Celtic Bayou Festival

March 11th & 12th, 2016
Lafayette, LA

A family friendly festival for all ages to celebrate the Celtic culture

Lafayette's first traditional and cultural Irish festival is now happening!  
Join us for a weekend of Irish craíc with the very best in traditional celtic music and entertainment.  Browse through our website to see what's happening but come back often as we will be updating with exciting news!  

See you there!

Craíc - Irish for fun/enjoyment


Poguetry with Spider Stacy
Tin whistler and punk singer Spider Stacy of The Pogues reunites with Louisiana's Lost Bayou Ramblers for another round of Poguetry In Motion next month in the series of Stacy-led concerts reinterpreting the music of the longtime punk rock band.
Stacy premiered Poguetry In Motion (named after the band's 1986 EP) earlier this year. "This whole Poguetry idea, if you analyzed it really, and asked me to speak on it honestly, is probably just an excuse to do this very thing with the Lost Bayou Ramblers," he told Gambit in August. "I'm half kidding. The idea of using the Pogues' songs in different contexts, seeing them through other people's eyes, a fresh take and that sort of thing, that's always intrigued me. ... The Lost Bayou Ramblers, it was a no-brainer. The fit seemed so obvious and so natural. It's only really a step away."

Lost Bayou Ramblers
Lost Bayou Ramblers’ evolution as a perversely progressive band rooted in Cajun traditions continues to excite, challenge, and redefine both genre expectations as well as cultural preconceptions. Produced by Korey Richey (LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire) their latest studio album, Kalenda, is set for release on September 26 on Rice Pump Records.
Their Jack White produced performance in the 2017 documentary series and on the accompanying record release American Epic helped solidify Lost Bayou Ramblers’ reputation as one of the world’s finest traditional Cajun outfits, if one of the least orthodox. With eight albums, a Grammy nomination, contributions to the score of the Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild, and touring with both Arcade Fire and the Violent Femmes, Lost Bayou continues to swing wide from their Louisiana home base. 

The Paul Brock Band
Button accordion and melodeon player Paul Brock is a multiple All-Ireland champion from Athlone, County Westmeath now residing in Ennis, County Clare. Brock’s solo album, Mo Charidin (Gael-Linn), was described by the Rough Guide to Irish Music as “a masterpiece of accordion playing”.
Brock co-founded Brock McGuire Band in 2000 with fiddle player Manus McGuire. The band has gone on to record a number of highly acclaimed albums including Green Grass Blue Grass, a collaboration with 14-time GRAMMY Award winner Ricky Skaggs celebrating the connection between Appalachian and Irish music. In 2014, the band performed a fully-scored program of their music with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, Mississippi.
As a soloist, Brock has toured extensively internationally. He has performed with leading musicians and has been a special guest artist on a number of occasions with acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains.
In 1989, Brock and McGuire co-founded Moving Cloud, with whom he recorded two award winning albums for Green Linnet Records
Brock’s 2006 collaboration with Enda Scahill, Humdinger (Compass Records), was voted “Irish Music Album of the Year” by The Irish Times and “Instrumental Album of the Year” by The Irish American News.
Brock’s many album credits include A Tribute to Joe Cooley (Gael-Linn) with fiddler Frankie Gavin.

The BeauSoleil Quartet
For the past 42 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleands jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England.

The Here and Now
The four accomplished musicians that form this spritely Irish musical group from Austin, Texas together create a rich and captivating sound full of energy presenting Irish traditional music in a contemporary context. Drawing from each of their backgrounds in Irish music, with a geography that spans the United States and Ireland, The Here & Now keep tradition at the heart of their music with their albums being met with high regard in traditional music circles. The Here and Now is Niamh Fahy (fiddle), Chris Buckley (fiddle), Rob Forkner (Bodhrán) and Joseph Carmichael (guitar).

In the Early 2000’s, Singer and Bouzouki player, Tony Davoren departed Riverdance the show and hit the road for a new adventure, one that would lead him to the Bayous and Prairies of Cajun country. Here he met Mitch Reed (accomplished fiddler and Bass player with Cajun bands, Balfa Toujours & Beausoleil) and Pete Dawson (versatile young flautist, whistle player and singer from Baton Rouge). Before long they were exploring the musical and cultural connections between Ireland and Tony’s newly adopted home.
Music jam parties abound in southwest Louisiana. The region is home to a wealth of versatile musicians who gather together regularly, drawn by the local Bonhomie, good food, and a mutual love of traditional music of all kinds. The band Celjun evolved out of these gatherings, a small circle of friends who continued to explore the merging of Cajun music with that of Ireland and Appalachia, and a curious delighted audience followed. The resulting blend is at once both familiar and surprising: Irish Slip Jigs with Prairie Reels, an Appalachian fiddle hoe-down accompanied by Irish bouzouki,  Cajun fiddle two-step in unison with the Irish Flute, Irish jigs, reels, and hornpipes, all sharing a strong sense of groove and creating a new fusion: CELJUN MUSIC

Shared Madness
If you’ve an affinity for “pure drop” Irish traditional music and song, you’ll find it wherever this trio is playing! This trio with Haley's phenomenal fiddling, Don's driving rhythms and sensative accompaniment, and Megan's angellic voice first joined forces as a trio early in 2017 for the Ormond Beach Celtic Festival. The overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from the crowd paired with the pure joy of performing together has compelled this crew to seek out every opportunity to join forces again! 

The Whiskey bay Rovers
The Whiskey Bay Rovers perform a variety of pirate songs, sea shanties, pub songs and Irish ballads using traditional instrumentation and simple vocal arrangements. The Rovers are available for festivals, faires, pub sings, and private parties and can come either in pirate garb or not.

Farouche, based in Lafayette, Louisiana, plays a upbeat and exciting blend of traditional Celtic and Cajun music. The band features Bagpipes, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Bodhran, and Irish Flute - and musicians from Louisiana, Ireland and Belarus.

Performances by
The Ryan School of Irish Dance
Run by Sheila Ryan-Davoren, TCRG... The Ryan School of Irish Dance is based in Lafayette, LA and one of only 3 Irish Dance schools in the State.  Sheila is a former dancer with RIVERDANCE THE SHOW and also Lead dancer with THE CHIEFTAINS.
Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes and Drums
The Baton Rouge Caledonian Pipes and Drums, established in 1976 as part of the Caledonian Society of Baton Rouge, provides a teaching program in the uniquely Scottish arts of bagpiping and drumming.  The band's teaching program feeds the performing band which plays over 100 performances each year and is currently the state's largest band.

Dance Workshops
Joe LeDesma - 2x Regional Champion Irish Dance
Sharon Leahy - Amercian Tap Dancer
Sheila Ryan (former Riverdance performer) - Ceili Workshop

Irish Workshops
Irish Language Class

Art Logo by Kathy McInnis.  Background image by Earle Richardson