Female Canadian Celtic group Searson to perform at Celtic Fest

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Sisters Erin and Colleen Searson will bring their blend of Canadian Celtic Pop music to the main stage of the 5th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival, set for March 13-15 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine. Contributed image

From Romanza St. Augustine

St. Augustine, FL — High energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing come together as sisters Erin and Colleen Searson will bring their blend of Canadian Celtic Pop music to the main stage of the 5th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival.

The three-day event is set for March 13-15 at Francis Field, 29 W. Castillo Drive, downtown St. Augustine, beginning with the Whisky Tasting on Friday evening, March 13. The St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, part of the fun-filled weekend. Highland games, live music and a variety of entertainment also are on the schedule.

Searson is part of the extraordinary collection of international stars on the main stage Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, that includes Celtic bands Albannach, The Dublin City Ramblers, Rathkeltair, Whisky of the Damned, Poor Angus, Makem & Spain and Irish Echoes.

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Searson has toured for well over a decade — having recorded seven albums to date and composing all their own songs and fiddle tunes. A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the live show.

Members include Erin Searson on lead vocals, piano, keyboards, tenor guitar and step dance; Colleen Searson on fiddle, vocals, and step dance; Danno O’Shea on drums, djembe, and percussion; and Fraser Gauthier on bass and acoustic guitar.

“The most satisfying part of performing live is seeing our fans singing along to songs that we’ve written and requesting fiddle tunes that we wrote,” Erin said.

“There’s nothing better than seeing the audience emotionally involved in your live show.”

The bands are chosen each year by John Cunningham, the Celtic Festival co-chair. Cunningham and his wife Sherri own Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub in downtown St. Augustine. Sherri also organizes the St. Patrick’s Parade.

“Searson — an awesome breath of fresh air in the Celtic music scene. They blend a very nice fusion of some of the Canadian influences in Celtic music with folk and traditional Irish,” John Cunningham said.

“Very high energy show, lots of singing, dancing and merriment. I was fortunate enough to have them in the pub a year or so ago. I was very intrigued by their videos on YouTube and on their website, but seeing them live — especially five feet in front of me — and then having the chance to lift a pint afterwards. … What else can I say?”

Advance purchase (until March 1) general admission tickets are discounted to $7, with VIP earlybird discounts at $45 that include two free beers or wine, a free festival T-shirt, special seating, and VIP restrooms and bar. To purchase tickets in advance, go to celticstaugustine.com or at Ann O’Malley’s 23 Orange St., downtown St. Augustine.

For more information about the St. Augustine Music & Heritage Festival, go to celticstaugustine.com.

 

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