March 10-12: National bands on stage at St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

Emish will perform at the 2017 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival. Contributed image

St. Augustine, FLThe 7th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival will feature national Celtic bands Emish and Seven Nations on the main stage, along with other international bands. The annual event is set for March 10-12, 2017 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine.

The festival was voted the Best Festival in St. Augustine and was the 2016 winner of Jacksonville’s Bold City Best Concert/Event.

EMISH

New York natives, Emish, have forged their own Americana folk rock sound. This independent, power-folk band initially found success in a grassroots manner. Supported by their dedicated fan base, Emish has repeatedly been voted the “Best Band of the Hudson Valley.” The band will perform both Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12.

Frontman Bobby Curreri has been named the “Best Singer/Songwriter” for the past two consecutive years. Since its inception in 2005, the group has grown to include support from the national stage as well.

The band’s high energy, live performances and distinct sound have catapulted Emish to be a sought-out headlining act at major festivals and concerts across the U.S., including the likes of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Folk & Irish festivals, as well as the more intimate setting of theaters or small concert settings.

Band members include Christy Halligan Brown on fiddle and back up vocals; Bobby Curreri on guitar, vocals, and flame thrower; Jennifer Curreri on flute, vocals, trumpet, and whistles; and Andrew Hulle on drums and percussion; and Mitch Sumner on bass.

Seven Nations will perform at the 2017 St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival. Contributed image

SEVEN NATIONS

Seven Nations will bring dance and fusion Celtic-rock to the main stage on Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12. The group’s name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany.

Featured on PBS and CNN, the band began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass. Seven Nations is now based out of Orlando. The band has been touring full-time since 1994 with successful stops in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the U.S.

Throw away any preconceived notions you may have about Celtic music. This is a band that has invented its own sound and attracted a prodigious national and international following.

With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.

CELTIC FESTIVAL

The festival features international bands Albannach, Dublin City Ramblers, Emmet Cahill, and The Real McKenzies.

National band Whiskey of the Damned also will perform, and local group Jig to a Milestone also is set to take the stage.

Find the CELT in YOU in America’s Oldest Celtic City

The three-day St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is arguably the finest Celtic event in the United States, according to the international bands who perform here. The festival is set for March 10-12 in downtown St. Augustine, featuring internationally acclaimed Celtic bands, a pre-festival Whiskey Tasting, Highland games, Celtic shopping and food, live music, two stages, and a variety of entertainment — and the ONLY St. Patrick’s Day parade in Northeast Florida begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11.

Tickets are available at CelticStAugustine.com. Festival tickets may also be purchased at Ann O’Malley’s 23 Orange St., downtown St. Augustine.

The St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is produced by Romanza – St. Augustine and is funded in part by St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and by Visit Florida.

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