It’s Radiohead meets Riverdance when House of Hamill takes the stage for the first time in the oldest city during the 8th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival. The event is set for March 9-11, 2018 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine.
The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival was voted the Best Concert/Event in the Jacksonville region for 2016 and Best Festival/Event in St. Augustine for the second year in a row in 2017. The event also was the 2016 winner of Jacksonville’s Bold City Best Concert/Event.
HOUSE OF HAMILL
Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. Brian’s band Enter The Haggis and Rose’s group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4am whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn’t until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.
Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
Other bands and musicians returning to the 2018 event include fan favorites Emmet Cahill, Dublin City Ramblers, Seven Nations, Rathkeltair, Emish, and Albannach. Headliners are Enter the Haggis and Emmet Cahill. New bands are the Steel City Rovers and House of Hamill.
Find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest Celtic City
The three-day St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is arguably the finest Celtic event in the United States, according to the international bands who perform here. The festival is set for March 9-11 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring internationally acclaimed Celtic bands, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic shopping and food, live music, two stages, and a variety of entertainment — and the ONLY St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida begins at 10am Saturday, March 10.
For more information on the event, visit www.celticstaugustine.com.
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