Music & Dance

Performers Stages


2021 Performers

Ben Hockenberry  

Ben Hockenberry New!

blarney bunch  

The Blarney Bunch

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


buffalo niagara scotia  

Buffalo Niagara Scotia Society Pipes & Drums

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



Cairde fifteen years

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


buffalo caledonian  

Caledonian Pipe Band of Buffalo five years

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.


catch and release band  

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. The band adds its own styling and rock beat to these tunes to provide the audience with a fun and engaging listening experience.



CelticMoon five years

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


celtic spirit pipe band

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.


clan na carra  

Clann Na Carra Irish Dance

Pronounced ‘Clonn Na Karra', they were 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.




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.

D'Arcy Furniss  

D'Arcy Furniss New!


David Stayner  

David Stayner New!


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.


David Stayner  

Dennis & Lainie from Yellow Jack New!

A newer band to the area, they specialize in folk and Americana music, songs related to Western New York and Erie Canal history, and original material. We look forward to seeing their special performance planned for Niagara Celtic!


emerald isle band  

Emerald Isle Band

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


Feadán Òr  

Feadán Òr Pipe Band five years

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).


Irmandade Da Gaita  

Irmandade Da Gaita New!

We're excited to introduce traditional Galician folk music and dance, performed by Irmandade da Gaita (The Brotherhood of the Bagpipe). These talented musicians and dancers have been keeping the Galician culture alive through music and dance. Their angelic sounds with harmonizing bagpipes and traditional percussion will transport you to the rolling hills of Galicia, Spain.



Kindred ten years

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.


mackenzie highlanders'  

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.


Harvester 56 Theater Dance Academy  

Main St. 56 Dance Company

Founded in 2017, Main St. 56 Dance Company provides quality dance instruction at an affordable price. Classes are taught by professionally trained instructors in a fun and relaxed environment in Batavia NY. We offer classes for students in Kindergarten through Adult, beginner to advanced. Competition team is available. They are currently the only school in Genesee County offering Irish Dance.


matt englert  

Matt Englert    

In addition to his Celtic repetoire, he can be found playing a variety of Roots-Americana in clubs and coffeehouses all over western New York.




Born in the days before alternative was a marketing term, McCarthyizm soon became a band known for blending 60’s garage and 80’s underground rock with strong melodies and intelligent lyrics. Add some raucous rhythm and a tasty measure of Celtic flavoring and you’ve got a cocktail with a punch that delivers one helluva good time, all the time.


merry mischief  

Merry Mischief ten years

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.

niagara frontier fiddle club  

Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club five years

The Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club is dedicated to the preservation and performance of Old Time Fiddle Music. We are an acoustical group and our motto is ‘Fiddling For Fun.’ We are an acoustic group made up of Fiddlers, Guitars, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolins, Dobro and Spoons. We also feature singers and story telling, which provides us with a variety show that is pleasing to all who listen to us.


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.


rebecca glon  

Rebecca Glon New!

With a love of poetry and adventure on her sleeve, Glon keeps Celtic tradition and appreciation alive in song and story--from medieval to present! Audiences will find her pieces an engaging mix of beauty and insight, with some laughter thrown in as well. Be sure to grab a drink and sit a spell with friends for her Saturday performance on the Cara Stage!


Rince na Tiarna Irish Dance School  

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

The Rochester Scottish Pipes & Drums is the city of 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.


rosewood bridge  

Rosewood Bridge

Rosewood Bridge plays fun up-tempo acoustic music: their favorite acoustic songs, Irish and Americana songs, a little country, a little rock, and a few originals too.



Setanta New!

Setanta is a small group of traditional Irish musicians who met playing music in pubs here in Western New York. Although the band itself is fairly new, the individual musicians are well-respected in the Irish music scene, and perform frequently at area pubs and festivals.


seven nations  

Seven Nations

Seven Nations has created a truly hybrid sound and transient live show. The depth and complexity of their music is astounding, each listen reveals a deeper layer of intricacy that has been embraced by an ever growing audience. They joined Niagara Celtic for our 10th anniversary, and we're honored for their return to celebrate our 20th year.


step in time  

Step in Time fifteen years

Their diverse repertoire of Celtic, seafaring and music from the 14th century to now 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 their hallmarks.

stone circle  

Stone Circle New!

Stone Circle is a contemporary and traditional Irish Pub band well known to the WNY region.



SYR New!

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.


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.


tuatha dea  

Tuatha Dea

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!


young school of Irish dance  

Young School of Irish Dance New!

Based in Rochester, NY, their experienced dancers have been performing in a large variety of showcases and competitions. We are thrilled for Niagara Celtic to be one of their many stops!




fg stage

Fireside Stage

Music and dancing at the Fireside is nearly non-stop all weekend, from local favorites to international rockers. It's the home for the Saturday Evening Ceilidh, and will be surrounded by lights, food, ceremonial fires- everything you love about Niagara Celtic!


dragonfly stage

Dragonfly Stage

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


celtic arts theatre

Celtic Arts Theatre

Celtic sounds originated with solo performers, small bands and groups. The Celtic Arts Theatre honors their modern counterparts who blend musical traditions and sounds with a touch of their own style. The theatre is our only indoor stage, and offers food and restaurant-style seating.


motte & bailey

Motte & Bailey Arena

This quaint wood arena has built in bleachers and a roof, allowing seating like you've never before experienced at Niagara Celtic. Enjoy dancers, pipe band showcases, unique demonstrations and more!


cara stage

Cara Stage New!

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


20th Anniversary Honors

The stars honor the amazing participants who've supported Niagara Celtic over the years. Each star shows (at least) how long they've been part of our amazing Celtic family. Thanks for everything you bring to make this festival what it is! 
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