Celebrate the Only Florida Keys Celtic Festival!

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Marathon Grill is celebrating early with a Kilts in the Keys Kickoff party! Thursday, January 8, 5-7 pm, Irish Music by Bernie & Stephen of West of Galway.

  • WHEN:Friday, January 9, 2015 3pm-10pm
    Saturday, January 10, 2015, 8am-10pm
  • WHERE:Marathon Community Park (Mile Marker 49)
    9805 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, 33050
  • CONTACT:Norval Smith via email
  • ADMISSION:Two-Day Ticket: $22
    Friday Night Only: $12
    Saturday Only: $17
    Children 12 & under FREE w/ paying adult.
  • WEBSITE:Visit Celtic Heritage Productions website
  • PURCHASE TICKETS:online or at event

CELTIC MUSIC, FUN, FOOD, & A GOOD CAUSE!

The Florida Keys Celtic Festival in Marathon is a two-day funfest celebrating Celtic heritage with live Celtic music (including pipes & drums), Celtic food, beer, unique Celtic crafts and products, and Highland Athletics competition! The festival is family friendly, including a Childrens Glen with activities. Some fun facts about the history of the celebration: Today’s modern Highland games, a celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage thoughout the world, have their roots in Scottish history. Their origin is believed to be a foot race created in the 11th century by King Malcolm III of Scotland to find the fastest runner in the land to be his royal messenger.

What are the Festival Events?

The events include many traditional as well as rock and pop musical performances, Celtic athletic competitions, and even a herding dog exhibition! According to the Marathon Chamber of Commerce, there’s a rumor that the Conchness Monster, a distant relative to Nessie, may make an appearance. 2015 attendance is expected top the 2014 numbers of 1700 visitors, half of which traveled from outside the Keys, so this should be a culturally rich community event!

Festival Proceeds Benefit Local Youth!

Festival proceeds benefit the Hammock House Youth Programs of St Columba Episcopal Church, which provide Marathon youth with a free, healthy environment to thrive emotionally, artistically, intellectually and spiritually. So, come share in the Celtic culture, fun, music and goodwill!

CELTIC MUSICAL LINEUP

Albannach

“Outlawed Tunes on Outlawed Pipes” Born and bred in Scotland, Albannach’s purpose in life is to share their intriguing culture, history and heritage via their music. Includes a championship winning piper, an extremely talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhran musician. Musical style is exciting, energetic and enchanting! view Albannach’s site

Rathkeltair

Celtic Rock Band Featuring Bagpipes, Guitar, Percussion and Guests. Based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Rathkeltair features three veteran road-warriors from England, Northern Ireland and America. Voted “Best Celtic Rock Band” in the Celtic MP3 Music Magazine Annual Audience Poll. Featured at nearly every major Celtic Festival in North America over the past 10 years. Participated in Bonnaroo Festival’s Annual Road to Roo competition (2011). view Rackelthair’s website

The Screaming Orphans

“When Honey and Gravel Collide” The Screaming Orphans are four sisters with the good fortune to have been raised in the magic of Bundoran in County Donegal, Ireland. Opened for Sinead O’Connor’s Gospel Oak Tour in Europe, America and Canada, and appeared on David Letterman and other TV shows. Albums reflect roots in traditional Irish music, with a diverse set of influences ranging from Simon and Garfunkel, The Bangles to The McNulty Family. Melody-driven songs with pop and rocks strains. view The Screaming Orphans website

West of Galway

Based in Naples, Florida. Playing traditional Irish music on instruments including guitar, fiddle, bodhran, concertina, bones, bagpipes, and tin whistle. And that’s not even all the instruments this talented group masters! Also playing at Marathon Grill’s kickoff Thursday January 8th. view West of Galway website

St. Andrew’s Pipe Band of Miami

Established in 1964, St. Andrew’s Pipe Band of Miami strives to promote Scottish Culture in the South Florida area. view St. Andrew’s Pipe Band of Miami website

HIGHLAND ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS

Sanctioned Women’s Highland Athletics Competition
Men’s Highland Athletics Demonstration
(Ongoing Throughout Saturday Morning, Interested participants please contact Robert Gourlay, director)
The Official Florida State Haggis Hurling Championship! (open to all!)
plus…Border Collie Herding Demo

CELTIC VENDORS

Some vendors notable for their Celtic influence are: The Celtic Bag Co, Celtic Crests, Celtic Exchange, Celtic Roar, Celtic Treasures, Celtic Vibe, The Gaelic Shop, Gourds by McKenzie’s Tri’uir Mnathan L’aidir, Near & Far Scottish / Stitch Traders, and Rampant Lion Celtic Traders.

Traditional Celtic food vendors include Cameron’s British Foods and The Infamous Welsh Cookie Company.

Author and photographer Sharyn Wyllie who published the photojournalism/visual tour book “Scotland…Through the Eyes of An American” which contains over 800 amazing images will be exhibiting as well.

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