The tradition continues in June!

From the traditional Celtic tunes we all know and love to rowdy Celtic rock to pipes and drums. Hear the best Celtic music in southwest Ohio during Celtic Fest Ohio!

The best blend of Celtic music, Irish and Scottish dancing, bagpipe bands, historical encampments, cultural activities, and demonstrations in Southwest Ohio!

the music lineup

About Father Son and Friends

Father Son and Friends is a traditional Celtic-Americana Folk Band with Scots-Irish roots that settled in Kentucky, USA.  Now calling Englewood, Ohio home, Father Son and Friends travel the country promoting their Celtic heritage at Highland Games, Irish Festivals, Historical Festivals, Community Festivals, Theaters and Pubs. Their shows will have you laughing, clapping and singing along.

Band Website

events

Location: Guinness Tent

Friday | 6pm | Guinness Tent $25 Per Person (Ages 21+ Only) Hosted by a Guinness Ambassador, learn all things Guinness, enjoy a tasting, and take a perfect pint glass with you. Purchase your ticket at the Guinness Tent. Limited to the first 75 people.

the music lineup

About Albannach – New for 2018!

Founded in 2005, this Pipes & Drums band has taken the USA by storm. Their unique style, charismatic stage performance, and love for all things Scottish has drawn crowds from coast to coast. A MUST SEE! Not just another Scottish Pipes & Drums band! Albannach’s primal drumming and precise piping stirs the soul of anyone who hears them - young and old!

Band Website

About Off Kilter

Off Kilter is a high-energy Celtic rock band founded by Jamie Holton, bagpiper, in 1996. The band is a unique blend of traditional Celtic tunes and songs with a rock twist, popular covers arranged with a Celtic rock feel, and original songs. Instruments consist of bagpipes, Irish whistles, electric guitar, bass, fiddle, drums and vocals. The band recently ended an 18 year run as one of the most popular bands at Walt Disney World in Florida, and currently tours the country performing at many different venues.

Band Website

About The Fighting Jamesons

The Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of music with an aggressive and energetic modern-day approach.

Band Website

About Father Son and Friends

Father Son and Friends is a traditional Celtic-Americana Folk Band with Scots-Irish roots that settled in Kentucky, USA.  Now calling Englewood, Ohio home, Father Son and Friends travel the country promoting their Celtic heritage at Highland Games, Irish Festivals, Historical Festivals, Community Festivals, Theaters and Pubs. Their shows will have you laughing, clapping and singing along.

Band Website

About Poor Man’s Gambit

An energetic trio of Celtic artists blending Celtic and American folk music. Poor Man's Gambit is based out of Pennsylvania and has a long performance list including regional festivals, events, and a tour of England and Ireland.

Band Website

About Dulahan

Dulahan’s music is a Celtic hybrid that pays homage to the traditional but incorporates all the varied musical influences of the four members into its unique sound. The result is a unique blend of creative songwriting and musical energy that draws on both contemporary and the traditional Celtic but also unmistakably contains subtle hints of a Roots/Americana feel as well.

Band Website

About Jameson’s Folly

A local favorite to the Dayton area, Jameson's Folly features toe-tapping, hand-clapping Irish and Folk tunes.

About Blackthorn and Laurel

Blackthorn and Laurel are five musicians from the Dayton, Ohio area with a passion for storytelling the old-fashioned way. Music that will have you laughing, drinking, and singing along from the first note to the last, and entertaining audiences all over southwestern Ohio.

Band Website

About 42nd Royal Highland Regiment of Foot, Grenadier Company – New for 2018!

A reenactment group representing the Grenadier Company of the 42nd Foot, The Royal Highland Regiment, as they would have appeared in winter camp, New York, in October of 1776. Visit their encampment to learn what life was like for the Grenadier Company.

Band Website

About The 42nd Royal Highlanders

Based in Lafayette, Indiana, this amazing group portrays the 42nd Royal Highlanders (Today's Black Watch) as they appeared in North America circa 1777. The 42nd of Lafayette was formed by Captain Thomas J. Griffin in 1975, for men interested in Scottish history and culture, portraying the 42nd during the period of the American Revolution. Today, the 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music is America's premier 18th century band of pipes, fifes, and drums, and has performed for audiences across the country, from the New England coast to the Mississippi River, and from Wisconsin to Fort Ticonderoga in New York, Vermont, and south to Alabama. In 2013 the 42nd Royal Highlanders toured Scotland and played at the opening of the Black Watch Museum and for the Royal Family.    

Band Website

About Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums Band

The Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums Band was established circa 1912, making them one of the oldest pipe bands in the United States. The mission of the band is to preserve and promote appreciation of Scottish culture and heritage through Highland Piping and Drumming. The band meets its mission by performing at public events, sponsoring instruction in Scottish cultural activities such as music and dance, and teaching free, quality lessons in Scottish bagpiping and drumming. The band is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. They regularly perform at local and regional parades, cultural festivals, benefits, sporting events and other venues.

Band Website

About Miami Valley Pipes & Drums

Based in Dayton, Ohio, the band meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 P.M. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, except for the first Tuesday of each month, when the band meets at Abiding Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn. The band provides free pipe lessons to anyone who is interested in joining with the band after learning to play. An intermediate level class is also available. The band is available for hire as a band or individually to play at your event. Whether your event is solemn or celebratory, the Miami Valley Pipes and Drums can meet your needs.

Band Website

About Cincinnati Highland Dancers

Cincinnati's Official Scottish Highland dance group, CHD is led by Louise L. Reid, SOBHD Judge and Fellow Member BATD and Melissa K. Volck, Fellow Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing.  In addition to competing in local, regional, national and world competitions, the dancers of CHD enjoy performing throughout the year for the community.

Band Website

About McGovern Ceili Dancers

Live, Laugh, Love, Irish Dance! The mission of the McGovern Ceili Dancers is to provide exceptional Irish dance instruction for Beginner through Championship levels.  Classes for ages three to adult, at all of our Ohio and Indiana locations. We strive  to develop the self-esteem, confidence, and Irish dance  skills of each dancer in a positive, nurturing environment where all of our students can reach their full potential. We work  to instill a sense of unity and friendship among our students and their families through a variety of Irish cultural events and opportunities at the McGovern Ceili Dancers.

Band Website

About Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance (Dayton)

The Richens/Timm Academy is one of the most recognizable and respected names in the world of Irish dance.  It is the most established and accomplished school in both central Ohio, central Indiana and now Wyoming.  The Academy’s rich history began over 35 years ago when Ann Richens ADCRG, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began traveling to Columbus from Dayton, Ohio to share her passion for Irish dance.  After her prized pupil, John Timm, captured the 1993 Senior Men’s World Championship title, they partnered and the school became the Richens/Timm Academy.  Following Ann’s passing in 2011, Richens/Timm is now directed by John and his wife, Heather Timm. The Richens/Timm Academy currently serves locations in Dublin, Columbus and Dayton, OH , Indianapolis and Tipton, IN, and a sister school in Casper, Wyoming.

Band Website

events

Location: Guinness Tent

Saturday & Sunday | Guinness Tent | 5:00pm | $18 Enjoy samples of up to 8 varities with a glass of your favorite at the end.

Location: Guinness Tent

Saturday & Sunday | Guinness Tent | 3:00pm | $18 Enjoy samples of 6 varieties with a pint of your favorite at the end.

Location: Viking Encampment

The Lost Viking Hoard Misplaced Vikings recreate the daily activities of the Viking culture that greatly influenced the Celtic nations. Experience what it would be like to be a Viking sailing to explore far away lands with a tour of the 40-foot Wolf Tamer vessel, a 360-degree educational adventure.

Location: Guinness Tent

Saturday & Sunday | Guinness Tent | 1:00pm | $18 Hosted by a Guinness Ambassador, learn all things Guinness and more. Taste up to 6 different varieties and brands with a pint of your favorite at the end.

Location: Field

Alan Miller is a second-generation livestock herder based out of Bloomfield, KY, about 35 miles southeast of Louisville.  Open your imagination and think you're on the side of a mountain and watch as Miller demonstrates how he uses border collies to maneuver small groups of ducks and sheep. During the demonstrations Miller will explain to the audience the history of herding and how the dogs help out daily on the farm.

the music lineup

About Albannach – New for 2018!

Founded in 2005, this Pipes & Drums band has taken the USA by storm. Their unique style, charismatic stage performance, and love for all things Scottish has drawn crowds from coast to coast. A MUST SEE! Not just another Scottish Pipes & Drums band! Albannach’s primal drumming and precise piping stirs the soul of anyone who hears them - young and old!

Band Website

About Off Kilter

Off Kilter is a high-energy Celtic rock band founded by Jamie Holton, bagpiper, in 1996. The band is a unique blend of traditional Celtic tunes and songs with a rock twist, popular covers arranged with a Celtic rock feel, and original songs. Instruments consist of bagpipes, Irish whistles, electric guitar, bass, fiddle, drums and vocals. The band recently ended an 18 year run as one of the most popular bands at Walt Disney World in Florida, and currently tours the country performing at many different venues.

Band Website

About The Fighting Jamesons

The Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of music with an aggressive and energetic modern-day approach.

Band Website

About Father Son and Friends

Father Son and Friends is a traditional Celtic-Americana Folk Band with Scots-Irish roots that settled in Kentucky, USA.  Now calling Englewood, Ohio home, Father Son and Friends travel the country promoting their Celtic heritage at Highland Games, Irish Festivals, Historical Festivals, Community Festivals, Theaters and Pubs. Their shows will have you laughing, clapping and singing along.

Band Website

About Poor Man’s Gambit

An energetic trio of Celtic artists blending Celtic and American folk music. Poor Man's Gambit is based out of Pennsylvania and has a long performance list including regional festivals, events, and a tour of England and Ireland.

Band Website

About Ladies of Longford

Celebrating thirteen years of their special brand of Celtic music, the Ladies of Longford serve up a unique blend of both traditional and contemporary styles. This all woman band never ceases to excite and amaze it's audiences with high energy and beautiful harmonies. The Ladies perform Irish music along with various other genres such as Country, Classic Rock favorites and Americana.

Band Website

About Dulahan

Dulahan’s music is a Celtic hybrid that pays homage to the traditional but incorporates all the varied musical influences of the four members into its unique sound. The result is a unique blend of creative songwriting and musical energy that draws on both contemporary and the traditional Celtic but also unmistakably contains subtle hints of a Roots/Americana feel as well.

Band Website

About Jameson’s Folly

A local favorite to the Dayton area, Jameson's Folly features toe-tapping, hand-clapping Irish and Folk tunes.

About Blackthorn and Laurel

Blackthorn and Laurel are five musicians from the Dayton, Ohio area with a passion for storytelling the old-fashioned way. Music that will have you laughing, drinking, and singing along from the first note to the last, and entertaining audiences all over southwestern Ohio.

Band Website

About 42nd Royal Highland Regiment of Foot, Grenadier Company – New for 2018!

A reenactment group representing the Grenadier Company of the 42nd Foot, The Royal Highland Regiment, as they would have appeared in winter camp, New York, in October of 1776. Visit their encampment to learn what life was like for the Grenadier Company.

Band Website

About The 42nd Royal Highlanders

Based in Lafayette, Indiana, this amazing group portrays the 42nd Royal Highlanders (Today's Black Watch) as they appeared in North America circa 1777. The 42nd of Lafayette was formed by Captain Thomas J. Griffin in 1975, for men interested in Scottish history and culture, portraying the 42nd during the period of the American Revolution. Today, the 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music is America's premier 18th century band of pipes, fifes, and drums, and has performed for audiences across the country, from the New England coast to the Mississippi River, and from Wisconsin to Fort Ticonderoga in New York, Vermont, and south to Alabama. In 2013 the 42nd Royal Highlanders toured Scotland and played at the opening of the Black Watch Museum and for the Royal Family.    

Band Website

About Miami Valley Pipes & Drums

Based in Dayton, Ohio, the band meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 P.M. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, except for the first Tuesday of each month, when the band meets at Abiding Christ Lutheran Church in Fairborn. The band provides free pipe lessons to anyone who is interested in joining with the band after learning to play. An intermediate level class is also available. The band is available for hire as a band or individually to play at your event. Whether your event is solemn or celebratory, the Miami Valley Pipes and Drums can meet your needs.

Band Website

About Cincinnati Highland Dancers

Cincinnati's Official Scottish Highland dance group, CHD is led by Louise L. Reid, SOBHD Judge and Fellow Member BATD and Melissa K. Volck, Fellow Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing.  In addition to competing in local, regional, national and world competitions, the dancers of CHD enjoy performing throughout the year for the community.

Band Website

About McGovern Ceili Dancers

Live, Laugh, Love, Irish Dance! The mission of the McGovern Ceili Dancers is to provide exceptional Irish dance instruction for Beginner through Championship levels.  Classes for ages three to adult, at all of our Ohio and Indiana locations. We strive  to develop the self-esteem, confidence, and Irish dance  skills of each dancer in a positive, nurturing environment where all of our students can reach their full potential. We work  to instill a sense of unity and friendship among our students and their families through a variety of Irish cultural events and opportunities at the McGovern Ceili Dancers.

Band Website

About Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance (Dayton)

The Richens/Timm Academy is one of the most recognizable and respected names in the world of Irish dance.  It is the most established and accomplished school in both central Ohio, central Indiana and now Wyoming.  The Academy’s rich history began over 35 years ago when Ann Richens ADCRG, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began traveling to Columbus from Dayton, Ohio to share her passion for Irish dance.  After her prized pupil, John Timm, captured the 1993 Senior Men’s World Championship title, they partnered and the school became the Richens/Timm Academy.  Following Ann’s passing in 2011, Richens/Timm is now directed by John and his wife, Heather Timm. The Richens/Timm Academy currently serves locations in Dublin, Columbus and Dayton, OH , Indianapolis and Tipton, IN, and a sister school in Casper, Wyoming.

Band Website

events

Location: Guinness Tent

Saturday & Sunday | Guinness Tent | 5:00pm | $18 Enjoy samples of up to 8 varities with a glass of your favorite at the end.

Location: Guinness Tent

Saturday & Sunday | Guinness Tent | 3:00pm | $18 Enjoy samples of 6 varieties with a pint of your favorite at the end.

Location: Viking Encampment

The Lost Viking Hoard Misplaced Vikings recreate the daily activities of the Viking culture that greatly influenced the Celtic nations. Experience what it would be like to be a Viking sailing to explore far away lands with a tour of the 40-foot Wolf Tamer vessel, a 360-degree educational adventure.

Location: Guinness Tent

Saturday & Sunday | Guinness Tent | 1:00pm | $18 Hosted by a Guinness Ambassador, learn all things Guinness and more. Taste up to 6 different varieties and brands with a pint of your favorite at the end.

Location: Field

Alan Miller is a second-generation livestock herder based out of Bloomfield, KY, about 35 miles southeast of Louisville.  Open your imagination and think you're on the side of a mountain and watch as Miller demonstrates how he uses border collies to maneuver small groups of ducks and sheep. During the demonstrations Miller will explain to the audience the history of herding and how the dogs help out daily on the farm.

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Enjoy a wide variety of foods from Irish and Scottish to traditional American fare.

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