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


2020 Line-up TBA

VISHTÈN - Prince Edward Island & Magdalen Islands
For over a decade, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada’s east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world.

The trio comprises multi-instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc from the Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island, and Magdalen Islands’ native, Pascal Miousse. Cradled in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, in the North Atlantic Ocean, Prince Edward Island is home to a small but thriving a Francophone Acadian community with a rich tradition of song and instrumental music. Nearby, the even smaller archipelago of the Magdalen Islands (les Îles de la Madeleine) is predominantly Francophone, recognized for its distinctive French dialect, songs and unique fiddling style. All three members of Vishtèn were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. Together, they pay homage to their traditions and to the historic and strong musical connections between their two island Acadian communities.

THE HERE AND NOW - Ireland and Texas
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).


Two decades before releasing his 2018 debut 'North Country', a collaborative album filled with appearances by icons like Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tift Merritt, Danny Burns kicked off his career as a traveling folksinger, logging shows on both sides of the Atlantic. He's been on the road ever since, sharpening a sound that mixes the folk traditions of his native Ireland with diverse American influences. In America for 19 years -- first in New York City, where he cut his teeth with a string of bar gigs, followed by stints in New Orleans, Chicago, and the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC -- Burns has shared shows with a number of acclaimed musicians who, like him, breathe new life into older sounds. 'North Country' nods to that diverse group of friends, shining a light not only Burns himself, but also on the community he inhabits. Holly Williams, Mindy Smith, Dan Tyminski, Cara Dillon, Tim O'Brien, ChessBoxer, and Old Crow Medicine Show's Critter Fuqua all make appearances. The result is a transatlantic folk album that's both diverse and driving, filled with swooning melodies, evocative storytelling, and an elevated level of musicianship. 'North Country' is officially out January 18th (on Pinecastle Records) . Danny Burns will stop in Grimey's for a live in-store performance 2 days before, on Wednesday, January 16th, at 6PM. We will have the album for sale at the in-store.

ALAN MURRAY - Scotland
Alan Murray hails from Glasgow in Scotland, where he was introduced to the tinwhistle at an early age. He eventually turned to the guitar as his primary instrument, and later expanded his arsenal to include the bouzouki. After studying instrument-building and repair in Glasgow, he moved to the US to further pursue his musical career. He was soon playing and recording with some of the best musicians on the New York Irish scene and was featured on 2012’s IMA-nominated Manhattan Island Sessions recording. He has taught at the Catskills Irish Arts Week and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and appeared at such well-known events as Denmark’s Tønder Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest and Celtic Connections. He has shared the stage with such artists as Karan Casey, Niall and Cillian Vallely, Eileen Ivers and Scotland’s Battlefield Band, and has toured extensively across Ireland, Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States.

Raised in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina Andrew “Finn the Fiddler” Magill  grew up studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. At age 18, his debut album Drive & Lift was featured multiple times on NPR and his 2016 two-disc project Roots and Branches debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Finn has built his career on Irish music having performed with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, the Paul McKenna Band, and Martin Hayes among many other Irish luminaries. He currently has a duo with Irish multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley which performs the festival circuit and concerts all over the U.S. Between this project and more he has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, the Austin Celtic Festival and hundreds of venues.

Finn has also taught Irish fiddle, bluegrass, old-time and Brazilian choro at more than a dozen fiddle camps across the world including: Montana Fiddle Camp, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, The Freight & Salvage’s Fiddlekids, O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, The Acadia Trad School, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, The Swannanoa Gathering’s Celtic and Fiddle weeks, Old Songs, and Culture & Projet Stages de Musiques et Danse de Bretagne et du Monde.

JP MURPHY - Ireland

Born in Manchester, England to Irish parents, J P and his family returned to Ireland in the early 20’s. He was caught up in Irish music and dance even as a child.  He was named a Champion in Set Dancing as a young man. Though largely self-taught at the piano he also studied 5 years at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  He has now been playing piano professionally for over thirty years and entertained all sectors of society, from pubs, schools and hospitals to the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.  He began in Ireland but has played for audiences across Europe and North America.  He describes his style as  “folk/ballad with a touch of country” but is also known to widely play contemporary artists such as Albert Hammond and Elton John and to dabble in modern operas such as Phantom and Les Miserable.

Best known here for his Irish music, J.P. enjoys playing and singing thought evoking songs that reflect the happy, and of course, sad parts of Irish history.He particularly enjoys those songs reflecting the immigration aspects of Irish history. He loves to tell the story of the song before he performs it.

Emerald Accent was founded in the spring of 2010 for the enhancement of the Celtic cultures through music in South Mississippi but has since spread its influence throughout the southern states. Emerald Accent is the well-rounded band for those who enjoy Irish and Scottish music playing the fast tunes for dance as well as the slow Scottish folk songs. The band performs 30-35 concerts annually. Emerald Accent has been on the Mississippi Artist Roster since 2013 and has been the official performing band for the Jackson Irish Dancers since 2015. You can hear Emerald Accent at Fenian’s Irish Pub in Jackson, Mississippi most every month. 
Emerald Accent includes members Clark Lowery (vocals, guitar, banjo, bouzouki), Gail Fox (fiddle), Alexis Frenette (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Tom McCandlish (bodhran, vocals). With backgrounds in Irish, Bluegrass, Blues and Classical, the band brings freshness to the genre while priding itself in the Irish and Scottish traditional styles.
The bands work includes two CD’s: an Irish CD called “Laurel Green” recorded in the summer of 2012 and a Scottish CD released September, 2015. Both Cd’s are available for download on our Facebook page, CD Baby, iTunes and Amazon.

CELJUN w/ Don Penzien and Steve Payne - Ireland and US
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. Before long he was 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.

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.

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
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