18th Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 15 & 16, 2018

Saturday 10am-10pm | Sunday 10am-6pm



pavilion stage

The Pavilion Stage

Located in Region 2. Niagara Celtic's main performance stage, the Pavilion plays host to Saturday night's Ceilidh Celebration. Music and dancing here are nearly non-stop all weekend from local favorites to international rockers.


the glen

The Glen

Located in Region 8. With a beautiful backdrop of Great Lake Ontario and a peaceful surrounding atmosphere, The Glen is the heart of our festival's east end. Bring a comfy blanket and relax as you enjoy the spectacular sounds of many fabulous performers!


celtic arts stage

Celtic Arts Stage

Located in Region 3. Celtic sounds originated with solo performers, small bands and groups. The Celtic Arts Stage honors their modern counterparts who blend musical traditions and sounds with a touch of their own style.



Showcases at Clan Village

Located in Region 5. Multiple times daily you can enjoy up-close performances by amazing musicians. This immersive concert experience is unlike anything you'll find at our stages, and is sure to be fun and memorable.


2018 Performance List




1916 has quickly become the hardest hitting Irish Rock band this side of Dublin City! They truly are high energy punk rock with a twist of whiskey.


96th Highlanders

The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Inc.


The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums Inc. of Jamestown, New York, is under the direction of Pipe Major Pamela Silver & Drum Sgt. Doug Clark & Drum Major John Shaughnesy. The 96th Highlanders proudly represent Southwestern New York and Northern Pennsylvania.


The American Rogues

The American Rogues


Renowned for their musical skill, quick wit, compelling storytelling, and engaging stage show, The American Rogues have mastered the art of creating an immediate connection with audiences. They are known for their epic sounds that cross the musical landscape, making them a household name with music lovers around the world.


The Blarney Bunch

The Blarney Bunch


This popular South Buffalo band performs wonderful tunes that delight fans and fairgoers each year.


boree log set dancers

Boree Log Set Dancers


Set dancing is the popular and an early form of folk dancing. They are based on old court dances and allow for some amazingly fun group dances! Come and see the Rochester Set Dancers perform these dances first-hand!


Boughton Hill Band

Boughton Hill Band


The Boughton Hill Band has been together in one form or another since 1996. They specialize in Celtic & Americana music, instrumental jigs, rags & folk songs. This is their 13th consecutive year performing at the Niagara Celtic Festival!


Caledonian pipe band

Buffalo Caledonian Pipe Band


The Caledonian Pipe Band of Buffalo was formed in 1958, and is a family-based organization. They field in Grade 4 and Grade 5 competitions.





Cairde’s always expanding repertoire that runs the gamut from centuries-old traditional tunes. We play an exciting blend of Irish & Scottish traditional and contemporary tunes, pub and fiery rebel songs, along with American folk.





CelticMoon Duo entertains with Irish traditional and Irish American favorites for pubs, family gatherings, weddings, wedding rehearsals, festivals and life celebrations (wakes).


Celtic Spirit

Celtic Spirit Pipe Band


Formed in 1999, Celtic Spirit has grown into one of Western New York’s top Celtic music performance ensembles. The band mixes traditional pipe music with various modern instruments in unique arrangements created by the band. The band’s performances span regular appearances at area Celtic festivals and traditional parade marching to playing high profiles shows.


Clann Na Cara Irish Dance

Clann Na Cara Irish Dance


Clann Na Cara Irish Dance (pronounced ‘Clonn Na Karra') was founded in 2006 by four champion dancers. It has since grown to include 6 locations across Buffalo and Binghamton. Clann Na Cara has performed in St. Patrick’s Day Parades, Irish festivals, TV performances, charity events, concerts, weddings, schools, nursing homes, and the list goes on. Competitively, dancers have been honored with numerous national and international awards.



Crikwater New!


Born in the rustbelt Irish American neighborhood of South Buffalo, NY in 2010, Crikwater have become the premier Irish American Traditional Folk Band in Western New York. The pub-scene veterans offer up a mix of fiery fiddle tunes, rowdy pub sing-a-longs, elegant ballads and original songs.


Dark Road Duo

Dark Road Duo


Dark Road Duo has a playlist of traditional blues, country and folk music. Their sounds are comprised of harmonica and inimitable dulcet vocals, accompanied by acoustic rhythm guitar and warm harmonies.


Gordon Highlanders

"D" Company Buffalo City Guard Gordon Highlanders


The Gordon Highlanders were formed in 1837 in defense of the City of Buffalo. They are the oldest continuing organization in the City of Buffalo, this year celebrating their 175th anniversary. They march in parades all across Western New York and participate in many community activities.


Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle


Emerald Isle band plays a mix of traditional Irish, Scottish and sea chanties on fiddle, accordion, bass, guitar, penny whistle, bodhran, harmonicas and banjo.


Feadán Òr Pipe Band

Feadán Òr Pipe Band


Feadán Òr performed for about 18 years, and was one of the most known bands in the area. Their newest incarnation has been around for a few years now. Their aim is to promote traditional scottish bagpiping, drumming and dancing, in performances and through teaching (they also offer lessons in all three skills).





With a rare blending of voice, cello, guitars, and percussion, Kindred draw their music from the Irish poets, pubs, and county fairs; from the Scottish Highlands, Atlantic Canada, and the Appalachian crannies of the American southeast. Kindred is the husband and wife team of David and Felicia Meyer.


the leftovers

The LeftOvers


The LeftOvers established a following throughout Western New York in 2001. With music ranging from popular drinking songs to the historical and poignant rebel songs of Irish past, The LeftOvers offer a large variety of rebel tunes and ballads. They drink a lot, they tell bad jokes, and they won’t play songs that make you think too much. The LeftOvers offer something for every Celtic heart.


MacKenzie Highlanders' Pipes and Drums

MacKenzie Highlanders' Pipes and Drums


MacKenzie Highlanders' Pipes and Drums With roots dating back to 1913, the band has had many incarnations over the years. Now the tradition continues... The MacKenzie Highlanders' offer free bagpipe and Scottish drum lessons to all interested in becoming a member.


merry mischief

Merry Mischief


Songs of pirates, sailors, lonely maidens, dragons, and days gone by... where beggars and thieves earned their way on the byways of merry olde England & Ireland. So sit ye down by the fire of our music, sung in two-part harmony, with a wink, a jest & a limerick or two...and rest ye awhile with a tear or a smile.


The Next Generation Leahy

The Next Generation Leahy New!


Get ready to be blown away by this incredible family! All under the age of 16, they are all multi-instrumentalists who have an uncanny natural talent and a stage presence most adult musicians can't muster. Their performances are nothing short of remarkable, both in talent and in energy. Niagara Celtic is thrilled to welcome them this year, and look forward to watching them inspire future generations of local Celtic performers and enthusiasts!


Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band

Niagara Regional Police Pipes and Drums New!


The Niagara Regional Police Pipes and Drums is located in Niagara Falls, Canada. They perfom locally and across Canada and the USA at Scottish Highland Games and other Celtic events, both as a concert and competition Pipe Band.


penny whiskey

Penny Whiskey


Penny Whiskey is a group of fun loving folks who truly have a good time doing what they love most…entertaining. They offer the best in acoustic music from Ireland & Scotland, along with home grown bluegrass and folk influences. With audience participation songs, rousing pub sings, comedy tunes and tearful ballads, Penny Whiskey offers something for everyone.


poor ould goat

Poor Ould Goat


Poor Ould Goat plays Irish folk/rock, bluegrass, country, rock, Americana and original songs with high energy on acoustic instruments. The four members play a pile of instruments, collectively including mandolin, accordion, guitar, djembe, bouzouki, banjo, bodhran, doumbek, tin whistle, drum kit, and three vocals.


Reardon & Garvey Band

Reardon & Garvey Band


The Reardon & Garvey band performs traditional and contemporary Irish music, American Folk tunes, and some new contemporary songs. With the combination of 3 and 4 part harmonies and instrumentation, they keep audiences highly entertained.


Rince Na Tiarna

Rince na Tiarna Irish Dance School


Rince na Tiarna (Gaelic for ‘Lord of the Dance’) is a family oriented school that teaches students from five to young adult, while nurturing pride in Gaelic culture. From beginner to champion, hard work, creativity and fun generate a certain spirit and style that is unique to their school and students.


rochester scottish

Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums


Now in its 95th year, The Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums is more than ever Rochester’s Celtic Ambassador to the world, carrying its unparalleled tradition forward into the 21st Century. The band has greatly expanded its repertoire to include both traditional martial music and more modern tunes.



Royal Scottish Country Dance Society


Scottish Country Dancing is a distinctive, historical form of social dancing by common folk and the elite. Thanks to the social pattern of Scotland, Scottish Country Dancing has never died. This socially inclusive traditional dancing helped make Scottish Country Dancing accessible to all, from the barn to the ballroom.


rush the growler

Rush the Growler


Rush The Growler’s origins go back over 20 years.Their name comes from a term used long ago about buckets (growlers) that workers filled with beer at the local tavern as they rushed home from work.


Schiehallion Scottish Dancers

Schiehallion Scottish Dancers


The Schiehallion Dance Ensemble have been fine ambassadors (both officially and unofficially) not only for their hometown of Hamilton, but also for all of Ontario and Canada. Through her dancers, director Sandra Bald Jones has helped to perpetuate Scottish cultural heritage, bringing highland dancing to the attention of many delighted audiences.


shannonside ceii dancers

Shannonside Ceili Dancers


The Shannonside Ceili Dancers were originally formed by mothers of girls taking Irish step dancing lessons. Rather than sit in the hallway and wait for the classes to end, they decided to take up dancing themselves. Today we welcome men and women, new and experienced dancers, those of Irish birth/descent and those who just love the music and culture.


step in time

Step in Time


Step In Time: Celtic, Eclectic...Our diverse repertoire of Celtic, seafaring and music from the 14th century to the present is performed with outstanding vocals and varied instrumentation including: Guitar, Pipes, Whistles, Concertina, Bouzouki, Bodhran, Harmonica, Flute and Recorder. Performances full of energy and humor are hallmarks of Step In Time band.


Tom Callahan

Tom Callahan


Tom Callahan’s unique voice is rich, powerful, and expressive and his music is captivating. Audiences are often inclined to join in on a rousing chorus of a pub favorite, or touched by the powerful emotion from within his songs. Tom plays several instruments, but his signature is the 12-string guitar which he has played since the age of fifteen.


tom keefer and celtic cross

Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross


Tom has opened for international acts the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Enter The Haggis as well as headlining and been a main stage performer at many Celtic festivals. Having played all over New York, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Canada Tom is “road-ready” for Celtic entertainment. Don’t miss out on the fun.


Tuatha Dea

Tuatha Dea New!


Combining primal rhythms, melodic and ethereal ballads, screaming guitar riffs with an Appalachian/Celtic vibe, Tuatha Dea delivers an authentic tribal and clannish feel that not only draws the audience into the music but into the moment and clan as well. They embrace their Celtic heritage and mesh it with their own bold blend of mainstream rock, mountain drumming and Appalachian blues to produce a truly unique sound that has a universal appeal!




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