Our amazing performers travel over hill and dale to entertain us. Enjoy dozens of performances and activities all around the Festival grounds. Here's a look back at our 2017 performers:

     Dublin 5 of Annapolis, Maryland

    DUBLIN 5

    Performs on the Main Stage from 2:15pm-3:00pm and again from 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Dublin 5 has taken the Celtic music scene by storm thanks to an eclectic mix of traditional roots and blazing instrumentals with an amped up rock twist. Their musicianship and showmanship is nothing short of high octane. Their fan base is continually expanding and covers people of all ages from all walks of life. The name Dublin 5 is the region in Ireland where Ray Murphy, lead singer in the band, grew up as a child. Dublin 5 has performed at The Milwaukee Irish Festival, The Syracuse Irish Festival, The Oshkosh Irish Festival, The Maryland Irish Festival, The Celtic Classic, The Celtic Fling, The Dayton Ohio Irish Festival, The Annapolis Irish Festival, The Maryland Renaissance Festival, FEDEX Field, Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, Raven's Stadium, USNA Stadium and Shamrock Fest Washington, D.C. Dublin 5 are fronted by Ray Murphy (lead guitar) from Dublin, Ireland and backed by Jenn Belle (fiddle), Gary Hewitt (bass), Jim Martin, (percussion), and drummer Kevin Shook. They are sure to keep you on edge until the final track has been played! dublinfive.com   sponsored in part by Dr. Marci McClive and Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty


    Main Stage 11:00am-11:45am and 3:30pm-4:15pm
    IONA's music is a unique, acoustic weave of the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man, Asturies and Galicia (Spain), as well as their transplants in America. Blending songs, dance tunes, and aires into a rich and stunning tapestry, their style is outstanding in an arena where these traditions are seldom intertwined. Conceived in 1986, IONA was the musical offspring of lead singer, bouzouki, guitar and bodhrán player Barbara Ryan and wind section, Bernard Argent. With fiddler Jim Queen (banjo and vocals as well) and bass guitar player Chuck Lawhorn, IONA has become the leading Celtic group in the Mid-Atlantic region. ionamusic.com   sponsored in part by Judi Merriman


    Main Stage at 1:00pm-1:45pm and 4:45pm-6:00pm with a ceili dance at 5:30pm
    From the hills of West Virginia, Aurora Celtic plays evocative, original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Band members Alice Fleischman, Michael Broderick, Chris Bern and Jake Pitzer are multi-instrumentalists who have played throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, at the Kennedy Center and in Europe. Their music has twice been featured on NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock music program. All have played in numerous musical groups spanning styles as diverse as Classical, Appalachian, Celtic & Alternative. Mike holds a masters degree in music performance and ethnomusicology. Mike is a prolific composer and arranger, contributing exciting original material to the mix. Their newest album will be released this summer! auroracelticmusic.com   sponsored in part by Demaree Inflatable Boats

    Greg Latta

    Shamrock Room at 11:00am-11:45am and 3:00pm-3:45pm
    Greg performs an eclectic mix of carefully chosen Irish, traditional and contemporary folk, Broadway, bluegrass, and original music. He is a two-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award in Solo Musical Performance from the Maryland State Arts Council. His performances at the Celtic Festival will be on Celtic pipes and bouzouki. website   sponsored by Dr. Marci McClive

    Lynne Dale & Avalon Folmsbee

    Shamrock Room at 1:00pm-1:45pm and 5:00pm-5:45pm
    Local Celtic harp duo that will transport you to another world with their ethereal sound.   sponsored by Mountaineer Log & Siding Company

    Duffy School of Irish Dance

    Village Stage 1:00pm-1:45pm and 3:30pm-4:15pm
    Young dancers from The Duffy School of Irish Dance from Gaithersburg, Maryland will make you want to kick your heels up! Founded in 2007, the school is dedicated to sharing the culture, art, and athleticism of Irish dance. website

    Potomac Highlands Scottish Country Dancers

    Shamrock Room from 2:00pm-2:45pm and 4:00pm-4:45pm
    Social dancers based in Cumberland, Maryland perform the lively "ballroom dancing of Scotland," originating in the 18th Century. 

    Pipe & Drum Bands

    A parade of Pipe and Drum bands will converge at noon for the Gathering on the Green, then play in various locations around the park at 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, and 4:15pm. Bands include host Garrett Highlands Pipes and Drums of Oakland, MD, St. Andrews Pipes and Drums of Parkersburg, WV, the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College from Elkins, WV, and the City of Winchester Pipes and Drums from Winchester, VA.

    Great Highland Athletes

    Watch athletic contests around The Green in the morning until the 12pm Gathering. Following the Gathering, the athletes will hold their featured contest. Children ages 6-12 are welcome to participate in the Rainbow's End Children's Highland Games in the Rainbow's End activities area. Registration closes at 1pm.   sponsored in part by Coldwell Banker Deep Creek Realty

    Sheep Herding

    Enjoy sheep herding demonstrations from Pipedream Farms of Frederick, MD in the Pasture next to the Main Stage at 1:15pm and 4:00pm

    Storytelling & Celtic History on the Village Stage

    "The Jacobite Risings" and "Scottish Immgration to America" by John Miles
    "History of Welsh in the Region" by Ina Hicks, sponsored by Vision Quest Studios
    "The Many Faces of Celtic Spirituality" by Judith Clister
    Readings from authors Patricia Hopper Patteson and Laura Treacy Bentley
    See the full schedule

    Rainbow's End Children's Area

    Craft stations are open from 11:00am to 5:00pm where children of all ages can make crowns, headpieces, costumes, and even learn how to make a kilt. Birds of Prey will come to visit from Deep Creek Lake State Park's Discovery Center at 1pm, participate in Children's Highland Games for ages 6 to 12, and hear the Legend of the Blarney Stone and tales from ancient Scottish and Irish sacred sites.
    sponsored by the Civic Club of Oakland

    Glen of Clans & Living History Units

    Visit an encampment of different families flying their family tartan and learn about the Celtic way of life in the old country, invluding re-enactors from the 16th century to World War I. Tents will be set up in the Celtic Village throughout the Festival.