Celtic Music and Arts Festival

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America’s oldest city will boldly reassert its remarkable Spanish Celtic colonial roots and its strong Irish-Scottish heritage March 11 – 17 when St. Augustine celebrates its first Celtic Music and Arts Festival in the city’s historic district.

Presented by Romanza, in association with Meehan’s Irish Pub on Matanzas, and directed by internationally acclaimed guitarist and band leader Benny O’Carroll of County Kerry in Ireland.

The festival launches with a series of weekend concerts and a parade on March 12, followed by a week of traditional music performances hosted by Celtic Masters. The festival concludes with a celebration on St. Patrick’s Day in downtown St. Augustine.

“The festival is arguably the finest international collaboration of Celtic music and arts that the United States has ever seen,” said Albert Syeles, festival organizer. “Some of the greatest living musicians, artists, writers and poets from Ireland, the United States, and the Celtic region of Spain (birthplace of Pedro Menendez, St. Augustine’s founder) will converge in this wonderfully romantic city for a weeklong celebration to honor the great traditions of music, literature, dance and all things Celtic.”

FRIDAY, MARCH 11
4:00PM GATE OPENS (RECORDED MUSIC)
5:00-6:30PM FOUR MEN & A DOG
6:45-8:00PM HEVIA
8:15-9:30PM DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS
8:00PM COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA – HOLST’S “JIG FROM ST. PAUL’S SUITE”, “LONDONDERRY AIR”-ARR. GRAINGER (COVER CHARGE $10)
@ LIGHTNER MUSEUM, 75 KING STREET
9:00PM-CLOSE PUB SESSION – TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND, “SESSIONS FROM THE HEARTH”
@ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 AVENIDA MENENDEZ
(VIP TICKET HOLDERS ADMITTED WITHOUT COVER CHARGE – SUBJECT TO CAPACITY)

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 12
10:00-11:00AM ST. PATRICK’S PARADE
11:00AM GATE OPENS (RECORDED MUSIC)
12:00-1:30PM TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND, “SESSIONS FROM THE HEARTH”
1:30-2:00PM DEREK COGHLAN, COMEDIAN
2:00-3:30PM RATHKELTAIR
3:30-4:00PM GLOR NA DAIRE IRISH DANCING ACADEMY-IRISH DANCING
4:00-5:30PM FOUR MEN & A DOG
6:00-7:30PM BLACK 47
6:00-9:00PM PAT COLDRICK, “AN EVENING OF IRISH & SPANISH GUITAR”
@ RESTAURANT TO BE DETERMINED
7:30-8:00PM DEREK COGHLAN, COMEDIAN
8:00-9:30PM HEVIA
3:00-8:00PM PUB SESSION – TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND
@ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 AVENIDA MENENDEZ
9:30PM-CLOSE PUB SESSION – TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND, “MUSIC FROM WEST KERRY, IRELAND”
@ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 AVENIDA MENENDEZ
(VIP TICKET HOLDERS ADMITTED WITHOUT COVER CHARGE – SUBJECT TO CAPACITY)

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 13
11:00AM GATE OPENS (RECORDED MUSIC)
12:00-12:30PM DEREK COGHLAN, STORY TELLER & COMEDIAN
12:30-1:00PM GLOR NA DAIRE IRISH DANCING ACADEMY-IRISH DANCING
1:15-2:45PM SEVEN NATIONS
2:45-3:15PM TIMMY “THE BRIT” MCCARTHY-OPEN AIR SET DANCING
3:15-4:00PM WOBBLY TOMS
4:15-5:45PM “THE MIGHTY CONCERT” –HEVIA, FOUR MEN & A DOG, TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND
6:00-7:30PM SEAN MCGUINNESS & DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS
8:00PM-CLOSE PUB SESSION – BLACK 47
@ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 AVENIDA MENENDEZ
(VIP TICKET HOLDERS ADMITTED WITHOUT COVER CHARGE – SUBJECT TO CAPACITY)

 

MONDAY, MARCH 14
TBD IRISH DANCING WORKSHOP
6:00-9:00PM PAT COLDRICK, “AN EVENING OF IRISH & SPANISH GUITAR”
@ RAINTREE RESTAURANT, 102 SAN MARCO AVENUE
7:00PM-CLOSE PUB SESSION MICHAEL FUNGE & TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND,“IRISH MUSIC FAIR FROM COUNTY CLARE”
@ ANN O’MALLEY’S PUB & DELI, 23 ORANGE STREET (NO COVER CHARGE)
9:00-CLOSE PUB SESSION – TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND, “MIGHTY SESSION”
@ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 AVENIDA MENENDEZ (NO COVER CHARGE)

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 15
10AM-12PM IRISH DANCING WORKSHOP
@ DANCING WITH VICTORIA, 4420 US 1 SOUTH
5:00PM-? PUB SESSION – TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND, “LIMERICK LASSIES SESSIONS”
@ ANN O’MALLEY’S PUB & DELI, 23 ORANGE STREET (NO COVER CHARGE)
6:00-9:00PM PAT COLDRICK, “AN EVENING OF IRISH & SPANISH GUITAR”
@ RAINTREE RESTAURANT, 102 SAN MARCO AVENUE
9:00PM-CLOSE PUB SESSION – TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND, TIMMY “THE BRIT” MCCARTHY & MICHAEL FUNGE
@ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 AVENIDA MENENDEZ (NO COVER CHARGE)

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
TBD IRISH DANCING WORKSHOP
10:00-12:00PM THE DANCING LEPRECHAUNS TRIO FROM DINGLE, IRELAND
@ BEACHES FARMERS’ MARKET
5:00PM-? PUB SESSION – THE SEAN LEAHY QUARTET
@ ANN O’MALLEY’S PUB & DELI, 23 ORANGE STREET (NO COVER CHARGE)
9:00PM-CLOSE PUB SESSION – RATHKELTAIR
@ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 AVENIDA MENENDEZ
(VIP TICKET HOLDERS ADMITTED WITHOUT COVER CHARGE – SUBJECT TO CAPACITY)

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 17
10:00AM GATE OPENS (RECORDED MUSIC)
11:00AM-6:00PM ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH IRISH & LOCAL MUSICIANS- TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND, TIMMY “THE BRIT” MCCARTHY, SEAN MURPHY
7:30-9:00PM WOBBLY TOMS
8:00-9:30PM TIMMY “THE BRIT” MCCARTHY -IRISH SET DANCING
9:00PM-CLOSE PUB SESSIONS – TRADITIONAL ALL IRELAND BAND & TIMMY “THE BRIT” MCCARTHY, “GRAND FINALE”
@ MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB, 20 AVENIDA MENENDEZ (COVER CHARGE APPLIES-NO EXCEPTION FOR VIP TICKET HOLDERS)

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 18
8:00PM CHAMBER MUSIC: TRINITY! – FEATURING MENDELSSOHN’S HEBRIDES/FINGAL’S CAVE OVERTURE, CALEDONIA, & WORKS BY ELGAR, J.S. BACH & BEETHOVEN
($10 DONATION)@ TRINITY EPISCOPAL PARISH, 215 ST. GEORGE STREET

 

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