Albannach primarily hails from Scotland’s industrial heartland of Glasgow. With one bagpiper, three drummers, and a didgeridoo, they create unrivaled sounds that echo from the ancient glens of Alba (ancient name of Scotland). Their primal Pipe and Drum carry the very essence of what it is to be Scottish in every note: Passion, Power and Pride. Performing worldwide since 2005 with six albums, two DVDs and countless awards to their name, this musical War-Hammer shows no signs of slowing down as they continue to pound out the live shows with their raw energy and captivating performance as they have done in thousands of shows over the years.
Making their second appearance at the Florida Keys Celtic Festival are acclaimed vocalist Brendan Nolan and multi-instrumentalist Colin Farrell. Nolan, a true Dubliner, is known for both his songwriting as well as his interpretations of traditional Irish songs and is a renowned guitarist and bodhrán player. He maintains a very active touring schedule in the US and Canada, appearing in numerous Celtic festivals, and has released seven studio albums.His eighth album, “Live at the Side Door,” was recorded with Farrell. Farrell started playing fiddle and tinwhistle from an early age, winning numerous titles for his instrumental prowess. He has since made his mark touring and recording with an array of internationally-known musicians, including, currently, the band Lúnasa. He has recorded two critically-acclaimed albums, his latest recognized as Instrumental Album of the year by liveIreland. Read their full bio.
Drake Irish Dance, one of the most prestigious Irish Dance Schools in the United States, was founded in 1990 by Dublin Ireland native, Karl Drake. Since its founding, Drake Irish Dance has branched out across the southeastern United States and expanded into Mexico and China. Drake Irish Dancers have a record of competitive achievements, including Regional and National Champions as well as World Medal holders. In addition to their numerous American performances, The Drake Irish Dance Troupe has travelled all the wayto China, performing at Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Beijing’s Forbidden City. Drake Irish Dance Fort Lauderdale includes Regional and National Championship medal-holders and World Championship qualifiers. They are led by Christina Deacy, TCRG, herself a Southern Region Champion who has placed at both Nationals and Worlds.
The Police Pipe and Drum Corps of Florida, based in Fort Lauderdale, honors and supports law enforcement officers and fire service communities through the ancient art of bagpiping. Their membership includes active, former and retired law enforcement officers, firefighters, and military personnel.
West of Galway is a duo based in Naples, Florida and known as Southwest Florida’s premier Irish party band. They entertain Irish music-loving crowds throughout Florida and on the festival circuit up and down the eastern USA.
The Screaming Orphans are a high-energy band of four sisters from County Donegal, Ireland. With deep roots in traditional Irish music, the Screaming Orphans draw on a diverse set of influences ranging from The Bangles to The McNulty Family, with a strong focus on melody-driven songs with pop and rock strains.
Connor Civatte is a highly accomplished fiddler who began playing at the age of 5. Now a performer and composer, he is winner of numerous competitions, including the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship. In performance Connor tells historical tales of treachery and heroism – often with a humorous or offbeat twist! – then retells the story on his fiddle.
Florida-based Blue Skye Pipes and Drums is the world’s only all-female pipe and drum corps. Borrowing not only from the traditional Highland bagpipe repertoire but from TV (“Outlander”) and screen (“Lord of the Rings”), their stage performances also include harp, fiddle, and guitar, as well as vocals. They wear the Isle of Skye tartan.