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.


Joey Abarta & Owen Marshall

Joey Abarta has spent the last sixteen years touring North America, Europe, and Asia teaching and performing on the uillian pipes, the Irish bagpipe. Joey’s accomplished playing has won him and All-Ireland championship. Vogue magazine calls musician Owen Marshall “A guitar/mandolin/banjo player rivaled in character only by the occasional three-pronged carrot” (Vogue 2009). With 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, Owen was immersed in the various textures and sounds of the Celtic music from an early age. 



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.


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.



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 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


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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