Seven Nations will bring dance and fusion Celtic rock to the stage at the 8th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, set for March 9-11 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring 9 of the top Celtic bands in the world. Go to celticstaugustine.com for more details and tickets. The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival was voted Best Concert/Event in the “Bold City Best” Jacksonville region and Best Festival/Event in St. Augustine – both for the second year in a row in 2017.
“The name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany, and the band officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” said lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod.
Seven Nations is now based out of Orlando and has been featured on PBS and CNN. The band has been touring full-time since 1994 with successful stops in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the U.S.
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.
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.
“Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began,” McLeod said.
“Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.
Other musicians returning to the 2018 event include fan favorites the Dublin City Ramblers, Emish, Albannach, and Rathkeltair. Emmet Cahill and Enter the Haggis are headliners, and new bands are House of Hamill and the Steel City Rovers. The three-day St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is “The Finest Celtic Music Festival in the United States,” according to the international bands who perform here and the fans who return each year.
The festival is set for March 9-11 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring 9 of the top Celtic bands in the world, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, The St. Augustine Highland games, Celtic artisans and food, live music, two stages, and a variety of entertainment – and the ONLY St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida begins at 10 am Saturday, March 10.
VIP TICKET SALE
VIP tickets are available for a discount through February 28, available online. General admission tickets are $10, also available in advance online, along with Whiskey Tasting tickets.
Learn more about the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival online at www.celticstaugustine.com.