Scottish performer Brian McNeill returns to the main stage this year. He is celebrating the 43rd year of a career that has established him as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music. He has been described as "Scotland's most meaningful contemporary songwriter" (The Scotsman). He has performed around the globe, both as a soloist and as a member of some the most influential bands of the era, including Battlefield Band, which he found in 1969, and Clan Alba.
Rathkeltair makes its debut appearance at the Festival this year. Rathkeltair features three veteran road-warriors from England, Northern Ireland and America. Noted singer-songwriter/
Flashpoint returns to the Festival to headline after making their Festival debut last year on the Ceilidh Stage. Flashpoint is an Irish folk band comprised of the finest young musicians in the north Texas area: Joseph Carmichael, with brothers, David and Daniel Mehalko. They have performed at the North Texas Irish Festival, the Austin Celtic Festival, CelticFest MS, and numerous other venues. Flashpoint are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting up-and-coming performers of Irish folk music.
Houston base Murder the Stout (MTS) formed in 2004. They play progressive Celtic Rock music by native Scotsman, Hugh Morrison, on lead vocals and squeezebox. Also in the lineup are Kevin Murphy (elec guitar), Neil DuFour (acoustic guitar), Johnny Rioux (mandolin), David Schaefer (whistles), Marcus Hollar (banjo), Jason Bancroft (bass) and Pete Sosa (drums). MTS have been compared to a Scottish version of The Pogues, with folk, rock, punk & ska influences all apparent in their music.
The Ceilidh Stage will feature local and regional bands as well. But, music isn't the only thing going on at the Festival. Attendees will find activities for the entire family from sheepherding and historical exhibitions to Scottish athletic competions and Celtic food, crafts and merchandise vendors. Workshops will help festival goers learn about their Celtic family roots, how to brew beer or speak Gaelic, at least a few words anyway!
The Houston Celtic Festival is presented by the Houston Highland Games Association (HHGA). a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. For details of the event and ticket information check our website. www.HoustonHighlandGames.com