique live performances to stages across the world.
JAMES KEANE & JEFF MOORE
Austin's own top Irish trad stars, Jeff Moore is joined by one of Dublin's (and now NYC's) finest accordion players, James Keane. Keane is a seminal Irish player and master artist - one of the few true keepers of the pure drop tradition.
Austin's favorite NYC band leader is returning with a special acoustic performance with accordion led madness and rousing songs. This time with special musicians friends including Sean McPhail on guitar, Sean Tierney on flute and his daughter Andi Grene on fiddle!
Gregory combines original lyrics and melody with a genuine passion for the traditional music of Ireland and a funky energy that is pure New York. The roots of the music are unmistakably traditional Irish; the branches that shoot off delve into rock, worldbeat, jazz and punk, and the result has been called “the best Irish trad-rock band.”
THE HERE & NOW
The Here and Now, based out of Austin, Tx, is an exciting band made up of Chris Buckley (fiddle), Niamh Fahy (fiddle), Rob Forkner (Bodhrán) and Joseph Carmichael (guitar). All accomplished musicians in their own right, together they create a rich and captivating sound full of energy that presents Irish traditional music in a contemporary context. Drawing from each of their backgrounds in Irish music, with geography that spans the United States and Ireland, they keep tradition at the heart of their music
MAIRTIN DE COGAIN
Máirtín de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who also is a noted playwright and actor. He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S…. and between and beyond, too! An infectious personality, Máirtín pleasantly commands the attention of any collection of people, from a concert hall to an intimate porch.
Descended from a long line of storytellers and with two CCÉ All-Ireland’s for Storytelling under his belt, Máirtín gets no more joy out of life than the telling of stories.
HOST: KIERON ELLIOTT
Kieron Elliott is a Scottish actor, TV host, and voice-over actor. Works include voicing Hoark the Haggard in the Dreamworks’ animated blockbusters How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2 , an appearance in the eighth episode of Deadliest Warrior and as a host of the show's "Aftermath", a recurring role on the BBC drama River City, serving as a BBC Three continuity announcer, as co-host of the UK karaoke style panel game show Night Fever, helping launch the UK’s first Classic Rock station on FM in 2007 96.3 Rock Radio and hosting the breakfast show for a year, as a presenter on the Real Radio radio station. He works regularly with Blizzard Entertainment voicing King Magni Bronzebeard in World of Warcraft and Hearthstone.