New World Celts, Sarasota provides a forum for the exchange and promotion of cultural information between the Celtic Associations of the New World; To act as liaison for coordination of and assistance to these Organizations.
You need your Kilt wearing, Highland Ale drinking, Meat Pie nibbling, must have a new trinket, bagpipe rock fix of course! Come join us at Nathan Benderson Park! Rest assured however, that all proceeds fund grants for area Celtic non-profit organizations, college scholarships open to Celtic descendants, and education scholarships for students of Celtic Arts.
Sarasota Celtic Music Festival is operated by:
New World Celts, Sarasota Chapter – a 501(c)(3) organization
In times of old the Celts believed on that night between the passing of the old year, and the arrival of the new, that the veil between our world and the Otherworld (or spirit world) was thinnest, and that spirits and faerie folk could visit the human world, and vice versa, and that you could contact your passed ancestors. That belief has continued with today’s Halloween traditions of witches and ghosts, etc.
The Christian church called the festival ‘The Feast of all Saints’, on ‘All Saints’ Eve’ or ‘All Hallows’ Eve’, hence the term “Halloween”. Source http://www.mauiceltic.com/celtic-beliefs.htm
Dance in the new season as we eat, drink and be merry, remembering those who have gone before us!
SRQ Celtic Music Festival is proud to bring to Sarasota some of the most innovative bands touring America today who are on the forefront of the Celtic Fusion, Celtic Folk, and Celtic Rock scene.
We are also excited to bring you some of Florida’s local pub entertainment favorites. Whether you’re a band groupie and know the songs by heart or are curious about discovering your next new favorite band.
New World Celts – Sarasota invites you to Sarasota Celtic Music Fest, Saturday, October 21st for a great day of music.
Come sample a variety of award winning celtic beers & ales from Gold Coast Eagle Distributors under our giant tent and be prepared to sing, clap along, and dance the day away!
The story of SEVEN NATIONS is that of a truly original and determined band based in Orlando, Florida. They have for years booked their own tours,and have had their own PBS and CNN specials. Throw away any preconceived notions you may have about Celtic music…this is a band that has invented its own sound and attracted a prodigious national and international following.
Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.
“Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod. “We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod. “Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began. Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.”
Seven Nations has been touring full-time since 1994 with successful stops in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the US. The band has recorded a number of albums with over a quarter million units in sales. The band’s latest album, Time as the Enemy has been praised for “having the appeal of the original albums, yet a mature songwriting style. The lyrics are relatable, surprising, and the pipe/fiddle hooks stir a desire to listen to the album over and over.”
Its versatile and dynamic style has stamped Seven Nations as a highly book-able band, with an ever increasing and loyal fan base. The group has performed at a variety of venues, from nightclubs and pubs to festivals and street fairs. They’ve done it all. Recently, garnering the attention of the Orchestra world by including dates with several American orchestras, most notably the multi-Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the South Carolina Philharmonic. They also became the first Celtic rock band to bring this exhilarating collaboration to the stage at an outdoor Irish festival, when they performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival.
In addition, Seven Nations has played the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a New Year’s Eve performance at Scotland’s Royal Mile for some 40,000 people, and at the New York City Marathon. Seven Nations has been the subject of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign and appeared in over 20 major publications including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Playboy, Maxim, GQ, Stuff, and FHM.
It’s been two decades and over a million miles logged on the road for Seven Nations since their inception and they’re just getting started. With a highly anticipated return to their roots of festivals, touring and recording, this indie band is poised for another amazing decade.
Blue Skye Pipes and Drums, are an all-female traditional Scottish band, featuring Grade 1 Pipe Major Cassandra Calo. Wearing the Isle of Skye tartan; green, purple, blue and brown, reminiscent of Scottish heather, the icy Atlantic sea and the rugged hills on the world’s most famous island where piping was born. The band is based in Sarasota, Florida.
McIntyre specializes in Celtic Folk Shenanigans at pubs and festivals. Their musical antics and dulcet tones can be found in pubs from central to southwest Florida. The band’s motto is “Keep Calm and Get McIntyred!”
Bringing culturally diverse songs and instruments heard pubs, taverns and pirate ships alike. From across the pond to the taverns of our colonies, Celtic Conundrum will have you dancing and singing in the aisles.
Bobby Vesey is a talented Irish ballad singer, guitar and bodhran player. For 25 years, he was a member of the New England based Tipperary Knights band, sharing the stage and opening for legends, Jim McCann, Davey Arthur and Tommy Makem, to name a few.
He is known for involving the audience in Sing-alongs of their favorite traditional songs. Together with Tommy and Carmel of the Tipperary Knights, Bobby performed at numerous venues and Irish festivals including Newport RI, New Haven CT, Hunter Mountain NY and Coney Island NY. He was Master of Ceremonies at several music festivals including Danbury, CT and continues the MC role at the annual Sarasota Celtic Music Festival.
Bobby was born and raised in New York City, the son of Irish emigrants. His mother Johanna is from Limerick and his dad Frank, from Roscommon. He began his music career at age twelve, singing and playing guitar at Saint Brendan’s Church folk mass in the Bronx.Bobby’s wife Annie was born and raised in the UK and her family all live across the Irish sea in beautiful Wales.
Always wanting to stay close to their heritage and upbringing, it’s been a perfect fit to team up with Brack Tours of Ireland, giving them the opportunity to host awesome group trips to the Emerald Isle. Still residing and enjoying life in Sarasota, Annie also cares for the elderly, while Bobby continues to entertain audiences with his music
Don’t worry we didn’t forget about the kids! We have tons of fun stuff for the kiddies!
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The gates will open at 10:00 am! See you all then.
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Stay tuned for the full schedule! We’re working hard lining up the best bands and entertainment for you.
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THERE IS A $5 PARKING FEE TO PARK ON THE ISLAND.
YES. PETS ON LEASHES ARE PERMITTED
NOPE! PLENTY OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS AND BEVERAGES ON TAP. SORRY NO COOLERS ARE ALLOWED.
AYE! BRING THE BAIRNS THERE’S PLENTY TO KEEP THEM OCCUPIED IN AND AROUND THE KIDS TENT.
FIRST AID STATION ADJACENT TO ENTERTAINMENT TENT
PERFORMERS WILL BE SELLING CD’s, T-SHIRTS’s AND OTHER BAND PARAPHERNALIA DURING AND IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THEIR SHOWS.