Music & Entertainment

Our 2014 lineup will be available soon!  Our 2013 lineup is here for you to review so you can get an idea of the quality of our show.

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Early Show at Sherwood Celtic Music Festival - Friday Night, September 20th!
Sherwood Celtic Music Festival is proud to announce a Friday night pre-show concert by two of our headlining acts: Celtica from Europe and Brizeus from right here in Texas. Gates open at 6:30pm, and the show starts at 7:00pm at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, and then moves across the way to the Elven Hill Stage, which will be rockin’ until 11:00pm Tickets will cost only $6, available only at the gate. Both the Camping Gate and the Main Entrance will be open. Camping entrance will be open on Friday at 12:00 pm.

Brizeus will kick the evening off with their lively bagpipe -driven traditional medieval dance music. But don’t be mistaken by the word ‘medieval’ – Briezus ain’t no courtly step dance! Bagpipes were invented to be LOUD, and this dream team of bagpipe virtuosos, including E.J. Jones and Al Cofrin, play fast-paced tunes that are guaranteed to get your blood pumping and your feet jumping.

Celtica also play fiery bagpipe tunes, and they will regale you, not with traditional music, but with hard-driven, fire-fueled ROCK-N-ROLL! This international group of thrashers will ROCK YOU with tunes by Queen, AC/DC, and original numbers, too. Celtica’s musicians also use pyrotechnics, so their sets will become a lively FIRE SHOW, with fire dancing and flame-throwing instruments.

Don’t miss this electrifying jumpstart to the third annual Sherwood Celtic Music Festival and Highland Games. Camping is available Friday night, so plan to settle in at the pub, and start your weekend with a showcase of traditional and modern Celtic Music that will blow you away!




Black Irish Texas
These are the bad boys of Celtic Rock! They fuse Rockabilly and Punk with fast and furious Celtic tunes. Their weapons include: Guitar, Banjo, upright bass, drums, and Celtic fiddle… and they're all fully-loaded. Since November ’04 when the Black Irish got together, they have enjoyed sharing stages with world-renowned acts and punk veterans such as the Dropkick Murphys and the Street Dogs. Hailing from Austin, Texas, these Psychobilly reelers are sure to get your feet a-stompin' and your head a-bangin’.

Join the mosh pit at the Greenwood Theatre.


Blaggards - Sunday Only
Blaggards is a hard-edged ensemble of rockers. They return to Sherwood Celtic Festival, bringing you “Stout Irish Rock.” Informed by everything from Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley to Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath, Blaggards are vocalists Patrick Devlin (guitar) and Chad Smalley (bass), plus fiddler Brandi Belle Clarke and drummer Michael McAloon. Grab a Guinness, and settle in for a rockin’ Stout Irish set by these rough-ridin’ Dubliners - just don't call them “The” Blaggards and everything will be cool. (Sunday Only)


Find Blaggards at the Greenwood Theatre near the front gate.


Brizeus
Founded by world-renowned piper E.J. Jones, Brizeus is a group of pipers, drummers, and string players based all over the USA. They perform Celtic, historic European, and original folk dance music at outdoor festivals. They have appeared at Sherwood Forest Faire in the spring several times, and now join us again for the third-annual Sherwood Celtic Music Festival. These expert musicians play bagpipes, cittern, recorders, flutes, smallpipes (more bagpipes), and bombard. Always lively and always in tune, Brizeus will wow you with their own flavor of medieval dance music – and they will teach you the dances if you ask, too!

SPECIAL SHOW: Brizeus and Celtica will appear on the Friday night before the Sherwood Celtic Music Festival. Gates will open at 7pm, both the Main Entrance and the Camping Entrance. These two -very different- bagpipe bands will entertain those who wish to start the weekend off early with a rollicking concert at The Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub. Ticket prices and other details will be posted soon.
Hear this exciting and original pipe band at the Elven Hill Stage throughout the weekend.


Princess Caili Skye - Sunday Only
Princess Caili Skye hails from a magical land between Ireland and Scotland and appears now and then to entertain children and the young at heart with fiddle, guitar, song, and stories about faeries, ancient legends, and other tales of the wee folk. She has been spotted at events such as Highland Games, weddings, birthday parties, culture fairs, and other venues. Masquerading by day as a 16 year old high school student majoring in musical theater and dance at the San Antonio Northeast School of the Arts, Princess Caili Skye engages her audiences with an imaginative variety of tunes and tales that are sure to amuse as well as inform.

You'll find this young artist at the Horseman Stage just down the hill from Sherwood's children's area, Once Upon a Time...
CELTICA
Based in Vienna, Austria, the home of Mozart, this international powerhouse is far from Baroque. With their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums, and the power of a rock band, CELTICA takes audiences by storm at Highland Games and town festivals, and caters to everyone from students to bankers to punk rockers. In addition to their high-energy music and fire juggling, flamethrowers on their instruments guarantee an exciting show: an event that‘s sure to please all the senses! With two world-class bagpipers and a kick-a** Rock band to back them up, this unique blend guarantees fiery Rock that brings alive the Celtic spirit. Please welcome these very special guests to this year’s festival. CELTICA! PIPES ROCK!

SPECIAL SHOW: CELTICA and Brizeus will appear on the Friday night before the Sherwood Celtic Music Festival. Gates will open at 7pm, both the Main Entrance and the Camping Entrance. These two, very different, bagpipe bands will entertain those who wish to start the weekend off early with a rollicking concert at The Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub. Ticket prices and other details will be posted soon. Don't miss the awesome kick-off to Sherwood’s third-annual Celtic Music Festival.


Cindy Schaufenbuel - Harp Circle
Sherwood Forest Celtic Festival welcomes Cindy back for more lovely harp tunes. She invites harp players of all ages, abilities, and instrument sizes to gather for a Harpers' Circle. Share a Celtic tune or a few, solo or with friends. This is not a performance! Rather, it is an opportunity for area harpers to meet and play for each other in a casual and supportive atmosphere. Spectators welcome. Free Sunday admission to the Festival for participants who register by September 14th. Please contact Cindy Schaufenbuel at harponyou@yahoo.com for more information and to register.

Cindy takes the Plum Tree Stage throughout the weekend. Come and be mesmerized by the tranquil tunes of this talented harper.
Circus Chicken Dog
Six-time Ironman, Darren Peterson received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin after interrupting his college studies for two years to join the Royal Lichtenstein Circus where he was the main juggler and unicyclist. After graduation, Darren taught High School math for three years and worked as an editor of math textbooks for four years. While Darren was editing math books, his trusty dog Chicken Dog began winning Disc Dog competitions, and Darren combined her tricks with his circus skills to become so popular that he no longer had time to edit math books. He and Chicken Dog have performed for animal adoption programs, and have even appeared on the David Letterman Show. Chicken Dog is very happy about the time she is spending in the spotlight, as now Darren has more time to play with her and has introduced her to so many new friends. Join Darren, Chicken Dog, a Parrot, and other friends for a show that will amaze you and your kids.

Clandestine
Clandestine has a hard-driving, toe-tapping Texas Celtic sound. Formed in 1991, the band is known for their own brand of blasting tune sets and fresh songs. Piper EJ Jones and fiddler Gregory McQueen lead the tunes with the full force of their individual musical energies. Al Cofrin brings cittern and occasionally another set of bagpipes to the mix. Percussionist and singer Emily Dugas captivates with her original song collaborations with Al, as well as her singular interpretations of songs in the Celtic genre. EJ and Al also join Emily on vocals, with many songs now set in three-part harmony.

This long-time Texas Celtic favorite can be found at the Elven Hill Stage.


CLEGHORN - Saturday Only
Texas Rock band CLEGHORN features the father and son team of John Cleghorn (vocals, guitars) and Dylan Cleghorn (fiddle, didgeridoo, vocals) with the rock-solid rhythm of Mike Griffin (bass) and the backbeat of Paul Muller (drums). CLEGHORN music mixes original Rock-n-Roll songwriting with blazing traditional Celtic fiddle tunes. CLEGHORN has performed for enthusiastic audiences and stirred up festivals all over the nation with their unique brand of Celtic rock.

CLEGHORN are "Young, Free and Celtic" and they can be found at the Greenwood Theatre.


Cohort V Especially for Kids
Romano-Celtic Britain: A Collision of Cultures
Cohort V and guests cordially invite you to participate in a third year's presentation of "Romano-Celtic Britain: A Collision of Cultures." Twice each day, first-century Romans and Britons will be presenting a humorous look at the history of the arrival of the Romans on the British Isles in AD 43. You can find them at the Faery Forest Stage ... Lots of information will be presented in a lighthearted way, followed by a boffer sword battle between combatants aged 5 – 12 from the audience. Safe swords and shields will be provided, and a good time will be had by all. Participation is free, but donations will be gladly accepted.

Constant Billy - Sunday Only
Constant Billy, one of Houston's longest-standing and continuously-performing acts, preserves the tradition of timeless Celtic music deep in the heart of Texas. Their lively reels and jigs keep audiences toe tapping, hand clapping and hollering for more. But it is their songs – Irish, Scottish and English ballads and their own, self-penned originals – that define them and their performances. The trio – Emily Standish, Bill Galbraith and David Randall – manage to combine energy, precision and fun in a way that encourages audiences to join them in song.

"Dedicated members of the Houston music community, Emily and Bill share their extensive knowledge of Celtic music as co-hosts on KPFT’S Irish Aires radio program. So, grab a pint and sing along to the rollicking melodies of Constant Billy!"

- Pete Little, KPFT Radio 90.1FM

This lovely Celtic couple plays for you at the Elven Hill Stage on Sunday only.


Diane Linn
Diane Linn is a versatile singer/songwriter with a sound that is best described as “American Celtic”.

“If you have been to a Renaissance Festival, Pirate Festival, an Irish Festival, or a Highland Games, you know many of these tunes. Some tunes are refreshingly rare, and hence new. All of the arrangements are original. Diane has one of those deep, lusty voices that punches out songs like ‘We Won’t Wait Any Longer’, and then she’ll turn around and seduce with ‘Glencoe.’ She presents a nice mix of toe-tapping songs as well as a couple of slower laments.”
-Sinadadubh, music critic, The Renaissance Herald, Corona, California


Drones n Drums
Join these two lively Scotsmen for a revue of bagpipe tunes that will surely surprise you. Enjoy their funny banter as they demonstrate the power of Scottish instruments that need no amplification. You will also want to join Drones n Drums for their second annual “Air Bagpipe” competition where they will relinquish the limelight as they provide a live soundtrack for would-be “Air Bagpipe” players. Brave audience members will get a chance to hold a set of silent pipes while marching and dancing as if they are piping with all their might.



Ed Miller
Ed Miller has been hailed as "one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival" and as "one of Scotland's best singing exports." Originally from Edinburgh, for many years, he has been based in Austin, TX where he earned graduate degrees in Folklore and Geography at the University of Texas. Since then Mr. Miller has been Austin radio’s greatest supplier of Celtic music with his radio shows on Austin Public Radio. After co-hosting Folk music shows on KUT-FM for 40 years, Ed now has his own show on Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 pm (central time) on KUTX-FM 98.9. He will bring his own favorite songs and stories to Sherwood Celtic Music Festival with his own timeless voice.

Faire to Middlin
Gil Faire and Mab Middlin, recently released from the Nottingham Insane Asylum (a kind of ‘timeout’ for hyperactive adults) perform as the musical duo Faire to Middlin at the Sherwood Forest Celtic Festival. They bring a cart load of both traditional and original comedic songs to be enjoyed by kids of all ages. You'll find this interactive sing-along at the Faery Forest Stage in Sherwood’s Childrens’ area,
Once Upon a Time…


Flea Circus
Have you got fleas? The Pignut Flea Circus sure does! The Flea Circus has toured all around Ireland, and has successfully taken part in numerous festivals, including the Galway Arts Festival. It’s amazing! It’s spectacular! It’s astounding! It’s tiny! The show involves feats of astonishing bravery and breathtaking beauty – acrobatics, trapeze, high wire and more – all performed by highly trained, teeny tiny fleas. It is suitable for all of the family, especially youngsters. You will find the Flea Circus in Sherwood’s Children’s area, Once Upon a Time…

The Jig is Up!
The Jig is Up! combines fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar and vocals for a vibrant rendition of the energetic traditional music and songs of Ireland. The band's goal is to remain true to ancient Irish traditions while performing the music in a lively and creative manner. Whether playing flute tunes from Sligo and Roscommon, fiddle tunes from Clare, or polkas and slides from Kerry, the energy generated by The Jig is Up! will be sure to set your feet to tapping. One client said of the band, “They are seriously good musicians… The 80 people packed in the house all fell in love with the band... It felt like a family feast in an Irish home. They made it perfect.” The band, based in Houston, formed when the members, after playing together in jam sessions, realized that they share the same love of Irish traditional music and the same mindset about how the music is best presented.


The Irish Dance Center of Austin
Here are some young ladies with old souls indeed, for they have the rhythm of the ancients in their hearts. See them dance to reels and jigs in the Irish Tradition. Eimir Ni Mhaoileidigh T.C.R.G. is a former World Champion Irish dancer with more titles than she can count. A student of the renowned Inis Ealga School of Irish Dance, Eimir trained under her father, Maitiu O’Maoileidigh, and Marie Duffy, choreographer for Lord of the Dance. After many years of teaching students in Ireland and all over the United States, Eimir settled in Austin and founded the Irish Dance Center in 1997. The school offers classes in all the basic techniques of traditional Irish Step Dancing for adults and children over age 4.

The Irish Dance Center of Austin will be accompanying The Jig is Up! during their afternoon shows at the Greenwood Theatre.


Kirkin' O' Th' Tartan Ceremony - Sunday Only
Kirkin' O' Th' Tartan Ceremony
10:45 Sunday Morning
Maid Marian's Chapel

Join the Scottish Clans for a special Sunday service called the Kirkin' O' Th' Tartan. This is a time when Scots honor those who have passed on.
After the Battle of Cullodn on April 16, 1746, the English Parliament banned Scots from wearing Tartans, from speaking Gaelic, and even Scottish Music and dancing were banned, including the use of bagpipes. Any person found doing these things could be shot on sight, arrested, or exiled to the colonies. This ban lasted for 36 years.

Legend has it that at this time the Highlanders decided to hide a piece of Tartan in their clothing during church. At a set time during the service they would hold the Tartan and bless it. When the Scots were forced to fight for the British Army it is said that the women would take a piece of tartan to the Kirk (church) to be blessed and to pray for protection of their clan. Thus the Scottish celebration known as the Kirkin' O' Th' Tartan came about.

Everyone is invited to join with the Scottish Clans of Sherwood Celtic Festival for this non-denominational church Service at Maid Marian's Chapel on Sunday morning.
Klaus Weiland
Klaus Weiland, a once up-and-coming star on the German folk-rock scene who “disappeared” to India at the height of his career, recently turned up in medieval Nottingham at Sherwood Forest Faire. He now joins us for the third annual Sherwood Celtic Music Festival as a lane musician. His fans from the days of old still wonder where he may be; but you will be lucky enough to find his lovely voice and lilting guitar wafting among the trees of Sherwood Forest.

Heather and Chris Dunbar
Readings from Morrigan's Brood

Christopher Dunbar, one of the authors of the Morrigan’s Brood Series, is a teller of fantastical tales, which date from the way way back, in Irish reckoning, to those wonderful and enlightened years called the Dark Ages. He and his wife, Heather Poinsett Dunbar, together spin stories revolving around ancient, mythological beings who, from the shadows, shape how our history has unfolded. Christopher will delve into his tomes and read selected passages from their combined works. Find out how a Mílesian, in the way way back, became the first Deargh Du, the first of Morrigan’s Brood. Learn how, in 55 BCE, the Romans accidentally landed in Ireland, and what became of their legion. Discover an Irish wedding, in 564 CE, with a bloody-sweet ending. Experience what it is like for a Frankish lord, in 801 CE, to become a fledgling Deargh Du. Also, while you are touring the Festival, please stop by the Triscelle Publishing tent in the Gypsy Encampment to visit the authors. You'll find Christopher reading from Morrigan's Brood at the Seven Sister's Stone Circle.
O'Malarkey
Look for this roving group of Irish musicians in the lanes of Sherwood Forest. They are especially likely to be near the front gate. Here’s their recipe for fun Celtic music on the run: Take one smidgen of traditional Irish tunes. Add a pinch of contemporary Celtic. Season to taste with humor and song. Blend well at high speed for 30 minutes or longer. Slam it down, chase with Scotch, and call it O'Malarkey!

Raising Jane - Saturday Only
Since 2007, Raising Jane has been focused on bringing forth exceptional vocal harmonies in the Celtic & Folk traditions. They have explored old time gospel, roots, country and a cappella pieces. And now, without distancing themselves from their love of all things Celtic, they continue to expand musical styles as they begin to venture into the contemporary folk scene with original compositions.

Saileog and Sionnach - Saturday Only
Saileog comes from a musical family which spans many generations. For her, music came at an early age, performing publicly since the age of 5. Now 13, she has been focusing on the Irish fiddle, playing for the last 4 1/2 years. She enjoys learning the different styles of Irish music, particularly the emotive, lyrical and lilting style of County Clare, Ireland. Saileog has been a session player since 2009. She performed on St. Patrick’s Day at Things Celtic in 2012 and 2013 with Sionnach, her dad. Saileog primarily studies music with her dad, and has also studied with such great musicians and teachers as Phoebe Hunt, Kevin Burke, Peggy Fleming, Randal Bays, Dale Russ, Oisin Mac Diarmada of Teada, Maeve Flanagan, Martin Hayes, Terri Neubert, Eugene Gratovich, Will Taylor, Matt Cranitch, and Liz Carroll. She is enormously grateful for the support of her friends and family, for luthier Sandro Cocco, and for the mentorship of the fabulously kind and generous Ken Fleming.
Sionnach has been performing and teaching for more than 40 years and enjoys finding ways to express and share the profound beauty of Irish music.
Together Saileog and Sionnach teach Irish music to young players in the Austin area, and host "children-friendly" sessions.
Find these inspiring musicians at the Horseman Stage.
San Antonio Pipes and Drums - Sunday Only
The San Antonio Pipes and Drums, a non-profit organization formed in 1986, strives to present traditional bagpipe band music for the enjoyment of both musician and audience. Members wear traditional Scottish attire, each kilt in an authentic tartan of the member's choice so that many clans are represented. Instruments played are the Great Highland Bagpipes and specially tuned drums. The group strives to improve performance and to encourage and assist beginners. Participants range in age from teenagers to "over 70" retirees. They average from 60 to 70 performances each year in special events, festivals, and celebrations over much of Texas. A popular attraction at the Texas Folklife Festival each year since their formation, the band is also proud to have played for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the president of Mexico when they visited San Antonio. They represented the city of San Antonio in a Fiestas Octubre Parade in Guadalajara, Mexico, and were first musical group to officially perform in the Alamodome.

Saxon Moon
Saxon Moon is an instrumental Nordic group with influences ranging from Celtic Northern Europe and Scandinavian Folklore to hints of Mediterranean World Music, similar to the Kalderash who journeyed North from the Southeastern regions of Europe to the Icelandic hemisphere of the Danes. Saxon Moon's sole focus is to transport its audience back to the olde world, to re-create images of Saxon ancestry and the perilous travels of ancient forefathers, the adventures that were sought, and the numerous stories that bled forth which embody the sounds of Saxon Moon.



Session Stage
Session Stage at Three Stags, Hosted by Michelle Heddon:
This season at the Sherwood Celtic Music Festival, the new Three Stags Pub will serve as our Irish Pub, and will be home to a traditional Session Stage. Here Sherwood Musicians will join each other for improvisational arrangements of traditional tunes, and will most likely invent some brand new Celtic music in the process. Michelle Heddon, bodhran drummer for the Tea Merchants and Fiddler’ Green manager, hosts the Session stage, lending her talents of rhythm and organization to keep these rowdy musicians in line.


Therese Honey
This renowned harpist has been perfecting her craft for decades, playing with Texas Renaissance favorite Wyndnwyre since 1976! Therese brings her harp to Sherwood Celtic Music Festival for some solo sets of pure beauty to your ears. Though she makes it look easy, she has studied these complicated numbers for many years. So find a shady bench, and let this master of the Celtic harp take you to the old country on a cloud of magical strings.

Hear the magical sounds of Therese's harp at the Plum Tree Stage.