Maine Celtic Celebration 2019 Music Lineup







This traditional group from Quebec has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk, and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums have met with critical acclaim in Canada, the US, and Europe. Known for its energy and stage presence, Genticorum has played more than 1,000 concerts in more than 15 countries over its 18 year history. This “power trio” weaves precise and intricate fiddle, flute, and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar accompaniment into a jubilant musical experience. The members of the group are each steeped in musical traditions both through their formal educations and their presence in the traditional music scene of Quebec and New England.


 Katelynn Reiss Photography






John Byrne Band

The John Byrne Band is led by Dublin native and Philadelphia-based John Byrne. Their debut album, After the Wake, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011. With influences ranging from Tom Waits to Planxty, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. John and the band followed up After the Wake in early 2013 with an album of Celtic and American traditional tunes. The album, Celtic/Folk, pushed the band on to the FolkDJ Charts, reaching number 36 in May 2015. Their third release, another collection of John Byrne originals, entitled “The Immigrant and the Orphan”, was released in Sept 2015.


 Photo by Ruth Clark

The Galley Rats

The Galley Rats are a Maine based band made up of Josh King (Bass and Vocals), Pat Sylvia (Guitar and Vocals), Colin Graebert (Fiddle and Vocals), and Drew Albert (Percussion, and Vocals). The band has been performing in different incarnations since 2008. With the current line-up, the direction of the band has shifted, from pub-centric cover band, to all original folk rock innovators. The Galley Rats blur the lines of genre with their compositions.


Gabriel Donohue, Seamus Connolly, and Marian Makins

The trio of Gabriel Donohue, Seamus Connolly and Marian Makins put together an exciting mix of traditional Irish and Scottish ballads and tunes with beloved songs of the sea and sailing. Each member of this group is an individually accomplished musician. Donohue studied fingerstyle guitar, musical theater, and voice. His musical artistry has always placed him in high demand in Irish music circles. He has toured with such greats as The Chieftans, Cherish the Ladies, Eileen Ivers, and JoanieMadden. Fiddler Seamus Connolly has won 10 All Ireland solo fiddle championships – more than any other individual. In 2013 he was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of distinguished lifetime achievement by a folk or traditional artist residing in the United States.




Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.


The Napper Tandies

The Napper Tandies are a three piece Irish folk group from Maine who have been a crowd favorite for years at the Maine Celtic Celebration.  Chris Brinn has been in integral part of the success of this festival in his volunteer role helping to select the entertainment.


Black Point Pipe & Drum

Black Point Pipe and Drums, at the Maine Celtic Festival 2015, left, Arch Laird of Runsun, New Jersey, went to college Ricker College in Houlton, Maine; the We One, Al Baker of Waldo and originally Buffalo, New York; Hayley Davenport of Brooks, Maine; Carol Baker of Waldo and originally Drexerlhill, PA; and Roderick MacLeod of Tinton Falls, NJ.


Gus LaCasse

Described as a fiddler with both speed and savage energy, Gus LaCasse’s repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and original tunes.



Anah Highland Pipes

Anah Highlanders Pipes & Drums of Bangor Maine, a Maine Pipe Band, supporting the Shriners Children’s Hospitals and Doctors Visits. They Parade so others may walk; Pipe Major Paul Hazard says they are helping to keep the Scottish Performing Arts alive while serving the community.


Laura Scott

Laura Scott has been performing and teaching Highland Dance since the 1960s, and has pushed the envelope of her dancing by incorporating Cape Breton step dance, Highland hardshoe, and improvisation into her choreographies. In addition to working with Ed Pearlman and Highland Soles, Laura has danced for performances by Alasdair Fraser, Natalie MacMaster, Jerry Holland, Tony Cuffe, Aly Bain, Battlefield Band, Joe Cormier, and many others. She is a life member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and served on the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing Judges Panel for 30 years. She has taught many students, including at camps such as Pinewoods, Gaelic Roots, and her own summer camp.


Ryan’s Volunteers

Led by champion piper Torrin Ryan, this all-star quartet has a deep passion for the dance music of Ireland. Torrin Ryan became enamored with Irish traditional music at 9 years old, and now devotes his time to playing, recording, and teaching the uilleann pipes and whistle. He has won five All-Ireland medals! Christian Stevens is one of the foremost exponents of the concertina and button accordion in the Irish style, and has spent two decades surrounded by the thriving Irish music community in America. Fiddler Liana Wolk began as a teenager, immersing herself in Irish music in the Philadelphia music scene. She has spent her adult life playing with the great players and sessions of Northern Ireland and Boston. On guitar and bouzouki, Owen Marshall was immersed in the various textures and sounds of the Celtic music from an early age. The music traditions of Quebec and Nova Scotia, just over the border from his home in Vermont, and the strong Irish musical scene of Boston to the south also influenced him.

Last minute change: Owen Marshall will be unable to play due to a hand injury. Miles Isacke will sit in for Owen who expects to return to the group soon.

Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago

Acoustic duo Lindsay Straw and Jordan Santiago create a sound defined by driving arrangements, adventurous improvisation, vocal harmonies, and love of both the old and new. Lindsay (guitar, bouzouki, vocals) comes from a traditional music background, having spent years playing in Irish sessions and at Celtic festivals, while Jordan (mandolin, fiddle, vocals) brings his experience as an improvisational bluegrass and jazz musician. Together, they seek to combine the best elements of Celtic jigs & reels, bluegrass fiddle tunes, British folk ballads, unexpected pop covers, jazz, and their own original material.


Knotwork combines the instrumental and vocal talents of three accomplished musicians. Nik Apollonio (fiddle, guitar, cittern) Fred Gosbee (12 string guitar, fiddle, woodwinds) and Julia Lane (Celtic harp) have played Celtic style songs and tunes gathered from friends, archives and their personal traditions for several decades. They play what they love, inspired by the land and sea and the lives of their ancestors.

Jennifer Armstrong

Jennifer is a seasoned performer and teacher who lives right here on Gypsy Rose Farm in Belfast. She has been on stage at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN; the Illinois Storytelling Festival; The Fox Hollow Folk Festival; the Pie & Story Festival; the University of Chicago Folk Festival and the Kennedy Center for the Arts. On our stage, Jennifer will share her Scottish border clan heritage in a program of mouth music, ballads, bagpipes, fiddle and Celtic tales.

Maine Highland Fiddlers

The group is part of the traditional Celtic music revival that thrives throughout the North Atlantic rim. The music of Scotland, Cape Breton, Ireland and the Shetlands resonates well with the rich heritage of Maine’s early Celtic settlements. Along with fiddles, the group includes guitar, bodhran and piano. The group of seven musicians gathers from throughout southern, western and mid-coast Maine to perform, pass on and renew the Celtic fiddle tradition in Maine. Their music recaptures the kitchen party atmosphere that is central to the Celtic tradition.


Children’s Activities

The caber toss might be a bit too much for this toddler, but he will find a tent with lots of fun activities for him and his friends.


Cheese Roll

This is a crowd favorite and open to anyone on Sunday afternoon.  Grab the cheese and you win it. Cheese chasers under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a statement of responsibility.


Dog Show & Sheepdog Herding Demonstration

Join Mr. Pickles after the Celtic Dog Breed Show at 10 AM for a Border Collie Sheep Herding demonstration Saturday afternoon at 1 PM and 4:30 PM


Highland Heavy Games

Another crowd favorite and open to anyone who wants to give it a try.


 Kilted Canter 5K Run/Walk

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