2018 Austin Celtic Festival Musicians

Runa
RUNA

RUNA has been enchanting audiences since their formation in 2008. RUNA consists of vocalist and step-dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, Fionán de Barra on guitar, Cheryl Prashker on percussion, Ross Holmes on mandolin, vocals, banjo, and flat-picking guitar, and Maggie White on the fiddle.

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Socks in the Frying Pan
Socks in the Frying Pan

The award winning trio from County Clare have captivated audiences, the world around, with their high energy performances, breath-taking musical ability and their trademark 3 part vocal harmonies.



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The Fitzgeralds
The Fitzgeralds

Special Encore Performance! Hot off their viral dancing video, family members Julie, Tom, Kerry and guitarist Graham MacGillvary, will return for a rousing set of Ottawa Valley trad dance and music.


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The Founding
The Founding

The Founding is a Progressive Celtic band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. With their unique, energetic, and powerful approach to songwriting, they strive to constantly push the boundaries of the Irish and Scottish music traditions.

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Josephine County
Josephine County

Josephine County combines the talents of four powerful traditional musicians into one exceptional musical experience. Award-winning fiddler and singer Erica Brown Shipman, multi-instrumentalist Matt Shipman, Flautist and singer Hanz Araki and vocalist Colleen Raney.

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The Prodigals
The Prodigals

Austin's favorite NYC band is returning with a special 20th anniversary tour starring their original band mates. Accordion led madness and rousing tunes ahead!


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Poor Man's Gambit
Poor Man's Gambit

Poor Man's Gambit is a Philadelphia based trio brings a fusion of traditional music of Ireland, France, and Scotland to listeners around the world. Featuring button accordion, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki and bodhran, Poor Man's Gambit is quickly gaining recognition in the Celtic music scene.

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The Mari Black Celtic Band
Mari Black Celtic Band

Award-winning Celtic fiddler Mari Black, together with her Celtic Band, Mari delivers a show full of dance-driven energy and sparkling stage presence, honoring tradition and exploring new possibility in the music of the Celtic regions.


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The Selkie Girls
The Selkie Girls

North Texas Celtic music stars, The Selkie Girls, return to captivate ACF with their lush vocals and dynamic instrumental arrangements of Scottish and Irish songs.

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Dave Curley & Finn Magill
Dave Curley & Finn Magill

Irish singer/multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley formerly of Runa and Slide has colaborated with Andrew Finn Magill, a leading fiddler in a new generation of musicians.

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Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums
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. A nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing Scottish Piping to Central Texas since 1977.



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John Williams, Katie Grennan & Jeff Moore
John Williams, Katie Grennan & Jeff Moore

John Williams is one of the founding members of the American Irish group Solas and a world-renowned accordion and concertina player. Jeff Moore is one of the southwest's foremost Irish guitarists and singers and he and John are legacy performers of the Austin Celtic Festival. This year, they are joined by multi-talented Irish fiddle player and Irish step-dancer Katie Grennan.

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Kieron Elliott
Kieron Elliott

We are delighted as always to welcome back Kieron Elliott as Master of Ceremonies. Kieron is a well known Scottish actor, host and voice-actor and is certain to liven up a crowd.



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Máirtín de Cógáin
Máirtín de Cógáin

Máirtín de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who is not only is our MC but also is a noted playwright and actor. He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S. and between and beyond, too! If you are lucky enough to catch him spinning a few yarns, you are in for a treat.

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