23rd Niagara Celtic Heritage Festival & Highland Games

September 14 & 15, 2024 | Saturday 10am-10:30pm; Sunday 10am-7:00pm


Music & Dance

2024 Performers

 ** more announcements coming soon **
96th highlanders
The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums, Inc.

The 96th Highlanders Pipes and Drums Inc of Jamestown, NY is under the direction of Pipe Major Pamela Silver. They are proud to represent their region of Jamestown, NY and Chautauqua County.

Bastard Bearded Irishman

 Pittsburgh-based Bastard Bearded Irishmen is one of the most entertaining and energetic live shows today. Their sound is an original, ferocious blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, mixed with punk, gypsy and high-energy rock n’ roll. They’re hard-partying and always in good spirit!

The Blarney Bunch
The Blarney Bunch

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

Buffalo Niagara Scotia Society Pipes & Drums
Buffalo Niagara Scotia Society Pipes & Drums

One of WNY's newer pipe bands, BNSS is dedicated to strengthening Scottish pride in the region, through the art of playing bagpipes. They welcome newcomers of all ages.

Catch and Release
Catch and Release

Catch and Release is a 5-piece high-energy Celtic influenced band out of Rochester, New York. They cover both traditional and modern Celtic/Irish songs, as well as some standards, polkas, and even a few surprises.

Celtic Spirit Pipe Band
Celtic Spirit Pipe Band 

Celtic Spirit mixes traditional pipe music with various modern instruments in unique arrangements created by the band. Their performances span festivals, traditional parades and high profiles shows.


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

Dave Stayner
David Stayner
"D" Company Buffalo City Guard 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.

Glengarry Bhoys

From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers, always push the musical envelope but never stray too far from thir roots. They have earned a reputation as entertainers that challenge you to sit still during their engaging performances.

Kilrush New!

Based out of the Southern Tier region of New York, Kilrush is the premier band specializing in a wide range of musical styles from traditional Irish to contemporary Celtic and Celtic rock.


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.

O'Braca Irish Band
O'Braca Irish Band

O'Braca has been entertaining WNY with traditional Irish music since 2011. They're an all acoustic band singing songs with lively vocals. Members of the band are seasoned musicians...playing & recording in multiple bands currently and over the years. A fun bunch of guys!

Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums
Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums

The Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums is the city of Rochester’s Celtic Ambassador to the world. The band has greatly expanded its repertoire to include both traditional martial music and more modern tunes.


SYR (Sire) is a Celtic Folk Rock band from Columbia, SC. Taking inspiration from Celtic history, stories and myth, SYR blends their various unique backgrounds to create powerful songs with themes like battle, love, loss, heritage and victory. 

Three Parts Whiskey
Three Parts Whiskey

Three Parts Whiskey is a trio of friends who truly love entertaining. Born out of the critically acclaimed Penny Whiskey, 3PW offers the best in music from both Ireland & Scotland along with home grown bluegrass, folk influences and a few surprises along the way!

Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross
Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross

Firmly dedicated to preserving Scottish and Irish heritage through song, Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross delivers music from their ancestors. Having played all over New York, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Canada, they are "road-ready" for Celtic entertainment.


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cara stage
Cara Stage

This small accoustic stage is big on passion. Performers fill The Great Hall with Celtic & local sounds at select times daily.

celtic arts stage
Celtic Arts Stage

Celtic sounds originated with solo performers and small groups. This stage hosts their modern counterparts, who blend traditional sounds with their own style. This is our only indoor stage, and offers restaurant-style seating.

dragonfly stage
Dragonfly Stage

Music is alive at the Dagda Faire! The Dragonfly hosts a variety of popular musical acts, all with the goal of keeping the Dagda's atmosphere full of fun and excitement.

fireside stage
Fireside Stage

Music and dancing at Fireside is nearly non-stop, from local favorites to international rockers. It's the home for the Ceilidh Celebration, and is surrounded by lights, food, ceremonial fires and more!

motte & bailey arena
Motte & Bailey Arena

This wood arena has built in bleachers and a roof, allowing shelter while outdoors. Enjoy dancers, pipe band showcases, unique demonstrations and more!


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