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Abby Green
Sept. 27th and 28th



The lovely voice and smiling visage of Abby Green returns to Sherwood Celtic Music Festival for our second weekend. She and her Citern will brighten your day at the Three Stags Pub. Come let her melodies waft you away to a place of pure Celtic Bliss

Acoustalyn
Acoustalyn is an acoustic musical group fronted by female vocalists and includes elements of acoustic guitar, mandolin, and oftentimes violin, bass, and percussion. The songs incorporate beautiful melodies and harmonizing with thoughtful lyrics. The music covers a wide range of acoustic genres, including folk, bluegrass, and Celtic influences. Acoustalyn was founded by R.P. Crawford, Jr, the primary songwriter, and they have three commercial recordings released that are available worldwide. Find this eclectic group at the Vineyard Stage.
Alan a Dale
HEY KIDS! Robin Hood’s own troubadour, Alan A Dale will haunt the Faery Forest stage each day of the festival. He’ll share with you original songs of Sherwood as well as those written by kid musician Lou Ontko. Learn some Irish sing-along songs and hear tales of Robin Hood and the Merry characters of Sherwood Forest.
Ashley Davis
Sept. 28th



The musical passport of recording artist and songwriter Ashley Davis offers a rich display of colorful stamps from Ireland and Scotland, but also heavily draws from the influences of her birthplace, the Kansas plains, and the country music traditions borne of the Appalachian Mountains. An internationally recognized recording artist and songwriter, Ashley has collaborated with such musical luminaries as the Chieftains' Paddy Moloney, fiddle player Eileen Ivers, harpist Cormac De Barra, singer-songwriters John Doyle and John Spillane, and the "First Lady of Celtic Music," Moya Brennan. Throughout her career she has become a pioneer, navigating new frontiers and sharing her genre-defying musical vision with an ever-increasing fanbase.

The Bedlam Bards
Sept. 20th and 21st



The Bedlam Bards return to Sherwood Celtic Music Festival for more rollicking Irish tunes. These two scruffy bards have been delighting and frightening audiences at Renaissance Faires, Celtic Festivals, and comic conventions for decades. With Cedric on Fiddle, Hawke on Guitar, and both of them acting like class clowns, The Bedlam Bards provide a Celtic repertoire that will keep your belly laughing and your foot tapping. From Drinking songs and Irish tunes to bawdy songs and Space ballads the Bedlam Bards provide a funny and engaging show (just watch out for Hawke, who may actually try to engage you).

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Sept. 20th & 21st



Please welcome these hard-rocking Celtic punks to the Greenwoode Theatre for their first time at Sherwood Celtic Music Festival. Original songs with a hard edge include bagpipes and intense vocals. Get your head banging and your feet stomping… Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.

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, Celtic fiddle… and they are 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 make some noise you can slam-dance to.

Blaggards
Sept. 20th & 21st



On the Festival’s first weekend a hard-edged ensemble of rockers returns to the Greenwoode Theatre, 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 Britany Johnson and drummer Michael McAloon. Grab a stout ale, 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.


Bob Ford
Hailing from Ohio, Bob Ford has been delighting audiences for many years, with and without his accompanying Ragamuffins. Bob joins Sherwood Forest every day of the Celtic Music Festival as a solo act at the Three Stags Irish Pub. Ballads and story-telling songs are his specialty, and he will captivate music-lovers young and old with his tales. “Bob Ford brings history back to life through song and stories. His style, creativity, and ability to adapt his performances to any age range makes [me] his biggest fan” – Diane Sphar, President, Ohio Travel Treasures
Celtic Cooking Demonstrations and Tastings with Chef McBride
Come see, smell, and taste Celtic Cooking demonstrations with Chef McBride and the flavors of the 8 Celtic Nations. Tastings will be free at each show. Chef McBride is an award-winning chef, and the Author of three cookbooks, which will be available for purchase along with other exclusive kitchen items from the Celtic Culinary Corner. Some of the Chef’s specialties will be: Smoke Salmon Cheese pate, Irish Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Creamy Potato and Leek Soup with White Wine, and Raspberry Cranachan w/ Honey Whisky & Toasted Steel cut Oats…. Sound appealing?? Sure n begorin’ it does!
Find this Master of Celtic cuisine between Como’s Italian Ristorante and Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Pub Friday night during our Preview concert, and on Saturday and Sunday.

Chambless & Muse
Sept. 19th, 20th, & 21st




Two members of the band Henri’s Notions, the longest performing Celtic band in the Southeastern United States (more than 30 years!), Jil and Scooter have also performed frequently in a trio with Scottish singer Ed Miller at many festivals throughout the US and Scotland. For the last several years Jil and Scooter have been fortunate to work alongside many of the finest artists in Celtic Music, resulting in many spontaneous collaborations.

** On Friday, September 19th, Chambless and Muse join us to kick off the festival early with a special preview show starting at 7pm.


Cindy Schaufenbuel
Sherwood Forest Celtic Festival welcomes Cindy Schaufenbuel back for more lovely harp tunes on both weekends of the festival. She also 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, for more information and to register.
CLEGHORN
Sept. 26th, 27th, & 28th



On the second weekend of the Festival you’re in for a real treat. Cleghorn is a Texas Celtic rock band featuring 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 Paul Muller (drums). Cleghorn music mixes original 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.
** On Friday, September 26th join Celtic rockers Cleghorn and traditional favorites Flashpoint for a special preview show starting at 7pm in the Nottingham Castle Great Hall.


Constant Billy
Sept. 27th & 28th



Look for this delightful duo on the Vineyard Stage!
"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. Emily Standish [and] Bill Galbraith... 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


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. Hear Diane’s sweet and saucy voice and her bold guitar at the Three Stags Irish Pub, where Texas Celtic favorite Sean Orr will accompany her on fiddle.

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 third 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. You’ll find Drones and Drums at the Horseman Stage and roving to other stages all around the village.


Dunham Harps
Dunham Harps is more than just a little harp company from Ohio. In addition to building custom crafted lever harps, we offer Harp Lessons, Harp Workshops, Harp Ensembles, Harp Designs, and Harp Performances.
Benjamin and Candyce Dunham have come together for a perfect marriage of everything harp. Benjamin, luthier, percussionist, and bodhran player has been building, refinishing, and repairing... instruments for 15 years. Candyce, harpist, harper, instructor, director, and adjudicator has been studying the harp her entire life in the Classical, Irish and Scottish methods. In addition to her qualifications and certifications to teach the harp Candyce has won many accolades as a student and professional harpist. Benjamin and Candyce Dunham invite you to become part of the Dunham Harps experience!


Faire to Middlin
Gil Faire and Mab Middlin perform as the musical duo Faire to Middlin at The Horseman Stage and other venues around the village. This year they feature songs from their 5th CD, "Kilts, Celts & Kippers" which include lyrical ballads, mournful laments and rollicking drinking songs from all over the British Isles. They will also be leading interactive sing-alongs for the wee lads and lasses at the Faery Forest Stage. Don't miss this critically-acclaimed, world-famous act!

Fireflye Mayhem
You won't want to miss her spinning fire with Saxon Moon's performances at the Greenwoode Theatre. The rest of the day, you'll find this flame-weaving gypsy whirling throughout the faire, charming her fire snakes to join her in a dance which will leave you mesmerized. Don't be shy, though--this friendly fireflye would love to meet you. If you see her, be sure to say hello!
Flashpoint
Sept. 26th, 27th, & 28th



Flashpoint is a trio of young musicians performing contemporary folk music rooted in the traditions of Ireland and Scotland. With a sound that is both sophisticated and spontaneous, they put on a stirring live show that is engaging to a variety of audiences. See these prodigies of Celtic music perform at the Elven Hill Stage on the festival’s second weekend.

** On Friday, September 26th join Celtic rockers Cleghorn and traditional favorites Flashpoint for a special preview show starting at 7pm in the Nottingham Castle Great Hall.


The Jig is Up!
Sept. 19th, 20th, 21st, & 27th



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 excite and delight you! 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... 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. This year come up to the Elven Hill Stage to see The Jig Is Up!



** On Friday, September 19th, The Jig is Up! helps to kick off the festival early with a special preview show. Chambless and Muse will open the show at 7pm, and The Jig is Up! will play at 8:30. The Black Irish follow them at 10:00.


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 Sates, 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. Use the links below to find out how you can learn to dance like these talented young Irish dancers. Enjoy the hard work of these young dancers at the Great Hall as well as The Elven Hill Stage.

Klaus Weiland
Once an up-and-coming star on the German folk-rock scene, Klaus “disappeared” to India at the height of his career. Though he never returned to the pop charts, Klaus has re-appeared at the Sherwood Forest Faire and Sherwood Celtic Music Festival. Some of 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. Find him serenading patrons near Medieval Moccasins shoe shop near the Highland Games Arena.

Kristen Jensen
Sept. 20th



Kristen Jensen, of Poor Man’s Fortune and Earl Grey in the Morning fame, returns to the Elven Hill Stage. A versatile violinist in every tradition, Kristen works and studies with many of the finest musicians in the Houston music scene; from Celtic to Gypsy to hard rock, classical, and any other genre you could name. She also continues to wow audiences as a soloist, and directs her own music studio, in the Heights of Houston, where she is training the next generation of violinists to TAKE OVER THE WORLD! Find this fiery fiddler at the Elven Hill Stage on the festival’s first day.


Maggie MayB
Maggie May or may not B Celtic, but she'll tickle your fancy and your funny bone and other parts of your anatomy (if you're lucky) with Humor of the Isles, Rollickin' Tunes, Games and Gambols, Tambours and Tricks, Contests and Confusions. Expect everything from an idle air to a competitive round; stump the fiddler and then let the fiddler stump you. All ages will revel in contests, sing-along-songs, illustrated jokes and acrobatic impressions, as well as unique demonstrations of Celtic-based fiodling--yes, fiodling.
O'Malarkey
Look for this roving group of Irish musicians at the Three Stags Pub, the Horseman Stage and 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!

Princess Caili Skye
Saturdays - Sept. 21st & Sept. 28th



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 17 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.

The Rogues
Sept. 27th & 28th



The Rogues began entertaining crowds in 1994 at the Texas Renaissance Festival.  Formed from members of Clandestine, founded by Lars Sloan, The Rogues performed high energy music not typically heard on bagpipes, releasing their first recording in 1994.  Worrying about the risks of selling a recording for the first time, the band figured if they could sell one tape during each show that season then they would break even.  Imagine their surprise when they sold over 140 on the first day!  Audiences have responded to the Rogues’ music with the same kind enthusiasm these past 10 years. Now they will appear at Sherwood for our 4th annual Celtic Festival for the first time. On the festival’s second music weekend, come welcome the Rogues at the Elven Hill Stage, and other venues around the village.


Saileog and Sionnach
Saturdays September 20th and 27th



 
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 14, she has been focusing on the Irish fiddle, playing for the last 5 and a half 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 mentor-ship 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 (Saturdays Only)
San Antonio Comhaltas Session Players
Sept. 27th



“They bring back the way sessions used to be played.” That is how the Kerryman
newspaper described the group in September 2013. The article went on to say, “The
rafters chimed and the roof was lifted in Tigh Tabhairne Ui Flaithbheartaigh as some
amazingly accomplished traditional musicians brought their musical stylings to the
popular Dingle public house. The San Antonio Comhaltas Session Players caused
quite a stir as they performed and played en masse in O'Flaherty's; visitors to the pub
literally encountered a wall of sound as they entered to find a veritable trad orchestra
of bodhrans, guitars, banjos, double bass, flutes, fiddles and accordions tempered with
high flying spurts of Irish dancing and singing.” Find these extraordinary payers at the Great Hall.
San Antonio Pipes and Drums
Sept. 27th



A dedicated group of bagpipers and Scottish Drummers make up the San Antonio Pipes and Drums. This 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 the first musical group officially to perform in the Alamodome. The San Antonio Pipes and Drums will play on the second Saturday of the festival at various locations around the festival grounds, including the Highland Games arena, the front gate, and the Vineyard Stage.


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. The band'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. The mystical sounds of this Sherwood favorite can be heard emanating from the Greenwoode Theatre each day of the festival.

Sean Orr's Celtic Texas
Sean Orr is the true journeyman fiddle player, who can adapt to just about any style of music; : Texas/Western Swing, Honky Tonk, Cajun and Old Time Fiddle Tunes, Jazz, World, Americana, Rock, Pop, Heavy Metal, and of course CELTIC!

Sean’s band Celtic Texas frequents Fado' and B.D. Riley’s Pub in downtown Austin, and continues to ROCK several venues each St. Patrick’s Day. Celtic Texas will take you on a train bound for musical glory at the Greenwoode Stage both days on Sherwood’s second weekend.
Sharon Knight
Sept. 20th & 21st



San Francisco songstress Sharon Knight is a Celtic folk singer in leather armbands. She plays octave mandolin as if it were an electric guitar, and sings as though she means to summon a storm. Her penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired her own musical style, “Neofolk Romantique”. Although her musical foundations are solidly built on her Celtic heritage, Sharon has never been one to hold fast to tradition, preferring instead to look to her roots for inspiration and then chart her own path. That path often sounds less Celtic and more like “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” She likes it this way. Sharon’s distinctive voice and striking poetry have won her a loyal following across the country. Together with longtime collaborator Winter, she tours nationally several months out of the year, performing at festivals, masquerades, conventions, cafes, shops and house concerts.
Sharon Knight will have her Sherwood debut on the first weekend of the festival at the Elven Hill Stage.


Shillelagh!
Sept. 27th & 28th



Shillelagh! have played at Sherwood Forest Faire since day one. Laura Leom sing a wide range of Irish songs, accompanied by her own guitar, as well as flautist and guitarist Scott Boswell, percussionist Tree Leom, and fiddler Sean Orr. Imagine a band of faeries playing music under a toadstool for all the animals of the forest; add a head-banging court jester, and you’ll have an idea of what this wonderful band embodies. Come ready to dance along with this magical group of lively entertainers on the second weekend of the festival.


Socks in the Frying Pan
Sept. 21st



Listen UP! This Irish band is from IRELAND! They are here only the first Sunday of the festival. BE THERE! The band comprises two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo and accompanied by Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals. This young trad trio from Country Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with an innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. These socks are audibly palatable! As for the inevitable question of where the name originated? This is yet to be disclosed!
Having gained a fan-base from four years of gigging around the west of Ireland, this exciting group have recently started branching out and have been well received for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music. This, combined with an acoustic musical interplay, three-part harmony and an obvious love for live performance, compliments the traditional essence of both tune and songs in a fresh and entertaining way. Their debut CD was launched at the Ennis Trad Festival in November and was received very well with an audience exceeding the capacity of the venue. The CD itself offers a dozen lovingly crafted tracks which the lads are eager to showcase both on the album and at their musically charged gigs.
See these Irish fellows playing their hearts out at the Elven Hill Stage on the first Sunday of Sherwood Celtic Music Festival.


Therese Honey
This harper of wide renown has been perfecting her craft as a soloist and also 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. Find Therese gracefully sounding her strings at the Vineyard Stage.