Thursday, February 23, 2017

'Emish' and 'Seven Nations' at Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

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

Emish: Back for the second year in a row due to popular demand, 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.

Front-man 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 backup 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 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.  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.

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.

St. Augustine Celtic Music
   and Heritage Festival

  Main Festival Events on Francis Field
  St. Augustine, FL 32084
TICKETS: Vary online or they may be purchased at Ann O'Malley's Irish Pub, 23 Orange St., St Augustine; Prince of Wales Restaurant at 54 Cuna Street, and Aunt Matilda's Steampunk Trunk at 106 St. George Street, downtown St. Augustine.

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