2019 AUSTIN CELTIC FESTIVAL MUSICIANS
Frankie Gavin with Theo Page
Frankie was the 2018 Gradam Ceoil TG4 Musician of the Year Award and is indisputably one of the most influential Irish musicians of all time.
"A superbly uncompromising player, he makes refreshment of the old by picking out and polishing every detail and setting it off in a steady, listenable pace. Gavin edgy and brilliant on both fiddle and flute, with always the most meticulous attention given to tone and variation."
For over a decade, Vishtèn has earned its place as one of the most respected bands on the international touring scene. The members of this driving trio are both powerful francophone singers and fiery multi-instrumentalists, fusing Acadian and Celtic genres with
rock and indie-folk influence.
Miller, MacDonald & Cormier
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Canada and further afield, for their synergistic approach to traditional Scottish music. Blending Scottish Lowland pipes with Cape Breton fiddle, Gaelic song and step-dance, Ben and Anita join together the threads of Old and New World traditions, while constantly exploring new ways to bring their instruments closer together. As well as performing as a duo, Ben and Anita tour as a trio with Zakk Cormier, an Acadian multi-instrumentalist from Prince Edward Island.
Austin's favorite NYC band is returning with a special acoustic performance with accordion led madness and rousing songs.The band 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 Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums
One of our favorite friends of the Austin Celtic Festival will be returning again showcasing the areas top pipe band. For the past 40 years, Silver Thistle has been a competitive bagpipe band and 501c3 non-profit organization, serving the greater Austin area by performing and teaching a mix of modern and traditional music.
Taking their name from the Gaelic word for kinship, “The Gaelic Super Group” Dàimh (pronounced dive) are based entirely in the West Highlands of Scotland. From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the full expressive gamut of folk music at its best and are justly renowned for their thrilling live shows.
James Keane, Jeff Moore, Chris Buckley
Austin's own top trad stars, Jeff Moore and Chris Buckley are joined by one of Dublin's and now New York's finest accordion players James Keane. Keane is one of the seminal Irish players in Celtic music. A master accordion player and one of the few true keepers of the
pure drop tradition.
The 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.
The Mari Black Band
A master of diverse musical styles and winner of several major international competitions, Mari sweeps her audiences away on a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. She and her dynamic band will treat you to an unforgettable experience that will have you tapping your
toes and dancing in the aisles!
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