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2018 Dayton Celtic Fest Headliners Announced!

2018 Dayton Celtic Fest Headliners Announced!

The 2018 Dayton Celtic Festival Headliners have been announced!

2018 Dayton Celtic Fest Headliners Announced!

Gaelic Storm is back!

Here are SEVEN reasons to get excited about this summers Dayton Celtic Fest.  The United Irish of Dayton, organizers of Celtic Festival, have announced the headline acts for the popular three-day festival at Riverscape.

  • Gaelic Storm

    Gaelic Storm

    "Blends of indie-folk and world grooves"

    Fan favorite Gaelic Storm returns to headline the 2018 Dayton Celtic Festival. Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band has built a loyal following as diverse as the band’s own music. Mixing crowd favorites and concert staples, Gaelic Storm is the only band to appear in Dayton every year since the festival began.

  • Scythian


    "Celtic music infused with a touch of punk-rock"

    Also back by popular demand, Scythian plays immigrant rock with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting, beckoning crowds into a barn-dance rock concert experience. Scythian returns to the Dayton Celtic Festival for their tenth appearance in 2018.

  • Rory Makem

    Rory Makem

    "Captivating audiences for over 25 years"

    Rory has toured extensively with The Makem and Spain Brothers and for 17 years toured and played guitar with his father, the legendary Tommy Makem. Captivating audiences with his skilled musicianship, charisma and passion for the songs, Rory Makem makes his debut at the Dayton Celtic Fest this summer!

  • Socks In the Frying Pan

    Socks In the Frying Pan

    "Traditional Melodies with Rhythmic Garnish"

    After a successful debut at the 2014 United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival, Socks in the Frying Pan return once again as traditional headliners for the 2018 festival. This young trad trio from County Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish.

  • The Fitzgeralds

    The Fitzgeralds

    "Energetic, hilarious, genuine, and heart-warming" 

    Award-winning quartet The Fitzgeralds are thre siblings from Canada that fiddle, step dance, sing, joke, and even seem to get along! Exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages set this group apart.

  • We Banjo 3

    We Banjo 3

    "Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences"

    Also back for 2018 - Award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 from Galway, Ireland, combines Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals, and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.

  • Heron Valley

    Heron Valley

    An energetic, young traditional band from Scotland

    Heron Valley will make their debut at the 2018 Dayton Celtic Festival. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music while taking influence from various Folk, Country and Bluegrass styles. 

    More details

    Dayton Celtic Festival is July 27-29, 2018 at Riverscape in Downtown Dayton.  Click here for more details.


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    United Irish of Dayton

    Uniting Irish groups in the greater Dayton area to promote the rich but often invisible historical, religious, and cultural heritage of the Irish people through education, service, charity, and community events.
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