June 15th, 2013


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  Line-up for 2013

Here you will find the list of bands we will be featuring at the 2013 CelticFest. Come back often to see who's just been added.

In the meantime, why not submit your e-mail address (just to the right of the screen) and we'll be sure to notify you regarding CelticFest news (including when we add to our line-up).


Meet the Steel City Rovers!

Celtic music is where the journey starts with the Steel City Rovers, but the ride takes you on numerous side trips as the band brushes up against the influences of Appalachian Mountain Music, Gritty Folk stylings, and a bit of "twang" we call Celtabilly!

It all makes for an inspiring show that demonstrates how powerful Celtic music is in it's ability to integrate with other trad music sub cultures!

For more on the Steel City Rovers, visit their website at www.steelcityrovers.com.


For more on Jiggs Boson, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JiggsBoson.

Brandy 'N' Port

The band Brandy 'N' Port was born in April, 1987. The founding members are Alec Long, Paddy Maher and Danny Byrne. Today's line up is Alec Long, Al Wilmore, Seamus Costello & Danny Byrne. The band's philosophy is still the same as when it was formed, to play music that appeals to the masses while sticking to their Celtic roots. Whether it be a quaint Irish Pub or a dance for 3000 people Brandy 'N' Port has mastered the stage.

For more on Brandy 'N' Port, visit their website at www.brandynportmusic.com.

Brandy 'N' Port performing "Galway Girl" at the 2010 Russell CelticFest


Riverthieves is an established, exciting fiddle-based band on the Eastern Ontario folk/roots scene since 2003.

Playing a widely diverse range of styles, Riverthieves showcases Canadian party-folk music.

The Riverthieves performing "Off to sea"

Despite an occasional nod to Ireland or the UK, an evening with Riverthieves is a journey of Canadian song writing from out West to up North, followed by a jaunt down both shores of the Ottawa River with a full stop down East.

For more on
the Riverthieves, visit their website at www.riverthieves.com.

The Wayward Sound

Jam sessions, and one fateful party at the Old Schoolhouse in Moose Creek brought together a bunch of friends who started playing celtic music in and around Ottawa. After many parties, a few festivals, and new musical influences, The Wayward Sound coalesced early in 2011.

A zany blend of Traditional Celtic and Modern Folk music will have you out of your seats singing and dancing in no time.

The Wayward Sound's "Ballydesmond Set"

The Wayward Sound is Keith Anderson: guitar and vocals; Doug Crump: guitar, vocals, harmonica; Michael Jonz: mandolin, vocals, guitar; Olivia Pelling: fiddle, vocals; Melissa Sparling: bodhran; Vance Trudeau; whistle, accordion, mandolin.

Be sure to check out The Wayward Sound's Facebook page by clicking here.


Herringbone was born around a campfire at Fitzroy Harbour just west of Ottawa. Richard remembered Andre from another group but they hadn't seen each other for some months. Late one warm August night Richard was camping and had just put his kids to bed. Sitting around the campfire with his guitar, he called Andre on his cell looking for some harmony. An hour later they started an all nighter, jamming from each others' folk repertoire, along with roasted marshmallows and a few pints.

For more on Herringbone, visit their website at www.herringbone.ca.

  The Way (Alec Mead)

We are happy to have The Way, a local Russell band, in this year's line-up!  Be sure to check out The Way's Facebook page by clicking here.