Maine Celtic Celebration 2018 Music Lineup


Open the Door for Three

Open the Door for Three is fiddle player Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O’Hare, and Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player Pat Broaders. Their music is a rare combination of unearthed tunes from centuries-old collections, newly composed melodies, fresh arrangements of songs old and new, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the unmatched energy of a trio of good friends playing great Irish music together.


 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.


Miller, MacDonald, Cormier

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Atlantic Canada and further afield for their synergistic, pipe and fiddle driven style of Gaelic dance-music.  Zakk Cormier is a dynamic musician with deep roots in the musical community of Prince Edward Island. He brings his talents as a sympathetic guitar accompanist, as well as the driving rhythm of Acadian foot-percussion. As Miller | MacDonald | Cormier, these three young artists create a powerful sound, which transcends the boundaries between Cape Breton, Scottish, and Acadian traditions.


Kelly Girls

The Kelly Girls are a lively and talented four piece all female band. They play traditional, contemporary and original Celtic tunes, ballads, folk and pub songs. Enjoy their rousing renditions of songs and tunes rooted in Irish, Scottish, American and Canadian musical traditions. They play fiddle, banjo, bodhran, tin-whistle, flute, ukulele, harmonica, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. Harmonies, stories and stage shenanigans will undoubtedly entertain one and all! The girls have been performing in New England, Canada and Ireland for many years for all kinds of parties, weddings, festivals, and special occasions.



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.



Grey Larsen

Renowned Irish fiddler Seamus Connolly says that Grey Larsen is one of the few Americans who have mastered the East Galway style of Irish flute playing. Grey plays a very old, wooden flute with a distinctive voice: dark, silky and reflective. Come experience lyrical gems of Irish melody in this intimate concert set. Grey will mostly play solo, but will also be accompanied by local favorites Baron Collins-Hill and Will Brown. In addition to Irish flute, Grey will play tin whistle and anglo concertina.


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.



Chris Murphy

He’s been described as:
“Rich, organic instrumentation that hits you right in your soul when you hear it.”
-Ted Rogen, No More Division, 2017
“Polished and balanced while still retaining an impressive live quality.”
-Jason Hillenburg, Skope Magazine, 2017

“A fire-breathing virtuoso of the violin, Chris Murphy crams more musical mileage into a short set than most players do in an entire tour. Murphy does the devil’s handiwork on four strings with a winning presence and a gypsy’s knack.”
– James Rotondi, Editor-in-chief for
Future Music Magazine



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 he and his friends.


Cheese Roll

This is a crowd favorite and open to anyone who wants to sign a waiver on Sunday afternoon.  Grab the cheese and you win it.


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


Manx Uphill Three-Legged Race


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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