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Celtic Fest is July 27-29, 2018 at Riverscape in Downtown Dayton.
The Celtic Festival, a celebration of Celtic culture, is held annually by United Irish of Dayton, a group promoting Irish heritage in the Dayton area.
Celtic Fest is continually rated the top festival in Dayton, and it boasts three solid days of non-stop entertainment. In addition to the four stages with continuous live entertainment, other festival activities will include a 5K Run/Walk, Celtic Bike Ride, Whiskey Tastings, Cultural Exhibits, and a fabulous Children's Area. Come early Sunday morning for a Celtic Breakfast and Celtic Mass.
But it's the music that is the big draw - and the 2018 Celtic Fest will have several Headliners as well as 20+ Regional Celtic Acts.
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.
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.
A seasoned performer with over 25 years on the road, 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!
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.
Award-winning quartet The Fitzgeralds are three 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.
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, an energetic, young traditional band from Scotland 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.
The Dayton Celtic Festival has partnered with the Greater Dayton RTA to provide complimentary shuttles between the festival site at RiverScape MetroPark and two parking garages, the Transportation Center Garage at 101 E. Fifth St., and the Reibold Garage at 117 S. Main St. The shuttle will be free, but parking fees will apply at the garages.
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