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 at our 2019 performers:



Local favorites from down the mountain in Cumberland, Maryland, Shanty Irish play traditional Irish pub tunes that will immediately get you on your feet. They spill off the stage with nine bandmates on instruments as varied as the bodhran, pipes, harmonica, and whistle. They've been playing centuries old pub songs that tell tales of fighting and revolution, love, and the wonders of poitin and porter (whisky and beer) for more than 16 years together. We are glad to welcome them back to the Celtic Festival stage!




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). 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.

IONA will also present an up close and personal talk with the audience on the Village Stage.

Aurora Celtic

Aurora Celtic


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. Their newest album was released in 2017.
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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 Irish Uillean pipes, Northumbrian Pipes and bouzouki. website



Local Celtic Harp performer and teacher, Lynne Dale, performs all over the regional area and is appreciated for her ethereal sound which will transform you to another place and time.  Come enjoy traditional tunes in a quiet setting.



A Border and Highland piper in the Washington, D.C., area, Tracy grew up around the pipes within earshot of McLean High School in northern Virginia and has played the Great Highland bagpipes for the last 15 years.  He plays as a member of the Washington Scottish Pipe Band at parades and events throughout the D.C. area, including at the National Cathedral, and also performs regularly as a solo piper.  For the last 10 years, Tracy has also also played Scottish smallpipes and Border pipes, pursuing the rich expanse of Scottish music outside of the formal pipe band setting, and is a regular of the Washington area's Celtic traditional music session scene.  He serves as a board member of the week-long Càirdeas school of Scottish smallpiping held each summer in Vermont.




We are pleased to welcome new to our stage in 2019 young dancers from The Teelin School of Irish Dance from Columbia, Maryland who will make you want to kick your heels up! Teelin is committed to providing top quality dance instruction, promoting Irish culture through traditional step dance, exploring innovative choreography, and increasing performance opportunities for Irish dancers. This is accomplished through the two branches of Teelin: the SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE, and the PERFORMANCE COMPANY. FaceBook



Social dancers based in Cumberland, Maryland, this group teaches and enjoys participating in local and regional festivals. The group will perform traditional English country dances and guests are encouraged to join in the fun.




Great Highland Pipes & Drums
Village Green 

A parade of regional Highland Pipes and Drums bands, hosted by the Garrett Highlands Pipes & Drums of Oakland, MD OVFD, will converge at noon for the Gathering on the Village Green, then play in various locations around the park.  Check out the Gathering of Pipes and Drums

St. Andrews Pipes and Drums . West Virginia Highlanders
Macdonald Pipes and Drums . Jaffa Highlanders

Mid-Atlantic Scottish Athletics Competition

Watch athletic contests on The Village Green in the morning until the 12pm Gathering. Following the Gathering, the athletes will hold their featured contest with descriptions of the age-old competitions. 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 is between 11am and closes at 1pm.

Herding: Border Collies, Sheep, and. . . ducks?

Stay tuned

Storytelling & Celtic History on the Village Stage

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, make an elf garden, and even learn how to make a kilt. Crafts are free with festival admission.

  • Birds of Prey will come to visit from Deep Creek Lake State Park's Discovery Center at 1pm.

  • Plan to participate in Children's Highland Games (ages 6 to 12): toss the caber, hurl the haggis, help your team win the tug of war.

  • Listen to the tales and tunes from ancient Scottish and Irish sacred sites: pirates, fairies, and Gaelic song.

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.