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2013 Entertainment

The Pure Drop

The lineup for this traditional Irish band includes: seven-time All-Ireland button-box champion John Whelan; All-Ireland fiddler Brian Conway; Cork born Máirtín de Cogain who is a singing, dancing, bodhrán player and an All-Ireland champion storyteller; and guitar accompanist Don Penzien who has also long been a top-flight performer of Irish traditional music and touring festival and concert musician.
www.thepuredrop.net

Brendan Nolan

"Nolan has used his broad knowledge of traditional Irish songs, as well as other kinds of music, to develop into a very fine songwriter whose work is steeped in the traditions that he's mastered." -- Mike Regenstreif, Sing Out! Magazine
http://www.brendannolan.com/

Beth Patterson

Multi-instrumentalist Beth Patterson is foremost a player of the eight- and ten- stringed Irish bouzoukis (adaptations of a traditional Greek instrument). This native of Lafayette, Louisiana now integrates into her style her experiences of playing Celtic, Cajun, rock, jazz, blues, country, gospel, classical, Latin, and folk music.  Her performances are chock-full of drive, energy, and passion, laced with humor, with an eclectic repertoire of Celtic, roots, and contemporary songs.
http://www.bethpattersonmusic.com/bio

James Flanagan

A native of Ballyvourney, a small village in the heart of the Muskerry Gaeltacht (an Irish speaking area) in County Cork of Ireland, Jim Flanagan now lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has performed at major festivals and in regular pub performances over the years and established himself as a significant force in Irish music in the Southeastern United States. He provides a mix of both Irish and English language songs; songs based in the old style (sean nós) tradition as well as contemporary ballads, many of which lend themselves well to audience participation. His performances are interwoven with his compelling Irish humor, the stories of Ireland and his memories of home, leaving one with a feeling of having been entertained and enriched as well.
http://flanagansongs.com/index.html

Davey Arwine

Davey, a native of County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, is an award winning mandolin and Irish tenor banjo player.

Red River Pipes and Drums

Red River Pipes and Drums is a marching band based out of Shreveport, LA but with members throughout the region. With a wide variety of tunes in their repertoire they perform at parades, Highland Games, and bagpiping competitions, and at smaller events where only one or two pipers are required. Look for them at the festival this year to participate in opening ceremonies and in the Highland Games area.
http://www.redriverpipesanddrums.org/

The Louisiana Contingent:

Jimmy & The 45’s

A flashback to the 60’s! Led by one of Monroe’s best long-time radio deejays, this group of personalities will take you on a groove tour and jam with special guests.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DrTSIfIiaUk

The Northeast Louisiana All-Star Band

Just call us “a Celtic festival with a Louisiana attitude!” As a nod to our diverse local musical heritage, we present a round-robin set on the CenturyLink Main Stage made up of some of Northeast Louisiana’s most talented musicians, including Blues Hall of Famer Doug Duffey, Danny Lee & Dave, James Earl Simpson, Bruce Gay and special guests. Look for these artists also on the Sessions Stage throughout the day for Celtic Meets Delta Blues and Celtic Meets Country sets!
http://dougduffey.com/

Join us at the Sessions Stage for traditional and creative music sessions, workshops on the Gaelic language, storytelling and children’s shows. In other festival areas, Irish dancers and Scottish pipers will be performing throughout the day. The ULM Sound of Today marching band, participants in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade, will play for us. Don’t miss the sanctioned Highland Games competition! Scottish, Irish and Welsh clans will be in attendance and hosting displays and workshops as well. Finally, please refer to the festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NELACelticFest  for announcements on official lead-up events in the community. Enjoy!